December 15, 2017
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
Keeping Our Kids in Wisconsin

On Monday, Governor Walker came to Rhinelander to sign the Mining for America Act into law. The bill signing ceremony took place at the Rhinelander/Oneida County Airport. I am pleased to have Governor Walker's support and am glad to welcome him back to the Northwoods. While signing the Mining for America bill into law, Governor Walker renamed it the Keeping Our Kids in Wisconsin bill.  How appropriate!
Governor Walker is joined by students with an interest in mining during the Mining for America bill signing ceremony in Rhinelander.
 A number of young people with mining backgrounds joined us for the bill signing in Rhinelander.  Ethan Bacon grew up in Lake Tomahawk and recently completed his degree in Geologic Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.  Paige Courtney, Arbor Vitae, is a junior at Michigan Tech studying Geologic Engineering.  Taylor Pitlik is completing her senior year at Michigan Tech with a mining degree.  Shannon Seitz grew up near New Glarus in southwestern Wisconsin.  She is a sophomore studying mining at the University of West Virginia.  Stacy Saari, Hurley, graduated from UW-Madison with a geology degree.  She lived out west for a decade then returned to Hurley to be closer to family and is working on the Copperwood Project north of Ironwood. She is the fourth generation in her family to be involved with mining. Stacy’s nine and ten year old children joined us for the signing too.  Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), co-author of the bill joined us as well as Leslie Kolesaar, Hurley-area, who sits on the state Mining Impact Board. The brain drain out of Wisconsin has been well-documented.  Mining offers the opportunity to have a BRAIN GAIN by keeping talented young people like these in the Northwoods.

Thank you to Morgan Courtney for sharing these photos from the event!
Left: Ethan Bacon, Taylor Pitlik, Paige Courtney and I had the chance to talk about their future careers in mining after the bill signing ceremony. 
Right: Paige Courtney and Taylor Pitlik had the opportunity to stand next to Governor Walker's bill signing desk following the ceremony.
Committee Update

The Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues met this week to hear testimony from the public on a handful of bills:
  • SB 167 - Relating to the sales and use tax exemption for commercial radio and television station property.
  • SB 203 - Relating to the length of the recognition period for built-in gains tax; the evidentiary standard for proving a transaction has economic substance; participation by the Department of Revenue in the Multistate Tax Commission Audit Program; and reliance by a taxpayer on past audits by the Department of Revenue.
  • SB 398 - Relating to qualified new business venture eligibility.
  • SB 404 - Relating to the fee for filing limited liability company articles of organization with the Department of Financial Institutions.
  • SB 467 - Relating to a Public Defender Board student loan payment pilot program and making an appropriation.
  • SB 481 - Relating to eliminating deductions for moving expenses for businesses that move out of the state or out of the United States.
Following the public hearing for the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues, I chaired an executive session of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry. The committee voted and affirmed the following bills, sending them to the Senate Committee on Organization for possible floor scheduling:
  • SB 372 - Relating to hunting approvals issued to certain terminally ill individuals.
  • SB 376 - Relating to the maximum height of pole traps.
  • SB 506 - Relating to determinations of navigability of a stream.
  • SB 508 - Relating to establishing an open season for hunting deer with muzzle-loading firearms within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
  • SB 509 - Relating to youth trapping, creating a mentored trapping license, restrictions on taking or appropriating a trap or its contents, and requirements for tagging traps. 
For more information about the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues, please click here. You can find more information here regarding the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry.
TEACH Grants

Governor Walker announced this week that there will be $15 million available for Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure (ITI) grants that rural school districts can apply for. The ITI grants are TEACH grants that specifically assist districts in acquiring the equipment and services necessary to build a modern infrastructure system.

During fiscal year 2018, rural school districts that have 16 or fewer students per square mile are able to apply for the grants. The grant awards range from $30,000 to $60,000. Grants can be used towards equipment or services related to access points, antennas, maintenance of intern connections, cabling, caching equipment, LAN controllers, routers, switches, UPS/battery backup, and wireless controllers.

