March 29, 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
Budget Listen Sessions

The Joint Committee on Finance will hold public hearings on the Governor's 2019-21 Biennial Budget. This is a good opportunity for people to come give their input on different provisions included in the budget. Written comments can also be emailed to the Committee at or sent via U.S. mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 5th
Pontiac Convention Center
2809 North Pontiac Drive
Janesville, WI 53545

Wednesday, April 10
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Monday, April 15
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University Center - Riverview Ballroom #260
500 Wild Rose Ave
River Falls, WI 54022

Wednesday, April 24
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University Union - Phoenix Rooms
2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI 54311
The Dome Needs Your Help

Eagle River is in the final four and they need your help! Kraft Hockeyville is holding a contest offering $150,000 for rink upgrades and an opportunity to host a NHL game. The Dome is among the last few hockey rinks in the contest. Let's help push them across the finish line. Voting starts tomorrow to crown a winner. You can click the image below for more info. 
#LocalGovMatters Podcast
Last week, I sat down with Gwyn Guenther from the Wheeler Report and Wisconsin Paper Council President Scott Suder to discuss the importance of the paper industry in Wisconsin as well as the formation of the Wisconsin Paper Caucus in the legislature. 

You can listen to the podcast and read more about our discussion by clicking here.
Great Lakes Restoration
Last night, President Trump announced that he would work with Congress to provide $300 million to fund Great Lakes cleanup. The President made the comments at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provides funding to federal agencies and organizations to try and tackle the major issues facing the Great Lakes. If Wisconsin receives some of these funds, I will work to ensure that they are used efficiently and effectively. 
Rhinelander Choir
It was a treat to hear the Rhinelander High School choir sing at the State Capitol this week. They sounded fabulous and did a really great job. Well done, RHS!
Utility Bill Hike
Wisconsin Public Service  has indicated they plan on raising residential electric bills by 4.9 percent in 2020 and 2021. Their plan is to take these increases, along with $40 million in federal tax reform savings, and bury and upgrade electrical lines. They are also seeking a rate increase to invest in two solar farms.

The plan still needs to be approved by the Public Service Commission.
Appointment Update
Since my last update, there has been some significant developments in regards to the appointments made during extraordinary session last December. If you remember, a Dane County judge made an outrageous ruling which claimed extraordinary sessions held by the legislature are unconstitutional. Then the Governor decided to rescind all 82 appointments made during the extraordinary session. 

The legislature appealed the ruling and the appeals court issued a stay on Wednesday that temporarily delays the circuit courts ruling to invalidate the laws and appointments made in December. Governor Evers' administration, however, told appointees that the appeals court ruling did not reinstate the appointments. 

To make matters more confusing, on Thursday, Governor Evers reappointed 67 of the 82 appointments. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald responded to the Governor that according to the appeals court ruling the positions were already filled by the 82 appointees. I agree with Senator Fitzgerald and all 82 appointees should be allowed to serve in their appointed positions.
Wisconsin Civics Games

Students from across the state came to the State Capitol today to face off in the Wisconsin Civics Games finals. Teams faced off head-to-head in several matches which tested their knowledge on a variety of topics all dealing with government. 

Northland Pines High School was among the top ten teams in the final round. Congratulations to their team for making it and good job today! Their team took 4th place. 
Northland Pines Civics Games team (on the right) taking on Black River Falls
Don't Forget to Vote

The statewide Spring Election is next Tuesday, April 2nd. Voters will be voting to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson as well as other local officials.  

If you need information about where to vote or what will be on your ballot, please visit this site.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 1 Post 44 American Legion Social Townsend
April 6 Phelps Maple Syrup Fest Phelps
April 6 Only Fools Run At Midnight 5K Minocqua
April 6 Spring is in the Air Craft Show Tomahawk
April 6 Lions Club Meat Raffle St. Germain
April 6 Lena Lions Fish Fry Lena
April 6 Sayner-Star Lake Lioness Club Meat and Pie Raffle St. Germain
April 14 13th Annual Goodman-Armstrong Creek PTO Smelt Fry Goodman
April 14 Post 44 Gunless Poultry Shoot Lakewood
April 16 Beech-Dunbar-Pembine Little League Pancake Breakfast Pembine
April 20 Hops and Vines Beer and Wine Tasting Rhinelander
April 20 Children's Easter Egg Hunt Lakewood
April 26 Veterans Benefits Expo Rhinelander
April 26-28 Central Wisconsin Concertina Festival Merrill
April 27 Lions 40th Annual Live Lobster or Prime Rib Dinner Presque Isle
April 28 St. Germain Fire Department Fish Fry St. Germain
May 4 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 4 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 10 - 11 Journeys Marathon Eagle River
May 18 Oconto County Youth Fair Steak Fry Gillett
May 26 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
May 31 YMCA of the Northwoods: Denim and Diamonds Rhinelander
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
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