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Rep. Snyder highlights foster care reforms in GOP radio address

Madison… Representative Patrick Snyder (Schofield) delivered the weekly Wisconsin GOP radio address today. Reflecting on his first term in office, Rep. Snyder discussed policies implemented by the legislature during the past two years including increasing education funding and worker training programs. The radio address specifically focused on the foster care reforms that were introduced by members of the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care and signed into law in April 2018. Rep. Snyder concluded his remarks by acknowledging the work that is yet to be done and looking towards future changes.

The audio is available at

The full text of the radio address can be found below.

Hi, this is State Representative Pat Snyder of Schofield, Wisconsin.

As the 2017-2018 legislative session comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the improvements we made during my first term: we increased funding for education, froze UW tuition, cut taxes and expanded worker training programs. I am most proud of the positive changes we made to Wisconsin’s foster care system. The ideas came from the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care, which I had the opportunity to co-chair.

After traveling throughout the state to hear about challenges within the foster care system, we introduced 13 bi-partisan bills which addressed three key areas: foster youth within the system; foster youth aging out; and prevention of out-of-home placements. 11 of those bills ultimately became law.

While the Task Force worked diligently and implemented agreeable solutions, we recognize that we continue to face challenges in our foster care system. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the future to expand upon our accomplishments and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

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