Capitol Updates from State Rep. Dave Considine

January 22, 2016

Dear friend,

Welcome to my monthly e-newsletter. I hope you find the information below helpful in keeping up-to-date on what's happening in the 81st District and our state government. As always, please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions, concerns, or thoughts you'd like to share with me. I am glad to serve you.





Rep. Dave Considine

81st Assembly District


In this issue:

  • Upcoming listening sessions: Jan. 23rd

  • Legislative update: State of the State, Mental Health committee

  • Grant opportunity: Transitional housing assistance for victims of domestic violence

  • Alice in Dairyland application open

Upcoming listening sessions: Jan. 23rd

Please join me for a day of listening sessions with Senator Jon Erpenbach this Saturday, Jan. 23rd at the following locations:

9:00 � 10:00 a.m. @ Grandma Mary�s Caf�, 216 US Highway 14, Arena

10:30 � 11:30 a.m. @ Mazomanie Public Library Meeting Room, 102 Brodhead Street, Mazomanie

Noon � 1:00 p.m. @ Black Earth Village Hall, Village Board Meeting Room, 1210 Mills Street, Black Earth

We would be glad to hear from you on any concerns, thoughts, or questions you may have. Hope to see you then!


Legislative update: State of the State, Mental Health committee

State of the State

For the past year, my Democratic colleagues and I have worked hard to introduce legislation that would fully fund our public schools, create sustainable jobs and support Wisconsin�s working families, improve broadband and health care access in our rural communities, and more. In this week's 2016 State of the State address, Governor Walker claimed to have addressed many of these issues, but the reality is that the measures we have seen from the Governor and my Republican colleagues in the Legislature are simply not enough. It is not enough to talk about investing in public education when our schools have seen severe budget cuts in recent years due to the vouchers given to private school students. It is not enough to claim to support higher education when our UW System has lost hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid. These cuts have resulted in an unprecedented talent exodus from Wisconsin. It is not enough to say our state is doing just fine while our roads are quite literally crumbling and our state correctional institutions are unsafe. The people of our state deserve better. I am hopeful that in the coming year, the Republican legislative majority will work with Democrats to help improve life in our state for all, not just those who can afford it.


Mental Health committee

I am proud to announce that I was recently named the ranking Democrat to the Assembly Committee on Mental Health Reform. I have enjoyed sharing my experience and ideas as a member of the Mental Health Committee so far this session, and I feel honored to take on this role. We have a significant opportunity to work together to expand on the availability and quality of mental health care for our fellow citizens. I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on the committee to create true, sustainable improvements in Wisconsin�s mental health system.


Grant opportunity: Transitional housing assistance for victims of domestic violence

Closing date: Feb. 24, 2016

More information:


The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Program focuses on a holistic, victim-centered approach to providing transitional housing services that move survivors into permanent housing. Awards support programs that provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking who are in need of transitional housing, short-term housing assistance, and related support services. Successful transitional housing programs provide a wide range of optional services that reflect the unique needs of victims and promote victim choice and autonomy. Transitional housing programs may offer support services, such as counseling, support groups, safety planning, advocacy, child care, employment services, transportation vouchers, and referrals to other agencies. Trained staff work with survivors to help them determine and reach their goals for permanent housing.


Alice in Dairyland application open

Due date: Feb. 8, 2016

More information:


This is a one-year contractual position with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The professional hired will work full-time beginning June 6, 2016 to provide public relations and communication services for DATCP from the Madison headquarters for the contract year. In this position, the successful applicant will travel extensively throughout the state promoting Wisconsin�s agriculture industry and its impact on the state economy. This position coordinates and conducts a large number of radio, television, print and social media pieces, writes and executes media campaigns for various agriculture industries, coordinates communications strategies, develops and delivers informational speeches for numerous urban and rural events, and provides educational presentations to students.


Photo Update


Check out these photos and more on my legislative website and

Facebook page





Talking with constituents and Sen. Jon Erpenbach at Candy's Cafe in Merrimac

(Photo: Kim Lamoreaux, Capital Newspapers)



With my colleagues Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Gordon Hintz,

calling for action on our bills to improve safety and security in Wisconsin correctional institutions



Speaking with 11th grade American Government students at

Sauk Prairie High School's Mock Assembly


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