State Capitol Report


December 14, 2017

Contact Me

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

PH: (608) 266-0455
TF: (888) 534-0065
FAX: (608) 282-3665

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Upcoming Events


Santa at the Rhode

When: Sunday, December 18th from 10am-2pm & Wednesday, December 21st from 5-8pm

Where: Rhode Center for the Arts, 514 56th Street, Kenosha

What: Santa will be at the historic Rhode Center for the Arts and invites you to stop by with your Christmas wish list! Personal cameras to capture those magical moments are welcome. Enjoy coloring and fun activities for the kids too!

Cost: FREE


Christmas at Kemper

November 26 – January 14: Durkee Mansion Open House at Kemper Center, 6501 3rd Ave. “Woodland Birds & Berries” is the theme this year. The historic mansion is beautifully decorated for the period in celebration of Christmas. The former home of Senator Charles Durkee was built in the 1860’s and is decorated for the holiday season by dedicated and talented volunteers. Free admission.

Dec. 9-10: 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Dec. 16-17: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 22-23: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 29-30: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Jan. 6-7: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Jan. 13-14: 1:30 – 4 p.m


ArtisTree at Lemon Street Gallery

This month long exhibit features a wonderful mix of exceptionally well crafted and unique items by area artists perfect for holiday gift giving.  Items include jewelry, glass, ceramics, candles, handbags & accessories, needlework/textiles, pet items and much more.

When: November 24, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Open: Wed. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Solstice

Where: Richard Bong State Recreational Area

What: Enjoy a natural celebration at this busy time of year.  Learn how others have celebrated the return of the sun then hike and do some of your own celebrating.  Entire event is held outdoors, please dress accordingly.  Meet at the Amphitheater.  Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

When: December 21, 2017, 6:30PM—7:30PM






Friends and Neighbors,

As 2017 comes to a close, I hope you are able to spend some quality time with family and friends. Thinking back on the events of the past year as well as looking ahead to the year to come, it has been my privilege to serve you in the Wisconsin State Assembly during 2017. I look forward to continuing to do so in 2018, and hope you will continue to share your questions, suggestions, and thoughts on the important issues facing our community and our state.

As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, or have a problem with a state relate related issue, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or


In solidarity,


Tod Ohnstad
State Representative
65th Assembly District

Capitol Office Closings:

December 24 & 25 and January 1 & 2

As December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st are official state holidays, my office will be closed on those days. My office will be open and staff will be available to assist constituents all other weekdays during business hours.


Capitol Christmas Tree

2016 Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas Tree

Photo credit: Greg Anderson

The official state Christmas Tree has arrived in Madison and is up and decorated in the middle of our State Capitol building.


Affordable Healthcare Act Sign Up Reminder!

December 15th, 2017 is the last day to sign up for healthcare. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. If you don't act by December 15, you can't get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

More information can be found HERE

Federal Tax Plan Information

Earlier in November, Congressional Republicans moved to pass a tax bill favoring the top 1%.

·     The GOP Tax Plan throws Wisconsin families under the bus by cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These are programs families rely on for basic financial security.


The House and the Senate have each passed their own versions of the bill. Both houses however, must come to an agreement on a final version of the bill before it can become law. I encourage you all to continue contacting your representatives and I will continue to fight for tax fairness, economic security, and opportunity for all Wisconsin families.


Congratulations KUSD

Every year, the Department of Public Instruction issues a report card to schools across the state.


This year, the 2016-2017 state report card issued by the DPI provided KUSD with an accountability rating of "meets expectations". This is reflected in the tremendous amount of effort teachers and staff invest into ensuring the success of students.


Kenosha Elks Lodge

Congratulations to the Kenosha Elks Club on its entrance in the State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.  This will be a great opportunity for the city to showcase its heritage to visitors


Free Fishing Weekend
Whether you have been ice fishing for many years or want to try it out for the first time, Wisconsin's winter Free Fishing Weekend is a perfect time for this favorite activity.

This coming winter, during weekend of January 20 – 21, you can fish almost anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp.  

For more information, visit the DNR for more information.


On behalf of my office staff and myself, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday. All the best in the New Year!