Rep. Warren Petryk
In recent years, as Wisconsin's economy has improved, we've seen a rising shortage of skilled care workers in long-term care facilities. The lack of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) has been long felt in nursing homes and care facilities in western Wisconsin and across the state. CNAs provide essential day-to-day care to our retired veterans and our vulnerable aging population. This is a critical issue than I believe must be addressed immediately, which is why I've drafted legislation that will help address this concern.
Since being elected, I've had numerous meetings with families, law enforcement and public health officials about the devastating impact substance abuse is having on our neighbors and communities. Everyone has had the same message: that drug addiction isn't something that just affects people in big cities, but it's now more than ever a sad reality in our small-towns and rural communities. That is why I'm honored to be a part of a new Assembly Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention.
The "R-word," as it is sometimes referred to, is an offensive term to those with intellectual disabilities as well as to their families and friends. It is an outdated term that is dehumanizing to individuals and has no place in Wisconsin state government. Prior to 2012, this term was still being used in state statutes to describe people.
With tax season in full swing the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding taxpayers to be on the lookout for fraud before it is too late. Unfortunately, there might be a number of people unlucky enough this year to have their taxes filed for them by an online thief.
For my third consecutive term, it is once again my great privilege to serve as Chair of the Assembly Workforce Development Committee. As chair, I look forward to helping address Wisconsin's workforce needs, such as increasing the number of people in the workforce and doing what we can to strengthen our career pipelines for people in the state. In addition, I also was appointed to eight other committees that will allow me to strongly advocate for the needs of the people of the 93rd Assembly District.
Recently, Assembly Republicans sent a letter to the new governor specifying what our shared priorities this session should look like. One of those common priorities was lowering taxes for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin.
Broadband internet access expansion has always been a priority for me and to the people of the 93rd Assembly District. According to a recent report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nearly 783,000 people in Wisconsin lack access to at least one broadband service with a speed of 25/3 Mbps or better.