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August 2, 2019
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (Vice-Chair)
  • Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Florence County DNR Meeting

On Tuesday, the DNR held an informational meeting about the proposed Northeast Sands Regional Master Plan.  The DNR gave an overview of proposed changes, but numerous questions remain to be answered about the proposal. Questions include: what is the economic impact? Why are there increased old growth forest requirements? How many miles of trails will be closed? And will the Pine River dam be removed? 

I will be encouraging the DNR to coordinate with local governments to make sure the proposed changes are in the best interests of the local communities.  The proposed changes affect the Northeast Sands Region which stretches from Florence County down to Shawano County.  Residents in the affected area should be reviewing the proposed changes carefully.

If you would like to read the proposed plan, please click here. Keep in mind that public comments can be submitted through August 21 and if you'd like to do so, here is the link. If you have questions about the plan, you can contact Yoyi Steele at yoyi.steele@wisconsin.gov or 608-266-3568 with questions about the draft plan.
Florence County Board chair Jeanette Bomberg and local citizens expressed their concerns at a DNR planning meeting on Tuesday
Lower Health Insurance Rates
 
It was announced today that 2020 rates on Wisconsin's individual health insurance market will be 3.2 percent lower on average compared to 2019.

In 2017, legislation was passed to leverage federal funding to create a state-based reinsurance plan which we named the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan (WIHSP). The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance applied for a federal waiver, and it was granted last year. 


The idea was to help keep rates affordable by offsetting some of the high cost claims which drive up health insurance rates. The legislature funded the program last budget, and once again provided funding in the most recently passed state budget. It is estimated that rates in the individual market were expected to increase by nine percent in 2020.

Even Governor Evers notes in his press release that under the last few years of Obamacare, the market was highly unstable, insurers were leaving the market, coverage areas were reduced, and premiums were increasing by double-digit rates. The Governor then states that due to the WISHP passed by the Republican legislature we are seeing insurers expand their service areas across the state, resulting in more coverage options and lower premiums for many consumers. 
DMA Incident Report
 
Wisconsin Emergency Management continues to monitor and support debris removal operations in the state, following powerful storms July 18-20 and on July 28. These storms produced at least 19 tornadoes and straight-line winds in multiple counties, downing trees and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people.

Multiple state agencies have staff and other resources out in the field assisting with local recovery efforts, including the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Corrections. Significant cleanup efforts continue in Langlade, Polk, and Barron counties.

The state continues to work with county and tribal partners to collect damage estimates. Residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211 to report damage done to private property. Property owners can also contact 2-1-1 for information on volunteer assistance that may be available in their area.

The estimate for public sector cost associated with the storm is approximately $14.3 million. This number is preliminary and has not been validated. These numbers are expected to fluctuate as cleanup and assessment efforts continue. 

Damage assessments on private property continue. Residents in affected counties are encouraged to document their
damage and report the information to the state’s 2-1-1 service by calling 2-1-1 or 877-947-2211.

Alliant Energy

While Alliant Energy customers were restored to electric service several days ago, equipment retrieval continues for the company in central Wisconsin in the aftermath of the July 19 and 20 storms. Alliant Energy expects to gather remaining equipment like transformers, poles, wires or other company items from affected areas by the end of the day on Friday, August 2. If Alliant Energy customers notice any equipment from the company on or near their property after August 2, they should call the company at 1-800-255-4268. 

WEATHER CONDITIONS

The National Weather Service forecasts a small chance for thunderstorms over northern Wisconsin on Friday, and across the entire state on Saturday. No severe weather is expected.

 
Map of the Storm Damage Area
Federal Forest Damage

This week, I released a statement regarding the damage done in the Federal forest. You can read the statement below:
District Events
Date Event Location
July 31- Aug 3 Antique Outboard Motor Show Tomahawk
August 1-4 Oneida County Fair Rhinelander
August 2-3 Pig in the Pines: Bacon, BBQ & Bands St. Germain
August 2-3 Presque Isle's Oktoberfest in August Presque Isle
August 2-3 Electronic Recycling Event Merrill
August 3 Laona Community Soup Laona
August 3 Annual Phelps Fireman's Pig Roast and Picnic Phelps
August 3 Deerbrook Rumble Motorcycle Ride Gleason
August 3 Lakewood Arts and Crafts Show Lakewood
August 3 Normal Park Craft Festival Merrill
August 3 Wabeno Art & Music Festival Wabeno
August 3 15th Annual Car, Boat, Motorcycle, and Tractor Show Three Lakes
August 3 40th Annual Super Run Laona
August 3-4 Annual Arbor Vitae Firemen's Picnic Arbor Vitae
August 4 Firemen's Picnic Presque Isle
August 4 Sayner/Star Lake Street Fair Sayner
August 4 Firemen's Picnic Three Lakes
August 6 National Night Out Aurora
August 7 3rd Kids Fishing Contest at Pipke Park Presque Isle
August 8 - 11 Vilas County Fair Eagle River
August 10 Best Fish Fry Cook-Off Boulder Junction
August 10 SEE ME TRI Triathlon Woodruff
August 10 Ride with Leinie Land O'Lakes
August 10 - 11 Oconto County Fair Gillett
August 14 - 18 Lincoln County Fair Merrill
August 17 Minocqua Dragon Boat Festival Minocqua
August 17 Trump Lake Walleye Fundraiser Wabeno
August 22 - 25 Marinette County Fair Wausaukee
August 23 - 25 Florence County Fair Florence
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
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