State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2018
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500 Prospective Businesses Turn Out for Foxconn Information Session

Earlier this week, nearly 500 prospective companies attended an informational session in Sturtevant regarding doing business with Foxconn.  This is the first of twelve contractor information sessions that will be held around the state.  It is the first step for businesses hoping to work on the Foxconn project, which is estimated to spend about $1.4 billion with Wisconsin suppliers. 

During the meeting, the contractors and officials from the Wisconsin Department of Administration discussed project goals, which include having: 60 percent of the project completed by Wisconsin based companies, 70 percent of the job hours worked by Wisconsin residents, 10 percent of the subcontractors to be based in Racine County and 10 percent by woman, minority or veteran owned businesses. 

The contract firms, M+ W and Gilbane emphasized that the first thing that would be looked at when considering a bid will be whether or not there is an inclusion plan for the target groups.  Bids that do not include a plan, will not be considered on the private sector side of the project.  The public sector elements are required by law to choose the lowest-priced competent bid.

Interested companies will also have to register with M+W|Gilbane and attend pre-bid sessions.  Recommendations will be provided to Foxconn from the contractors, and Foxconn will make the final decisions.  Companies wishing to do business with Foxconn should visit:

Mini Business World Program
80 KUSD students participated in the challenge

On Tuesday, April 3rd, I had the opportunity to participate in the Mini Business World Program held at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside.  More than 80 Kenosha Unified School District students participated in the day long business challenge.  Students worked in groups to design production, marketing and finance strategies for mock companies. 

As part of the six hour challenge they heard from a panel of legislators, area business folks, local elected officials and UW- Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford.  Panel members answered questions about the Kenosha and Racine business climate.  My fellow panelists and I also discussed early career paths and offered advice for the students in choosing their careers.  Great event!

Bills Signed into Law

Recently, several bills I have worked on this session have been signed into law.  As you'll read, not all the bills made headlines, but they're all important in their own way, and all passed unanimously.

I'm looking forward to having additional legislation I've worked on be signed by the Governor in coming weeks. 

Here are a few of the most recently signed:

2017 Wisconsin Act 172- "Four Strikes" This bill will permanently revoke driving privileges for individuals with 4 or more OWI-related offenses.  

2017 Wisconsin Act 173- Act 173 targets human trafficking in Wisconsin by shortening the time period it takes to locate a human trafficker. This technique has already proven highly successful against those that engage in online sex crimes against children with over 400 arrests of child sex predators last year. I anticipate similar success with human trafficking.

2017 Wisconsin Act 174- Thanks to the "Romeo & Juliet" bill, not every teenager who engages in sexual activity will be a potential sex offender. Having sex with a person under the age of 18 still remains a crime.

2017 Wisconsin Act 246- This bill will save money for the state, by allowing correctional inmates who die, but whose remains go unclaimed to be cremated.

2017 Wisconsin Act 185- A lot of research and hard work went into Act 185, this bill closes the Lincoln Hills prison and creates a regional model for juvenile corrections. I was happy to work with Republicans, Democrats, stakeholders, and the Administration to put together a plan that I believe closes the door on one chapter, and puts us on the right path. 

Meeting the Workforce Training Needs
Gateway is training the workforce for the future

Gateway Technical College continues to lead the workforce training needs of Foxconn and the employers of Southeast Wisconsin. I recently met Amber Beale a student at Gateway and full-time employee for Foxconn. Amber is studying Electrical Engineering Technology and will be a Supervisor in the logistics and distribution for Foxconn. 
Foxconn is not the only company in need of a skilled workforce. Racine based Badger Meter has been recruiting from Gateway to strength their bench for expanded opportunities. Gateway and the Wisconsin Technical College System have risen to the challenge of providing the necessary training for the current and upcoming job market. 

Kenosha County Household Hazardous Waste, E-waste & Refrigerant Collection

On Saturday, May 5th from 8am-1pm, residents of Kenosha County can dispose of their household hazardous waste, electronic waste and refrigerant waste.  Items can be brought to the Kenosha County Center located at: 19600 75th Street in Bristol.  This is the only Kenosha county-wide collection date scheduled for 2018. 

For more information visit the Kenosha County website at:

Clean Sweep and National Drug Take Back Day
Seven Racine County Communities Participate

Seven Racine County area communities are teaming up to provide their residents a venue to dispose of hazardous waste, appliances, medication, and electronics. With the help of Wisconsin Clean Sweep Grants, the City of Burlington, Town of Burlington, Town of Dover, Village of Rochester, Village of Union Grove, Village of Waterford and Town of Yorkville have collaborated to hold this event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you are a City or Town of Burlington, Town of Dover, Village of Rochester, Village of Union Grove, Village of Waterford or Town of Yorkville resident, you can drop your materials off for FREE. There is a $30 cash fee to ASDA for all tube tv/monitors and a $10 cash fee for flat screen tv/monitors. Payment is required at the time of disposal. You must provide proof of residency with a valid driver’s license.

Enter at the City of Burlington Wastewater Treatment Facility, 2100 S. Pine Street, Burlington.

In the District

On April 2nd, I visited Zmac Transportation in Racine.  Had an opportunity to meet with a group of Zmac team members during my visit.  Great local company!

Catching up with a couple of friends, Jimmie and Fran, of local law enforcement while they were volunteering for Hope City Church Service at Memorial Hall.

Chatting with folks at the RSVP – Racine County National Service Recognition Luncheon at the Covenant at Murray Mansion in Racine- great venue! Join the team VOLUNTEER!
Issue 110
Friday, April 6, 2018

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21st Senate District 

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Local Events

Boy Scout Troop 507 Pancake Breakfast
April 8th

St. Mark's Gymnasium

Annual Scholarship Pancake Breakfast
April 8th
Burlington Masonic Lodge 328

Conservation Congress Spring Hearings
April 9th
Each County- Statewide

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic
April 12th
Veterans Terrace at Echo Park

KAC's 7th Annual All in the Achieve Fundraiser
April 14th
Kenosha Country Club

Brat Fry Fundraiser for Veterans Outreach of WI
April 9th
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