Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Americans for Prosperity of Wisconsin: Backing Adam Jarchow for State Senate

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Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin: Backing Adam Jarchow for State Senate
1/11/2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2018

CONTACT: Eric Bott, [email protected]

AFP-Wisconsin Backing Adam Jarchow for State Senate

NW WI Special Election Already Attracting National Attention

MADISON, WI – Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin announced it will engage in next week’s special election in Western Wisconsin to support Rep. Adam Jarchow’s bid for state Senate. The free-market activist group will be running radio and digital ads, utilizing traditional direct mail and GOTV postcards handwritten by activists, as well as phone-banking and canvassing to encourage Wisconsinites to vote for Jarchow. The effort represents the first time the group has made independent expenditures in a state legislative race.

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott made the following statement:

“The eyes of the nation will be on Western Wisconsin as voters go to the polls in the first special election of 2018. We have a real opportunity to make a difference in this race and to help Representative Jarchow win a decisive victory. Jarchow is the foremost champion for constitutional rights in the legislature today. Whether its supporting pro-growth tax reform or standing up to wasteful Madison spending, Representative Jarchow has been a true champion for the principles and policies AFP-WI activists fight for each and every day.”

What they’re Saying

Wisconsin State Journal: Next week’s special Senate election first to test national Democratic wave in Wisconsin

You can view AFP-WI’s new digital ad HERE

You can listen to AFP-WI’s new radio ad here and read the ad script below.

There is only one principled candidate running for state senate in Wisconsin.

His name is Adam Jarchow.

And Jarchow has the record to prove it.

Jarchow supported tax reforms that put 21 million back in the hands of hardworking families.

And thanks to his support, our state tax code is helping small and medium businesses grow.

Jarchow stands up to wasteful, Madison spending, so more of our paychecks stay here at home.

He’s taking on Madison bureaucrats – fighting against handouts for well-connected, special interests.

That means holding Madison accountable – so they put US first.

So on January 16th, let’s send Madison a message – we want someone who’s looking out for us.

Vote Adam Jarchow for state senate and keep Wisconsin moving forward.

Paid for by Americans for Prosperity. Not authorized by any candidate, candidate’s agent, or committee.

Clean Wisconsin: Manure spreading protections on the right track

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 112018
Contacts: Scott Laeser, Clean Wisconsin, 608-251-7020 ext. 13 (office) or [email protected]

Manure spreading protections on the right track

NR 151 the first step of many needed to fix drinking water contamination in Northeast WI

MADISON, WI —The manure spreading rule announced by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) moves the state in the right direction to begin addressing the drinking water contamination crisis in Northeast Wisconsin, especially in Kewaunee County, where over one-third of tested private wells were found to contain bacteria and/or nitrate pollution.

“These protections are an important step to address the drinking water problem in Northeast Wisconsin, and they move us in the right direction toward ensuring families can drink the water from their taps,” said Scott Laeser, Water Program Director for Clean Wisconsin. “The state will need to commit to other actions to fully address this ongoing issue, but these protections lay out steps that can help reduce drinking water contamination.”

The rule, Natural Resources 151, gives direction as to where, when, and how farmers can spread manure on fields in Northeast Wisconsin, where the porous bedrock and shallow soils make groundwater and surface waters vulnerable to runoff pollution from manure.

The Natural Resources Board has announced it will take up the rule for approval at the January 24 meeting in Madison. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and testify in support of the rule.

While the additional protections will apply to vulnerable landscapes in Northeast Wisconsin, other areas of the state, like Southwest and Western Wisconsin, which also have porous bedrock, will not receive additional protections, leaving many in the state vulnerable to drinking water contamination from livestock pollution.

“This is a great start, but it’s just that: a start,” said Laeser. “We applaud the hard work of the DNR and many stakeholders and citizens to take a critical look at this problem in Northeast Wisconsin. We look forward to future discussions about how we can continue on a path toward cleaning drinking water for all Wisconsinites.”

DC Wrap: Pocan returns to DC after heart surgery; Gallagher bill to boost counterterrorism passes House

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Quotes of the week

We’ve all witnessed what happens when Washington, D.C.-based ‘political experts’ of all kinds get involved in U.S. Senate races. Here in Wisconsin, the grassroots have a track record of nominating candidates who reflect our values — not Washington’s — and we can do it again to defeat Tammy Baldwin this fall.
– U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, urging Senate candidates Kevin Nicholson and Leah Vukmir to sign a unity pledge from the Wisconsin GOP to support the winner of the August primary. The two are looking to unseat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, later this year. Signing the unity pledge allows each to be eligible to win the party’s endorsement at the state convention in May. See more in a PM Update from last week.

We want to have a DACA compromise. We want to make sure the DACA problem is solved. … This has to be balanced so we don’t have a DACA problem five, 10 years down the road.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, telling reporters he wants to make a deal with Democrats to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. Ryan added that he’d like to see a package that boosts border security. In September, President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program with a six-month delay.

This week’s news

— U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan is back in D.C. this week — two months after undergoing triple bypass surgery.

Pocan, 53, told reporters at his Madison office last week he’s continuing to have pain in his sternum, although he’s feeling good following the preemptive surgery in early November.

And, he said, he’s looking forward to the new year, although he expressed disappointment in missing key legislative debates this fall, including the passage of the GOP tax overhaul bill, which President Trump signed into law last month.

“Congress really did nothing all year, other than at the end of the year they took care of their donors and they passed tax cuts for the wealthiest,” he said.

Pocan hasn’t voted in the House since Oct. 26.

See more from Pocan’s comments.


— Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate delegation is just one of 14 that are split between senators of different parties, the Pew Research Center noted this week.

Prior to U.S. Sen. Doug Jones’ win in Alabama last month, only 13 states had split Senate delegations, which Pew reported was the fewest in the past five decades.

But with 14 split delegations, Pew says the Senate is tied for second-fewest over the last 50 years.

