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Happy Arbor Day!

For years our communities have been severely impacted by Republican policies that rolled back environmental protections. Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Now with Governor Evers, we have an opportunity to work towards returning to the longstanding tradition of being a leader in environmental protections.

In Governor Evers' proposed budget, he plans to return science to the DNR and promote environmental protections in our state. These initiatives include:

• Invest $70 million in water quality programs including well contamination remediation and lead service line replacement.
• Promote the use of clean and renewable energy, and sets the goal to have our state’s electricity production to be 100% carbon free by 2050.
• Provide cost sharing grants to farmers to build infrastructure that protects our resources while building long term farm success.

These proposals are significant steps towards improving our environment and protecting it for future generations. 

Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27




Senator Erpenbach's statement on DNR announcement to clean up the Portage Canal: 

In honor of Governor Evers’ Year of Clean Water, and in the spirit of Earth Day, I was thrilled to hear that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) committed $4.3 million to clean up the Portage Canal. The DNR is working with the City of Portage and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to clean up contaminated sediments in Segment II of the Portage Canal Area. 

This announcement has been decades in the making. I have spent years advocating for this investment and I am happy to finally see it come into existence.  This grant will not only go a long way towards cleaning up the canal, but will leverage additional money from the federal government to improve the economy for all, including adding funds for a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. 

This grant will add something more to an already vibrant community. Clean water is essential to our way of life in Wisconsin, and it is about time that we take some action. Future generations deserve the same opportunities that we have, and this investment in Portage is a great step towards protecting the environment.

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ICYMI: For Earth Day, Team Erpenbach joined Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance to clean up Hwy 12 in Baraboo!


Senator Erpenbach Announces Community Listening Sessions:

As you may know, the Joint Committee on Finance will soon begin meeting regularly to form the 2019-21 State Biennial Budget. As a member of the Committee, I am eager to hear from Wisconsinites in the 27th Senate District on how they feel about the many proposals included in the People’s Budget created by Governor Evers, as well as any and all additional budget-related policies they are interested in discussing.

Please consider attending one of my Community Listening Sessions on the 2019-21 State Biennial Budget on a date and at a location that is most convenient to you. Below is a schedule with the dates and locations of each session.


Saturday, April 27
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Bidwell Meeting Room
253 W Edgewater St, Portage


Saturday, April 27
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
101 South Boulevard, Baraboo


Saturday, May 4
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 am.
Meeting Room
105 Perimeter Street, Mount Horeb


Saturday, May 4
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
7448 Hubbard Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562


I hope you find one of the opportunities convenient for your schedule to come and share your interests as related to state government, or just to come and listen to what your neighbors have on their minds.

I would also appreciate you sharing these opportunities with other folks you might feel would be interested. The more the merrier!

Thanks much for your consideration. Hope to see you soon!


Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from the DATCP: It Takes a Village to Fight Identity Theft 

"​Too many Wisconsin consumers fell victim to identity theft in 2018, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Credit card fraud was the most commonly reported type of theft for consumers age 20 and over, and those under 19 reported mostly employment or tax-related fraud.

Since identity theft can go undetected, we need to stay vigilant and do our part to protect ourselves. There are a number of resources available to help consumers learn about identity theft and take preventative measures. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's (DATCP) Bureau of Consumer Protection also has staff to help victims mitigate any damage that may have occurred if they are victims of identity theft.

Here are some ways federal and state partners can help you protect your identity:

  • At the federal level, the U.S. Postal Service will hold your mail when you travel and uses confirmation letters and other identity verification tools to prevent false change of address requests from being processed. 
  • Federal laws also require the three major credit bureaus to provide one free credit report each year to consumers and to offer free fraud alerts and credit report freezes. Freezes are a powerful tool to prevent an identity thief from using your information to obtain extensions of credit in your name.
  • In Wisconsin, additional monitoring and assistance services are available from multiple state agencies. 

