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Letter from Rep. Petryk: Petryk Legislation honoring service men and women signed by Gov. Walker

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On Monday, August 5, 2013, Governor Walker signed two more bills that I co-authored into state law. Both pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 117 and 120, honor those who selflessly dedicated themselves to protecting this nation both domestically and abroad. Also, Senate Bill 120 honors those immediate family members who also sacrifice in many ways while their loved ones serve this state and country. 
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Senate Bill 117, now known as 2013 Wisconsin Act 44, will reimburse members of the Wisconsin National Guard who are on state active duty at the same rate as their federal counterparts. Under former law, a member of the Wisconsin National Guard only receives the state reimbursement rate which is $0.352 per mile before the signing of Senate Bill 117, compared to $0.56 per mile for federal employees. Similarly, state employees were paid $34 per day for meal reimbursement, while federal employees are reimbursed $46 per day. 

The Governor also signed Senate Bill 120, now known as 2013 Wisconsin Act 45, which will provide financial assistance to members of the National Guard and Reserves who are not on active duty. To be clear, this is financial assistance during times of need, not financial aid for attending a college or university. This state law will also include single service members with no dependents, traditional or part-time members assigned to the National Guard and Reserves, and also full-time members on active duty. 

Prior to the signing of Senate Bill 120, The Department of Military Affairs provided financial aid to certain resident family members of an active duty service member who is a Wisconsin resident and a member of the reserve unit of the U.S. Armed Forces or the Wisconsin National Guard. Service members themselves were not eligible for financial assistance. 

The funding for financial assistance is provided through voluntary donations by you, Wisconsin taxpayers, on your state income tax return by means of a check-off. Let me be clear, this is a voluntary contribution and no General Purpose Revenue funds are used. 

My sincere thanks to Governor Walker for seeing the importance of these two pieces of legislation and also to Major General Dunbar of the Wisconsin National Guard and Senator Petrowski (co-author) for developing this legislation and working hard to gain bi-partisan support for passage in both the Assembly and the Senate.

Wisconsin Public Service Commission is Requesting Your Help

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has been leading statewide efforts to assess broadband needs and gaps in our state with the goal of being able to provide data to providers and policy leaders at the local and state level for future broadband planning. The availability, quality, and competitiveness of broadband service have become critical issues in economic development. Governor Walker recognizes this elevated importance and has made broadband and its link to Wisconsin’s competitiveness a top priority.

A team of community leaders has been working with the PSC and LinkWISCONSIN to improve broadband in the state, and your responses will help them identify where there may be a need for improved service or learn lessons about best practices in areas where service is adequate. Results will be used in two ways: 1) locations will be mapped to show adequate service, inadequate service or unmet demand for high speed Internet; 2) submissions will be used to communicate needs to the provider community. 

The survey will take a few minutes to complete and will measure current and future broadband usage and needs. 

If you have Internet access, please complete the survey for your residence online at: http://wisconsindashboard.org/residence-survey.  

If you would like to fill out this survey for your business, please complete the survey online at:

http://wisconsindashboard.org/business-survey

If you do not have Internet access at all, please contact PSC staff Pete Jahn 608-267-2338 to receive a hard copy by mail. 

Please complete only one survey per household. The survey deadline is September 30, 2013.

More information about the LinkWISCONSIN project can be found at http://www.linkwisconsin.gov or by emailingpscstatebroadbandoffice@wisconsin.gov.  

 

Fun at the Fair

As you all know, the summer is a great time to get out and enjoy your local county fairs. The fair is a great way for local children and adults to highlight their work in agriculture and livestock. There are also many other fun activities and sights at the fair including music, good food, and great family fun. 

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection reports that across Wisconsin, there are 75 county, district, and state fairs. Millions of people turn out from across Wisconsin and from other states to support our local fairs. Overall, the economic impact to Wisconsin is more than $150 million. Tourism is a booming industry in our state and that is why the Wisconsin Legislature is doing all it can to support our state’s fairs with an increase in fair aids in the state’s new biennial budget. 

Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District

Town Festivals

Downsville Day

August 24th

http://www.discoverdownsvillewi.com/discover.html

Chippewa Valley Farm-City Day

August 24th 10:00-2:00 p.m.

Five Star Dairy

E9817 590th Ave, Elk Mound

www.farmcityday.com

Eau Claire Festival in the Pines

August 24-25th

http://www.festivalinthepines.com/

Prescott Daze

September 6-8th

http://prescottdaze.com/

Pepin Laura Ingalls Wilder Days

September 14-15th

http://www.lauradays.org/

Other Events

Durand Rod and Gun Club Chicken Dinners

August 22

September 5, 19

October 3, 17

November 7

Reservations required:

Greater Insurance Service of Durand (715) 672-5921

Mondovi Insurance-Mondovi (715)926-3341

Representative Petryk Webpage

http://petryk.assembly.wisconsin.gov

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