April 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
Ed Brooks

Last week, former State Representative Ed Brooks passed away. I served in the legislature with Ed and he was always a gentleman and a dedicated public servant. My thoughts are with his wife Barbara and their family. The Governor has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff today in his honor.
AT&T It Can Wait

Texting and driving can be a deadly combination. Last week, Representative Rob Swearingen and I attended an event put on by AT&T to discourage young drivers from using a phone while driving. 

It was a great reminder of just how dangerous distracted driving can be. Many students took the pledge to put their phones down while they drive and some had the opportunity to take on the driving simulator. AT&T does a great job with these events and I hope the students realize how dangerous texting and driving is. 
Senator Tom Tiffany addressing students at Rhinelander High School
LeRoyer Child Care

I had a wonderful visit to the LeRoyer Child Care center last week in Antigo. LeRoyer Child Care Center opened its doors in 1989 as a service to the employees of Langlade Hospital. In 2001 the Center moved to its current location on McMillan integrating the adult day program and child care.

Thank you so much to Dawn Justman and her staff for the tour. 
Darnel Leiterman, Janelle Markgraf, Dawn Justman and Tom Tiffany with children from LeRoyer Child Care
St. Anthony's School

I also had the chance to stop by St. Anthony's School in Oconto Falls last week. It was great to be able to tour the school and talk to some of the students about my time serving in the legislature. Thank you to the staff and students for such an engaging event. 
Senator Tiffany speaking to students at St. Anthony School
Listening Sessions
Last week, Representative Felzkowski and I hosted a listening session in Hamburg to talk about the proposed biennial budget. Thank you to everyone who made the trip out.

Representative Felzkowski and I will be holding a few more listening sessions. The dates and times include:

Saturday, May 4th: 8:30am-10:00am – Antigo City Hall; 700 Edison Street, Antigo, WI 54409
Saturday, May 4th: 11:00am-12:30pm – Merrill City Hall; 1004 1st Street, Merrill, WI 54452
Saturday, May 4th: 1:30pm-3:00pm – Tomahawk City Hall; 23 N 2nd Street, Tomahawk, WI 54487
Monday, May 6th: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Elcho High School; N11268 Antigo St, Elcho, WI 54428

If you are able to make it, I hope you will consider joining us 
Firefighter Rules
The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) set the rules that regulate firefighters. One of the administrative rules that firefighters operate under, SPS 330, was recently updated, and there have been many questions from volunteer firefighters and town officials regarding what the changes specifically do and what they mean. Town officials and volunteer firefighters are invited to learn about the recent administrative rule update on May 7th at 7pm at Reuland’s Conference Center in Minocqua, Wisconsin at 630 Chippewa St., Minocqua, WI 54548. 

DSPS Secretary Dawn Crim and individuals from DSPS will be available to discuss the changes. Please consider forwarding this message to the volunteer firefighters in your community.
Wolf Rule Hearing
This Friday, Senator Ron Johnson will be hosting a meeting in Hudson to provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on a proposed rule to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. The FWS will also provide a presentation on the specifics of the proposed rule. There will be opportunity to provide verbal comments, but only written comments will officially be accepted as part of the FWS record.

This is a great decision by the FWS to remove the wolf from the endangered species list. I believe the science supports taking the wolf off the list and allowing the state to manage our wolf population once again.

This event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crestview Drive, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016 on Friday, May 3. 

If you cannot attend this event and would like to provide a comment regarding the proposal, use the link here to submit your statement before May 14, 2019.
Freedom In the 50 States
The Cato Institute keeps a ranking of states based on the policies that shape their personal and economic freedom. The rankings are based on a wide variety of variables related to fiscal policies, regulatory policies, and personal freedom.

Wisconsin is one of the most improved states since 2010. In 2010, we were ranked #43 and based on the most recent data we are now ranked #24. Our state has made great strides in recent years to improve our freedom rankings, but still has opportunities to improve.

If you would like to take a look at the rankings and the analysis of Wisconsin, please click here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
April 30 Hazelhurst Lions Blood Drive Hazelhurst
May 4 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 4 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 4 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Lions Pancake Breakfast and Blood Drive Gleason
May 10 - 11 Journeys Marathon Eagle River
May 10 - 11 D&D Theater Free Performance of "A Grand Night of Murder and Mischief" Presque Isle
May 10 - 11 Spring Fling Art & Wine Walk Tomahawk
May 11 The Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 18 Oconto County Youth Fair Steak Fry Gillett
May 18 White Deer Triathlon Boulder Junction
May 19 Amoterra's Wellness Fair Townsend
May 25 Red, White and Music Fest in Crivitz Crivitz
May 25 Dash O.F. Color Run/Walk Oconto Falls
May 25 Manitowish Waters Boat & Car Show Manitowish Waters
May 25 Summer Launch in Land O'Lakes Land O'Lakes
May 26 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
May 26 Hazelhurst Lions Pancake Breakfast Hazelhurst
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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