State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2015

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State Senator Van Wanggaard
21st Senate District  


Wisconsin State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7882

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Local Events

Monument Square Art Festival
Main Street, Downtown Racine
May 30-31

6th Annual Cree Cruise
9201 Washington Ave., Sturtevant
Saturday May 30th, 8:30 am

Bark in the Park
American Legion Memorial Park, Union Grove
Saturday, May 30th, 10:00 am - noon

First Fridays
Downtown Racine
Friday, June 5th, 4 pm - 9 pm

If you would like to add an event to the Local Events calendar, please send information to:Colleen.Moran@legis.wi.gov
Republicans Protect Long Term Care

Wednesday, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee introduced a plan that would save valuable long term care programs relied on by Wisconsin's most vulnerable citizens. I am happy to say the plan restores Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) statewide and continues the IRIS program.

These programs provide long-term care services to qualifying low-income individuals who are elderly, physically disabled, or developmentally disabled and who are eligible for medical assistance. My office received an outpouring of support for these important programs, and I support their continuation wholeheartedly. 

The protections were included by the committee as part of a new FamilyCare Plus program which would build upon the successes of FamilyCare, and make the program sustainable long-term. Overall, the new program would preserve ADRCs, IRIS, local districts and long-term care districts, while incorporating reforms like integrated care, competition and statewide expansion.

These changes will be included in the final state budget which will need to pass both the Senate and Assembly before being signed into law.
Update on the Repeal of Prevailing Wage


A bill that would repeal the prevailing wage law in Wisconsin got the stamp of approval from the Assembly Labor Committee on Wednesday. I am a strong supporter of repealing prevailing wage and am a cosponsor of the bill. The measure already passed the Senate Committee on Labor & Government Reform on May 5th, where I had the opportunity to vote in favor of advancing the bill. 

I have heard from constituents from around the 21st Senate District that feel the prevailing wage law needs to be eliminated and, as a cosponsor of the bill to repeal it, I couldn't agree more. Prevailing wage inflates costs for government projects, and the repeal could save state and local taxpayers up to $300 million a year according to the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. It is unclear whether the full Senate and Assembly will have the opportunity to vote on the repeal, but Governor Walker has promised to sign the bill into law if it makes it to his desk.  

Social Impact Bonds Symposium

On Wednesday, I hosted a monthly briefing in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin - Lafollette School of Public Affairs and Wisconsin Legislative Council. The topic of the discussion was pay-for-performance contracts, an innovative new approach to solving social problems where government only pays for successful outcomes that save taxpayers money. I was pleased to have some of the top experts in the field join us to talk about how this tool has been used across the country. 
Farewell to a loyal friend and loving companion

I am sad to say that my family lost someone very special this week, when our loving Airedale Winston passed away. Winston was truly a member of the family, giving us so much love and unfailing devotion over the years. God grants us a few true friends in this life, and I am blessed to have walked through life with this selfless, unfailing and exuberant companion by my side. He was a loyal, loving, brown-eyed top dog until the end. Although we have to say goodbye for now, we thank God for our years together, and look forward to seeing him again.   
In the District

On Sunday, May 24th, I had the opportunity to recognize the Honor Guard at the Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Grove. 

On Tuesday, May 26th, I met with Congressman Paul Ryan and VA Secretary John Scocos about Veterans issues in the 21st Senate District. Secretary Scocos and I had the pleasure of presenting Congressman Ryan with several awards for his dedication and service to veterans. 
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