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  • Reps in the News: Cuts to Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water

    Governor Tony Evers Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday approved two of the five scientist positions Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed to restore science in environmental policy, but they cut millions of dollars from plans to reduce pollution from farms and industry. Under questioning by Democratic committee members, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau […]

  • Governor Gets Hands Dirty at Deer Run Dairy

    During a visit to the Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee County May 28, Gov. Tony Evers got to roll in his hand the solids that result from the methane-digester process that has been used on the farm to process cow manure since 2011. The solids processed through the digester are used as bedding for the […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Vows to Veto Abortion Restrictions

    Representative Joel Kitchens The Joint Committee on Finance approved a budget motion submitted by Rep. Kitchens that will defray a portion of the costs that Washington Island incurred during a natural disaster in 2018. Kitchens’ budget motion requests that the state provide the island with $2 million from the Wisconsin Disaster Fund to cover part […]

  • State News: Tourism Funds, Ballast Water Research, OxyContin Lawsuit

    Budget Committee Passes Tourism-Marketing Funds Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee have voted to increase state tourism funding, though not by as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted. The GOP plan would spend an additional $1.6 million on tourism marketing during the next two years, which is about a 42 percent increase over what […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Presents Bill to Increase Access to Birth Control

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has started circulating a bill for co-sponsorship that is designed to increase access to birth control and reduce unplanned pregnancies, which can have a considerable impact on mothers, their families and society as a whole. LRB-0325 would, under specific conditions, allow a woman to obtain hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered […]

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    Congressman Mike Gallagher On April 28, Rep. Gallagher held a reception to honor the participants in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Held each spring, the competition allows high school students to showcase their artistic talent across each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 students have participated. Brea Wolke, who attends […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Signs First Bill into Law

    Governor Tony Evers Signs First Bill into Law The phrase “mental retardation” has been stripped from state regulations under a new law signed Tuesday by Gov. Tony Evers. The law replaces the term with “intellectual disability” in rules written by state government. It was the first piece of legislation signed by the new Democratic governor. […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Proposes 10-year Renewal of Knowles-Nelson

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens announced on Earth Day that he has submitted a budget motion request to the Joint Finance Committee that would reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for an additional 10 years. “I have heard from many of my constituents, and their voices have been loud and clear: Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Targets Payroll Fraud

    Governor Tony Evers The Evers administration has set its sights on fighting payroll fraud in Wisconsin, which occurs when businesses pay workers in cash or classify employees as independent contractors as a way to avoid taxes and paying for employee benefits. Surrounded by a number of union employees at an event in Madison on Monday, […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Announces Listening Sessions

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has announced a series of listening sessions that will be held throughout the 1st Assembly District. The locations and times of the listening sessions will be: • Door County Library, Jane Greene Room, Sturgeon Bay, April 27, 10-11:30 am. • Sister Bay Village Hall, April 29, 10-11:30 am. • Nelsen’s […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers to ‘Unleash’ DNR

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers told a conservation group last week that he will “unleash” state Department of Natural Resources scientists whom he said were largely shackled under former Gov. Scott Walker. Evers asked for the group’s help in persuading largely skeptical GOP lawmakers to embrace his environmental agenda, which includes a call to move […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Announces Hearing on Forestville Millpond

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens has announced an informational hearing with members of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on the process of the Forestville Mill Pond drawdown and its expected impact within the 1st Assembly District. “While the decision to draw the mill pond down is a local issue and appears to be final, […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for Broadband Expansion

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Tony Evers’ budget would invest $78 million in the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant Program. The governor has set a goal to provide all homes and businesses in Wisconsin with high-speed internet by 2025. Angie Dickison, state broadband director with the Public Service Commission, told WPR’s The Morning Show that she’s hopeful […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for UW-Extension Funding

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is proposing to restore $3.5 million to the University of Wisconsin-Extension under the next budget and to boost the number of county agriculture agents. His proposal calls for $1.5 million in the first fiscal year and $2.5 million in the second to “improve local access to research and expertise” of […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Stands By Embattled Secretary

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday stood behind his pick to lead the state Department of Safety and Professional Services, despite new attention on 2005 child-abuse charges against her. Secretary-designee Dawn Crim faced felony charges for allegedly stabbing her son’s hand repeatedly with a pen, according to court records first reported on by […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for Cap to School Voucher Program

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is calling for a cap on the number of students who can use publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools. Under the proposal, which will be included in the governor’s budget proposal this week, the number of available vouchers would be frozen beginning in 2021. There are currently about 28,000 […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Supports Criminal Justice Reform Package

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens supports a package of initiatives that is expected to improve various aspects of the state’s criminal justice system, from access to a fair trial to the re-entry of former offenders into the workforce. “One of my top priorities as a legislator is to provide our law-enforcement agencies and courts with […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Joining U.S. Climate Alliance

    Governor Tony Evers On Feb. 12, Gov. Evers announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to implementing the Paris climate accord on a state level to combat climate change. The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the United […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Bill Would Limit Trump’s Trade Authority

    Representative Joel Kitchens I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with new DNR Secretary Preston Cole and Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Kluesner to discuss our shared priorities for the state. Although we spoke about several topics, our main focus was on ensuring Wisconsin residents have access to clean surface and drinking water. I informed them […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Fights Lame-duck Laws with Private Lawyer

    Governor Tony Evers Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will use a private lawyer to represent him in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn all of the laws passed by Republicans in December’s lame-duck session. Evers will be represented by the firm of Lester Pines, a Madison attorney who frequently works for Democrats in high-profile cases. Evers’ […]