State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Joint Finance Committee Takes Up State Budget

The Wisconsin state budget process is in full swing. The Governor's proposal, which includes over 1,000 pages and spending for every major cost in the state for the next two years, was taken up by the Joint Finance Committee this week. The Committee heard from heads of every state agency in order to gather information and ask questions about requested budget items. This is a process that I have been following closely, and will help identify some potential cost savings and shape the final version of the proposal. 

The next step in the budget process will be a series of six public hearings around the state. The closest to our area will be held next Wednesday, April 5 and will be held at State Fair Park in West Allis. I enjoy hearing from you about what you like and dislike about the proposed budget and I look forward to continuing to talk with the men and women who live in the 21st Senate District to help me represent you as this process continues. I would encourage you to continue to contact me with your thoughts, and to also attend the hearing next week in West Allis. 

Closing a Loophole for Underage Drinking

Current Wisconsin law prohibits adults over 21 from allowing minors to drink on premises they own or control, but unfortunately there is a "social hosting" loophole that leaves private residences uncovered in these scenarios. 

I recently introduced legislation that would clarify the intent of Wisconsin law and restore the ability of law enforcement to cite the individuals who host underage drinking parties on their property. While providing alcohol to your own child would still be permitted, knowingly hosting an underage drinking party or knowingly providing alcohol to other minors would be illegal.

Sadly, Wisconsin has the highest rate of underage drinking in the nation, and surveys show that one of the most common sources of alcohol is the young person's own home.  Research has shown that social host legislation is effective in reducing drinking and driving and heavy drinking among youth.This bill will make our streets safer and make it less likely our young men and women will start down a dangerous path of alcohol dependence. I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this important measure and we can pass this legislation quickly. Click on the photo above to see CBS 58's story on the bill.

More Jobs Coming to Kenosha County

The good economic news keeps rolling in, with another jobs announcement this week! Prestige Metal Products, an Illinois-based sheet metal fabricator, announced this week it is relocating to Kenosha County. This is just the most recent in a series of companies moving to our district, and comes days after German candy producer HARIBO announced it will break ground on a $242 million production facility in Kenosha. Great news! 

Congratulations Eagle Scouts

On Saturday, March 18, I had the honor of presenting three fine young men with citations honoring their Eagle Court of Honor. Congratulations to Jacob Oteman, Brandon Dorbrowski, and Dan Latyshev on all of your hard work. Your dedication paid off, and you should be very proud!
Issue 65
Friday, March 31, 2017
Van with Chief Justice Roggensack

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Local Events

Celebrate Jazz
5014 Seventh Ave., Kenosha
April 1, 8 pm

Big Bunny Celebration
Apple Holler
5006 South Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant
Sunday, April 2, 10 - 11:30 am

Pancake Breakfast
Kenosha Moose Lodge
3003 30th Ave., Kenosha

April 2, 8 am - 1 pm

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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