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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With only a few weeks left in the year, there are many things that still need to be wrapped up here in the Capitol. Unfortunately, many of the issues and proposals that Wisconsinites wanted us to tackle this year did not get accomplished due to Republican inaction. The Senate has adjourned until 2020, but there is still time to do many important things, such as release funds to help those who are homeless before the year ends. 


It's starting to look like the holidays in the Capitol, and this afternoon was the annual tree lighting ceremony! The tree, located in the Capitol Rotunda, is filled with handmade ornaments from elementary schools around the state. The theme this year is "Celebrate Science." 

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Democrats call for action to address homelessness. 

My Democratic colleagues and I are continuing to push for bipartisan legislation to fund homeless shelters across Wisconsin. The legislation has already passed unanimously in both Senate and Assembly committees and before the full Assembly. Despite these bipartisan efforts, Senate Republicans said no and have adjourned until January 2020.

The funding for these programs was already approved in the budget, and both Governor Tony Evers and the Democrats are calling upon Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance to meet and release these funds, so that we can get to work helping those in need.

Community Programs and Announcements 

DATCP Update: Stop Gifting to Scammers this Holiday Season

  • Shopping Online

    • Avoid suspiciously deep discounts or free offers, including social media posts or emails that offer these deals. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
    • Verify websites before ordering. A quick internet search can help you verify the company’s information and find any warnings about their website.
    • Check that you are using a secure website (“https” rather than “http”) before entering your password or any personal or banking information.
    • Pay by credit card. Federal law gives you the right to dispute charges if you report them to the credit card company within 60 days of receiving your statement.
    • Keep a paper trail, and carefully review your credit card statements after the holidays for any unauthorized charges.

    Buying Gift Cards - Watch for the following common gift card scams:

    • Phony surveys that promise a free gift card in exchange for your personal information. Scammers sell your personal information and no gift card is ever sent.
    • Unsolicited messages, such as email, text, social media or internet ads that promise a free gift card. Do not click on any links and delete the message.
    • Online auction sites selling discounted or bulk gift cards. The cards may have been tampered with, have already been used, or expired.

    Verifying Shipping Notices - Here’s how you can tell if a shipping notice is fake:

    • Poor grammar or spelling in emails claiming to be from a legitimate company.
    • Sender’s email address does not match the company’s web address.
    • Email lacks specifics about the sender or the package's supposed contents.
    • Asks you to provide personal information or open an attachment to review an order.
    Threatens that a package will be returned to the sender, or that you will be charged a fee for not responding to the message.

Learn more. 

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS RELEASE: Application period opens for local public safety answering points grant

The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is pleased to announce that the application period has opened for local public safety answering points (PSAPs) to begin applying for a $2.9 million grant awarded to Wisconsin by the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Learn more. 


Update: Governor's Business Plan Contest Open for 2020

The Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2020 competition until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital.

Learn more. 


Contacting My Office

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