April 22, 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 Listening Sessions

Last week, the Joint Finance Committee held its third budget listening session at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. There was a great turnout and nearly 200 people testified. We heard from several people about education funding and in particular special education funding. UW-River Falls would like to build a Science and Technology Innovation Center on campus and we heard from many students and faculty about funding that project as well.

We will wrap up our final budget listening session in Green Bay on Wednesday on the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay's campus. Once that is completed, the Joint Finance Committee will really begin shaping the state budget and start voting on provisions within the next few weeks.
Jerry Cognetta

Last week, after the listening session in River Falls, I presented a legislative citation to Jerry Cognetta who was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. I grew up in Elmwood where Jerry coached softball at Elmwood High School from 1977 to 1996. He won two state championships and posted an overall record of 301-39. This included an incredible conference record of 163-11 and a 63 conference game winning streak. Jerry was a great coach and teacher and is a wonderful person. Congratulations, Jerry!
Jerry Cognetta and Senator Tom Tiffany
Listening Sessions With Rep. Felzkowski


Representative Mary Felzkowski will be hosting listening sessions to gather feedback while the budget is being developed. I will be joining her in Hamburg this evening. Details are below.
Dates and times for additional Rep. Felzkowski listening sessions:
Saturday, May 4th: 8:30am-10:00am – Antigo City Hall
Saturday, May 4th: 11:00am-12:30pm – Merrill City Hall
Saturday, May 4th: 1:30pm-3:00pm – Tomahawk City Hall
Monday, May 6th: 5:30pm-7:00pm – Elcho High School
Karl's Transport

On Friday, Representatives Mary Felzkowski and John Spiros and I presented Karl Schulz and the employees at Karl's Transport with a legislative citation for their dedication to community service. Karl's Transport is based out of Antigo and was founded in 1985 by Karl and his wife Jil. Many of you have probably seen Karl's trailers on the highway bringing awareness to certain causes. They have done them for the Honor Flight and other veterans causes, Gold Star Mothers, suicide prevention, to support law enforcement, and for missing persons.

Thank you Karl, Jil, and the entire Karl's Transport team!
Presenting the citation to Karl's Transport in Antigo
Foxconn and Governor Evers
Last week, Governor Evers said he was looking to renegotiate the state's 2017 contract with Foxconn. This action could open the doors to the state altering contracts with other businesses throughout the state, which is a frightening prospect for Wisconsin's future! I have attached my statement below.
Drug Takeback Day
Wisconsin's Drug Take Back Day will be on April 27th. Any unused, expired, or unwanted medication can be safely disposed of at several locations around the state. You can use this interactive map to find a location near you.

Last year, Drug Take Back Day set a record by collecting over 68,000 lbs of prescription medication. It's time to clean out your medicine cabinets to help beat the record!
Update Feedback

You may have noticed this update came out on Monday instead of Friday this week. If you have any feedback on when you prefer the weekly update comes out, please let me know. 
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
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 27 Friends of NRA Banquet Rhinelander
April 28 St. Germain Fire Department Fish Fry St. Germain
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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