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Joint Finance Committee
I want to thank all of my constituents and citizens from around
the state for the feedback they have provided me in regards to
the Governor’s proposed budget. The Joint Finance Committee will
meet next week to start the voting process.
Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs
This week, the Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans
Affairs held a public hearing on a number of different bills. One
that I would like to point out is, Senate Bill 26, relating to
the maximum speed limit on freeways and expressways.
Currently the maximum speed limit in Wisconsin is 65 mph. This
bill strikes out the number 65 in the statute and replaces it
with 70. This change allows the traffic safety engineers at the
Department of Transportation (DOT) to determine where 70 mph
speeds are appropriate. Under current law they don’t have that
option, because the maximum is only 65 mph.
The companion bill, Assembly Bill 27, passed the Assembly
Committee on Transportation with a vote of 14-1, and the full
Assembly with a strong bipartisan majority of 76-22.
For more information on what other states are doing with their
speed limits, visit the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and take a look at
their map of maximum posted daytime speed limits on rural
In the District
Listening Sessions with Representative Brooks
On Monday, April 6, I had four joint listening sessions with
Representative Ed Brooks. We were able to hear from and talk to
constituents in Wonewoc, Elroy, New Lisbon, and Camp Douglas.
Thank you to all who were able to join us and provide your
comments and concerns.
Listening Session in Wonewoc with
Single-Family Housing Permits in Wisconsin: 2013, 2014, &
Housing activity data refers to the number of building, septic
and other permits that signal the beginning of a home
construction project. Wisconsin Builders Association performs
quarterly reporting by county of the data supplied by the U.S.
Bureau of the Census.
It is important to note that monthly data is collected from
sites across Wisconsin that report on a monthly basis – this is
NOT all municipalities in the state. The figures reported by the
Wisconsin Builders Association represent trends in new home
construction in Wisconsin, but do not reflect the total number
of all new homes started in the state during the specified time
The following tables show the single-family housing permits per
county in my district in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as the
statewide totals for single-family housing permits in 2005-2014.
Housing Permits in Wisconsin in 2012, 2013 and 2014
*Grant County only reported annually in 2014 and
therefore are not included in the data below
*Source: Wisconsin Builders Association and the
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Statewide Totals for Single-Family Housing Permits in
*Source: Wisconsin Builders Association and
the U.S. Bureau of the Census
Spring Turkey Season
The wild turkey is truly one of Wisconsin's wildlife management
success stories. A key role in the success of the wild turkey
management program can be attributed to hunters through their
purchase of the Wild Turkey Stamp which provides vital financial
support in providing for future opportunities for turkey
management and hunting in Wisconsin.
The spring turkey hunt starts next week, and I have a permit for
the first week. Good luck to our turkey hunters this spring. Let
me know about your hunt! Also, take a youth out to hunt!
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