State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2018
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Hearing on Wanggaard Bills

Human trafficking, prostitution and GPS for sex offenders

On Thursday, January 4th, I testified before the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on three bills that I co-authored.
  • Senate Bill 442 places an additional surcharge on arrests for soliciting a prostitute and prostitution-related crimes. Proceeds from this surcharge will fund anti-human trafficking efforts and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
  • Senate Bill 541 builds on the success of highly successful Alicia's Law, passed last session. Since that law was enacted over 400+ sexual predators of children have been arrested. This bill expands those powers to target human trafficking crimes. 
  • Assembly Bill 601 will save the state money by allowing longer contracts for GPS monitoring services and devices used for tracking sex offenders and persons who have violated injunctions.
Each of these bills will be scheduled for a vote out of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee next week.

 Record Year for Economic Development
Racine and Kenosha lead the state in new jobs

According to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), 2017 was a record year for economic development in Wisconsin.  With 59 companies locating or expanding in Wisconsin, the state is expected to create or retain nearly 30,000 jobs across Wisconsin. 

I'm happy that two of the top three projects are in our district.  The Foxconn development is the largest project, expected to create up to 13,000 good-paying jobs and generate up to $10 billion in capital investment.  The second largest development is Kwik Trip Inc. in La Crosse.  The third, is Haribo's $220 million manufacturing facility in Kenosha County.  The Haribo project is projected to create 385 jobs.

Additional economic development projects in our area include (but are not limited to):
  • A new manufacturing facility for Gold Standard Baking Co. in Pleasant Prairie which is expected to create 35 jobs
  • An expansion of Grand Appliance, Inc. in Sturtevant which is expected to create 37 jobs
  • An expansion of LVD, Inc. in Burlington which retains 207 jobs and is expected to create 40 more jobs
  • An expansion of Prestige Metal Products, Inc. in Bristol which creates 46 jobs
  • An expansion of Fischer USA, Inc. in Racine which retains 20 and creates 20 more jobs
A list of the 59 companies across Wisconsin who have agreed to locate or expand in Wisconsin can be found here: Click.

Applicants for Governor's Export Achievement Awards
Deadline for nominations is 9pm on January 19th

The Governor is seeking applicants for Wisconsin companies and organizations that have successfully exported goods or services outside of the U.S.  The preliminary process only requires a 250 or few word submission detailing the company's recent exporting accomplishments.  Entries should focus on the company's innovative international strategy and export growth.  For more information or to submit an application click here.

Foxconn Roadwork to Start Monday
Rebuilding of frontage road expected to take five months

On Monday, January 8th, the rebuilding of 6 1/2 miles of frontage roads to accommodate Foxconn's manufacturing campus will begin.  This is a necessary step as part of the widening of north-south Interstate 94 to accommodate the 32 million square foot campus.  Work on Monday will entail tree clearing, stump removal, traffic control and erosion control.  The expected completion date is June 1st.

2018 Landscape Pesticide Registry

Advanced notification for commercial landscape companies pesticide application near you

According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Landscape Pesticide Registry is now available.  Online registration is easier this year for those who would like to request they are notified prior to the application of pesticides to lawns, trees and shrubs on the block where you live.  Participation in the registration is free.  If you are interested, you may sign up before the February 1st deadline at: and search "landscape registry" or click here.

Family Photo

Over the holidays my family and I attended a family wedding, congrats Emily and Lucas! Photo: My son Josh Wanggaard, myself, my darling wife Mary Jo holding our newest grandbaby Daphne and my daughter Kathleen and her husband John Jensen.
Issue 100
Friday, January 5, 2018

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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
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Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Legislative Breakfast
Gateway Technical College, Burlington
January 8th

Hot ChocolateFest
Echo Lake, Burlington
January 19-21st

Free Fishing Weekend
January 20-21st

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Brat Stop, Kenosha
February 3rd
Plunge at noon

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