January 5, 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
Wisconsin's Workforce in 2017

2017 marked another successful year for Wisconsin's economy.  More men and women have joined Wisconsin's workforce in 2017 than ever before. Unemployment claims have hit a 30-year low. For the first time in our state's history, 70 of the 72 counties have hit full employment (unemployment rate below 4%). As Governor Walker has said, "Wisconsin is working."

Wisconsin's business climate has become more favorable than all of its neighbors because of the vitality of our workforce as well as the positive economic reforms implemented by this legislature and administration. We are seeing job growth across many regions and fields of work. There is no doubt that businesses want to conduct their work in Wisconsin.

Businesses from across the United States and even around the world want to invest and expand operations in Wisconsin. Many of our local businesses are also taking this opportunity to expand within their current communities or around the state. 

Wisconsin's economy today is unlike any other time in our history. We are currently experiencing our lowest construction unemployment in Wisconsin's history. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin's rate of 5.7% outperformed the previous record of 6.2% in November 2000 and was down 1.1% from November 2016. Compare that to Illinois' 8% and you see how much better Wisconsin's economy is. I look forward to sharing more positive information about our economy throughout 2018.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue has launched a new video series entitled "Wisconsin's Economy Today" that highlights how strong our state's economy is while providing more background on what is happening below the surface. You can view those videos here.
Governor Walker's Office compiled this chart using data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Juvenile Corrections

This week, Governor Walker directed the Department of Corrections (DOC) to begin the process of transitioning the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake School Juvenile Facility (LHS/CLS) to a medium security prison for adults. LHS/CLS has a long, proud history of helping wayward youth get back on the right path. Thank you to all of those who work now or have worked at LHS/CLS.  

DOC over the next few years will transition the youth at LHS/CLS to five regional facilities around the state.  It is a model that has been used in other states successfully.  The legislature will be reviewing those plans a year from now when DOC submits their next budget request for the 2019-21 biennium.  I will be reviewing those plans carefully.  

Representative Felzkowski (R-Irma) and I have been assured all employees will have the opportunity to continue working in the juvenile system or transition to positions in the re-purposed Lincoln Hills Facility.  We look forward to a new era at Lincoln Hills.

We are pleased with Governor Walker's decision to continue to support job growth in our districts, by transitioning LHS/CLS into a medium security adult facility. We look forward to continuing to work with him to provide a smooth and successful transition for everyone involved.

For the full text of Governor Walker's announcement including the full details of his juvenile corrections system plan, please click here.
Congressman Duffy Town Halls

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to join Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-7) for his town hall meeting at the AmericInn in Merrill. There was a good turnout, great questions,  and most importantly interesting dialogue. Congressman Duffy covered topics from nuclear disarmament to daylights savings time.

The most discussed topic was the recently passed federal tax reform act.  Some audience members agreed with Congressman Duffy's take on the issue, while some disagreed. Most importantly, it was a good discussion about political issues that northern Wisconsin residents are passionate about.  It was a pleasure to participate!
I had the opportunity to moderate Congressman Duffy's town hall meeting in Merrill on Thursday, January 4th.
Governor Walker signed a temporary executive order declaring a state of emergency exists in Wisconsin in response to propane shortages and increased wait times to obtain propane. The below-normal temperatures experienced across the Midwest region have lead to a shortage of propane drivers. The Governor's executive order will exempt drivers in the process of transporting propane from certain federal and state requirements. The order will:
  • Exempt carriers and drivers of motor vehicles in the process of transporting propane from federal and Wisconsin hours-of-service requirements.
  • Give a driver who notifies a motor carrier that he or she needs immediate rest at least ten consecutive hours off duty prior to returning.
  • Give a driver 34 consecutive hours off duty following a period of at least 70 hours of service on duty during any eight consecutive days.
  • Clear a driver's on-duty status hours and 60/70 hour clock to zero following at least 34 consecutive hours off duty.
The Governor's executive order will expire on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm. For the full text of Governor Walker's executive order, please click here.
Stanley Koss

The Antigo community has suffered a loss following the passing of Stanley Koss just before Christmas. 

Stanley was a member of the 1941 graduating class of Antigo High School and a World War II marine veteran. Following his service, he resided in Milwaukee prior to settling in the town of Peck where he and his wife raised their children and operated a dairy farm.

My condolences to the Stanley Koss family on his passing.  It was always a pleasure to see him around Antigo.  If people want to understand what has made America great, it is humble, family-oriented people like Stanley.  May you rest in peace.
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
January 6 Winter Experience Ice Oval Racing Gleason
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 21 World Championship Snowmobile Derby Eagle River
January 27 Paul Bunyan Snow Fun Day Lakewood
January 27 Great Northern Ice Fishing Tournament Land O' Lakes
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 10 Ice Cold Beer Fest Minocqua
February 10 Plum Lake Ice Fishing Tournament Sayner
February 17 Northwoods Blizzard Blast Conover
February 17 34th Annual Ride with the Champs St. Germain
February 17 43rd Annual Red Arrow Fish-a-Ree Townsend
February 24 Fireman's Ball Florence
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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