State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Foxconn Signed into Law
2017 Wisconsin Act 58

On Monday, September 18th, I was happy to join my colleagues at the Governor's signing of the Foxconn legislation in Sturtevant.  The new law helps pave the way for Foxconn to bring their manufacturing technology and their jobs to Wisconsin.  In addition to the 22,000 indirect jobs created by Foxconn locating in the state, the facility will rely on over 10,000 construction jobs to build the Foxconn plant.  Welcome Foxconn!

Want to do Business with Foxconn?

Statewide online tool assists companies seeking to do business with Foxconn

With the passing of 2017 Wisconsin Act 58  many Wisconsin businesses hope to cash in on the opportunities that are heading to Wisconsin.  Companies looking to do business with Foxconn can use the Supply Chain Marketplace to connect with the electronics manufacturer.  The quick and online tool allows companies to highlight their capabilities and make connections with potential new customers.  New companies simply create a profile and they will be added to the directory for a specific industry, or in this case into the directory specifically created for Foxconn. 

The Supply Chain Marketplace has been regionally available since 2015. The platform was recently updated to accommodate the business communities interest in engaging with Foxconn.

For more information on the Supply Chain Marketplace, visit:

Victims' Rights Amendment Clears Committee

As you know, one of my top priorities this session is strengthening the rights of Wisconsin crime victims. Over the last two weeks Senate Joint Resolution 53, my amendment granting constitutional rights to crime victims, advanced out of committees on a bipartisan basis. The amendment now goes to the full Legislature for approval.

As someone who has been involved in all aspects of the legal system, including as a victim, I know how overwhelming the system can be. Victims deserve to have their voice heard in the legal process, and have input into their case. After all, “victims only wanted to be treated like a criminal” in court cases.
I remain hopeful this amendment will be before voters in April 2019.

Tackling an Emerging Drug Crisis

This week, my committee passed a critical piece of legislation, hopefully heading off a developing problem in our state – fentanyl abuse. Fentanyl class drugs can be thousands of times stronger than opiates, including morphine. They are also much more deadly. Last year alone, Milwaukee County had a 120% increase in fentanyl-related deaths.
The bill will classify fentanyl-related drugs as Schedule I drugs, meaning they will be strictly regulated. Possession without a prescription will be prohibited. While this may not stop the crisis, it will at least make tackling the crisis a little easier. Please feel free to watch this video to learn more. Click here for video.

Apply to be a Senate Scholar

High School Juniors and Seniors can submit applications through November 22nd

Wisconsin State Senate are proud to offer a unique educational experience to high school juniors and seniors.  The Senate Scholar Program is an elite program designed to challenge Wisconsin’s best students.  One student from each of the 33 Senate Districts may participate in the week-long program in Madison.  More information regarding the program and the application process can be found at:

Welcome to the Office
New legislative intern joins my staff

One gratifying elements of my job is witnessing the growth and evolution of my staff members and interns. Recently, we brought on a new intern to help us innovate and create in our office. Aaron Covaleski, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is studying Political Science and Spanish with the hopes of having a career in Government. We all must start somewhere, and I was overjoyed to give Aaron a commencement to his hopefully illustrious career. He is intelligent, a fast thinker, and is already proving to be a great asset to our team. Being only 19 years old, his youth brings a welcomed millennial mind to our already outstanding staff. I look forward to experiencing all of the benefits he has to offer. Keep a keen eye out for his name in the future, for he is destined to have a successful career.  Welcome, Aaron!

In the District

Earlier this week I had the privilege of participating in the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, awarding medals to three Civil Air Patrol members who bravely fought in World War II.  Bob Boulden (Burlington), Andrew Gores (Burlington) and John Coleman (posthumously) are very deserving of this highest award given to a US citizen.  Thank you for your service!

Issue 86
Thursday, September 21, 2017
My boy Augie-doggie visited the Capitol this week.

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State Senator Van
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 on Washington and Pine Streets
3-7pm every Thursday

Party on the Pavement
Downtown Racine
September 23rd, noon-7pm

St. Charles Fall Festival
September 23rd- 24th

Swan's Pumpkin Farm Art and Craft Fair
Swan's Pumpkin Farm
September 23rd

St. Bellarmine Fall Festival
Union Grove
September 24th

Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Pitch
Skagit River Park
September 30th

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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