State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2020
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Update to the Kenosha County Board-  Legislative Committee


On Tuesday, Representative Samantha Kerkman and I gave an update to the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors' Legislative Committee. We discussed a number of topics including: possible state funding for body cams, and the financial impact of COVID-19 on state and local governments.  

We also discussed current legislation that I have offered regarding Police Accountability, Community Involvement and Transparency (PACT). These bills can be found on my website at: Click.

Honoring a World War II Veteran: Lt., Junior Grade Lars Wanggaard

(Photo: Lars Wanggaard - Navy (left), George Wanggaard - Air Force B-17 Pilot (center) and Herluf Wanggaard- Army (my dad - right))
I would like to honor my uncle Lars Wanggaard, Jr. on the anniversary of his heroism during World War II. It is important we don’t forget how important our past is to our future and the sacrifices so many make to provide us a blanket of personal freedoms. We should never forget what his generation of men and women did to preserve peace for future generations. 
Lieutenant, Junior Grade Lars Wanggaard, Jr. received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his heroic conduct as his ship’s boat officer aboard the U.S.S. Laffey. On September 15, 1942, the U.S.S. WASP, a Navy aircraft carrier, was torpedoed while in the Coral Sea. Lt. Wanggaard brought his boat close to the burning carrier innumerable times to rescue exhausted survivors. He swam to the assistance of many who were in a weakened condition and brought them to safety.
I am proud of my Uncle Lars and all of the brave men and women who have served in the past, those that continue to serve, and those who will serve in the future. Thank you.

Tour of Foxconn's Global Data Center


On Tuesday, September 15th, I had the opportunity to participate in the "globe topping" ceremony on the Foxconn campus and to tour the new 100,000 sq. ft. Multipurpose Building.

$8 Million in Travel Grant Funding Available to Wisconsin Tourism Industry


Funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Wisconsin TRAVEL stimulus grant program will allocate $8 million dollars to be distributed to Wisconsin’s tourism promotion and tourism development organizations. These funds will provide much-needed relief and support to the tourism industry. The two main focuses of this program are:  
  1. Continuation of Operations: Funding to enable struggling tourism promotion and tourism development organizations to remain operational, including but not limited to payroll, utilities, rent, PPE, COVID-19 related cleaning supplies, and the installation and purchase of safety equipment/barriers in public-facing facilities.
  2. Marketing Local/Regional Business Activities: Promotion and support of the resumption of local/regional business activities and the steps taken to ensure a safe and healthy experience for travelers and resident consumers. However, tourism promotion and tourism development organizations will not be able to use the money for long-term positioning or more traditional marketing campaigns unrelated to the pandemic.
Tourism promotion and tourism development organizations that are government entities can only apply for Marketing Local/Regional Business Activities.

For more information about eligibility and applications, please visit: click
Issue 195
September 16th, 2020
Photo with Eric Trump during his visit to Wisconsin on August 18th.

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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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