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June 22, 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
Tourism in Wisconsin Remains Strong
 
Yesterday was the Summer Solstice, the "official" start to summer. However, as we all know, the summer began almost a month ago for many of the businesses and attractions in our communities. This is an exciting time of the year that draws residents and visitors alike to the cities, towns and villages of the Northwoods. This morning, I had the opportunity to deliver the weekly Republican radio address to share why tourism is so important to Wisconsin and how strong it continues to be. Below is a written transcript of my address:

“There is no doubt that tourism is one of Wisconsin's greatest assets. As a former riverboat cruise captain, I have depended on tourism in Wisconsin and remain a strong advocate for it. With the summer already in full swing, many of you have already begun to experience the excitement our great state has to offer.
 
“Tourism remains strong in Wisconsin! Last year, tourism had a $20 billion impact on our economy. Over the last six years, the economic impact that tourism has had in Wisconsin grew by more than $5.2 billion. Tourism in Wisconsin supports nearly 194,000 jobs and annually, visitors to our state generate $1.5 billion in state and local revenue.
 
“Take time this summer to enjoy the parades, festivals and activities communities of all sizes across our state have to offer. I challenge you to visit somewhere new, try a new restaurant or step off the beaten path to discover the warmth and good cheer that Wisconsin has to offer. 
 
“Wisconsin’s innskeepers, restaurateurs, local tourism officials and attraction operators work tirelessly to make our state a destination for visitors and residents alike. As you travel around Wisconsin this summer, make sure to thank them for making our home a place worth celebrating.
 
“Tourism creates jobs, develops our workforce, and grows our economy. Most importantly tourism in Wisconsin helps our state remain a great place to live, raise a family, retire, start a business and visit! "


I look forward to seeing many of my constituents at events across the district this summer. Have fun and stay safe! 

To listen to my radio address, please click here
School Safety Grants
 
Two months ago, the Wisconsin Department of Justice announced the opening of the $100 million School Safety Grant initiative. This past week, Attorney General Brad Schimel has traveled across the state to announce the first few rounds of grant recipients.  So far, three school districts in the 12th Senate District have received grant awards:
  • Crivitz School District - $20,000
  • Lena School District - $61,720
  • Phelps School District - $23,107
The department is continuing to award grants and will announce the new recipients soon. Grants will be awarded in two general categories. DOJ’s Primary School Safety Grants will focus on baseline improvements to schools, including door locks and hardening school entryways. The other category, Advanced School Safety Grants, will be prioritized to award grants on a competitive basis to schools that have met minimum security thresholds. The two grant categories will be awarded concurrently. 

In addition to awarding grants, the DOJ's Office of School Safety will be closely monitoring schools' ability to pay market rates for improvement products. The DOJ will be reviewing any inappropriate pricing behavior so the benefits of the grant program are not reduced. 

For more information about the Office of School Safety and the School Safety Grant Program, please click here
The newly established Office of School Safety will oversee the administration of the grant program.
National High School Rankings
 
U.S. News and World Report announced their 2018 Best High Schools in America this past week. The U.S. News high school rankings offer the most comprehensive information available on public high schools in the country. After evaluating more than 20,500 high schools, U.S. News ranks the top scoring 5,948 high schools in the nation. The scoring is based on student outcomes, graduation rates, rigor of course work and state assessment scores. The ranked schools are split among three categories: gold, silver and bronze. 

The top 500 high schools in the nation are recognized with gold medals, the subsequent 2,211 receive a silver one and the final 3,237 high schools that are ranked receive a bronze medal. A handful of schools in the 12th Senate District received medals for the 2018 school year:
  • Tomahawk High School - Silver Medal
  • Oconto Falls High School - Silver Medal
  • Northland Pines High School - Silver Medal
  • Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School - Silver Medal
  • Florence High School - Bronze Medal
  • Pembine High School - Bronze Medal
  • Suring High School - Bronze Medal
  • Wausaukee High School - Bronze Medal 
I'd like to thank the teachers, administrators, parents and students that work together to make these schools successful. Congratulations!

For more information about the U.S News and World Report 2018 Best High Schools, please click here
Made in Wisconsin Program
 
Earlier this year, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created a new designation for Wisconsin products to help market the origin and quality of products. Products that are made by companies in Wisconsin can now bear the "Made in Wisconsin" logo to reflect the high quality, hard work and innovation that producers in our state pride themselves on. 

There is no cost to use the logo. Companies who wish to participate in this program need to fill out a simple application form that states how it will be used and a brief explanation of the product that will carry the logo. For more information about the program, including where to apply, please click here.

I am pleased to share that a new member of the program is made in the 12th Senate District: Wisco-N-Sin Old Fashioned Drink Mix. Wisco-N-Sin is produced in Rhinelander by the company's owner, Ryan Wienandt. The Old Fashioned mix is inspired by a favorite cocktail offered at the many supper clubs and taverns located in our communities.  You can find the mix at retailers across Wisconsin including many in the Northwoods. 

Congratulations Ryan! I wish you the best of luck moving forward. For more information about Wisco-N-Sin, please click here.
Wisco-N-Sin comes in two flavors and is made in Rhinelander.
Watch Out for Traveling Contractors

The recent string of storms have brought flooding, strong winds and hail damage to many parts of Wisconsin including those located in the 12th Senate District. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is asking affected property owners to seek trusted contractors for repairs and to be aware of "storm chasers" that come door to door trying to use aggressive sales tactics to potentially fraud consumers. 

DATCP is urging residents to call their Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) if they are approached by storm chasers. DATCP urges consumers that have property damage to begin searching for contractors by seeking references from neighbors, friends, family, homeowners' associations and/or your insurance company. Wisconsin has a statewide "Storm Chaser Law" that aims to protect consumers from this type of fraud. Some highlights of this law include:
  • Contractors cannot promise to pay all or some of a property insurance deductible.

  • Contractors cannot represent or negotiate with the customer's homeowner's insurer on behalf of the customer. The contractor can, with the consent of the customer, discuss damages and costs with the insurer.

  • Before entering into a contract with a customer, the contractor must inquire if the work requested is related to an insurance claim.

  • Customers have a right to cancel the contract within three business days of being notified that their insurer has denied all or any part of the claim for work. Contractors must notify customers of this right.

For more information about tips to avoid storm chasers, please click here.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
June 23 Ride with Leinie Land O'Lakes
June 23 First Annual Summer Festival Laona
June 23 Quilt Show/Strawberry Social/Art Fair Florence
June 23-24 Presque Isle Days Presque Isle
June 24 Shawano County Brunch on the Farm Cecil
June 24 Taste of Conover Conover
June 27 Music on Main Street Boulder Junction
June 29 Holiday Flea Market Antigo
June 29-30 Annual Lion's Community Picnic Niagara
June 30 Big House Legionnaire Mud Challenge Crandon
July 3 Art and Craft Show Tomahawk
July 6-8 Steam Up Days Wabeno
July 7 5th Annual Moonlight 5K/Walk Eagle River
July 7 Tractor Pull and Antique Tractor Show Merrill
July 7 Firework Celebration Elcho
July 10 Picnic in the Park Phelps
July 12-15 Hodag County Music Festival Rhinelander
July 13 Movie in the Park Merrill
July 14 Badwater Bass Tournament Florence
July 19-21 Moon Dance Music Bluegrass Festival Gleason
July 20-22 Wisconsin Mycological Society Foray Hiles
July 21 Artarama Eagle River
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
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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