If you need additional information or believe you may have been a victim of identity theft, visit the DATCP website at or contact DATCP's Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or by email:"

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 Update from DATCP/DWD: Full-Time Scammers Target Part-Time Job Seekers

"With summer around the bend, the seasonal job hunt is underway for many Wisconsin high school and college students. As potential applicants gear up to fire off their applications, the Wisconsin Departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) advise job seekers to be vigilant regarding questionable job postings, particularly those featuring "too-good-to-be-true" employment offers or those asking for upfront payment for training or materials.

DWD and DATCP offer the following tips to help students protect themselves when they seek seasonal jobs on any job search/placement website:

  • It is not common or normal practice for an employer to ask for your personal information. 
  • Be suspicious of any job offer that requires an upfront fee. 
  • Any “job" that requires you to cash a check and send any amount of it to another party is a scam. 
  • Be cautious when dealing with any contacts outside of the United States. 
  • Research an organization before making any commitments. 
  • Get the job offer in writing, including any earnings you are expected to make.
  • If the interview request or job offer is for a job you did not apply for, it is most likely a scam.
  • Scammers often send "spoofed" emails with forged email headers that make the messages appear to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source.

For additional information on job opportunities in Wisconsin, visit the Job Center of Wisconsin website.  A number of DATCP fact sheets relating to job scams can be found on the agency's consumer fact sheets webpage under the “Employment" heading."

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Update from the DNR:

  • Hunters who are interested in participating in Wisconsin’s elk hunt this fall are encouraged to submit an application starting on May 1st.  In 2019, five bull tags will be available to state hunters through the DNR.  Four of those will be awarded through the state application and drawing, and the fifth will be awarded through a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle.
  • State bat biologists are asking the public to report barns, buildings, bat houses and other roosts where bats have successfully hibernated.  These reports help biologist identify and protect bats that did not succumb to White Nose Syndrome over the winter.
  • Beginning May 1st, campers will be able to make same day reservations for camp sites at 15 Wisconsin State Parks.  This pilot program is aimed at providing additional camping opportunities for park visitors.
  • Turkey hunters have the opportunity to donate their harvested turkey to a local food pantry through the DNR’s Turkey Donation Program.  Donated turkeys will be process free of charge.

Update from the DNR: Public comment period extended on DNR’s surface water bacteria criteria and effluent limits

The extended public comment period runs from Mar. 4 to May 15, 2019

The comment period has been extended for the DNR’s proposed revisions to bacteria criteria for the protection of recreation and associated permit effluent limits, which were public noticed on March 4.  The comment period, previously slated to end on April 30, has been extended to May 15, 2019. 

The extension is provided due to a revision to rule language outlining effluent limit requirements in ch. NR 210.06(2)(a)2., based on discussion raised during the current comment period. The updated Board Order containing the new rule language can be obtained at, under rule number WY-17-15.  In addition, a “track changes” version is attached to this email for your convenience in reviewing the changes.  A few additional updates are also shown in track changes in response to earlier comments received.  Comments may be submitted until May 15 to

Update from DATCP: Comments Invited on Use of Vydate® L on Onions

Members of the public may comment through Thursday, May 2, on a proposed special registration that will allow use of an insecticide to control insects and nematodes on dry bulb onions. 

The special registration by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will allow growers to use Vydate® L on onions. The product is not otherwise labeled for use on onions in Wisconsin. It is a restricted-use product, meaning that it must be applied by a certified pesticide applicator. 

The special registration process allows states to register additional uses of pesticide products without prior federal approval. It helps growers address local pest problems that cannot be adequately controlled by any available federally registered product. These problems include insect outbreaks, fungal diseases, and grasses and weeds that outcompete crops.

Details about the special registration process are available here.

Update from the Governor's Office: Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Iowa County District Attorney

"Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he is seeking applications for appointment as Iowa County District Attorney.

The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the passing of Iowa County District Attorney Larry E. Nelson. The new appointee will serve for the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

To apply, please email a completed application form and supporting materials to Applications must be submitted by May 13, 2019.

The District Attorney application form is available on the “Apply to Serve” page of the governor’s website:

For questions about the appointments process, please contact the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at (608) 266-1212."


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