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Reps in the News: Feb. 14-21

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after Gov. Tony Evers signed two of the bills he authored:

“I had the tremendous honor this week of having the governor sign two of my bills into law.

“The first, Assembly Bill 134, commits $5.2 million in Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program funding to help complete several high-priority water-infrastructure projects throughout our state-parks system. I am pleased that nearly $1.4 million of that total is going toward replacing the large toilet-and-shower facility at the Tennison Bay Campground at Peninsula State Park. At more than 50 years old, this washroom is in desperate need of being upgraded.

“My second bill that was signed into law, Assembly Bill 67, requires the Department of Public Instruction to include the percentage of students participating in the arts on the annual school and school district accountability report cards.

“The arts data will be added to the report cards for informational purposes only and won’t be considered in a district’s accountability calculations. Nevertheless, I still believe it’s important for the state to provide this transparency so local communities will be more inclined to better understand and support what their schools are offering. 

“When school districts face budget challenges, the arts are frequently the first courses to be cut. However, study after study has proven that students who participate in the arts in school experience better pupil attendance and greater achievements in other subjects. I am hoping that schools will use the report card information internally so they may compare their involvement with other districts and make appropriate decisions.”

Source: Kitchens e-newsletter

Senator André Jacque

Sen. André Jacque has been named the chair of the nonpartisan Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) Nutrient Management Taskforce. GLLC is a binational coalition through the Council of State Governments’ Midwestern office, with members from eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region assisting with the implementation of the Great Lakes Compact.

“My plan in leading the task force is to prioritize the shared resource that is the Great Lakes through the discovery of evidence-based approaches and implementation of best practices,” Jacque said. 

Source: Jacque e-newsletter

Representative Mike Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher issued the following statement after the Senate voted to acquit President Trump on both articles of impeachment:

“Throughout this trial, the House impeachment managers made two contradictory arguments that, taken together, proved fatal to their case,” Gallagher said. “On the one hand, they claimed to have overwhelming evidence of an impeachable offense. Yet on the other hand, they simultaneously claimed they needed more witnesses in order to make their case. Both these claims cannot be true.

“The fact remains that this is the first impeachment that asserts no underlying crime and is the product of a rushed and broken process. I hope that after today’s vote, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will come together to address the real problems facing this country: rising health-care costs, aging infrastructure and a workforce shortage.”

Source: Gallagher press release

Senator Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has joined the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus.

“Let there be no doubt: Climate change is a real, immediate and growing threat to national security, public health and our economy,” Baldwin said. “The longer we fail to act, the more costly climate change will be. I’m hopeful this bipartisan caucus will work together on real solutions.

“Of particular concern to us in Wisconsin are the costs of infrastructure damage from severe flooding, crop and livestock losses from extreme weather, and increasing water pollution in our Great Lakes and inland lakes and rivers. These are threats to major parts of our Wisconsin economy. Taking bold action to confront climate change is not just an environmental goal; it is an urgent economic necessity for us in Wisconsin.”

Source: Baldwin press release