Legislative Days Descend on Madison This Week

Nearly 100 delegates from Door and Kewaunee counties headed to Madison on Wednesday and Thursday this week to talk to lawmakers about the most pressing issues facing northeast Wisconsin. The event is held every two years around state-budget season.

This year, delegates will speak about a variety of initiatives, including:

• Opposing the repeal of statewide school start dates

• Advocating for the Premier Resort Area Tax for the City of Sturgeon Bay

• Requiring lodging marketplaces such as Airbnb to identify local municipalities when reporting room-tax collections

• Increasing state broadband-expansion grant funding

• Investing in local land and water resources

• Approving a grant program to fund arts and culture projects and promote the creative economy

“Legislative Days has helped address important needs specific to our region of Wisconsin,” said Jim Schuessler, executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation, which organized the event. “Previous topics include diverse issues such as the Highway 42/57 four-lane improvement project, Wisconsin harbor assistance funding, expansion of the state family-care program, and regulation supporting EMS budgets.”Jackson Parr will be in Madison covering the event and will provide a full report in next week’s issue of the Pulse.