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Court Rules State Mask Mandate Exceeds Authority

Wisconsin Statute §323.10 expressly limits States of Emergency to 60 days unless extended by the legislature. The legislature has not extended any State of Emergency. In fact, the legislature acted under Wis. Stat. §323.10 affirmatively ending the State of Emergency on January 28, 2021. Wisconsin has been in a State of Emergency for 245 consecutive days – more than six months longer than allowed under the law.
This case was never about the nature of the emergency. Good intentions, “science”, and fear are not reasons to disobey the law. The statute does not grant exceptions, no matter the cause. By ignoring the law repeatedly, Evers decided to make this a political issue. 
Governor Evers extended the emergency without the legislature’s consent in violation of the law, and blatantly ignored the legislature’s action to end the emergency. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Laws without enforcement are merely good advice.” Today, the Supreme Court enforced the rule of law.

People will certainly claim this is a partisan and political decision. It is only a partisan result if you think the law only applies to one political party. It doesn't.

Caledonia Sex Offender Placement Concerns


For the past week, I have been working with local officials to find alternative housing for two child sex offenders who are currently scheduled to move into a Caledonia neighborhood.  On Tuesday, County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, Caledonia Village President Jim Dobbs and I held a press conference regarding this ongoing situation.

Click here to watch the press conference: Click. 

WI Unemployment at 3.8%

Last week, DWD released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary employment estimates for the month of February 2021. The data shows that Wisconsin's unemployment rate in February was 3.8 percent, while the national unemployment rate in February was 6.2 percent.

More information, including the report summary is available here, and the full report is now posted at:

Kenosha County Hazardous Waste Disposal

Kenosha County is holding a Household Hazardous Waste, E-waste and Refrigerant Collection Event on Saturday, May 1st from 8am-1pm.  More information can be found at: Click. 

Annual Racine County Clean Sweep

Burlington (City and Town), Dover, Union Grove, Rochester and Waterford (Village) residents, mark your calendars for the 2021 Clean Sweep event on August 14! More to come as the event gets closer!  More information can be found here: Click.

Regular hazardous waste disposal for Racine County is accepted every 3rd Saturday from April-October.  More info can be found here: Click. 

Issue 219
April 1st, 2021

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