State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2019
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UW-Madison De-prioritizing Wisconsin High School Grads


This week, it was discovered that Wisconsin’s flagship university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's freshman class is comprised of only 50.3% Wisconsin graduates. The remaining almost HALF of freshmen come from out-of-state. The evidence shows that over the last 25 years, the share of Wisconsin students at UW-Madison has decreased by almost 25%.
Every spring, I hear from angry parents that their child was denied access to UW-Madison. Most of these parents have good reason to be upset. UW-Madison is driving away highly qualified students from parents who are subsidizing the university. It’s now clear that UW is favoring out-of-state students at Madison at the expense of hardworking Wisconsin graduates. That is unacceptable.
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Enjoy Fall by Visiting a Local Rustic Road


(R-37 is located on 3 Mile Road in Racine County) 
A favorite fall activity around Wisconsin is enjoying the fall colors.  Wisconsinites enjoy the fall foliage in a number of different ways such as hiking, biking or taking a relaxing drive. In Wisconsin we have a Rustic Road System that was developed by the Legislature in 1973 in order to preserve scenic back-roads. In order to qualify to be designated as a Rustic Road, there must be outstanding natural features along its borders, which could include rugged terrain, native vegetation or wildlife. The uniqueness of the scenery makes it appealing for road users of all types. 

In order to encourage sightseeing, the speed limit on Rustic Roads is no more than 45 miles per hour and range in length from 2 miles and 37 miles in length.

Currently, Wisconsin has 120 Rustic Roads which cover more than 720 miles. Rustic Roads are marked by unique brown and yellow signs which number and designate each location. Racine and Kenosha Counties alone have seven Rustic Roads to enjoy.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers an online guide in order to provide Wisconsinites with the most up to date information. The Rustic Roads guide can be found here: Click.

Say "G'day!" to our New Intern


My office recently welcomed a new intern, Miranda Scroope. Miranda is currently studying at The University of Wisconsin – Madison. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, she is currently double majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies, and International Relations, at The University of Queensland. Although from Australia, Miranda shows great interest in learning about the American political system, and how it significantly differs in comparison to Australian politics. After graduation, she hopes to serve in The Australian Army as an Intelligence Officer in order to advance into a government organization specializing in counter terrorism and international security. Passionate about international politics and making the world a safer place – both in the community and internationally, Miranda has already melded into our team. She will make a great addition to our office. Welcome Miranda!

Wanggaard Bills Passed out of Committee this Week

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee passed several bills this week, including the following five bills that I am a co-author.
  • Senate Bill 189: Relating to the revocation of operating privilege for certain offenses related to operating while intoxicated.
  • Senate Bill 266: Relating to requiring political subdivisions and Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation.
  • Senate Bill 290: Relating to pepper spray and CS gel substances.
  • Senate Bill 29: Relating to allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes.
  • Senate Bill 384: Relating to operating privilege of persons who have committed certain offenses related to drunken driving, occupational licenses, ignition interlock devices, and providing a penalty.

In the District

On Saturday, September 21st, I was happy to attend my brother Kevin's Induction to the Moose International Pilgrim Award Ceremony at the Moose Lodge in Caledonia. Congrats, Kevin!

Request a free Wisconsin Map


One of the services I am proud to offer my constituents is State of Wisconsin 2019-2020 Official Highway Maps. I am happy to provide these resources free of charge to those who live in the 21st Senate District. Each address is offered up to two maps.  

An electronic version of the highway map can be found here: Click.

To receive your free Wisconsin State Map email me at: with your name and mailing address.
Issue 146
September 27th, 2019
Photo with 2016 Senate Scholar Sarah Verzal from the 21st Senate District.

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21st Senate District 

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

Burlington Farmers Market
Wehmhoff Square Park
3-7pm every Thursday

2019 Kenosha County Safety Fair
September 28th
Sam's Club, Kenosha

5th Annual Touch A Truck
September 28th
Union Grove

Mini Golf for Cops "N Kids
September 29th
Mulligan's Mini Golf, Caledonia

Racine/Kenosha Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 28th at 9:40am
UW- Parkside Student Center

Lantern Festival
October 1-31st
Racine Zoo

Free Military and Veterans Family Day
October 4th
Boundless Adventures

Wilmot Mountain Fall Fest and 5K
October 5th
Wilmot Mountain

Boo at the Zoo
October 26th
Racine Zoo

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