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April 13, 2018
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)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Oconto Falls Top Cops
 
The Wisconsin Department of Justice recently acknowledged the first aid response efforts made by law enforcement in Oconto Falls following an incident that occurred in February. The quick action and teamwork of DNR Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick, Oconto Falls Police Officer Jamie Kuhn and Oconto County Sheriff Lt. Mike Mason saved the life of a man who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest. 
 
The Oconto County Sheriff's office received a 911 call on February 5th reporting a man with a gunshot wound near the intersection of State Highways 32 and 22. Warden Hartrick, Officer Kuhn and Lt. Mason were the first to arrive on the scene and they immediately began lifesaving measures to stabilize the wounded man. 

Shortly after the incident, the Oconto Falls Ambulance Service arrived on the scene along with the Eagle III medical-flight helicopter. Medical Director Dr. Steven Stroman commended the officers on their initial care for specifically using special occlusive dressings to tend to the wound. These dressings have not been previously used by law enforcement in this capacity. As a result of their teamwork, the man's life was saved.

I commend the swift action and teamwork of Warden Hartrick, Officer Kuhn, and Lt. Mason for saving this man's life. Thank you for your service!
Top Left: Seen here is the Eagle III medical transport helicopter.
Top Right: DNR Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick
Bottom Left: Oconto Falls Police Officer Jamie Kuhn
Bottom Right: Oconto County Sheriff Lt. Mike Mason
Economic Opportunity Zones
 
Three weeks ago, Governor Walker submitted 120 Economic Opportunity Zone (EOZ) recommendations to the federal Department of the Treasury. EOZs are part of a federal community development tax incentive program which creates an incentive for businesses and community members to invest in the zone. Within these zones, there will be an opportunity for private, tax-free investment into areas of economic need.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced this week that all 120 recommendations from Governor Walker were approved. The 120 EOZs cover more than 40 counties in rural, urban and tribal areas. I am pleased to announce that five of those zones are located within the 12th Senate District:
  • Antigo
  • Merrill
  • Crivitz
  • Rhinelander
  • Eagle River
Governor Walker submitted the maximum number of recommendations. They were based on recommendations made by an interagency working group comprised of WHEDA, WEDC, DOA, DCF; public comment; and an independent analysis conducted by an independent consulting firm. 

For more information about EOZs including a list of all 120 EOZs, please click here.
Dyslexia Study Committee

Every two years, after the legislature completes their work for the regular floor session, study committees are formed based on topic suggestions from legislative offices. Study committees are chaired by legislators and often are comprised of private citizen stakeholders in addition to a handful of legislative members. The committees will take testimony from invited guests and will use the knowledge that they gain from their membership and invited guests to formulate draft legislation addressing the committee's scope. 

A handful of concerned community members reached out to my office regarding the identification and management of dyslexia in our K-12 schools. A handful of my colleagues and I placed formal requests to the Joint Legislative Council to form a study committee on this matter. I am pleased to say that the Council announced the formation of the Study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia. The committee will be chaired by Representative Bob Kulp (R-Stratford).

Each committee is established with a scope statement so that they can begin their work with a directive. Below I have included the committee's scope statement:

The Study Committee is directed to review current screening, identification, school intervention, and treatment protocols for dyslexia in K-12 schools; to examine the effects of current state statutes and regulations on literacy outcomes for students with dyslexia; and to evaluate the effects of dyslexia on literacy outcomes in the state. The committee shall study recent research on evidence-based instructional techniques for students with dyslexia; determine the components and costs of successful dyslexia education practices and laws in other states; and identify institutional obstacles to academic attainment for these students. The committee shall consider legislation to implement screening for characteristics of dyslexia in early grades; to ensure that reading instruction and intervention practices incorporate relevant research findings from the University of Wisconsin; to improve the partnership between parents, educators, counselors, and others on early identification and effective interventions for dyslexic learners; and to enhance statewide access to updated resources and training on dyslexic education.
Dead Pike Lake
 
This week, I testified before the Natural Resources Board about Dead Pike Lake in Manitowish Waters. Dead Pike Lake has been impaired for decades as a result of changes made to the Powell Marsh in the 1950's. It is now time to expedite the restoration of Dead Pike Lake. Thank you to the Dead Pike Lake Association for their work on this project. 

If you want to watch a recording of the meeting, the DNR’s presentation on the project begins at the 3:35:30 and my remarks begin at 03:49:50
I was pleased to speak about the project at Dead Pike Lake at the meeting of the Natural Resources Board.
Bringing the Government to the People
 
Over the next few months I will be working to bring state agency secretaries to northern Wisconsin. The agency secretaries will join me for a listening session with my constituents.

I believe it is important for the people of Wisconsin to have open communication with their state government. They want to know that their concerns are being heard and local issues are taken seriously. It is often forgotten just how far away Madison is from our communities. That is why I am bringing the leaders of our state government to you.

To begin, the Department of Transportation Secretary, Dave Ross, will be joining us in Crivitz and Merrill on April 30th for listening sessions. I am also planning on bringing north the secretaries from the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Tourism, the Department of Veterans Affairs and others. Below I have included the information for the April 30th Listening Sessions:
  • Crivitz - Crivitz Village Hall - 800 Henriette Avenue, Crivitz - 9:00 am until 10:30 am
  • Merrill - Merrill City Hall (Council Chamber) - 1004 E. 1st Street, Merrill - 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm
I will provide more information about future listening sessions at a later date. 
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 14 25th Anniversary Sturgeon Feast and Celebration Pow-wow Keshena
April 14 35th Annual St. Anthony's School Auction Oconto Falls
April 14-15 61st Annual Silver Blades Ice Show Eagle River
April 19 Sustainable Forestry Conference Florence
April 20-22 Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival Merrill
April 21 Hops and Vines Microbrew and Wine Tasting Rhinelander
April 21 Princess Ball Crivitz
April 24 Lion's Blood Drive Conover
April 28 Get Your K's On Run Minocqua
April 28 Merrill Historical Society History Hunt Merrill
April 29 Dorf Kapelle Dinner and Show Suring
May 5 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 5 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 7 Lioness Spring Fashion Show Lakewood
May 11-12 14th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival Manitowish Waters
May 12 Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 12 Journey's Marathon Eagle River
May 18-20 Amoterra's Spring Wellness Fair Townsend
May 18-20 Spring Walleye Tournament Presque Isle
May 19 Fishing with the Stars St. Germain
May 19 Minocqua Home, Lifestyle and Recreation Show Mincoqua
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
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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