State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2019
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Legislature takes action to end Zombie Veto

Last week, the legislature passed a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the governor’s line-item veto powers. The proposal would prohibit the governor from using his veto power to increase spending.
I admit, when Governor Evers used his veto power to increase spending in the most recent budget, I was shocked. I thought that previous restrictions on the line-item veto, through court cases and constitutional amendments had blocked increases in spending. But I was incorrect. No matter who the governor is, the power of the purse belongs to the legislative branch. Therefore, I was happy to support this proposed constitutional amendment.
The proposal must pass again in the 2021-22 legislative session before voters will have a chance to approve or reject the amendment, likely in the fall of 2022.

Handmade Ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree


Three years ago, the St. John's Lutheran School in Burlington made ornaments for the Capitol Christmas tree. This is a photo of one of the adorable squirrels that hung in the Capitol. 

This year, interested students are asked to make ornaments for the 2019 State Capitol Christmas Tree. The theme is "Celebrate Science".

Ornaments must be made of non-breakable material and strong enough to hold up during shipping and to be handled while the tree is being decorated. For these reasons we recommend students do not use fragile items or paper cutouts that may tear easily. We suggest ornaments that are 4-6 inches in size and are made from a color that contrasts with the color of the tree so they can easily be seen and enjoyed by all visitors. Please attach a ten-inch loop of ribbon or string from which each ornament will hang.

Please send your science themed ornaments to the address below by Friday, November 22, 2019. Also, please be sure to include the educator’s name and grade, school name, and address so that we may acknowledge your contribution. 

Claire Franz
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703

I can't wait to see all of the handmade Christmas decorations!

2019 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament

The “Forward” statue located at the west entrance of the Wisconsin State Capitol, has been once again turned into an annual ornament. The 2019 State Capitol ornament is available for sale by the Wisconsin Historical Society.  

“Forward” was sculpted by Jean Pond Miner, and her granddaughter, Helen Coburn Meier, was the one to present the unveiling of the ornament in June. 

According to Meier, her grandmother didn’t talk much because she was too busy working with the art that she loved so much, and one day she said, ‘When I did “Forward,” it was the happiest day of my life."

The statue symbolizes devotion and progress, according to Miner, and the ornament is a tribute to the centennial of women’s suffrage in Wisconsin. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Wisconsin ratifying the 19th Amendment.

Miner completed “Forward” at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and it was displayed there. After the fair, Wisconsin women raised funds to produce a permanent statue of Miner’s clay “Forward.” In 1895, the Legislature passed a bill to place the statue at the State Capitol. “Forward” was installed on the lawn near the east entrance atop a granite pedestal with a bronze plate that read “Forward, Wisconsin Women’s Memorial of the Columbian Exposition, 1893.”

“Forward” is currently outside the Capitol’s west entrance, and the ornaments dedicated to it are available for sale. Proceeds will go toward restoration projects around the Capitol building.  Since 2004, the proceeds from the ornament sales have supported over $75,000 in restoration projects around the Capitol building.

The $20 ornament can be purchased by the Wisconsin Historical Society: Click Here

Ornaments can also be found at: Orange Tree Imports, Wisconsin Historical Museum, State Capitol Tours, Monona Terrace, The Bruce Company, MMoCA, Tis the Season, Sun Prairie Flowers and Gift Shop, and the Executive Residence. 

The Big Bundle Up

For the ninth year, “The Big Bundle Up” campaign is collecting new or gently used gloves, hats, scarves, coats, and other warm winter gear for those in need. Since 2011, Wisconsin residents, travelers, and businesses contributed more than 155,000 winter items, which have been donated to charities across the state.

Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, tourist information centers, businesses and offices across the state are serving as drop off sites today through November 25, 2019.

Clothing items may be dropped off at the Real Racine Visitor Center, 14015 Washington Ave. (Hwy. 20), Sturtevant, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  Winter wear collected in Racine County will be donated to local charities.

A complete list of drop off locations is available online here.  
Issue 153
November 15, 2019
Photo with my beautiful wife in front of the Capitol Christmas tree last year.

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21st Senate District 

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

Kenosha Winter HarborMarket
Every Saturday until May 8th
Kenosha Masonic Center

Jelly Belly Tree Lighting
November 16th
Jelly Belly Visitors Center

UW-Parkside Winter Arts and Crafts Fair
November 23rd

Kenosha Harbor Holiday International Market & Festival
December 7 & 8
Museums Campus, Kenosha

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