Meanwhile, a previous Roll Call analysis showed the votes from U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson spanning from the beginning of 2017 to the end of September essentially cancel each other out. Johnson, R-Oshkosh, logged a “party unity score” of 100 percent, while Baldwin, D-Madison, scored a 98.5 percent.

 

— A bipartisan bill from Baldwin that looks to provide family caregivers with more support is headed to President Trump’s desk after clearing the Senate this week.

The legislation, which the Madison Dem and Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins first introduced in July 2015, cleared the House last month.

It previously passed the Senate unanimously in December 2015. It would direct the Health and Human Services secretary to create a national strategy to recognize the nation’s family caregivers.

“Every day, family caregivers do right by their loved ones, and today I am proud to say we are doing right by them by passing the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to formally recognize and support family caregivers across this country,” Baldwin said in a statement.


— A bill authored by U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher that aims to boost U.S. counterterrorism efforts passed the House unanimously on Tuesday.

The legislation, which was referred by the House Committee on Homeland Security, seeks to streamline information sharing between federal agencies and the military to improve counterrorism efforts.

The bill is the fourth that Gallagher, R-Green Bay, has authored during his tenure.

“Through my work as Chairman of the Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States, my colleagues and I discovered that too often, unnecessary bureaucratic constraints on information sharing have put our national security at risk,” Gallagher said. “In the face of increased terrorist threats at home and abroad, my bill is a common sense step toward combating the threat of terrorism and strengthening our defenses.”

Posts of the week

ICYMI

Pocan says Foxconn deal will hurt state Republicans, Walker at the polls
https://www.wispolitics.com/2018/pocan-says-foxconn-deal-will-hurt-state-republicans-walker-at-the-polls/

Conservatives have already spent millions against Tammy Baldwin
https://www.axios.com/conservatives-have-already-spent-millions-against-tammy-baldwin-1515262303-3b226ce7-1842-4bac-8d0f-57a2e0736453.html

Sen. Baldwin urges more funding for community health centers
http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Sen-Baldwin-urges-more-funding-for-community-health-centers-468168483.html

GOP senator wants probe into vetting of CFPB deputy
https://www.americanbanker.com/news/gop-senator-wants-probe-into-vetting-of-cfpb-deputy

Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republicans propose unity pledge in Wisconsin Senate primary
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/election-matters/ron-johnson-wisconsin-republicans-propose-unity-pledge-in-wisconsin-senate/article_e11a3d92-dfdb-5b83-a264-03eceaf6a4b1.html

Ron Johnson: “I want the truth”-Comey’s edited draft makes the FBI look bad
https://nationonenews.com/2018/01/09/ron-johnson-i-want-truth-comeys-edited-draft-makes-fbi-look-bad/

Video: Rep. Mark Pocan says Gov. Scott Walker won’t be re-elected
http://chippewa.com/news/state-and-regional/video-rep-mark-pocan-says-gov-scott-walker-won-t/youtube_827f1248-57be-5d89-9785-599e98a8cf3c.html

Ron Kind: Tax bill fiscally irresponsible
http://lacrossetribune.com/tomahjournal/news/local/govt-and-politics/ron-kind-tax-bill-fiscally-irresponsible/article_c9b7dfde-9c13-559c-8bda-a78219b07cb6.html

Rep. Sean Duffy touches on Trump tweets, North Korea conflict during town halls
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/story/news/2018/01/04/rep-sean-duffy-touches-trump-tweets-north-korea-conflict-during-town-halls/1004268001/

Dept. of Justice: AG Schimel continues 72-county tour to discuss public safety in Clark and Taylor counties

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MADISON, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel continued his 72-county statewide tour to meet with local law enforcement and elected officials with stops in Clark and Taylor Counties on Wednesday, January 10.

“A multi-disciplinary approach to finding solutions is important because the sources, as well as the negative outcomes, of our biggest public safety challenges affect many different disciplines and professions, from public safety to public health,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Today’s roundtable meetings allowed local and state leaders to take a step back and view the challenges facing our communities holistically.”

“I’m glad Attorney General Schimel took the time out of his busy schedule to come to Clark County and meet with us,” said Clark County Sheriff Greg Herrick. “As discussed at the meeting, providing funding for mental health patients, and making drug abuse treatment available at affordable costs are crucial for the county’s wellbeing. The meeting was evidence that Attorney General Schimel is willing to address and help local law enforcement in solving some of the large challenges we face on a day to day basis.”

“I am very happy that Attorney General Schimel is taking the time to meet with public service leaders around the State of Wisconsin,” said Taylor County Sheriff Bruce Daniels. “I believe the time he spent with Taylor County representatives was valuable and that important information was exchanged.”

Attorney General Schimel and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership team is meeting with law enforcement and local officials in every county to discuss public safety concerns specific to each county. The challenges faced by law enforcement leaders and the criminal justice system differ from county to county, even in neighboring communities, making it critical for DOJ to be responsive to public safety needs at the local level. DOJ is a public safety partner for local communities, and these meetings aim to discover what resources and efforts DOJ can provide to make Wisconsin safer and stronger.

DOJ financially supports a number of programs to help public safety officials keep the counties safe.

This year, the West Central Drug Task Force, which includes Clark County law enforcement, will receive more than $70,000 to help investigate drug distribution crimes in the area. This drug task force has also received more than $170,000 since 2015 to fight heroin and methamphetamine. These funds will be available through 2018.

Also, this year, the North Central Drug Enforcement Group, which includes Taylor County, will receive more than $51,000 for investigating drug distribution crimes. In addition, the North Central Drug Enforcement Group has received more than $157,000 since 2017 to fight heroin and methamphetamine.

Taylor County will also receive $100,000 this year from DOJ to expand the county’s alcohol and drug court, which provides an alternative to incarceration for those struggling with addiction.

DOJ also financially supports Clark and Taylor counties’ crime victim service organizations, ensuring that crime victims are given guidance and counseling as they participate in the criminal justice system. Since 2015, DOJ has provided organizations in Clark and Taylor counties nearly $320,000 to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the area.

