State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2019
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Bombshells in the Budget
Unsustainable, Irrational Spending Increases


Governor Evers has proposed increasing state spending by a whopping 8.3% in the next budget. To put this in perspective, the average spending increase over the last eight years was 2.8%, roughly the rate of inflation. Governor Evers’s spending is more than twice the highest amount of the last decade!
On top of that, Governor Evers has also proposed a building program of $2.5 billion. That’s more than twice the building of either of the last two budgets! And of that $2.5 billion, more and $1 billion is in Milwaukee and Dane Counties. There are worthy projects all over the state. The improvement at the Union Grove Veterans Home, the Wisconsin History Museum (which has a 30% private-sector match), and the new juvenile corrections facilities are all worthy inclusions.  But having the state pay for buildings that haven’t been designed yet, or aren’t owned by the state shouldn’t be included.
Part of leadership and part of budgeting is having to say “No.” Maybe Governor Evers will learn that someday. But it’s clear in his first budget, he said “yes” to virtually every spending idea that came across his desk. This is not a rational or reasonable way to budget. 

Thanks for Attending the In-District Listening Sessions


On Thursday, April 18th and Thursday, April 25th I co-hosted in district listening sessions in Norway, Caledonia, Burlington, Union Grove and Mt. Pleasant.  Though much of the conversations centered around the upcoming budget, we heard from constituents regarding a variety of issues. 

If you were not able to attend a listening session, feel free to send your comments and concerns to my office at:

Recognizing a Local Hero

Racine County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Schneider rescues Union Grove man from burning building 

On Thursday, April 25th, Representative Robin Vos and I had the opportunity to honor a local hero. By risking his own safety and putting himself in harm’s way, Deputy Eric Schneider demonstrates the definition of commitment to community. He may have saved one life, but his actions and inspiration have impacted many more. Great job Eric! 

Da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System


Last week I had the opportunity to see da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System firsthand as part of an event at Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine.  They are the only hospital in the area to offer the newest and state-of-the-art system which is used for minimally invasive surgery.  The program included a simulated surgery using the robot.  

16th Annual Posters in the Rotunda


At the 16th Annual Posters in the Rotunda, more than 125 undergraduate students from the University of Wisconsin System presented their research at the Capitol. I had the opportunity to meet with 5 outstanding local students to discuss their research projects.

Zachary Bryhtan of Mt. Pleasant explained his mathematics poster. He currently attends UW-Parkside.

Next, I met with Maxwell Bachochin of Racine regarding his poster on enzymology.  Maxwell is also a student at UW- Parkside. 

Another UW- Parkside student, Nicholas Cina of Kenosha did his project on the evaluation of GGPP synthase product from mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Also from UW- Parkside, Trever Gott of Pleasant Prairie studied the effect of a company's response to negative product reviews.

UW-River Falls student, Lucy Landeta of Salem's project centered around the psychopathology of major depression. 

Fine job students!

At the Capitol


Jefferson Lighthouse School from Racine toured the Capitol on Thursday, April 17th.

Students from St. John's Lutheran School toured the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23rd.
Issue 129
Friday, April 26th, 2019
Pictured with Dr. Angela Andersson, Ph.D.
Principal of Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC).

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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

17th Annual Volunteer Recognition luncheon
April 26th
Roma Lodge, Mount Pleasant

Racine County 2019 Clean Sweep
April 27th
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Drug Take Back Day
April 27th
Check location for times.

Scholarship Pancake Breakfast- Burlington Masonic Lodge No. 28
April 28th
Burlington Masonic Lodge

Roma Lodge Pancake Day
May 4th
Festival Hall, Racine

RAM Annual PEEPS International Art Exhibition
April 11-28th (check for updated dates)
Racine Art Museum

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