September 6, 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

Joint Finance Committee Approves Aids for Farmer Mental Health and State Tourism

On Wednesday, I joined members of the state's budget committee to approve $200,000 for mental health assistance for Wisconsin's farmers. The hard-working people in our agriculture community need to know that we'll have their back in difficult times, and I was pleased to vote for this motion that passed with broad bipartisan support. 
We also approved $1.5 million for tourism marketing that will help target new areas and let people know what a great place Wisconsin is to visit with their families on a vacation. The Department of Tourism will report back to the committee in a year to let us know the results of its marketing campaigns.


A heartfelt congratulations to our constituent, Ashley Mathy, on being appointed to the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

She was featured in the River News here.

Local Transportation Aid Details Announced


In our Joint Finance Committee public hearings on the state budget, we heard loud and clear that Wisconsinites want more money to fundroad projects. I’ve long advocated for more funding for local roads and voted for $90 million to support rural communities and their transportation needs.
Unfortunately, Governor Evers slashed the amount with his veto pen by $15 million. He also did not rule out that funds could be used for urban transit programs such as the Milwaukee trolley.
The Department of Transportation released criteria for the grant program yesterday, and I would encourage communities to reach out and apply for the money that’s left from our budget. It’s important to let Governor Evers know our road projects in the Northwoods need to be a priority. Hopefully, we can continue to make smart decisions to maintain our infrastructure in the North.

Connecting Northern Wisconsin With Broadband Expansion

This week, grant applications opened for the Rural Broadband Expansion Grant. Knowing how vital broadband is for a growing economy, I worked hard to keep these dollars in the state budget so our rural communities can continue to expand and thrive.

This fiscal year, $28 million is available and will make a major difference to keep Northern Wisconsin connected, but only if local communities take advantage of it. I would encourage those that qualify to consider applying for this grant.

Please visit the Public Service Commission website for more information and for application criteria:

District Events

Date Event Location
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 13-14 Country Rocks Autism Benefit Harshaw
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
September 21 61st Annual Colorama St. Germain
September 28 Beef-A-Rama Minocqua
September 28-29 Colorama Celebration Sayner
September 28-29 Colorama Weekend Land O' Lakes
October 5-6 Cranberry Fest Eagle River

Contact me:

Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, P.O. 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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