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Last week the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation announced that FoxConn, a project I have not been shy about opposing, had not met the requirements necessary to receive the tax credits promised by the Walker Administration. Sadly, what has obviously turned out to be nothing but an attempt to win voters in elections, has cost Wisconsin taxpayers dearly-to the tune of at least $165 million so far. That money would have been better spent on our Wisconsin small businesses.  The very same GOP, who this week informs us there is nothing more that they can do to help Wisconsin during this unprecedented global pandemic, and who hasn’t lifted a finger in over 190 days, rushed the FoxConn boondoggle through in just over a month. I’m thankful Governor Evers has appointed thoughtful, talented folks to WEDC that have held FoxConn accountable.

You can read more about the FoxConn project here.

Sincerely,

 

JON ERPENBACH
State Senator
27th District

 

People's Maps Commission Seeking Public Comment

The People’s Maps Commission is holding their second virtual public hearing on October 29, 2020, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This is part of a series of eight meetings to discuss each of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts. The focus of the second meeting is the fifth congressional district, which includes Jefferson and Washington counties and parts of Dodge, Milwaukee, Walworth, and Waukesha counties. It is currently represented by Jim Sensenbrenner who has announced his retirement. A new Congressman will be elected there this November.  There will be retrospection on how the legislative maps were drawn in 2011 and testimonies from experts. If interested in participating in the public hearing, click this link and register before October 27, 2020. Help Wisconsin achieve fair maps!

Click the link and scroll to the bottom to register for the public hearing.


 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week Three

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection highlights internet-dependent health services in their third week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The healthcare industry is increasingly reliant on internet-connected devices in order to improve patient care, organizational efficiency and speed of crisis response. These improvements are successful in helping patients and staff but provide opportunity for vulnerabilities through internet usage. DATCP encourages people to access telemedicine and health care apps through secure Wi-Fi, by reviewing privacy policies, and preventing devices from saving passwords. Small changes render large differences in security of private information.

Learn more.

 

Drug Take Back Day is October 24

Attorney General Josh Kaul has announced that nearly 230 local law enforcement agencies will be participating Drug Take Back Day. This is a convenient, safe and responsible way to dispose of expired or unused pharmaceutical medications. This effort is to fight the opioid epidemic, educate communities, and prevent pharmaceutical drugs from contaminating water systems by flushing them down the toilet. October 24 is the official date for Drug Take Back Day but you do not need to wait to dispose of drugs and medicines properly. To find a drug drop box, and to see a list of accepted and unaccepted medicines, click here.

 

2020 TRAVEL Grant Recipients

Congratulations New Glarus, Sauk Prairie, Baraboo, Greater Waunakee, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Verona, Greater Portage & Lodi and Lake Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce, Middleton Tourism, Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau, Columbia County Economic Development AND Green County Tourism.  Our communities are fortunate to have active, proven and dedicated promoters of everything we have to offer visitors from across the state and beyond.

See the map of 2020 TRAVEL Grant Recipients. 

 

National Safe School Week

This week has been National Safe School Week as Attorney General Josh Kaul reminds Wisconsin of a new resource for school communities. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety launched SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT (SUSO) Resource Center in early September. This program offers 24/7 threat reporting system, threat assessment consultation, critical incident response, and general school safety guidance. The school safety tip line is a place to call if a student feels they may harm themselves or others. SUSO has a phone number, a website, and a mobile app to report a threat or submit a tip. Schools, students and families should all be aware of this resource to prevent incidents of self-harm or suicide.

Learn more.

  

Additional Tax Relief for Wisconsinites

Governor Tony Evers announced this week that $256.4 million in tax relief will be available for Wisconsin taxpayers. This is a result of the additional revenue collected by the Department of Revenue from out-of-state retailers and marketplace providers. The revenue has been gathered over a twelve month period ending in September 30, 2020, and is more than triple the amount of last year’s $77.4 million.  In the 2019 Wisconsin Act 10, a bipartisan legislation Gov. Evers signed last year, tax relief will be targeted toward lower and middle- income Wisconsinites. During this difficult and unprecedented time, it is important to support Wisconsin tax payers with necessary tax relief.  

Learn more.

 

Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to thehotline.org for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Coping Resources for Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline 


 

Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 

 

 
 
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