Grant applications must be submitted to the Department of Administration by 11:59 p.m. on February 2, 2018. You can find more information about the TEACH grants, including the application, here.
UW System and NARCAN

This week, the Department of Justice and the University of Wisconsin System partnered with Adapt Pharma, Inc. to expand access to the lifesaving antidote NARCAN  to law enforcement and campus security at nine UW campuses across Wisconsin. Those campuses include:
  • UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior.
UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, and UW-Whitewater have other, preexisting, partnerships in place to provide NARCAN on their campuses.
NARCAN is a nasal spray approved by the FDA for treatment of prescription opioid, fentanyl, and heroin related overdoses. NARCAN is a ready to use, needle free, 4mg dose of naloxone in a single spray. Its design makes it easy for both medical and non-medical personnel to administer a concentrated naloxone dose to restore breathing quickly to those who are experiencing an opioid overdose.

I believe that this partnership continues the hard work that this administration has done to fight the ongoing problem with opioid addiction. For the full text of Attorney General Schimel's statement regarding the partnership, please click here.
Eagle River Library

Today, I was very pleased to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River. The ceremony marks the completion of a $2.5 million project that nearly doubled the footprint of the previous library. Governor Walker and many local officials also attended the event.

In 2006, the library began their capital campaign to raise the necessary funds to renovate their aging facility. 11 years later, the new library is ready to be opened thanks to the generosity of private donors who funded the entire project. The state of the art facility will be reopening with new book sections and technology available to library goers. For the first time, the library will feature a section for young adults. The new section will now be completely independent from the children's section. 

The renovation also includes the addition of a space dedicated to technology. You can convert your old VHS videos to DVDs or even put them on your flash drive using the technology available in this room. There are also brand new Mac computers that have the necessary software to edit pictures and film.

You can find out more information about the library, including pictures of the renovation, here.
Phil Jensen, Chair of Fundraising, Nancy Schaffer, President of the Walter E. Olson Foundation, Nan Andrews, Library Director, and I enjoyed the ribbon cutting earlier today.

Photo Credit: Vilas Co. News Review
2017-18 Blue Books
The 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Books recently arrived. If you would like to request a copy of the 2017-18 Wisconsin Blue Book, please reply to this email with your full mailing address. My office will be processing the requests over the next couple weeks prior to shipping them across the 12th Senate District. 

You can view previous versions of the Wisconsin Blue Book online by clicking here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
December 15 Olde Time Community Christmas Presque Isle
December 21 Sno-Eagles Guided Snowmobile Rides Eagle River
December 25 Annual Christmas Day Dinner Amberg
December 26-31 Marvel in Manitowish Waters Manitowish Waters
December 31 Red Hot Fun New Year's Celebration Woodruff
December 31 Legion New Year's Eve Party Three Lakes
January 1 Annual Polar Plunge Tomahawk
January 12-14 Trig's Smokehouse Vintage World Championship Derby Eagle River
January 13 Arctic Warrior Race St. Germain
January 13 Lake Nokomis AMVET Fishing Tournament Nokomis
January 13 Laona Lions Annual Predator Hunt Cavour
January 13 Little Rice Fire Department Chili Feed Little Rice
January 27 Paul Bunyan Snow Fun Day Lakewood
January 27 Roberts Memorial Ski Race Florence
January 27-28 Winterfest Sled Dog Race Merrill
February 3 Bridge Runners Classic Cruise Vintage and Antique Snowmobile Ride Deerbrook
February 3 Ice Fishing Jamboree Conover
February 3 10th Annual Frozen Tozen Boulder Junction
February 3-4 Dog Days of Winter Festival Doty
February 3-4 Three Bear Sled Dog Race Land O' Lakes
February 7-8 Annual Groomer Show St. Germain
February 9-11 13th Annual Labatt Blue Adult Pond Hockey Championship Eagle River
February 10 Keyes Peak Snowmobile Championship Races Florence
February 17 Northwoods Blizzard Blast Conover
February 17 43rd Annual Red Arrow Fish-a-Ree Townsend
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
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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