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A Note from Rep. Edming

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Thank you for taking a few minutes to read my e-update.  It has been very busy the past couple of weeks with work wrapping up on the 2017-19 State Budget.  As the legislature begins what is sure to be an active fall session please feel free to contact my office to share your thoughts on issues before the legislature.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Advancing the Priorities of the 87th District

Since the state budget was introduced back in February, I listened to people from around the 87th Assembly District who reached out to me to share their top priorities for our state's two-year spending plan. Throughout the budget process, I took what I heard back to Madison and advocated for these priorities as the budget worked through the legislature.

When I talked with folks in the district, one of the top priorities I heard, again and again, was the need for increased funding for K-12 education.  I am proud that this budget increases investments in K-12 education by over $600 million.  I also heard of the need for increased funding for broadband expansion.  This budget includes an additional $14 million for broadband expansion grants.  I am happy to see this investment in an area that is important to the people of 87th District.

Also, during the budget process, I was made aware the need for funding to reimburse the Village of Rib Lake for costs the village incurred in the design of a safe routes to school project.  I am pleased that after sharing this need with my fellow legislators this funding was added to the budget.

With a bill the size of the state budget, there are certainly some items I do not agree with.  One of these items is the repeal of the prevailing wage.  Had this proposal come before me in the Assembly as a separate piece of legislation, I would have voted against it.  During the floor debate on the budget, I supported an amendment that would have removed this provision from the budget. Unfortunately, this amendment did not pass.

While this budget is not perfect, it advances many of priorities of the people of the 87th Assembly District which is why it received my support.  Yesterday, the budget was signed into law by Governor Walker as Act 59.

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Rep. Edming speaks in support of the 2017-19 State Budget on the Assembly Floor

Reforming Wisconsin's Pole Trap Law

Last week, I spoke before the Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage in support of my bill, Assembly Bill 464. This bill would reform Wisconsin's laws regulating the height of pole traps that are used by game preserves to protect their game birds.  To learn more, click here to read my testimony.

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Visiting the Capitol

Over the past couple of weeks, some residents of the 87th District have stopped by my office in Madison.  If you are in the area please stop by Room 109 West, and hopefully, I will be available to say hello.

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Marshall & Debra O'Leary

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Sara Holewinski

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Charles Heckel

Around the 87th

Root Beer Floats for a Great Cause

Yesterday, I stopped by the Ventures thrift store in Hayward for a root beer float fundraiser to support the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  The fundraiser was the idea of Ventures employee David and I hear that he raised over $500 for this great cause! Well done David!  Also, it was great to see my friend Judge John Yackel at this awesome event.

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Paying Tribute to Those Lost on 9/11

On September 11th, I was proud to play Taps at the ceremony in Ladysmith to commemorate the attack on our nation 16 years ago and remember those who lost their lives on that day.  May we never forget.

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Celebrating Wisconsin's Ginseng Industry

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival in Wausau.  It was a great way to celebrate and learn more about Wisconsin's Ginseng industry.  Did you know that 98% of the Ginseng exported from America last year was produced in Central Wisconsin?

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Riding with our Veterans

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining ATV enthusiasts from the Rusk Riders ATV Club at their Veterans ATV Ride. What a wonderful way to get outside and honor our veterans.

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