Preparing for the Budget
Let me begin this week’s E-Update by saying I hope you and your families made it through last weekend’s storm OK. To be honest, this storm was the first time I was worried about the possibility of serious damage in my neighborhood in the Town of Algoma.
In the meantime, the Legislature is continuing its work on the state biennial budget bill, Assembly Bill 40/Senate Bill 27. The Joint Finance Committee has held four public hearings around the state. The first three were held in Stevens Point, Superior (relocated from Minong), and West Allis. The fourth hearing was originally scheduled to be held in Arcadia on Wednesday, but fortunately for the residents of northeastern Wisconsin, it was relocated to Neenah. I had the privilege of sitting in on the hearing and listening to citizens from all over the area, including the 53rd Assembly District, present their testimony to the committee. You may watch all the hearings on Wisconsin Eye.
In addition to the official hearing at Neenah, I also attended an informal budget hearing hosted by Rep. Gordon Hintz on the UW-Oshkosh campus last Saturday.
As I mentioned in my last E-Update, Wisconsin residents who were unable to attend a budget hearing, official or otherwise, may share their comments and opinions with the Joint Finance Committee by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last weekend, I also had the honor of attending a Disabled American Veterans district meeting at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, outside Waupaca. I was invited to speak as chairman of the Assembly Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. Other speakers included Dan Naylor, the current chairman of the Board of Veterans Affairs, and Sen. Julie Lassa, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Veterans and Military Affairs.
This week I’m happy to announce that I am beginning this session’s second round of office hours around the 53rd Assembly District. I will be available to meet with interested citizens at the following times and locations:
Thursday, April 21
Waupun City Hall
201 E Main St, Waupun
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Waupun Town Hall
N4369 County Road M, Brandon
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
I was unable to schedule office hours in the Town of Springvale at this time, but I invite town residents to stop by either of the Waupun locations next Thursday, or else at future office hours in other nearby communities.
I plan to announce more dates and locations around the 53rd Assembly District in future E-Updates.
--Rep. Dick Spanabauer