Capitol Updates from State Rep. Dave Considine

February 19, 2015

Dear friend,

I hope this email finds you well! The 2015 legislative session is now in full swing. With the introduction of Governor Walker's budget earlier this month, I have been busy listening and learning more about the issues that affect you and I every day. While I am very concerned about the impacts of many of the proposals contained in the budget, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that we build policies that will create sustainable economic opportunities for all Wisconsinites.

As always, please feel free to call, email, or stop by my office in Room 412 North of the State Capitol anytime if you have questions or concerns on the budget or any other state issues. As your Representative, I am here to listen and help in any way I can.



In this issue:


YOU'RE INVITED: Friday Office Hours in the District


Save SeniorCare!


Budget Update


YOU'RE INVITED: Friday Office Hours in the District

If you are in or near Black Earth or Mazomanie, please join me this Friday, Feb. 20th for my first in-district office hours! I would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and concerns. Here are the details:

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Black Earth Public Library (**NOTE: Location has been changed from Luckenbooth Cafe)

1210 Mills St.

Black Earth, WI 53515

(608) 767-4905

12:30 – 2:30 PM

Gordon’s Drive-In Restaurant

122 W Commercial St

Mazomanie, WI 53560

(608) 795-2330

These office hours are the first of several I will be holding in various parts of the 81st Assembly District. My next session will be held on Friday, March 6th from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Candy's Merrimac Cafe, 115 Austin Dr. in Merrimac, and from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Railroad Inn Cafe, 104 E Walnut St. in North Freedom. I hope to see you there!

Save SeniorCare!

Thank you for all your help so far in our efforts to save Wisconsin's SeniorCare program from a proposed $15 million cut in Governor Walker's state budget. Since our Save SeniorCare petition drive began in early February, I have heard from many of my constituents and colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and the message is clear: we must work together to support our seniors. A similar proposal to this one was defeated in 2011 with bipartisan opposition, so I am hopeful that we can protect SeniorCare funding again, but we need your help! Check your local library or pharmacy for a hard copy of the petition, and please sign on to save this essential program! You can also sign online and download your own petition at my website: Please return all petitions to my office by March 1st.

Budget Update

Currently, the 2015-2017 state budget is still in the Joint Committee on Finance, and has not yet come before me in the Assembly for a vote. In the meantime, my colleagues and I are working to learn as much as possible about the bill through meetings, state agency reports, and committee discussions.

While it is important to remember that the budget will change as it moves through the legislative process, I highly encourage you to make your voice heard! If you have questions or concerns on any part of the budget, please feel free to contact me anytime at (608) 266-7746 or I also strongly urge you to share your thoughts with the members of the Joint Finance Committee, who will be responsible for deconstructing and reconstructing the budget before it reaches the full Legislature. Contact information for each of the committee members can be found here:


New Website!

For news, press releases, updates on what's happening in the Capitol, and more, please check out my new legislative website:


Photo Updates

Great crowds at the Portage, Baraboo, and Prairie du Sac listening sessions with Sen. Jon Erpenbach on Saturday, Feb. 7th!


Meeting with high school students in the Columbia County FLAG (Future Leaders Active in Government) program.


Talking with constituents who represent Northwoods, Inc., a Portage-based non-profit that provides essential rehabilitation and vocational services and training to adults with disabilities, seniors, and families in need throughout South Central Wisconsin. Learn more at



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