July 13, 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
Legislative Study Committees

This week began with my first meeting of the Legislative Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia. The Legislative Council is the service agency that provides legal guidance and support to the legislature in Wisconsin.  In even numbered years, the Joint Legislative Council Committee creates study committees to do look deeper into various issues in Wisconsin.

There are a total of nine study committees, each examining a different subject. The committees are composed of both legislators and members of the public with expertise in the subject area. The committees meet throughout the summer and fall to prepare legislation for the next legislative session. 

Sen. Tiffany and Donna Hejtmanek (Northland Pines) take part in a Leg. Council study committee in Madison on Identification and Management of Dyslexia
The first meeting of the Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia was very informative. Before the meeting began, Rep. Rob Brooks - one of the legislators tasked with forming the study committees - informed the committee that this subject area was heavily requested. The few empty chairs in the audience made this very evident.

The meeting kicked off with our Legislative Council attorney laying the groundwork, explaining Wisconsin's laws relating to dyslexia. We then heard presentations from Kurt Eley, Director of Student Services, Waunakee Community School District; Dr. Julie Gocey, Pediatrician, UW School of Medicine and Public Health; Dr. Daniel Gustafson, Clinical Neuro-Psychologist, SSM Health Care; and Debra Zarling, Literacy Coordinator, Oshkosh Area School District.

The committee received a great foundation to beginning our work. I believe our homework will now be to identify effective ways to train teachers, administrators, and involve parents to promote reading and language comprehention in our schools. Our next meeting will be August 29th.

I was also selected to serve on the Study Committee on Direct Primary Care, which is an issue I have been very interested in. The first meeting will take place on July 24th.  
Tragedy In Sun Prairie

Earlier this week, a natural gas leak led to an explosion in Sun Prairie that leveled nearly an entire city block. Tragically, Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter Cory Barr lost his life serving his community.

I'd like to send my condolences to Mr. Barr's family and the entire Sun Prairie community. It is important we never take for granted the service men and women like Cory provide to our communities. 

Governor Walker signed Executive Order #297, ordering that the flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Captain Cory Barr of the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department. In accordance with the Order, please ensure that the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin are flown at half-staff at all state facilities beginning immediately and ending at sunset on July 14, 2018.

School Safety Grants Announced

Attorney General Brad Schimel announced a list of 40 schools and school districts that have been awarded the next round of grants through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program, administered by DOJ’s Office of School Safety. Combined, the 40 schools and school districts will receive $2,895,658 which will be spent on building safety improvements, as well as training for faculty and staff. More grants will be awarded soon.

List of schools in the 12th Senate District awarded grants on July 10, 2018:
  • Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District, $40,073;
  • Menominee Indian School District, $55,817;
  • Minocqua J1 School District, $60,000;
  • Niagara School District, $42,177;
  • Northland Pines School District, $132,746;
  • Rhinelander School District, $119,295;
  • Three Lakes School District, $86,749;
New Grants to Support Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced this week the recipients of grants totaling more than $300,000 to help rural health care providers increase the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses. The grants support the development of eight training sites and will help ensure access to quality health care in rural and other underserved areas of the state.

Providers receiving funding are:

  • Ascension St. Mary’s Rhinelander
  • Aspirus Office of Medical Education Wausau
  • Columbus Community Hospital
  • Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Northwest Wisconsin Region, Inc., Eau Claire
  • Monroe Clinic
  • Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Inc.
  • Stoughton Hospital

Governor Scott Walker made improving rural health care part of his Rural Agenda and the legislature approved $500,000 in new funding to support the grant program in the 2017-2019 biennial budget. Increasing the number of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses in rural communities will give rural residents greater access to quality health care.

This is the first year that grants were awarded.
Second Round of Meetings to Focus on Opportunities Connected to Foxconn

Governor Scott Walker announced this week that a second round of informational sessions will take place in July and August to provide Wisconsin companies with details on how to bid for work on the next phase of the construction on Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion advanced manufacturing campus in Racine County.

The location and dates for the five informational sessions are:

  • Wednesday, July 25: Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W. Mason St., Green Bay. Registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; the session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 26: Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center, 4000 Campus Road, Eau Claire. Registration from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; the session will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant. Registration from 11:30 a.m. to noon; the session will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1: Gateway Technical College, SC Johnson iMet Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd. Registration from 2:30 to 3 p.m.; the session will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 2: MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Drive, Madison. Registration from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; the session will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Companies attending the sessions will receive details on how to bid on the work related to the construction of Foxconn’s advanced display manufacturing buildings, which is expected to start in early to mid-2019.

Bidding for subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms will follow a clear and detailed process with good faith efforts to place “Wisconsin First” while building significant capacity in both workforce and businesses. While the informational sessions are open to all businesses, they are specifically aimed at companies providing goods and services in construction logistics, roadways, site utilities, foundations, structure, enclosure, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, materials, and equipment.

For more information, please click here

Farewell Dominic

 Last week, my office said farewell to Dominic Belmonte. Dominic started as an intern in my office while he attended UW-Madison. He took his first job in State Senator Howard Marklein's office for a brief while before coming back to join my staff full time. 

Recently, Dominic took a new job in Chicago where he will be working in corporate public relations. He will be missed in the office, but we want to wish Dominic all the best in his new endeavor. 

District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
July 12-15 Hodag Country Music Festival Rhinelander
July 14 Island Art Walk Minocqua
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
July 27-29 Phelps Men's Softball Tournament Phelps
July 27-29 Northwoods Art Tour
August 1-4 Antique Outboard and Motor Show Tomahawk
August 2 MASH Blood Drive Merrill
August 2 After Loon Delight Craft Show Minocqua
August 3-4 Eagle River Antique Show & Sale Eagle River
August 3-4 Bowler Bash Bowler
August 3-4 Pig in the Pines: Bacon, BBQ & Bands St. Germain
August 3-4 Presque Isle's Oktoberfest in August Presque Isle
August 4 Lakewood Arts and Crafts Show Lakewood
August 4 Normal Park Craft Festival Merrill
August 4 Phelps Fireman's Pig Roast and Picnic Phelps
August 4 Wabeno Art & Music Festival Wabeno
August 2-5 Oneida County Fair Rhinelander
August 4-5 Annual Arbor Vitae Firemen's Picnic Arbor Vitae
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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