August 30, 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
Congressman Duffy

On Monday, August 26th Congressman Sean Duffy announced that he would be resigning from his office so that he could spend more time with his family. I issued the following statement from my office:

“I would like to thank Congressman Sean Duffy for his service to the people of Northern Wisconsin.  I wish Sean, his wife Rachel and their family the very best with their future plans. 


Sean has been a tireless advocate for his district and has served this state with honor and distinction.  I am proud to call Sean a friend, and he will be greatly missed.”

Northern Wisconsin Rail Service

Earlier this week, Michigan State Senator Ed McBroom and I held listening sessions in the Upper Peninsula and Rhinelander to discuss the lack of rail service in Northern Wisconsin and the UP. We had a great showing of citizens at both locations. I appreciate everyone who came out to share their experience with rail service in the Northwoods. We heard from many people who remembered when the rail service in Wisconsin was much more expansive than it is today, and still more who discussed the benefits that improved freight rail would have for industry in Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. 
I give a little more detailed discussion of the hearing in the video below. Again, thank you to everyone who showed up. Senator McBroom and I will continue to monitor this situation and brainstorm solutions to the problems facing our area.
Senator Tiffany's video on the rail hearings
Additional State Revenue
This week, the Department of Revenue announced $75 million in additional revenue collections for Wisconsin!

Total collections for the 2018-19 fiscal year increased 7.4% from the previous year. Of the additional $75 million, $30 million will be put in the Budget Stabilization fund - the state's rainy day fund - and the remaining $45 million will be deposited in the General Fund. 

I believe this is another indicator that Wisconsin has been moving in the right direction and our economy remains strong. We have been able to pass several tax cuts over the last few years, and revenues continue to grow. I think it is worth noting that our rainy day fund is the largest it has ever been. 
Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey
With the start of the 2019 deer hunting season just around the corner, the Department of Natural Resources is kicking off its 11th annual Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey. The easy-to-use survey is a way for hunters to record their observations of deer and other wildlife while out hunting. Survey results help track abundance trends for Wisconsin's deer herd and other wildlife.

The DNR asks archery and gun hunters to record all their hunting activity throughout the deer season, even if no wildlife were seen during a hunt. The observations provide the DNR with an index to abundance for many wildlife species.

Hunters can enter observations by desktop, mail or smartphone. For more information about entering Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey observations go to the DNR website,, and keyword search "Deer Hunter Wildlife."

At the end of the survey, participants can receive a personalized summary of all recorded wildlife from that season. The survey period ends January 2020.

Have A Great Labor Day
This coming Monday is Labor Day - in fact, according to the Department of Workforce Development, this year marks 125 years of Labor Day -  and my legislative office will be closed. 

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!
District Events
Date Event Location
August 30-Sept. 1 World Championship Off-Road Races Crandon
August 30-Sept. 2 Suring Labor Day Celebration Suring
August 31 Corn Roast & ATV/UTV Parade Townsend
August 31 MKLPA Pig Roast Minocqua
August 31 Armstrong Creek Sportsman's Club Labor Day Weekend Celebration Armstrong Creek
August 31 Northwoods Bad-Dash Mud Run Manitowish Waters
August 31 Riverview Fire Department Annual Corn Roast Riverview
September 1 Labor Day Picnic Pearson
September 1 Sausage Fest Eagle River
September 1 Star Lake "Mayor" Election Star Lake
September 2 Merrill Lion's Car Show, Parade & Celebration Merrill
September 5-8 Stumble Stump Rendezvous Antigo
September 6-8 Forest County Fair Crandon
September 7 Lena Lions Dairy Fest Lena
September 7 Run for the Taps Merrill
September 7 Wolfman Triathlon 2019 White Lake
September 14 10th Annual Scarecrow Fest Phelps
September 14 SepTimber Ride Eagle River
September 14 Fall Harvest Festival Lake Tomahawk
September 14 Festifall Lakewood
September 14 Oktoberfest in Crivitz Crivitz
September 14 Pork in the Park Ribfest Merrill
September 20-22 Northwoods Rendezvous & Wild Rice Festival Crandon
September 21 Laona's Annual Fall Festival Laona
September 21 Art Harvest Land O'Lakes
September 21 Pine River Fire Department Pig Roast Merrill
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
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