To see what other counties the Attorney General has visited, and where he will be going next, go to: https://www.doj.state.wi.us/ag-roundtable-map

Doctors supported over 150,000 jobs in 2015

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A new report from the Wisconsin Medical Society and the American Medical Association shows doctors supported over 150,000 jobs in the state in 2015.

It measured the economic impact of the 12,598 active patient care physicians working in Wisconsin as of December 2015, focusing on four economic indicators: jobs, economic activity, wages and benefits, and state and local tax revenue.

“The positive impact of physicians extends beyond safeguarding the health and welfare of their patients,” said AMA President David Barbe. “The Economic Impact Study illustrates that physicians are woven into their local communities and have a vital role in fueling state economies by creating jobs, purchasing goods and services, and supporting public services through the tax revenue they generate.”

The report found that in 2015, doctors generated $13.3 billion in direct output and $12.5 billion in indirect output, for a total of $25.8 billion. That’s an average of just over $2 million per physician, and makes up about 8.5 percent of the state economy according to 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

See more at WisBusiness.com.

Evers campaign: New poll shows Tony Evers with massive lead in the Democratic primary for governor 

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Evers Seen As Best Candidate To Beat Scott Walker

MADISON – The first publicly-released survey of the Democratic primary for Governor of Wisconsin shows State Superintendent Tony Evers with a massive 18-point lead over the rest of the primary field.

Democratic Primary Vote
Tony Evers 29%
Kathleen Vinehout 11%
Paul Soglin 10%
Matt Flynn 5%
Mahlon Mitchell 5%
Mike McCabe 5%
Dana Wachs 4%
Andy Gronik 2%
Kelda Roys 2%
Undecided 28%

In a 9-person field of candidates, Evers garners 29% of the vote, while only two other candidates, Kathleen Vinehout (11%) and Paul Soglin (10%) attract double-digit support.  Evers leads by double-digits in every major media market, including a 12-point lead over Paul Soglin in the Madison market. In addition to winning 34% of the vote in Madison, Evers is supported by 25% of primary voters in the Milwaukee market (leading Flynn by 19 points and Gronik by 22 points), 32% in the Wausau/Eau Claire/La Crosse markets (leading Vinehout by 17 and Wachs by 26 points), and 33% in the Green Bay market.

After voters are read a short description of all 9 candidates, Evers’ lead increases from 18 to 21 points.

Months of negative attacks by Walker have done little to dent Evers’ image.  His strength is reflected in his overwhelmingly favorable image among primary voters, among whom 60% view him favorably and only 9% view him unfavorably.  Other candidates tested were far less known and far less liked than Evers.

“This poll confirms what we’ve been hearing around the state – Democratic primary voters know that Tony Evers’ record of standing up to Scott Walker to defend our public schools, fighting against Walker’s $4,000,000,000 Foxconn deal and his proven ability to win statewide elections make him the best choice to fix the state after 8 years of Walker mismanagement,” said campaign manager Nathan Henry.

Candidate Most Likely To Beat   Scott Walker
Tony Evers 35%
Paul Soglin 10%
Kathleen Vinehout 7%
Matt Flynn 7%
Mike McCabe 6%
Mahlon Mitchell 3%
Andy Gronik 2%
Kelda Roys 2%
Dana Wachs 2%
Undecided 26%

Evers is easily seen as the candidate most likely to beat Scott Walker in November.  When voters were asked, “Regardless of who you might vote for, working from the same list of choices, which candidate do you think has the best chance of beating Scott Walker in November,” 35% chose Evers – 25 points higher than Soglin (10%), with no other candidate exceeding single digits.

“In order to beat Scott Walker in November, Democrats must field the strongest candidate possible,” Henry said.  “By a significant margin, Democratic primary voters believe Tony and his record of achievement for Wisconsin make him the candidate with the best chance of defeating Walker.”

The survey of 747 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling from January 8-10, 2018.  The survey was called using IVR technology.  The margin of error is +/- 3.6%.  Full details of the poll can be found here.

Gov. Walker: Student success: Walker discusses bolstering Wisconsin’s K-12 schools at schools across the state

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Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker is visiting schools in Potosi and Fish Creek today to highlight investments in student success and to discuss his support for legislation authored by Representative John Nygren (R—Marinette) and Senator Howard Marklein (R—Spring Green) that will provide additional Sparsity Aid and a Low Revenue Ceiling increase for rural schools. This increased aid for rural schools is in addition to the historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 education, increased support for High-Cost Transportation Aid in rural areas, new support for mental health services and expanded efforts to provide broadband access statewide included in the state budget.
“Every child in Wisconsin, regardless of where they live, deserves access to a quality education which provides them with the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life,” said Governor Walker. “This bill, in addition to our historically-high investment in K-12 education and initiatives driving student success throughout Wisconsin, ensures our students get the support they need to become the next generation of leaders.”

Representative Nygren and Senator Marklein are authoring legislation (Senate Bill 690) that increases Sparsity Aid by $6.4 million for the 2018-19 school year. The bill provides an increase from $300 per pupil to $400 per pupil for districts that currently qualify for Sparsity Aid.

“I am very proud to be joining Governor Scott Walker to introduce this legislation that will provide significant additional resources for public schools across Wisconsin. In particular, relief for low spending districts,” said Representative Nygren. “This bill will provide more resources for the classroom and increase educational opportunities for students, regardless of their zip code. I would like to thank Governor Walker for his collaboration and leadership on this issue and I look forward to continuing to work to ensure that all students get the world-class education they deserve.”

The Sparsity Aid Program aims to offset the challenges faced by low-population school districts through providing $300 in per-pupil funding for school districts with 745 students or less and a population density of less than 10 students per square mile.

“SB 690 enhances the historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 funding in the biennial budget by providing additional support for rural schools,” Senator Marklein said. “I am proud to champion good policy on behalf of the school districts I serve.”

