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Governor Evers declared 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water, and we are beginning to see the benefits of this sentiment. This week, the Department of Natural Resources put out a report that 80% of Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers are healthy. I’m happy to see the commitment to clean water, but there is still a long way to go. Many of our communities continue to face challenges that threaten their health and safety due to polluted drinking water, but Democrats plan to continue to invest in this issue, strengthen water protections, and address this health crisis.

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27


Senator Erpenbach Hosts Screening In Capitol

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This week, I hosted a screening of “No Small Matter” presented by Wisconsin Early Childhood Association, Corrine’s Little Explorers, and The Growing Tree Child Care Center.

No Small Matter is a documentary that explores the importance of early childhood education. The film lays out overwhelming evidence of the significance of the first five years of a child's life and reveals how failure to act on that evidence results in an everyday crisis for American families and the country.

Thank you to Corrine Hendrickson and Brooke Skidmore for coming in to present and discuss the importance of the critical need to invest in childcare programs.


Governor Evers Creates the Climate Change Task Force

This week, Governor Evers announced the establishment of a task force on climate change. The task force will advise and assist the Governor in developing a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. I’m happy to see that we have a governor who believes in science and is committed to the health and safety of Wisconsinites, and protecting our environment.

You can read the executive order here.


Legislative Priority Highlight - Clean Water

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Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from DATCP:

Apply Through December 13 for Dairy Processor Grants

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Wisconsin dairy processors to apply for the next round of Dairy Processor Grants through December 13, 2019. The funding is intended to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities. Grant recipients will be announced in February 2020.

Dairy Processor Grants are customizable to each processor and can be used to address a wide range of business needs including food safety, staff training or modernization. Eligible applicants must operate a licensed dairy processing plant in Wisconsin which is engaged in pasteurizing, processing or manufacturing milk or dairy products.


A grant up to $50,000 is available per dairy processor. The processor is required to provide a match of at least 20 percent of the grant amount. The state-funded program is administered by DATCP.


Find application materials and learn more here.


Updates from the DNR:

Updates from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance


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