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2019 Year in Review

Bills Signed into Law: 

 

Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway Bill: The bill designated and marked STH 33 in Columbia County in honor of Staff Sergeant Busch. 

 

The Verona Tax Incremental Financing Districts (TID) Bill: This proposal allowed taxpayers to be reimbursed for an inadvertent accounting error that resulted in higher property taxes for the residents of Verona. 

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Stalled Proposals: 

 

Medical Cannabis: This is the first bipartisan bill to legalize medical cannabis since 2001, and recognizes that people with debilitating conditions should be able to safely and legally obtain medicine. 

This proposal was referred to the Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection and has not been granted a public hearing. 

 

Medicaid Expansion: The bill would increase the eligibility limit of the program to 133% of the federal poverty level. Expanding Medicaid is a fiscally responsible way to cover tens of thousands of Wisconsinites and save Wisconsin hundreds of millions of dollars.

Wisconsin is falling behind as more and more states take the expansion, and our federal tax dollars get sent elsewhere, including to Illinois. While over 70% of Wisconsinites agree with us, Republicans have refused to let the bill have a public hearing.

 

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Looking Forward to 2020

Democrats want to tackle the tough issues, to strengthen our communities and ensure that Wisconsin is a place that people want to live, work, and raise a family. I believe in prioritizing the people of Wisconsin over political banter, and in 2019 important issues were pushed aside due to Republican power grabs and inaction.

There is a lot of work that needs to be done in 2020, and I hope that it won’t be a repeat of Republicans blocking progress and running down the clock to avoid doing their job. While Wisconsin is working well for some, more and more people feel like it is not working for them. Democrats have real solutions and remain ready to work and prioritize our families, workers and communities. 

Community Programs and Announcements 

DATCP Update: State Plant Inspectors Advise Consumers to Properly Dispose of Holiday Greenery

DATCP advises consumers who purchased evergreens this holiday season to check for an invasive pest called elongate hemlock scale (EHS) and properly dispose of any holiday greenery that may show signs of infestation.

Learn more. 

Cultivating Your Farm’s Future: farm succession and estate planning workshops to be held in 7 locations across Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host workshops in seven locations in January 2020, providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. The workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to meet individually with speakers, including attorneys and tax specialists to ask specific questions about their situations.

Learn more. 

Updates from the DNR: 

  • The Department of Natural Resources has announced more than 40 candlelight events happening this winter at Wisconsin state parks, forests, recreation areas and trails across the state.  Most events begin around sunset and run until 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.

 

 

Contacting My Office

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.