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WEKZ - 93.7 FM

Wednesday mornings during the Lafayette County News


WRJC - 92.1 FM

1st Friday, 7:30 a.m.


WRCO - 100.9 FM

3rd Monday, 9 a.m.


WRDB - 1400 AM

3rd Friday, 10 a.m.


Monthly TV Shows


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2015-16 Blue Books

2015-16 Blue Books are a useful summary of information about our state.  These books are printed every session and are complimentary for every resident of Wisconsin. 


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Caring for Wisconsin's Women

Mother’s Day is a great time to recognize the commitment our state has made to support the unique needs of women of all ages. Whether we are providing funding for specialized health care or services for female crime victims, Wisconsin invests in the women of our state. As your State Senator, but also as a husband and father to a daughter, I am honored to support initiatives that help the women of Wisconsin. Please note that most of these programs have received bipartisan support during several sessions of the legislature. Following are just a few examples of our efforts:

Wisconsin Well Woman Program

The Wisconsin Well Woman Program (WWWP) is a program that provides breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to women aged 45 to 64 with little or no health care coverage. The program is available in all 72 counties and 11 tribes and reached 5,799 women in 2014.

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed a motion unanimously to increase funding for this very successful program by $100,000 in 2016-17. Base funding for this program is typically $2.2 million every two years. Women throughout our state are served and saved by cancer screenings and diagnostic services. This program has been an invaluable tool and I am proud to support it. To find the WWP in your area, please visit: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wwwp/counties.htm 

Sexual Assault Victim Services

Sexual assault is an underreported crime in Wisconsin. It is estimated that fewer than 40% of victims report these crimes. It is important to note that both men and women are victims of these crimes in Wisconsin, however, 85% of victims in Wisconsin are women. 88% of these crimes are perpetrated by someone known to the victim.

Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) grants are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Justice to nonprofit or public agencies that provide services to victims of sexual assault. Those agencies eligible for grants would need to provide the following services: advocacy and counseling services, crisis telephone services 24/7, professional intervention and prevention education, and services for victims with special needs or that are hard to reach such as rural residents, men, elderly, disabled, and other underserved groups.

In the state budget, the JFC added an additional $100,000 in grants to the Department of Justice in 2016-17 to distribute to agencies that assist victims of sexual assault. This provision was passed unanimously on a bipartisan basis. Base funding for this program over two years is a little over $2 million.

We have agencies across southwest Wisconsin that offer services to residents of the 17th Senate District, including centers in Platteville, Richland Center, and Baraboo that provide crucial services to assist victims of sexual assault locally through SAVS funding. It is unfortunate that we have these types of crimes in our communities, but it is important that we provide victims with the support they need.

Approximately one in four Wisconsin women has been beaten, sexually assaulted, or stalked by a current or former intimate partner at some point in her life. Since 2000, more than 500 individuals in Wisconsin have lost their lives as a result of a domestic abuse incident.

I was proud to support a bipartisan effort to add $5 million to domestic abuse grants under the federal Violence Against Women Act. This investment is in addition to the base funding of more than $9.5 million annually to nonprofit agencies statewide that provide domestic abuse victim services. The recipients of this grant that serve members of our communities are: Family Advocates (Grant, Iowa, Lafayette Counties), Greenhaven Family Advocates (Green County), Hope House (Sauk, Juneau Counties), and Passages (Richland County).

Human Trafficking

Between 2012 and 2013, a nationwide investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) rescued 16 children from human trafficking and arrested 160 suspects for these crimes. The Wisconsin Department of Children & Families (DCF) and Lad Lake, a nonprofit serving at-risk youth, established a pilot program for victims of sex trafficking in 2014. The Lad Lake program offers a safe environment that removes victims from their trafficking situations, while helping to build self-esteem through trauma-focused behavioral therapy. The program only had the capacity for seven children at a time.

I was proud to support a bipartisan budget provision that would provide $2 million for this successful program in 2016-17 while requiring DCF to make this program available to children in all areas of the state, including rural communities.

If you are in need of any of the services above or have any suggestions on how we can improve programming in our state for individuals in need, please contact me at (608) 266-0703 or Sen.Marklein@legis.wi.gov for assistance.


Study ranks UW-Platteville a ‘Best Value College

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – A recently released study conducted by SmartAsset.com lists the University of Wisconsin-Platteville second in the state when it comes to the best value among its peer institutions. The top performing colleges were ranked based on their performances in scholarships provided, average starting salary for graduates, tuition, living costs and retention rate.

According to the study, the average starting salary for UW-Platteville graduates is $54,800, trailing only the Milwaukee School of Engineering at $61,500. However, tuition at MSOE was listed at $34,470 with $11,750 for living expenses compared with $7,484 for tuition and $10,200 in living expenses at UW-Platteville.

“Once again, this study shows that UW-Platteville hits the mark when it comes to providing a great value for our students who come from all across the tri-state area and beyond,” said Chancellor Dennis J. Shields. “Our faculty and staff work diligently in all of these areas to ensure that we are consistently offering a quality and affordable education. We are a point of access university, offering a first-class education to anyone who has the drive to succeed.”

The top five schools cited in the study include the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Platteville, UW-Madison, UW-Stout and UW-Eau Claire, respectively.

Additional information about the study can be found at https://smartasset.com/student-loans/student-loan-calculator?year=2016#wisconsin.

In The 17th Senate District



Sen. Marklein was honored to join the volunteers of the Eagle Country Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for their Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in Elroy. The volunteers gave more than 18,368 hours of time and talent to serve their neighbors and friends throughout the programs offered by the ADRC.



Sen. Marklein joined the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association for a tour of Badger State Ethanol in Monroe.



Sen. Howard Marklein attended the signing of Program to Program Articulation Agreement at UW Richland County on Monday, May 2, 2016. This program-to-program articulation agreement between the UW Colleges/UW-Richland and Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) assures the acceptance of any Southwest Tech graduate with an associate degree or applied associate degree into the UW Colleges’ Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree-completion program.





Sen. Marklein met with Shullsburg Police Chief Josh Jerry to catch up on how things are going in Shullsburg. Sen. Marklein was able to visit an inservice taking place in Shullsburg for several local police department staff.


In The Capitol


Darlington Elementary School visited the State Capitol on May 2, 2016.


Mauston Grayside School students visited the State apitol on May 3, 2016. (Above & Below)



Students from Eagle Christian School visited the State Capitol on May 5, 2016.


Useful Information

The Economic Impact of Tourism in the 17th Senate District

Each year, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism studies the economic impact of tourism. The department reports this data by county and shares it with tourism professionals throughout the state. The newest data for 2015 was just recently released for our analysis. Following is a summary of the Director Visitor Spending and Business Sales in 2015.

Total Tourism Impacts

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Source - Wisconsin Department of Tourism


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