Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days Agenda

Assisting Door and Kewaunee communities and businesses deal with unprecedented low water levels in Lake Michigan: Communities, individual property owners and businesses in Door and Kewaunee counties are facing disastrous economic and environmental impacts caused by unprecedented low Lake Michigan water levels. 


Delegates will ask the legislature to:

• Recognize the magnitude and severity of the challenge faced as communities and businesses deal with the effects of unprecedented low water levels.

• Create a special commission or task force to study the issue of low water impacts on businesses and communities.

• Permitting new techniques for sand bypass and beneficial re-use of materials;

• Place a grant-scoring priority that favors grant requests that involve helping local communities deal with the impacts of low lake water levels;

• Provide better funding for recreational harbor dredging.;

• Facilitate dredging for commercial fishing docks.

State Support Needed for Decommissioning of the Kewaunee Power Plant:  The Kewaunee Power Plant closed on May 7 and is in the process of a phased layoff of 650 full-time employees.

Implement Family Care in Northeast Wisconsin:  Request Joint Finance Committee to authorize the Family Care program for frail elderly and disabled to seven counties in the Northeast Wisconsin Long Term Care District (Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Marinette, Menominee, Shawano and Oconto).

Winery Regulatory Reform:  Current state regulations are causing significant barriers to the growth of this important industry. Five regulatory reforms are being proposed.

Historical Rehabilitation Tax Credits Expansion: Bill increasing state historical tax credits from 5 percent to 20 percent would have a direct impact on helping the implementation of the Sturgeon Bay Westside Waterfront Redevelopment project.

K-12 School Funding Without Increasing Property Taxes:  Support the Ellis-Olsen proposal to raise the revenue limit by $150 per pupil and to provide the additional general aid to hold property taxes level.  

Combating Aquatic and Land-based Invasive Species.

Restore DATCP [Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection] Funding for County Land Conservation Staff.

Beach Waters Testing and Monitoring Fund:  Support establishment of a long-term funding program for Beach Water Contamination Testing that replaces lost EPA funding through the Federal Beach Act. Authorize fund at $100,000 per year and establish the fund in the 2015 bi-annual budget.