Representative Joel Kitchens
Recently, Governor Walker unveiled his proposal for the State of Wisconsin’s two-year budget. Now that the proposed spending plan is in front of the Legislature for review, Rep. Kitchens will host a series of listening sessions around the 1st Assembly District to solicit feedback on the budget from his constituents. Joining Rep. Kitchens will be Rep. Schraa (R-Oshkosh), a member of the Joint Committee on Finance. “In unveiling his proposal, Governor Walker has provided us in the Legislature a starting point, from which we can create a budget that continues to move Wisconsin forward,” Kitchens said. “It is now imperative that my colleagues and I review the budget proposal and find ways to ensure that it meets the needs and priorities of the people in the 1st District.”
Door County Listening Session: Sturgeon Bay Public Library, 107 S. 4th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, Friday, Feb. 27, 10-11 am.
Kewaunee County Listening Session: Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St., Algoma, Friday, Feb. 27, 1-2 pm.
Source: Kitchens press release
Governor Scott Walker
Walker joined about 100 business executives, government leaders, and economic development officials from the United Kingdom at a networking event in London on Feb. 12 to discuss why UK businesses should consider investing or establishing operations in Wisconsin. During the networking event, Walker and members of the Wisconsin delegation talked with business leaders about the state’s outstanding work force and strong business climate. The event specifically focused on the state’s key industry clusters, including manufacturing, energy, bioscience and water technology. The event was co-hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; British American Business, a transatlantic business organization; and London & Partners, London’s official convention bureau. The trade mission ended Feb. 13.
Source: Walker press release
Representative Reid Ribble
Ribble and Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming introduced H.R 884, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to reissue final rules relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. H.R. 884 would simply reinstate two decisions of the Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List and allow states to continue their successful population management plans. The Endangered Species Act and the ability of the Fish and Wildlife Service to re-list the gray wolf in the case of future population changes are left entirely intact. “Wisconsin’s gray wolf population has significantly recovered over the last several decades, and I am confident in our state’s ability to manage the population,” Ribble said. “This bipartisan legislative fix will allow the Great Lakes states to continue the effective work they are doing in managing wolf populations without tying the hands of the Fish and Wildlife Service or undermining the Endangered Species Act.”
Source: Ribble press release
Senator Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, led a group of Great Lakes senators in introducing bipartisan legislation to authorize a comprehensive approach to clean up and restore the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act (GLEEPA) would help communities combat invasive species, speed cleanup of contaminated sediments from old industrial sites, protect fragile Great Lakes habitat and improve water quality for the 30 million Americans who get their drinking water from the Great Lakes. By cleaning up the Great Lakes, this bill would make it possible for communities across the Great Lakes basin to revitalize their shorelines and industrial sites, which is expected to generate $80-100 billion in economic benefits across the Great Lakes region.
Source: Baldwin press release
President Barack Obama
In his weekly address to the nation, the President laid out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career. Schools are doing better, as demonstrated by the news last week that the U.S. high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high, but there is still more that can be done to ensure every child receives a quality education. That’s why the President wants to replace No Child Left Behind with a new law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every kid a fair shot at success. “When it comes to education, we are not a collection of states competing against one another; we are a nation competing against the world,” he said. “Nothing will determine our success as a nation in the 21st century more than how well we educate our kids. And we shouldn’t accept anything less than the best. The audio and video of the address is available online at whitehouse.gov.
Source: White House press release