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This week the Capitol was visited by Vice President Pence and U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. They came to Wisconsin to promote the School Choice Program. Unfortunately, the unreliable voucher program has cost taxpayers in the 27th District well over $3 million. Choice schools drain resources away from our public schools without being held to the same level of standards, and without transparency or oversight. Taxpayers deserve the full story on how their money is being spent. 



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Jon Erpenbach
State Senator, Wisconsin District 27 


Time to Stand Up for Farmers
During the State of the State Address, Governor Evers announced that he will be prioritizing Wisconsin’s farmers, and called for a special session to take up proposals to help alleviate the strain on our rural communities. The special session was scheduled for Tuesday, and unfortunately, the day came and passed with no discussion, no debate, and no progress. In fact, Republicans chose instead to ignore our farm crisis and hold a partisan political rally of their own.


Learn more. 

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Bill Introduced to Help Alleviate Student Loan Crisis 


Today, Senator Erpenbach and Representative Hesselbein will be introducing a proposal to help address the burden of student loan debt in Wisconsin. The changes made under the bill would allow the use of EdVest funds to be used to repay student loans without state tax penalties. The federal change received bipartisan support and we are hopeful that we will see the same on the state level. The student loan crisis has a major effect on our economy, and this change is the beginning to addressing this issue. 


Community Programs and Announcements 

DNR Update: DNR Stakeholder Group for PFAS rules to hold first meeting on Feb. 6

The first Stakeholder Group for rulemaking efforts related to PFAS surface water quality criteria, groundwater standards, and drinking water maximum contaminant levels will meet on February 6, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the DNR building in Madison, 101 S. Webster Street. The meeting will be held in room G-09.

This meeting is the first of a series of rule development meetings that the DNR will be hosting as it develops proposed rule revisions. These meetings are open to the public and intended to provide information and seek input on the development of revisions to select provisions of the Wisconsin Administrative Code.

If you plan to attend this meeting in person, please RSVP to Meghan Williams at as soon as possible.

You may also participate via conference call. The call-in number and passcode will be available prior to the meeting on the NR105 rule webpage or on the DNR Public Meeting Calendar.

Tentative agenda topics include an overview of the administrative rules process, DNR’s rulemaking authority, and a summary of each rule. The final agenda and any other materials will be available on the NR105 rule webpage in advance of the meetings.


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