Rep. Ron Kind
This month I kicked-off my annual 18-county listening session tour in Eau Claire. Hearing from Wisconsinites about the issues that matter most to them is my favorite part of this job. I believe that the only way to effectively represent you is to listen to you first. That's why I am holding listening sessions in all 18 counties of the 3rd Congressional District. This spring, I'll be on the road from Amherst to Wauzeka — and everywhere in-between — to hear what's on your mind.
Wisconsinites know that today's economy and jobs are more diverse than the options that were open to our parents and grandparents. In order to make sure Wisconsinites are prepared for good-paying jobs, I am unveiling my Education Action Plan which equips Wisconsin students for success with preparation, affordability, training and high-demand jobs (PATH).
As I talk with veterans and their families throughout western and central Wisconsin, I continue to hear about issues they are having cutting through the bureaucracy at the Department of Veterans Affairs to access the benefits they have earned. We are here to help.
These last few weeks have been bitter cold, even by Wisconsin standards. For many of our rural residents who depend on propane to heat their homes and businesses, historically cold weather this early in the winter causes concern. As many know, in 2014 nearly 250,000 residents and countless businesses throughout Wisconsin experienced a severe propane crisis, which drove up the cost of propane and prevented people from keeping their homes and businesses warm during the coldest months of the year.
During my recent veterans town hall meetings across Wisconsin, I heard directly from Wisconsin veterans on the need to improve the care and services our veterans are getting from the Department of Veterans Affairs. While many of our veterans like our local VA facilities, the process to get the services they need can be long and frustrating.
Many Wisconsinites have asked me if they can still purchase coverage on the health exchange and if there are any affordable plans. The short answer to both questions is yes, but time is running out.
Over the last few months, countless Wisconsinites have come up to me at the YMCA or called to ask what is happening with the health care coverage purchased on the exchanges. The most common thing people want to know is if you can still purchase coverage on the health exchange and if there are any affordable plans. The short answer to both questions is yes.
Wisconsin families work too hard to let the government waste their money. In the spirit of Sen. Bill Proxmire, I am continuing his work shedding light on government agencies and projects that waste your hard-earned tax dollars.
Those of us in rural Wisconsin know that one of the most important bills for growing our local economy and creating jobs is the farm bill, which will be coming up for review soon. With Wisconsin's agriculture sector contributing over $88.3 billion annually to the economy I want to hear directly from you about what your priorities are.
This past week kids and teens across western and central Wisconsin packed their backpacks and got ready to go back to school. Although my boys are now a sophomore and junior in college, I still remember getting them ready for their first days of school at Summit Elementary, Logan Middle School, and then Logan High School in La Crosse, Wis. As parents, we know that a quality education is critical to making sure our children have the tools they need to succeed and thrive.