Reps in the News: Kitchens Applauds JEM Grant for Door County Maritime Museum

Representative Joel Kitchens

Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after the Wisconsin Department of Tourism awarded a JEM (Joint Effort Marketing) grant to the Door County Maritime Museum:  “I am thrilled to hear that the Door County Maritime Museum has received a JEM grant from the state. The Maritime Museum is an attraction that is one of the cornerstones of our region’s tourism. This partnership with the Department of Tourism will further enhance the Museum’s ability to attract visitors and promote their educational exhibits. The Department of Tourism JEM Grant Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations for projects which promote tourism in the state. The funds granted are to be used for advertising and marketing the event. The Door County Maritime Museum has received a $39,550 grant for their new interactive exhibit, whose unveiling will run from mid-May through mid-September of this year. The upcoming Shipwrecks of Door County exhibit will highlight the significant maritime history of Northeast Wisconsin and is projected to have an economic impact of more than $1.7 million to the region. I want to thank the Department of Tourism for recognizing the value of this project, and I am excited to visit this exhibit once it opens.”

Source:  Kitchens press release


Governor Scott Walker

Gov. Walker traveled to a pair of Wisconsin companies on March 6 to speak out against President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. “If you want to stand up and protect American jobs, reconsider this policy,” Walker said. Walker spoke in front of huge rolls of ultra-thin aluminum packaging at Bemis Industrial Products, Oshkosh. The governor said Bemis and Seneca Foods in Janesville – which he visited Tuesday afternoon – face the threat of rising costs if the president goes through with tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. President Trump is fulfilling a promise to crack down on cheap imports, aiming to protect American companies that make steel and aluminum. Walker said there are no U.S. companies that can meet demand at Bemis’ sprawling headquarters. He said the tariff plan took him by surprise. He said he’s been talking to administration officials about the issue since July.



Senator Tammy Baldwin

Sen. Baldwin co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that funds school security improvements and invests in early intervention and prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens. “Now is the time for Congress to work together to advance commonsense solutions that will make our schools and communities safer,” Baldwin said. “I’m urging my Congressional colleagues to support this bipartisan investment in early intervention and prevention, and to work together to find common ground on gun safety reforms to protect our children and save lives.”

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), authorizes the Department of Justice to make grants for the purposes of training students, school personnel and law enforcement to identify signs of violence and intervene to prevent people from hurting themselves or others. In addition to prevention efforts, the legislation funds evidence-based technology and equipment to improve school security and prevent school violence.  

Source:  Baldwin press release


Senator Ron Johnson

Sen. Johnson said the following in response to the Trump administration’s announced plans to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports:  “The president’s announcement that he plans to levy higher taxes on materials that Wisconsin’s manufacturers and consumers purchase is concerning. I plan to work with my colleagues and the administration to ensure fair, robust trade policies that protect our state’s workers and consumers.”

Source:  Johnson press release


President Donald Trump

A new economic analysis of President Trump‘s proposed trade tariffs on steel and aluminum appears to paint a grim picture of the consequences – some 146,000 jobs lost, according to a recent analysis. The Trade Partnership, a nonpartisan pro-trade group, released a report this week predicting that there will be a net loss of thousands of jobs if the proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel are applied on imports from all countries.

The move to impose tariffs has drawn fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who suggested that there has to be a “smarter way” to combat steel and aluminum dumping by countries like China.

A report put out by the Trade Partnership, which is also a consulting firm that does research on international trade, predicts that while there will be an increase in aluminum- and steel-based jobs in the U.S. because of increased demand; that jump would be far smaller than the number of jobs that would be lost in other sectors as a result of the increased cost of working with steel and aluminum.


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