I have been thrilled to hear from constituents during our Joint Finance Committee Hearings. Residents showed up from around the state to voice their support and stories on the Governor's 2019-2021 State Budget. Our rooms where packed with public school advocates, seniors, immigrant advocacy organizations, disability rights groups, public health officials, and many more, and I was happy to listen to different perspectives as we get ready to begin the budget process. There is still one JFC budget hearing remaining, on April 24th. 


You still have time to voice your opinions. This week I announced that I will be holding community listening sessions throughout the district. It is important to me that I hear from the people that I represent, and I hope that you are able to find one that works for you to share your thoughts and listen to others. You can find the schedule below. 

Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27




Senator Erpenbach Applauds the SeniorCare Extension

It was announced last week that the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified the Department of Health Services (DHS) that they approved a 10-year extension for the popular and vital SeniorCare prescription drug program. I was happy to stand with Governor Evers at a press conference to celebrate the continuation of this vitally important program.


This is a huge win for our state. This program provides relief to over 92,000 seniors in Wisconsin, and is vital for ensuring that they can afford and access their medications. I am happy that seniors across Wisconsin will be able to go to bed tonight without being worried about whether or not they will have this coverage tomorrow.




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Updates from DATCP: Use Caution when buying Bucks NBA Playoff Tickets.  

According to the Bucks organization, the only means of buying “verified” playoff tickets (where you are guaranteed to get the seat that you buy) from either the team or from other fans is through Ticketmaster ( or The Bucks website also notes that holders of counterfeit tickets or tickets with invalid barcodes will be denied entry to the Fiserv Forum.

DATCP offers these additional tips to avoid becoming a victim of ticket fraud:

  • If you are buying from a third-party, ask specific questions about the seats and do some research to ensure that the seat location exists in the arena. Fake tickets may include misspellings, have low-resolution graphics, and be short on details about the event. Make sure the ticket includes the correct date, time, location, and seating details.
  • Use a secure method of payment such as a credit card rather than cash, check, or debit card to purchase tickets since it may provide some protection if you do not receive the tickets. Do not give out your credit card number to someone you don’t know or trust.
  • If you plan to buy tickets from an online classified ad, ask to meet the seller in person at a secure location like a police station. If the seller refuses, it is likely a scam.
  • Keep your tickets off social media. If you post pictures of your tickets online, the image could be used by a scammer to make a counterfeit ticket. That ticket could be sold to another fan and you could be out a seat, or that other buyer could be ripped off.

For additional information, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to, or call the Consumer Protection Hotline at (800) 422-7128.​


Updates from the Governor's Office:

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

The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Columbia County District Attorney Tristan Eagon, whose resignation is effective April 9, 2019. The new appointee will serve out 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 April 26, 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.


Updates from the DNR:

  • Spring is a great time of year to declutter.  The most recent statewide DNR survey on household electronic recycling shows that most Wisconsin residents are managing unwanted electronics responsibly, but many are unsure how to recycle electronics, or face other barriers to recycling old devices.  DNR offers an online list of E-cycle Wisconsin collection sites, including newly added information on free manufacturer mail-back programs.


  • Keep checking DNR’s Get Outdoors! event calendar to find family-friendly programs and events being held at Wisconsin State Parks and recreational properties around the state.  Event listings are updated regularly.

Updates from WisDOT: Merrimac Ferry Open

The Merrimac Ferry is open for the 2019 season. In season the ferry, which serves as Highway 113 across the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties, shuttles vehicles and bicycles free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In 2018 the ferry, formally called the COLSAC III, made 46,613 trips carrying 239,783 vehicles across the river between Merrimac on the north bank and Okee on the south. The ferry holds 15 vehicles at a time, in addition to bicycles and pedestrians, and takes about seven minutes for a single crossing.

Travelers can register for alerts when the ferry is temporarily closed due to routine maintenance throughout the year. Simply visit and follow the instructions. Ferry closure alerts will also be posted on the WisDOT Southwest Region Twitter page; follow us at @WisDOTsouthwest. Alerts and updates provided via these sites are not intended for use while driving. When driving, your focus should always be on driving.

The ferry will remain open until ice forms again on the Wisconsin River, hopefully not until fall.

  • The 2019 Spring Turkey season kicked off this week.  The season runs from April 17th through May 28th.  Hunters are reminded to register their harvested turkey by 5 p.m. the day after recovery.



  • DNR recently announced the rollout of an online tool to help the public track management activities on state lands.  The Annual Property Implementation Plans (APIP) tool allows users to identify forestry and habitat work, as well as infrastructure improvement and the development of recreational opportunities on specific DNR properties.


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!


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