Reps in the News: Kitchens Named Champion of Conservation

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after receiving the 2018 Lake Michigan Champion of Conservation Policy Maker Award at the 5th annual Lake Michigan Day event in Manitowoc:  “I am honored to receive the 2018 Lake Michigan Champion of Conservation Policy Maker Award. This award is very special to me because I appreciate everything Lake Michigan does for our way of life. From shipbuilding to commercial fishing and boating, Lake Michigan serves as a significant resource for Wisconsin residents, tourists, and our overall economy. As a state representative from Door County, I understand the importance of protecting our ground and surface water. By working together with fellow legislators and various stakeholders, we have made significant progress in protecting our water resources. Thank you to everyone that is committed to working together to preserving our water for future generations.”

Source:  Kitchens press release


Senator Caleb Frostman

Sen. Frostman announced the next four events as part of his Legislative Lunchtime Library Listening Session series. These events are an opportunity for residents of the 1st Senate District to meet with Frostman and share their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming legislative session or request assistance in working with state agencies. Expect more listening sessions to be scheduled throughout the 1st Senate District in the coming weeks and months.

  • Aug. 22, noon to 1 pm, Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay branch, Conference Room 2.
  • Aug. 29, noon to 1 pm, Algoma Public Library.
  • Sept. 4, noon to 1 pm, Webster Room, Lester Public Library, Two Rivers.
  • Sept. 13, noon to 1 pm, Gerard H. Van Hoof Library, Little Chute. Source:  Frostman press release


Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured nearly $62 million for Wisconsin transportation infrastructure in the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill that passed the full Senate earlier this week. The House and Senate will now reconcile their versions of this appropriations bill and send to the President for his signature.

“Maintaining our transportation infrastructure is crucial to economic growth in Wisconsin. That’s why I’m proud to work across party lines to secure needed funding for our state’s infrastructure,” Baldwin said. “These investments will ensure that Wisconsin roads, bridges and railways can continue to play a vital role in helping manufacturers and small businesses transport their products to the markets they serve, connecting workers to job opportunities and strengthening our Made in Wisconsin economy.”

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Baldwin successfully secured nearly $45.8 million to fund Wisconsin road and bridge projects through the Federal Highway Administration, $10.5 million for bridge repairs throughout the state, and $2.3 million for improvements at railway-highway crossings. This money is in addition to the $814 million in federal funding Wisconsin will receive this year under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  

More than $3 million will also be devoted to fund public transportation in Wisconsin, through the Federal Transit Administration’s “State of Good Repair” and “Buses and Bus Facilities” programs. These initiatives aim to support upgrades to public transportation resources and facilities, including bus and rail systems. This money is in addition to the $88 million in transit funding Wisconsin will receive this year under the FAST Act.

Source:  Baldwin press release


Senator Ron Johnson

Community members will have an opportunity to request assistance on federal matters, or matters involving a federal agency, when members of  Sen. Johnson’s staff hold office hours in the village. The office hours are 9 to 10 am Aug. 22 at the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St.

Source: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin


President Donald Trump

President Trump said it’s “great” that consumers might boycott Harley-Davidson if it moves some motorcycle production overseas.

The President tweeted about the potential boycott on Sunday:  “Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better.”

With no mention of the President, on Tuesday Harley-Davidson CEO Matt Levatich struck back through a letter to employees and dealers against “misinformation” about the motorcycle company’s plans to move some production overseas in response to President Trump’s tariffs in a memo to employees and dealers.

“There continues to be misinformation circulated in conjunction with this issue, and I want to reiterate and share facts about Harley-Davidson that you can both be proud of and share with interested customers,” Levatich said in the memo. He reiterated the company’s preference to manufacture its bikes in the U.S. as well as its explanation for the shift overseas – high tariffs in some countries make its motorcycles unaffordable in those markets. While its bikes were once taxed at 6 percent in Europe, the new tariffs raised that to 31 percent. Harley-Davidson was already under pressure because of the Trump administration’s tariff that levied a 25 percent tax on steel and aluminum imports. Harley estimated the tariffs will cost between $90 million and $100 million annually. Levatich said the company can’t bear these costs “indefinitely,” so it made the decision to build some of its bikes overseas to avoid the tariffs and give the company better access to customers abroad.

“We don’t take sides in politics,” he said. “Today, however, we unfortunately find ourselves in the center of a heated political conversation about fair trade.”


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