- Terry McNulty has filed his Declaration of Candidacy as a Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District and has filed a Federal Election Campaign. McNulty is pro-life and pro-family, and has been married for 23 years to his wife Lori. He and his wife own and operate McNulty Surveying & Mapping. He currently holds the elected offices of president for the Village of Forestville and member of the Board of Education at Southern Door County School District. McNulty released the following statement: “We need government, however, government should cast a small shadow. Large enough to work effectively for the good of the people, yet small enough that we do not feel as if it is constantly looking over our shoulder. “Sad to say security is priority one because we are not as safe as we once were. Second, at this time we must get a balanced budget with a plan to pay down the crippling national debt. Third, we need tax reform that allows for simpler filing with an opportunity to reduce government bureaucracy and grow businesses and be conducive to job creation. Finally, I have served my country already for a career and believe in a citizen’s government and term limits and with that I believe we can reform benefits starting from the top where lawmakers should never pass laws they are exempt of. I am not asking to go to Washington, D.C. for any other reason than to take care of business.” McNulty joins Republican Senator Frank Lasee of DePere in announcing his run for the office currently held by Reid Ribble, who announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election.
- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will begin implementing a new customer service and license sales system designed to make it easier for customers to buy hunting and fishing licenses, register boats and recreational vehicles and get information about hunter education and safety courses. Implementation of the new 24/7 online system is part of a broader Go Wild campaign that encourages people to head outdoors and enjoy recreational opportunities. During the transition period that runs to early March, customers who wish to purchase products such as fishing licenses or a snowmobile trail pass must place their purchases at a DNR service center or call the customer service line and purchase products over the phone at 888.936.7463.
- The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council has announced the 12th annual Invader Crusader Awards for the upcoming Invasive Species Awareness Month in June. Invader Crusader Awards honor Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm Wisconsin land, water and wetlands. Nominations are now being accepted for individuals, groups or organizations for their efforts to address issues surrounding terrestrial and aquatic invasive species. The Invader Crusader Awards are open to both volunteers and professionals of any age. To nominate, fill out the nomination form available at invasivespecies.wi.gov/ and email it to invasiv[email protected]. Applications are due by March 18, 2016.
- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will conduct a hearing in March to accept public testimony on proposed permanent rules related to school district instructional design and programs. The March 1 hearing will be held from 3 to 4:30 pm at the DPI’s headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 S. Webster St., Madison. For those who cannot attend the hearing, written comments sent to the department will be given the same consideration as public testimony. Under current law, public school boards are to schedule a minimum number of hours of direct pupil instruction each school year: 437 hours in kindergarten, 1,050 hours in grades one through and six, and 1,137 hours in grades seven through 12. The revisions to Chapter PI 8 would bring administrative rules into alignment with current practices and update how school districts calculate hours of instruction when using innovative instructional methods.
- Groups of Wisconsin farmers can apply for the first round of Producer-Led Watershed Protection grants in a new program that aims to address soil and water issues with homegrown answers. Applications will be accepted Feb. 29-April 1. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award grants to producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields, and work to increase farmer participation in these voluntary efforts. Each group is eligible for up to $20,000 a year, with a total of $250,000 available in each of the next two years. “The Governor included this initiative in the 2015-17 budget to support farmers in their conservation efforts,” said Ben Brancel, Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “This program is designed to give financial support to farmers who are willing to take leadership roles in their watershed and to work collaboratively to address water quality issues.” Applicants must be groups of at least five farmers whose farms are in the same watershed and each produced at least $6,000 in gross farm revenue last year, or $18,000 in the past three years. Application materials are available at datcp.wi.gov. They must be submitted by email. Farmers with questions should contact Rachel Rushmann at 608.224.4622 or [email protected].