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Dear Friends and Neighbors,



I hope you had a great 4th of July weekend!


In this week’s newsletter, you will find information about the state budget, updates about the Committee on Health and the Adoption Task Force, some tips from the DNR, and a fun Wisconsin fact.


If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office. 


Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Week's Update:

State Budget Update

Health Committee

DNR Update

Adoption Task Force

Fun Wisconsin Fact

Whats Happening?

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Final State Budget Update

Last week, Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 state budget into law after using his powerful veto pen to reshape the budget with 78 partial vetoes. Most significantly, Governor Evers used a partial veto to increase funding for K-12 schools by raising the per-pupil state aid amount. His action will result in a net increase of about $65 million for our neighborhood schools.

Governor Evers also used his veto authority to remove funding for new work and drug use screening requirements for the state’s FoodShare program, and to erase Republican language that would have limited state patrol protections for Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes. He also provided $10 million for electric car charging stations and $15 million to replace aging public transit vehicles, erasing a Republican plan that would have spent just $3 million on bus replacements.

I applaud Governor Evers’s decision to exercise his partial veto authority to make smart investments in Wisconsin’s future. His actions have reshaped the budget for the better. Unfortunately, this budget still represents a major missed opportunity for our state. Had Republicans been willing to put people ahead of politics and work with the Governor, we could have had a budget that truly reflects Wisconsin values.

Governor Evers crafted a budget proposal that set the bar high and maximized opportunities for the state. It is unfortunate that Republican obstructionists were more concerned about political wins than what is best for the people of Wisconsin. Republicans’ continued refusal to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion puts more costs on the backs of Wisconsin taxpayers and makes it more difficult to fully fund needed improvements in the health care system.  

Unfortunately, our state will miss out on critical opportunities in this budget, but Republicans cannot obstruct the will of the people forever. My Democratic colleagues and I will continue fighting to expand access to health care, address our water quality crisis, find sustainable funding to fix our crumbling roads, and provide our neighborhood schools the resources they need.


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Health Committee Update

As readers of this newsletter know, one of the standing committees I serve on is the Assembly Committee on Health. The committee held a public hearing earlier this week on Assembly Bills 70, 178, and 238, and an administrative rule.

We first heard testimony on Clearinghouse Rule 18-050, which is a proposal by the Board of Nursing to amend part of an administrative rule that governs the nursing profession. Currently, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CNRA) working in dental practices are required to collaborate with a physician to administer anesthesia. The proposed rule change would instead allow them to collaborate with either a physician or a dentist.  The reason the Board of Nursing would like this rule amended is that it would increase patient access to dental services.

The next bill the committee heard testimony on was Assembly Bill 70, which would allow Wisconsin to remain in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact the state entered into in 2015. The compact allows physicians to become licensed in multiple states. Maintaining the compact would continue the streamlined licensing procedure that allows physicians to relocate and begin practicing more easily, and may attract more physicians to the state.  Recruiting and retaining trained physicians will better ensure high quality healthcare throughout Wisconsin.

Student loans are a huge burden for many Wisconsinites, and dentists and physicians are no exception. Assembly Bill 178 aims to improve access to high quality care at Wisconsin’s free and charitable clinics by enabling physicians and dentists who serve in these clinics to receive student loan assistance.

We also heard testimony on Assembly Bill 238, a bipartisan proposal that I have co-sponsored. The bill directs the Department of Health Services to create and implement a diabetes action plan to reduce instances of diabetes, improve care of diabetics, and control complications associated with diabetes. A healthy Wisconsin is better for all of us.

If you have questions or comments about any of these proposals, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


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DNR Update

As Wisconsinites spend more time outside in the summer months, many of us will encounter a wide variety of Wisconsin wildlife. The Department of Natural Resources encourages Wisconsinites to keep safety and respect in mind when interacting with wild animals this summer.

In an effort to keep wildlife wild, it is important to understand the distinction between an orphaned animal and a non-orphaned animal to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of the animal. The DNR has detailed guides on its website regarding specific animals, but if you find baby animals out of their nest (especially if their eyes are closed), try and return them to their nest if they are not visibly injured. This is the general guideline for small animals such as birds, squirrels, and rabbits.  For larger animals such as raccoons or deer, contact a wildlife rehabilitator or the DNR.