Investments from the Governor’s budget supporting rural school districts include: increased funding for High-Cost Transportation Aid to help offset the increased cost of transporting students to schools in rural areas; Broadband Expansion grants providing schools and students access to fast, reliable internet service in underserved areas, as well as mobile hotspots for school buses; and $6.65 million to address students’ mental health needs. These initiatives are in addition to the historically-high $11.5 billion investment in K-12 education included the 2017-19 state budget that provides a $200 per student funding increase for every student in every school in the state this year and, on top of that, an additional increase of $204 per student next year.

Gov. Walker: Weekly Radio Address: We are driving student success

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2018
Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839
 
Weekly Radio Address: We Are Driving Student Success
 
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker released his Weekly Radio Address today titled “We Are Driving Student Success.”Hi, Scott Walker here.

Ensuring that every child, regardless of where they live or what their parents do for a living, has access to a great education is one of our top priorities.  We want that education to provide the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, career and in real life.

That’s why we put more into K-12 education than ever before.  Our historic investment means an additional $200 for every student in every school in every part of the State of Wisconsin and another $204 for every student on top of that next year.  We also provided new funding for high transportation costs, for mental health services in schools and for new technology and broadband connections for our students.

Now, to ensure that students in rural school districts have access to a quality education, we are renewing our call to add an additional $100 per student for small, rural schools.  I want to thank State Representative John Nygren for his help in putting this plan together along with Senator Howard Marklein and State Representative Jeff Mursau for their leadership.  The plan also allows low revenue spending districts to get in line with other school districts across the state.

Thanks to our past reforms, we are able to make historic investments in schools while still protecting taxpayers with lower property taxes on a median-valued home in 2018 than they were just eight years ago. It’s just one more way we are moving Wisconsin forward.

Our Revolution: Endorses Tim Burns for Supreme Court

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For Immediate Release: January 11, 2018

Contact: Diane May, [email protected](317) 292-2922

Our Revolution Endorses Tim Burns for Supreme Court  

WASHINGTON– Our Revolution on Thursday announced their endorsement of Tim Burns for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Tim is also endorsed by the Our Revolution local group, Our Wisconsin Revolution.

“Tim’s working-class background makes him a champion for all of Wisconsin’s working families,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner. “On the Supreme Court, he’ll fight for everyone no matter what their race, religion, education, or creed. He will protect voting rights, workers’ rights, the environment, and level the playing field for small businesses.  Right now there are people who are fighting to take away our most valued right–the right to vote. The greatest equalizer we have in this country is the right to vote. If we want better policies, we need better elected officials and that starts at the ballot box–and for Wisconsin voters that starts with electing Tim Burns to the Supreme Court.”

“Tim Burns represents true Wisconsin values,” added Our Revolution Wisconsin Co-Chairs Terrance Warthen and Sarah Lloyd. “Those values, which are increasingly absent from our judiciary, are exactly why Our Wisconsin Revolution endorsed our member, Tim Burns, for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As an early Bernie Sanders supporter, Tim is one of us. He knows the importance of building a people-powered government. A vote for Tim Burns represents a return of government in Wisconsin to the interests of the people over corporate and big-money interests. That’s exactly why our members voted resoundingly to support him in the February 20 Primary.”

Our Revolution supports progressive champions at every level of government. By supporting candidates up and down the ballot, we are aiming to transform American politics to make our political and economic systems responsive to the needs of working families.

Rep. Duchow: Testifies on Wisconsin constitutional bail amendment

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For Further information Contact:

Representative Cindi Duchow

(608) 266-3007                                                                                                             January 11, 2018

Rep. Duchow Testifies on Wisconsin Constitutional Bail Amendment

Madison, WI – A public hearing was held today regarding AJR 93, which would amend Wisconsin’s constitution in determining conditions of release on bail.

Under the Wisconsin Constitution, judges are prohibited from considering the dangerousness of an individual when deciding the initial question on whether to impose case bail. Specifically, under Article I Section 8 (2), the state Constitution reads: “Monetary conditions of release may be imposed at or after the initial appearance only upon a finding that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the conditions are necessary to assure appearance in court”. 

“Commissioners and judges say over and over they are not allowed to consider the dangerousness or violence of a defendant when deciding how much cash bail to set,” said Rep. Duchow. “We believe an update is needed to provide additional flexibility when determining bail amounts by including the consideration of the safety of the community, seriousness of offense, and previous record to reflect the needs of the present.”

Our state Constitution also specifies that: “All persons, before conviction, shall be eligible for release under reasonable conditions designed to assure their appearance in court, protect members of the community from serious bodily harm, or prevent the intimidation of witnesses.” The term “serious bodily harm” refers to bodily injury which causes or contributes to death or disfigurement.  As applied, this has resulted in excluding crimes such as molestation of a child or repeat offenders for drunk driving.

“This amendment would allow judges to consider multiple factors, instead of just ensuring appearance in court, when determining the amount of bail,” Rep. Duchow explained.  “We need to ensure the members of the community are protected, and this amendment does exactly that.”

Rep. Edming: Bill to promote student entrepreneurs moves forward

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For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018

Contact:  Rep. James Edming
(608) 266-7506

Bill to Promote Student Entrepreneurs Moves Forward
Bill Exempts Student Entrepreneurs from the Initial Filing Fee to Form an LLC

MADISON – Today, the Assembly Committee on Small Business Development voted unanimously to recommend passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 498, authored by Rep. James Edming (R-Glen Flora) and Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point).  AB 498 exempts students enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Wisconsin from paying the initial $130 filing fee for forming a limited liability company (LLC).

“I am happy to see this great legislation move forward,” said Rep. Edming.  “Starting a business requires capital which students often lack.  The filing fee exemption provided by AB 498 would free up these funds for students to invest in the LLC itself and help get their small business off the ground.”

To qualify for the exemption under AB 498, all members of the LLC must be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in Wisconsin and the LLC being formed must be a business startup.

