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May 4, 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
Department of Transportation Northwoods Listening Sessions

Thank you to everyone who came out to discuss transportation issues in Crivitz and Merrill on Monday. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Dave Ross joined us in northern Wisconsin to lead the discussion and field questions from the audience. We had a great discussion on a very wide variety of issues in both Crivitz and Merrill.
 
Secretary Ross gave a great breakdown of transportation spending and highlighted the additional $76 million allocated to local governments for road/bridge repair in the most recent state budget. He spoke specifically about the local bridge program and efforts the DOT is undergoing to target economically-vital local bridges. There are efforts to remove the weight postings at these important bridges.
 
We also discussed several ways the DOT was trying to save taxpayer money. Secretary Ross explained how route optimization and using brine instead of salt was helping counties to save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The elimination of multiple levels of unnecessary bureaucratic oversight has also made it easier for projects to be completed in a timely manner. Additionally, in the last 12 months, the state has saved $118 million because of lower fuel prices and more competitive bids on projects.
 
We also had interesting conversations about using wooden bridges in northern Wisconsin, ATV/UTV routes on roads, fuel tax, trailer licensing, mileage driven fees, general road conditions, and a variety of other issues.
 
I want to thank Secretary Ross for spending time up north and to everyone who attended.
Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross joined constituents of the 12th Senate District in Crivitz on Monday morning. 
Fab Lab Grants

On Tuesday, Governor Walker, members of his cabinet and staff from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) traveled across Wisconsin to announce that twenty-two school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants this year. Six of those school districts were located within the 12th Senate District. For the second year in a row, the 12th Senate District hosted the most number of grants awarded. Below I have included those awards:
  • Antigo - Langlade County - $18,300
  • Florence County - Florence County - $10,759
  • Lakeland Union High School Consortium - Oneida County - $35,346
  • Northland Pines - Vilas County - $25,000
  • Rhinelander - Oneida County - $24,235
There is no doubt that the expansion of Fab Labs, and the role that they play in our communities, are beneficial. I have always been an advocate of this successful program. I hear nothing but positive results from school officials and students at many of the 12th Senate District schools who utilize these labs.

This year, WEDC received 63 applications for the grants and the winners were chosen by a review committee comprised of members of WEDC and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Congratulations to the winners!

For more information about Fab Labs and the Fab Lab grant program, please click here. For the full list of winners, click here.
On Tuesday,  I was pleased to join students from Antigo High School to learn more about their Fab Lab.
Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School

I had the opportunity to meet with the seventh grade students of the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School (AVW) this past week. The seventh graders at AVW learn about government during their social studies classes in the spring. I was pleased to be invited by Ms. Katie Rein to be a guest expert for the day.

I spoke to the students about my role as their State Senator and provided more information about the structure of our state's government. We had a good discussion about the different levels of government and how state government plays an important part in our everyday lives. After my discussion, I had plenty of time to answer questions from the students about why I ran for public office and how a bill becomes a law.

I hope to see many of these students continue to share their interest in government. Thank you for hosting me!
I enjoyed speaking to the 7th grade students from the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff school about my role as their State Senator. 
Jean Greening

Jean Greening, of Antigo, was recently inducted into the Thrivent Financial Advisor Hall of Fame. Jean has worked for Thrivent for 30 years and has built a successful career serving the people of Antigo as one of Thrivent's Financial Consultants.

Jean is a Certified Financial Planner and Retirement Income Certified Professional at the Thrivent Financial branch office in Antigo. Jean is also a mother of three sons that has continued working hard for both her clients and her family. 

Congratulations Jean! The entire Antigo community is grateful for the work you do and I wish you the best of luck. 
Bringing the Government to the People
 
On May 7th, I will be hosting a second listening session in Oconto Falls with State Broadband Director Angie Dickison. Prior to the listening session, Angie and I will be joined by representatives from Microsoft and Packerland Broadband to discuss their TV White Space Initiative that intends to provide broadband services to over 80,000 homes in northeastern Wisconsin.

In addition to asking Angie Dickison or myself questions regarding broadband access, attendees will have the opportunity to ask representatives from Packerland more specific questions regarding TV White Space technology and the roll out of their proposal.


I have included the details for the event below:
 
Oconto Falls High School
210 N Farm Rd., Oconto Falls
Gymnasium
Press conference: 3:45pm – approx. 4:30pm
Listening session will begin immediately following the press conference and will last one-hour.
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
May 4-5 Northern Lakes Conference Art Show Three Lakes
May 5 Martinis in May St. Germain
May 5 Colors of Cancer 5K Crandon
May 5 Old Fashioned Plow Day Antigo
May 5 Spring Craft Fair Crivitz
May 7 Lioness Spring Fashion Show Lakewood
May 11-12 14th Annual Northwoods Birding Festival Manitowish Waters
May 11-12 Denim n' Dessert Theater present: "Harvey" Presque Isle
May 12 Bear 100 Bike Race Laona
May 12 Journey's Marathon Eagle River
May 18-20 Amoterra's Spring Wellness Fair Townsend
May 18-20 Spring Walleye Tournament Presque Isle
May 19 Fishing with the Stars St. Germain
May 19 Minocqua Home, Lifestyle and Recreation Show Minocqua
May 19 White Deer Triathalon Boulder Junction
May 25 Holiday Flea Market Antigo
May 26 Summer Launch Land O'Lakes
May 26 Red, White and Music Festival Crivitz
May 26-27 Main Street Memories Car Show Tomahawk
May 27 McCaslin Lioness Faire Lakewood
June 9 Art Fair on the Courthouse Lawn Rhinelander
June 9 Florence Historical Society Museum Open House Florence
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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