Remember to never approach an animal unless it is clearly in need of assistance. Wild animals are fearful of humans and domesticated pets, so approaching them will cause stress as they view you as a predator. Remember as well to never feed wild animals, because the food we eat will provide minimal nutritional benefit to the animal.

Stay safe and respectful of wildlife as you enjoy your time outside this summer.



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Adoption Task Force Update

The Task Force on Adoption is holding public hearings across the state as we gather information to make policy recommendations. We are focused on addressing the barriers facing biological and adoptive parents in the adoption process.

Last week, the Task Force held a productive hearing in Green Bay, where we heard from UW-Green Bay faculty, tribal leaders, social workers, and families about the adoption process.

Several upcoming hearings are being planned throughout the state and will be announced soon. Follow my e-updates or my Facebook page for announcements on future hearings, and feel free to submit your story through the Task Force website. 


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Fun Wisconsin Fact

In July of 1881, soda fountain owner Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin is said to have crafted the world’s first Ice Cream Sundae. When asked to put chocolate soda syrup on a customer’s ice cream, he was originally skeptical. It seemed to Ed that the chocolate would ruin the flavor of the ice cream, but he gave it a shot nonetheless. To his surprise, the dish became a huge hit! The famous treat, only served on Sunday at first, received its name after a ten-year-old girl came in on a week day asking for ice cream with “all that stuff” on it. She asked Ed to pretend it was Sunday so she could have the special dessert. Soon customers were asking for Ice Cream Sundaes all of the time.

Recent controversy over this invention has been spurred by Ithaca, New York. The city claims to be the birth place of the iconic dessert, crediting Chester C Platt, who covered two bowls of vanilla ice cream with cherry sauce and a candied cherry on top in 1892. His customers, just getting out of church, decided to name it after the day of the week, and coined the term Cherry Sunday.

The city of Two Rivers issued a cease and desist letter to the city of Ithaca in 2006 asking them to acknowledge that Wisconsin is the true inventor of the dessert. Either way, no one can argue that a sundae made with Wisconsin ice cream isn’t a great summer treat.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Concerts at McKee - Mad City Funk
Monday, July 15th

6 pm
McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Rd, Fitchburg

Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine or have dinner and drinks at one of our many food carts and brew carts available to serve you at the concert. Food and drink carts open at 6pm along with Madison Music Foundry youth bands and headliners begin at 7pm. 

Medicare 101
Tuesday, July 16th

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Alicia Ashman Library

Join Informed Choice for a Medicare Educational Presentation. This is a perfect option for those of you who are new to Medicare or still covered by your employer's insurance and considering retirement.

Dane County Fair Carnival Sneak Peak
Wednesday, July 17th 

5 pm - 9 pm

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way

Be the first to have a Sneak-A-Peek of the carnival before the Fair starts!   For $17 per person, attendees will receive an unlimited ride wristband for the night and the opportunity to enjoy fair food favorites, games, and more.  Attendees must enter through Gate 1, which is the Main Entrance to Alliant Energy Center off of Rimrock Road. Parking is located on-site outside the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Payment options: cash and credit card through the carnival on-site.

Summer Spin: Messy Prints
Thursday, July 18th 

3 pm - 6 pm
Chazen Art Museum, 750 University Ave


Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get messy as we print with shaving cream, and dye! There may even have a few surprise supplies! 

Maxwell Street Days
Friday-Sunday, July 19th-21st

Begins 8 am Friday and Saturday, 10 am Sunday
State Street


For 40 years, Maxwell Street Days has provided bargains, culinary delights and music for more than 30,000 annual attendees. This annual Summer Sidewalk Sale on State Street in downtown Madison, takes place the 3rd weekend in July.

Unity Picnic
Saturday, July 20th 

12 pm - 5 pm
Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S Park St


The 5th Annual Unity Picnic is a family friendly event with food, music, dance, face painting, and more! The event is held on the grounds of The Village on Park. Music by Kinfolk, DJ Ace, and Trend and Topic Food by BP Smokehouse and This year's theme is "Fun & Fitness" so wear your workout clothes and sneakers.


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