AB 498 is now available for scheduling before the full State Assembly.

Rep. Loudenbeck: Applauds Wisconsin’s work to combat human trafficking

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Press Release                                                             January 11, 2018

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck

[email protected]
(608) 266-9967          

Rep. Loudenbeck Applauds Wisconsin’s Work to Combat Human Trafficking

Madison, WI –Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) released the following statement on Human Trafficking Awareness Day and the recent 2017 state Report Card from the Protected Innocence Challenge.

“Wisconsin citizens can be proud of the work being done in our state to effectively respond to the crime of human trafficking.  It is important to recognize that significant progress has been made, while acknowledging that work remains,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.

“We can look to the Protected Innocence Challenge state Report Cards for Wisconsin as a point of reference.  In 2011, Wisconsin received a grade of “D” and a score of 65 on the first Report Card issued by the Protected Innocence Challenge,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.  “In 2017, Wisconsin received a grade of “B” and a score of 89.5, just a half point away from an “A” score. I am confident that Wisconsin is well on the way to an “A” score with the recent enactment of 2017 Wisconsin Acts 128, 129, and 131 and the work that many of my colleagues in the legislature, along with Attorney General Brad Schimel and Governor Scott Walker, are doing.”

The Protected Innocence Challenge is a comprehensive study of existing state laws designed to inspire and equip advocates launched by Shared Hope in 2011. Under the Challenge, every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws in order to effectively respond to the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking. In addition, each state receives a complete analysis of this 41-component review and practical recommendations for improvement.

2017 Report Card – https://sharedhope.org/PICframe7/reportcards/PIC_RC_2017_WI.pdf

2016 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe6/reportcards/PIC_RC_2016_WI.pdf

2015 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe5/reportcards/PIC_RC_2015_WI.pdf

2014 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe4/reportcards/PIC_RC_2014_WI.pdf

2013 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe3/reportcards/PIC_RC_2013_WI.pdf

2012 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe2/reportcards/PIC_RC_2012_WI.pdf

2011 Report Card – http://sharedhope.org/PICframe2/reportcards/PIC_RC_2011_WI.pdf

Representative Loudenbeck introduced her first bill to combat human trafficking in 2011 and over her tenure in the legislature authored six anti-human trafficking bills that have been signed into law which have provided critical tools for prosecutors and law enforcement, imposed stricter penalties for traffickers, raised public awareness, increased access to victim services and resources and enhanced procedures in the child welfare system to better identify and serve vulnerable youth.

Rep. Rohrkaste’s: Historic tax credit bill moves forward

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                               January 11, 2017

Contact: State Representative Mike Rohrkaste                                  (608) 266-5719

Rep. Rohrkaste’s Historic Tax Credit Bill Moves Forward

Madison, WI – Today, State Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) testified before the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means on Assembly Bill 793, which will raise the per-project limit of Wisconsin’s historic tax credit. The historic tax credit has been capped at $500,000 per project, this legislation raises that cap to $3.5 million per project.

“The historic tax credit is a vital tool for the redevelopment of historic areas in Wisconsin including communities right here in the Fox Cities,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “This is a low-risk – high-return program that has spurred hundreds of projects across the state in both urban and rural areas.”

A recent study by Baker Tilly has shown that over a 10-year period the historic tax credit has created an $8 to $1 return on investment for the state. The study has also shown that the credit generated over $600 million in total economic output between 2014 and 2016.

“Without this credit, many of these abandoned historic structures will continue to remain vacant and will likely decay, causing blight,” said Rep. Rohrkaste. “The historic tax credit provides an opportunity for communities, often small, to breathe new life into old and often vacant historic structures.”

The Senate companion to Assembly Bill 793, Senate Bill 668, received a public hearing yesterday in the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues. Both bills now await an executive session in their respective committees.

Rep. Thiesfeldt: Testifies on the Teacher Protection Act

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January 11, 2018

Contact:  Hariah Hutkowski

Phone:  608-266-3156

Rep. Thiesfeldt’s testifies on the Teacher Protection Act

School safety is not just for students

Madison – Today, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R – Fond du Lac), author of Assembly Bill 693, the Teacher’s Protection Act, testified today in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Thiesfeldt stated, “Today we began the public process to strengthen a teacher’s ability to maintain effective discipline and feel safe in their classrooms.  The Teacher Protection Act aims to implement a number of positive steps including:  builds school relationships with law enforcement, allows more classroom control, provides loss of leave benefits if assaulted or injured, assures access for up-to-date student records, and updates teachers annually of their current and expanded rights.”

A robust crowd filled the committee hearing room and the hearing can be viewed on Wiseye.org.  Rep. Thiesfeldt shared the bill and statistical evidence that we need to protect teachers by giving them more information and authority over their classroom, providing assistance if injured, and integrating proper police presence.  Sadly evidence indicates Wisconsin is among the worst in the nation in protecting its teachers from violent student acts.

“I hope this hearing will prompt more conversation on this important issue.  School safety is not just for students.  Thank you for all who testified, reached out to my office and shared thoughts and ideas to improve this legislation,” Rep. Thiesfeldt concluded.

Sen. Johnson: Johnson bill would require government agencies to post regulatory guidance documents on websites

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Contact:
Brittni Palke (202) 224-0382
Ben Voelkel (202) 228-0071 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced a bill Thursday titled Guidance Out Of Darkness, the GOOD Act, that would require federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents online. Making regulatory guidance documents more accessible will help make agencies more accountable to following the required rule-making process and will also provide needed transparency for the American public.

“In addition to facing onerous federal regulations, American businesses are also expected to follow regulatory guidance issued by agencies,” said Johnson. “Yet, unlike the public rule-making process for regulations, federal agencies are not required to disseminate guidance broadly to the public for input, making it hard for businesses and industry groups to monitor and follow. This bill will lift the veil of secrecy by requiring federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents in a centralized location on their websites.  This common sense bill would provide much needed transparency to American businesses and consumers.”

