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La Crosse Summer School Theatre's "The Wizard of Oz"
Friday, July 31, 7:00 p.m.
Logan Middle School

Pump House Season Premiere
Thursday, August 6, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
This debut event offers guests the opportunity to preview the 2015-16 Pump House season, socialize, and redecorate with art purchased at the Doubletake Art Sale.

Moon Tunes at Riverside Park
Thursday, August 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Featuring "Fayme Rochelle & The Waxwings"



Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9.

601-615 2nd St N, La Crosse, WI 54603

***Rep. Billings speaking at Opening Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. on Friday


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Madison, WI 53708


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Friends and Neighbors,

This week, the legislature took up its final bill before adjourning July's extraordinary session. We will reconvene for regular session in September.

While on "vacation" these newsletters will contain more information about proposed legislation in Madison, community events and fun La Crosse-based activities you can take part in during the summer months!

I greatly appreciate hearing from my constituents, and will continue to take your thoughts into account on pending legislation and community topics.

As always, if you have concerns about state or community issues, I encourage you to contact me by phone or e-mail (information listed to the left). I would love to hear from you!


Best Wishes,

Jill Billings
State Representative
95th Assembly District








On Tuesday, the Assembly met to debate the proposed public financing deal for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. The proposal involved a public investment in a $500 million project to construct a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. The investment would be split in half, with $250 million expected to come from the Bucks' owners, and $250 million from the taxpayers. With added interest, the taxpayers' investment could be expected to come out to approximately $400 million.

Two weeks ago, the Senate debated and passed the bill, by a vote of 21-10. The Senate added amendments to the existing bill, including an amendment to add a $2 ticket surcharge to sales, which would go directly to county and state revenue. The amendment also removed a provision which would allow the state to collect Milwaukee County's debt.

At a time when our budget had slashed $250 million in funding from our public universities -- inarguably one of the largest revenue streams in the state -- it puzzled me that we were willing to use state taxpayer dollars to fund a sports arena. In the past, new sporting arenas were funded through county-wide or regional taxes. For example, Miller Park was funded by an increase in sales tax of a five-county area in southeast Wisconsin and Lambeau Field renovations were funded by a tax increase in Brown County.

Ultimately, my vote on the bill came down whether or not it was a sound investment for my district. After talking with constituents and reviewing the overall plan, I felt this arena deal did not provide enough economic stimulus and return on taxpayer dollars to push me to a yes vote.






Due to budget cuts to parks, campsites around the state are already seeing price increases. This Tuesday, nightly fees at state parks, forest and trails went up from $3/night to $6 for in-state visitors, and from $6/night to $9 for out-of-state campers.

In addition to general camping fees, prices for annual park and trail admissions and camping electrical services will also increase.

For more information visit






Many people contact my office with concerns about the Coulee Region Transportation Study. The WisDOT's website has recently been updated to include a link to a map and to a listing of all of the comments to date regarding locations of concern and specific strategy ideas.

If you are interested, check out the updated website here:

And as always, feel free to contact my office with any comments you want to share with me.






Did you know that July is National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month (NCCAPM)?

Cleft and craniofacial conditions affect thousands of infants, children, teens and adults in the United States each year. Some are born with congenital anomalies like cleft lip and palate, others with more complex, life-threatening craniofacial conditions. Some are burned; others are injured in accidents and animal attacks, or diagnosed with various oral/head/neck and skin diseases.

To learn more about these conditions and prevention methods, visit or






Harry J. Olson Senior Center 50th Birthday

Happy 50th Birthday Harry J. Olson Senior Center! I had a great time celebrating the center this weekend. Below is a photo of me and some of the "Autumn Queens" and other distinguished guests. A sincere thank you to Marilyn Rudser for inviting me to attend and making sure the center is a great place for community members to socialize, enjoy a meal and stay forever young!

I love having people come visit me in Madison at the Capitol. This week my daughter Zoe made a trip down to Madison!

Join me at the IrishFest opening ceremony on August 7. Pictured having fun at last year's Irish Fest, and listening to "Gaelic Storm."


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