State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Foxconn Bill Advances


The Foxconn incentive bill cleared its first legislative hurdles this week, passing both the Assembly Committee and the full Assembly. It’s now onto the State Senate and Joint Finance Committee. This is the first step to bringing thousands of jobs and billions in investment to our area.
The Joint Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the bill on Tuesday, August 22 at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. The committee should vote on the bill later in the week. After that it will move onto the full State Senate.
Opponents have given a lot of misinformation about this project. This isn’t a corporate handout- Foxconn will earn its incentives with investments and jobs in Wisconsin. Not one dollar goes out until Foxconn spends money or hires people in Wisconsin. Not one single environmental standard is changed.
I look forward to voting for the bill when I get the opportunity. I expect that the State Senate will pass the bill either the week before or week after Labor Day.  


Joint Finance Committee Hearing on Foxconn
Gateway Technical College- Kenosha Campus

On Tuesday, August 22nd the Joint Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on the Foxconn Legislation (August Special Session Senate Bill 1) at Gateway Technical College in Kenosha at 11am.

As you probably know, my top priorities in this budget were the completion of I-94, tax relief, and K-12 education.

While the budget is not yet finalized, things are looking good in these areas. I-94 has been included in the Foxconn bill. The budget will also include over $600 in new state spending per pupil over the next two years. Property taxes will be lower next year than it was 4 and 8 years ago. We’re eliminating an entire tax – the state’s property tax.
We’re down to fine-tuning the budget, and I expect we’ll pass it shortly before or after the Foxconn bill.

Union Grove Veterans Home: Homeless Veterans Update

Wisconsin received good news last week when the federal Department of Veterans Affairs reversed its decision and funded the homeless veterans program at the Veterans Home at Union Grove for another year. This is a huge development, and I will work with Wisconsin’s Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure these honored service members are taken care of.
Racine County Convention & Visitor Bureau and the Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce each received a Tourism Information Center (TIC) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism for the amount of $2,500.
The Tourist Information Center (TIC) Grant Program supports tourism industry partners that provide services for meeting, greeting and directing travelers on the road. Grant dollars help defray the center’s costs for customer service staffing and also fund improvements to signage, audio visual equipment, and display equipment such as racks or shelving. For information on the TIC Grant Program, please visit

DOT Project to begin in Town of Norway
WIS 36 and County Y Intersection

Beginning the week of August 28, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to begin work at the intersection of WIS 36 and County Y (Loomis Road) located in the town of Norway in Racine County. 

This intersection is positioned on a horizontal curve and currently experiences a higher than average crash rate per year. A significant amount of these crashes result in severe injuries.
The intent of this project is to improve the overall safety of the intersection by adjusting the alignment of the left turn bays along both directions of WIS 36 and installing more visible traffic signals. During the project the intersection will remain open to motorists, but temporary left turn lane and single lane closures will be necessary to implement these safety improvements.
The contractor James Peterson Sons, Inc. plans on completing the $740,000 project by late fall. This schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.
More information about the project can be found on 511 Wisconsin at

Kenosha County Fair- A Barn Good Time

The Kenosha County Fair kicked off on Wednesday, September 16th.  With activities ranging from fair rides and cotton candy to the tractor barn and demolition derby, there is something fun for everyone.  There is still plenty of time to enjoy the fair.  I hope to see you there!

A list of activities can be found here: Click.

Dental Records Should Follow the Patient

On Wednesday, September 16th, I testified before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee in support of Senate Bill 258, a bill I co-authored which relates to dental patient health care records, and contracts for practicing dentistry. This bill clarifies Wisconsin law governing dental practices.
Patient health care records are generally transferable among providers under federal law. However, the same is not true for dental records. Just like any other health care record, I believe patients should have the right to access and transfer their dental records between dentists and dental practices if they desire. This bill clarifies that whomever has the controlling interest in a dental practice – whether it be a dentist or Dental Support Organization – is ultimately responsible for the production or transfer of records. And that provider must transfer the records upon request of the patient. This also guarantees that the records will be accessible when needed, either by the patient or others in regards to an investigation.
Next, the bill clarifies that the Dentistry Examining Board is prohibited from regulating the administrative and support functions of dental practices, except in regard to patient records and mobile dentistry programs. Since these functions are not the actual practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, they should not be regulated by the Examining Board. This will free up the Dentistry Examining Board to focus its efforts on monitoring practicing dentists.
Finally, the bill prohibits the use of quotas in contracts between a dentist and/or a dental hygienist and a third party that would require the dentist or dental hygienist to see a certain number of patients, or perform a certain amount of a certain procedure. Quality of dental care should not be measured by mere numbers.

At the Capitol

My second bill of the session was signed into law, 2017 Wisconsin Act 40, which addresses a statutory requirement for judges to verbally express during a circuit court appearance for moving violations.  The full bill can be seen here: Click.
Issue 80
Friday, August 18, 2017
Me with my awesome intern, Paxton.

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21st Senate District 

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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

St. Rita Family Festival
St. Rita Catholic Church, Caledonia
August 18 - August 20

22nd Annual Car, Truck & Bike Show
Racine Zoo
Sunday, August 20, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Party at the Pool Fundraiser
Burlington Community Pool
Saturday, August 26, 1 p.m.

Flood Relief Brat Fry Fundraiser
Lakeside Foods: 25300 75th St., Paddock Lake
August 26th, 10:30-2:30pm

Flood Relief Brat Fry Fundraiser
Jeddy's Bar: 1660 240th Ave, Kansasville
August 26th, 4-8pm

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

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