Johnson’s bill can be found here.

Sen. Marklein: Continues fight for rural schools with new legislation

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CONTACT:    Sen. Howard Marklein, 608-266-0703

Renewed effort to increase sparsity aid funding now paired with relief for low-spending school districts

MADISON – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Governor Scott Walker have announced a renewed effort to increase sparsity aid funding for rural schools and to increase the revenue limit ceiling for low spending school districts. Senate Bill (SB) 690 was introduced on January 10, 2018 with strong support in both houses of the legislature.

SB 690 will increase sparsity aid from $300 to $400 per pupil for the 2018-19 school year, an estimated $6 million boost for rural schools. In addition, this proposal also increases the low revenue ceiling from $9,100 to $9,400 for the 2018-19 school year, with the low revenue ceiling rising by $100 per year thereafter up to $9,800 by the 2022-23 school year.

“Combining an increase to sparsity aid with increasing the low revenue ceiling will provide needed relief for more rural schools and is a result of collaboration among legislators with differing districts,” Marklein said. “Legislators throughout Wisconsin came together to work on this new proposal and I am encouraged by our group effort.

Sen. Marklein has consistently championed increases to the sparsity aid program, as well as increased funding for K-12 public education overall. He spoke out against making changes to the Governor’s increase for sparsity aid during the budget process and introduced legislation to restore these changes in October. SB 690 has a similar impact on school districts throughout the state with new benefits for low-spending school districts.

“Sparsity Aid is an important funding program that helps 21 of the 33 school districts in the 17thSenate District with fewer than 745 students and less than 10 pupils per square mile. The change to the low revenue ceiling will impact six school districts in the 17th Senate District as well, including one district that does not qualify for sparsity aid,” Marklein said.

“SB 690 enhances the historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 funding in the biennial budget by providing additional support for rural schools,” Marklein said. “I am proud to champion good policy on behalf of the school districts I serve.”

Sen. Miller: Weekly Dem radio address: Governor’s potholes and policies driving people away

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Contact: Sen. Mark Miller (D – Monona) (608)266-9170

MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen16/millerradio011118.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below:

“Hello, this is Senator Mark Miller with this week’s democratic radio address.

“Despite Governor Walker’s statements to the contrary, Wisconsin is clearly not open for business. According to a 2017 National Movers Study by United Van Lines, more people moved out of Wisconsin than into it in the last year. The study shows that Wisconsin was one of the top 10 states in the Nation for people moving out and 60% of those moves were for jobs.

“With crumbling roads and aging water systems, a willingness to throw $3 billion in taxpayer money away to a Chinese manufacturer and the administration’s continued disdain for public education at all levels, there is little wonder why people don’t feel optimistic about the state of the state.

“This is not the Wisconsin we hoped for, this is not the Wisconsin we deserve. State economies rise and fall with the national economy. The critical measure is how a state compares to the rest of the country. By that measure, Walker has moved Wisconsin backwards. In the last 7 years there have been huge cuts in funding crucial services, more and more put on the credit card to balance the budget, giant tax breaks given to the wealthy and now a proposal to spend $7 million to beg people to come back to Wisconsin, something has got to give.

“Perhaps Governor Walker’s New Year’s Resolution should be fixing problems instead of creating new ones. I don’t think he wants to be known as Governor Pothole, but until the roads become a priority over wooing Chinese billionaires, resident’s cars will need to be realigned each year before moving out of state.”

Sen. Nass: Response to Attorney Fiedler on Ethics Investigation of Brian Bell

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January 11, 2018

Patrick J. Fiedler

Hurley, Burish & Stanton, S.C.

33 E. Main Street, Suite 400

Madison, WI  53703

Dear Mr. Fiedler:

I acknowledge your request for a meeting regarding Mr. Brian Bell of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.  You have informed my staff of your role as investigator, hired by the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, to gather information regarding an ethics inquiry of Mr. Bell.

First, I must share with you my objection with the commission’s decision to utilize its powers to investigate potential violations of state ethics law in this situation.  This is not a matter of alleged ethics law violations.  The issues before us are related to an investigation of leaked documents gathered during the John Doe II and “III” by investigators including former staff of the Government Accountability Board (GAB).  The leak investigation was authorized statutorily by the Wisconsin State Assembly and conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ).

Second, the inferences by Chairman David Halbrooks that authorizing an ethics investigation would allow the agency to utilize its subpoena powers in response to statements made by members of the Legislature regarding Mr. Bell is nothing short of intimidation.  It’s also an attempt to interfere with the Wisconsin State Senate’s role of confirmation as prescribed in statute.

Third, the issues identified in the WDOJ investigation must also be taken in context with the facts already known from other sources regarding the scandalous nature of the John Doe II and “III”.  As you know, from your previous role as an attorney representing a former GAB investigator involved in the John Doe, the Wisconsin Supreme Court not only ended the abusive Doe investigation but clearly ruled that no violations of law had occurred.

My statements regarding the need for Mr. Bell to resign are based on the details of the WDOJ report and the supplemental materials released by that agency.  Based on the information provided by the WDOJ, there exist serious questions regarding the level of cooperation that Mr. Bell provided to the WDOJ in conducting their investigation and the search for records in the possession of the Ethics Commission. 

At a minimum, the WDOJ findings identified the flawed handling and storage of confidential records by the staff of the Ethics Commission.  Vast amounts of John Doe records containing personally sensitive health, family, financial, and business information were maintained in an unprofessional manner and with minimum levels of security.  While Mr. Bell may have taken steps to address these issues after the WDOJ investigation, it must be asked if anything would have been done if not for the WDOJ investigation.

The WDOJ report also lays out an interesting circumstance that Mr. Bell and the Ethics Commission’s general counsel were aware that the former Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz was storing John Doe records in space under the control of the Ethics Commission despite an order of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court that all such records be turned over to the court.  Key questions are did Mr. Bell defer to the wishes of Francis Schmitz in allowing the records to stay in their facility and why would he do that in relation to the order of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.  Mr. Schmitz had no authority to request that such records be stored at the Ethics Commission and be deemed under his control as to disposition.

