April 19, 2013

Budget Listening Session Schedule

Last week I announced the schedule for budget listening sessions throughout the district.  These listening sessions are important opportunities for you to provide us with feedback during the budget process.  I look forward to a productive dialogue at these events.  Please stop by and share your views with me!  If you are unable to attend any of the following listening sessions, feel free to send me your thoughts via email at Rep.Jagler@legis.wi.gov.

-April 20th, 11:00AM-12:00PM, DeForest Area Library (With Sen. Luther Olsen, Rep. Keith Ripp)
-May 24th, 11:30AM-12:30PM, Columbus Public Library (With Senator Scott Fitzgerald)
-May 24th, 1:30PM-2:30PM, Waterloo City Hall (With Senator Scott Fitzgerald)

-May 31st, 11:00AM-12:00PM, Watertown Municipal Building
-May 31st, 1:00PM-2:00PM, Ixonia Town Hall
-May 31st, 5:00PM-6:00PM, Watertown Municipal Building

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Happy to have Jeff and Cindy Tate of Watertown Piggly Wiggly stop by my office in Madison.  We had a good discussion, it's always great to hear from small business owners in our district.

Rep. Jagler rips proposed LED lights for the Hoan Bridge Project in Milwaukee

This week I submitted a budget amendment request calling for the removal of up to a million dollars in funding intended for the installation of color changing LED lights on Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge.  The aesthetic lights are included in the budget for the Department of Transportation's $278 million Hoan Bridge rehabilitation project. They would light up the arc of the bridge and be able to change colors. 

It is staggering to me that projects in the 37th Assembly District are being delayed because of a lack of funding while up to a million dollars is being allocated to make the Hoan Bridge pretty.  We shouldn't be bonding funds for these lights while a safety project in Ixonia has been pushed back and highways through Columbus are in poor shape.

These lights are for looks only and serve no safety purpose.  The funding for the lights is nearly identical to the amount needed for the project on Highway 16, which has now been delayed a year.  Improving safety at an intersection which has seen dozens of accidents with injuries and several fatalities in recent years should take priority.

Click on the image below to watch Rep. Jagler discuss the Hoan Bridge lights on FOX6 News

Bill to Promote Rock River Tourism Headed to Governor

On Wednesday the State Assembly and State Senate approved legislation that I co-authored with State Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) that directs the Department of Transportation to designate and mark a route along the Rock River. The bill intends to increase public appreciation of the river and the historic landmarks along the riverís course.

I was very happy to see the Rock River bill pass through both chambers on Wednesday.  This legislation, which had strong bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate, will benefit communities along the Rock River without using Department of Transportation funds.  The Rock River Trail Initiative will raise the necessary funds to mark the route.  I look forward to the Governor signing this bill into law.

Rep. Jagler and Greg Farnham, Coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative

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