Finally, I would also share with you that on February 1, 2017, Mr. Bell met with me to discuss the Ethics Commission’s biennial budget request and his confirmation.  My chief of staff also participated in this meeting.  At that meeting, I did share with Mr. Bell my reservations regarding his appointment because of his previous employment with the former GAB.  I felt then and now that the Ethics Commission won’t be able to exit the clouds of the GAB scandal without appointing an administrator free of any connections to that rogue agency.

Morally, I can’t ignore the unjustified harm and civil rights violations that the targets of the John Doe II and “III” suffered because of the inappropriate conduct of rogue employees of the GAB.  I can’t ignore the conclusions of the WDOJ investigators that employees of the GAB weaponized the John Doe process to achieve partisan goals to harm citizens involved in the constitutionally protected political process.

For these reasons, I will be unable to support the confirmation of Mr. Bell as Administrator of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.

 

Sincerely,

Steve Nass

State Senator

11th Senate District

Sen. Taylor: Congratulates Wisconsin hero Barb Bigalke for her suicide awareness work

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For Immediate Release:                                            For more information,contact:

January 11, 2017                                                    Jordan Krieger, 608-266-5810

Taylor Congratulates Wisconsin Hero Barb Bigalke
For Her Suicide Awareness Work
(MADISON) – Today, Barb Bigalke, executive director of the Center for Suicide Awareness, received the Wisconsin Heroes Award for her work in suicide awareness and prevention. The Center provides services and training across the state, including through HOPELINE – Wisconsin’s only no-cost, 24/7 text-based service providing immediate support to those in need.

“I want to say thank you to Barb and everyone at the Center for Suicide Awareness,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee). “I look forward to continuing to work with the Center so we can continue and expand the important work they are doing on the ground.”

During the 2017 – 2019 biannual budget, Senator Lena Taylor and other Democratic members of the Joint Committee on Finance offered an omnibus motion that included $220,000 in HOPELINE funding for the biennium. Unfortunately, that motion was rejected.

“I told my colleagues then what I said to the First Lady now: we need to support the people who are doing the work on the ground. We cannot afford to stand by while Wisconsin’s suicide rate continues to rise and our residents remain at risk.”

Wisconsin’s suicide rate, and number of deaths resulting from suicide, have increased between 2005 and 2015, and according to the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health, Wisconsin’s teen suicide rate has been higher than the national rate for all but one year between 1999 and 2015. That rate has doubled between 2007 and 2015.

“The time to act is now. In the coming weeks, Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah) and I will introduce a bill to help HOPELINE. I invite all my colleagues to join us in this effort.”

THU AM Update: Audit finds about 10% of lobbyists, principals failed to properly report activities

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U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Wed., January 24, 2017

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Horicon Public Safety Building

220 Ellison Street, Horicon, WI 53032

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Wed., January 24, 2017

11:00 a.m.-Noon

Mayville City Hall

15 S. School Street, Mayville, WI 53050

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Wed., January 24, 2017

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Theresa Town Hall

N8679 County Road P, Theresa, WI 53091

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Wed., January 24, 2017

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Campbellsport Public Library

220 N. Helena Street, Campbellsport, WI 53010

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Omro City Hall

205 S. Webster Avenue, Omro, WI 54963

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017

11:00 a.m.-Noon

Utica Volunteer Fire Department

1730 County Road FF, Oshkosh, WI 54904

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Rosendale Village Hall

211 N Grant Street, Rosendale, WI 54974

U.S. Rep. Grothman town hall 🗓

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Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

School District Administration Building

225 McKinley Street, North Fond du Lac, WI 54937

U.S. Rep. Grothman: Grothman announces January town halls

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 11, 2017

Contact: Bernadette Green, (202) 225-2476

Grothman Announces January Town Halls

(Fond du Lac, Wis.) – Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today announced upcoming town hall meetings for Wed., Jan. 24, 2017, and Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017.

Town hall meeting times and locations are as follows:

 

Wed., January 24, 2017

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Horicon Public Safety Building

220 Ellison Street, Horicon, WI 53032

11:00 a.m.-Noon

Mayville City Hall

15 S. School Street, Mayville, WI 53050

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Theresa Town Hall

N8679 County Road P, Theresa, WI 53091

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Campbellsport Public Library

220 N. Helena Street, Campbellsport, WI 53010

Thurs., Jan. 25, 2017

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Omro City Hall

205 S. Webster Avenue, Omro, WI 54963

11:00 a.m.-Noon

Utica Volunteer Fire Department

1730 County Road FF, Oshkosh, WI 54904

1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Rosendale Village Hall

211 N Grant Street, Rosendale, WI 54974

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

School District Administration Building

225 McKinley Street, North Fond du Lac, WI 54937

Wachs campaign: Announces Day Four of Week One Campaign: Great Outdoors Initiative  

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Initiative would help make Wisconsin clean, safe, and beautiful for generations to come
EAU CLAIRE – Dana Wachs announced the fourth part of a week-long issues campaign called Week One. On Day Four, Wachs would launch the Great Outdoors Initiative aimed at restoring environmental protections stripped by Gov. Scott Walker, ensuring protections for drinking water, and making Wisconsin a travel destination once again.

“I love this state with all my heart. Every inch of Wisconsin has something incredible to share with the folks who live here and with visitors from all across the world. We have to protect our great outdoors, and we have to do it now.

“We must also make sure that we restore the protections Gov. Walker stole from our residents. He gave wealthy special interests a pass to pollute our air, our water, and our soil. We must make sure every Wisconsin child can safely drink from the tap, swim in our lakes, and hunt in our forests.

“We have got to get the politics out of our Department of Natural Resources. We need an independent DNR secretary who will look out for the best interests of the state and its people, not the interests of campaign donors,” said Wachs.

The Great Outdoors Initiative will:

  • Restore science-based decision making at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and an independent DNR Secretary who is free from corporate political interests.
  • Establish a task force charged with growing a clean and green economy and reducing Wisconsin’s carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Bring together scientists, hunters, and officials to combat Chronic Wasting Disease and to adopt a common-sense deer management plan that includes double fencing around deer farms.
  • Expand funding to promote Wisconsin’s critical tourism industry.
  • Create a municipal finance program to help homeowners who want to replace old, lead-ridden water pipes and improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
  • Adopt common-sense regulations to protect our natural resources and our sporting heritage from out-of-state developers and mining interests.
  • Increase support for Great Lakes restoration efforts and take steps to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Wachs for Wisconsin will release a new initiative each day from January 8 through January 12, one year out from a new administration.

For more information, visit www.DanaWachs.com/weekone.

Walker campaign: Launches statewide digital ad campaign with focus on education, bold reform

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Contact: Nathan Craft
[email protected]

Governor discusses how balancing state’s budget enabled investing more actual dollars than ever before in Wisconsin classrooms

[Madison, Wis.] – Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign on Thursday launched a statewide digital ad campaign featuring the governor talking directly with hard-working Wisconsin families about how his bold reforms are moving our state forward. The first in a series, Thursday’sad highlights how balancing the state budget enabled a historic investment in our classrooms – $200 more per student this year and another $204 next year.

You can watch the ad, entitled “Record Investments” here. The ad begins:

We made tough choices to balance our budget, and now we’re making record investments in our classrooms.

Our reforms saved taxpayers billions. And since then we put more actual dollars into K-12 education than ever before.

We’re also trusting parents to choose with more quality choices for education. ACT scores and high school graduation rates are in the top 10.

Now there’s more to be done with continued record investments in our classroom – to keep our future bright.

The ad will run on a range of online and social media platforms. It’s the first in a series of ads the Walker campaign is running on the governor’s record and his plans for more bold reform to keep moving Wisconsin forward.

Paid for by Friends of Scott Walker

WEDC ad campaign to attract, retain workers hits Chicago

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The state’s first-ever advertising campaign to attract and retain Wisconsin workers launched this week, with ads of all shapes and sizes peppering the Chicago area.

The $1 million price tag for the campaign is coming out of WEDC’s fiscal year 2018 budget, covering paid advertisements in a variety of channels. These ads highlight specific advantages of living in Wisconsin compared to a bigger metro area, such as shorter commute times, lower taxes and lower rents.

Tricia Braun, COO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, says momentum has been building for this campaign for about two years.

“We had been hearing as an agency from all of our partners, businesses that we work with, etc., that talent is increasingly the number one issue for Wisconsin,” she told WisBusiness.com. “Looking at what we could do to market Wisconsin to out-of-state workers, the reality was there was a large lack of perception or misperception on the types of opportunities that Wisconsin offered.”

She says the effort to draw Wisconsin alumni and millennials from out-of-state will reframe the narrative by showcasing opportunities for careers and for personal fulfillment.

Ads will take the form of targeted social media posts, streaming video and audio ads, mobile app pop-ups, banners on trains, backlit billboards in downtown health clubs and branded coasters in restaurants and bars.

See more at WisBusiness.com.

Wisconsin Dept. of Military Affairs: Lt. Gov. Kleefisch to promote general in Wisconsin National Guard

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WI NATIONAL GUARD NEWS ADVISORY: Lt. Gov. Kleefisch to promote general in Wisconsin National Guard

CONTACT: Capt. Joe Trovato | [email protected] | 608-242-3048

MADISON, Wis. — Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will promote Wisconsin’s deputy adjutant general for Army to the rank of major general in the Wisconsin Army National Guard during a Jan. 12 ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kleefisch will administer the oath of office and promote Brig. Gen. Mark Anderson to the rank of major general.

As the deputy adjutant general for Army, Anderson is responsible to the adjutant general for all aspects of mission readiness and performance pertaining to the 7,500 Soldiers of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He also serves concurrently as the deputy commanding general, Army National Guard, for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he serves as the principal Army National Guard advisor to the commanding general ensuring the Army National Guard mission, skill sets and capabilities are integrated into the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command efforts.

Anderson enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1983, transferred to the Wisconsin Army National Guard and earned his commission from the Wisconsin Military Academy in 1985. He served in a variety of command and staff positions including as a fire support officer, battery commander and battalion commander. He also served as deputy commander of the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade before deploying to Iraq in 2005-06 as a senior military transition team advisor to the Iraqi army. He later commanded the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team until assuming his present assignment. From 2009-2012, Anderson simultaneously served as the advisor and personal representative of the commanding general of the United States Army Fires Center of Excellence for all Army National Guard Field Artillery matters, and from 2015-2018, he served as the special assistant to the chief of the National Guard for diversity.

 

Wisconsin Safety Council: Nominations requested for Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards

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Contact: Nick Novak, 608.258.3400
Deadline to Apply is Friday, Jan. 19
MADISON – Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development are now accepting applications for the 24th Annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards. Interested companies should visit www.wisafetycouncil.org between January 1 – January 19 to complete the online application.
“Companies that create a culture of safety strive to send every single employee home safe, every single day,” said Janet Metzger, WSC Executive Director. “The Corporate Safety Awards recognize the companies in Wisconsin that put safety first in everything they do.”
The awards competition involves two phases; one involving statistical data and one involving subjective questions. The 2017 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards will be judged in categories based on both the size and type of business or organization. Finalists must provide details on safety leadership and employee participation, safety program implementation, safety and health training, and accomplishments and goals.
Winning companies will be presented with their awards at the 76th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference April 16-18 at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
Wisconsin Safety Council is the state’s leading provider of safety training, services and products. It is the state chapter of the National Safety Council and an educational program of WMC Foundation.
Visit www.wisafetycouncil.org to complete the online application.
Call 800-236-3400 with questions.
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