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State of Indiana <indiana@subscriptions.in.gov> Thursday, May 12, 20111:08 PM Fadness, Joseph F - GOV Gov. Daniels' Recent Accomplishments

With the end of the Indiana General Assembly, Governor Daniels has signed into law his sweeping education reform agenda, including

Indiana's recently-enacted budget

lowers the corporate tax rate and provides for an automatic tax refund if revenues exceed a specified level. The Governor's agenda also broadens public-private partnerships for infrastructure, redraws legislative and congressional districts and consolidates duplicative local elections. Finally, during a recent trip to Washington last week, the Governor spoke about his heritage and the longing for freedom in the Middle East in his remarks at the Arab-American Institute's Khalil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards, where he received the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service. We thought you might find the following news summaries to be of interest, and we've included the text of the speech. As always, if you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate to ask.

school choice, collective bargaining reform and a new teacher evaluation and compensation system.

Thanks,

Debbie and Griffin

Indiana Federal Representatives

Deborah Hohlt (Debbie@hohlt.com)

Griffin Foster (griffin@hohlt.com)

202-624-1474 (office)

REVIEW & OUTLOOK

MAY6,2011

Indiana's Great Education Leap

The Hoosier State passes vouchers and dissolves teacher tenure.

School choice is gaining new momentum, and one of the biggest political breakthroughs came this week in Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels signed legislation Thursday that includes far-reaching reforms in teacher assessment and tenure, as well the most ambitious voucher program in memory.

Under the new Jaw, the state will provide 7,500 publicly financed scholarships of up to $4,500 a year to Hoosier elementary school kids who have been in public schools for the last two semesters and then want to attend another school, public or private. That scholarship

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number rises to 15,000 in the second year, with no cap in the third year and beyond. High school students can also qualify for a voucher of up to 90% of the state public school support, which varies by school district.

The thinking here is that parents have to give the public schools a try, but then their children shouldn't be trapped by inferior schools merely because of where they live. The voucher is means-tested by family income up to a maximum of roughly $60,000 or so, with \ower-income families getting a larger payment. Mr. Daniels says about half of all Hoosier school children will qualify.

Parents can take the money to any certified school in the state, Including religious schools. Though the unions will no doubt sue to block the reform, the law should pass both state and federal constitutional muster because it is religiously neutral and parents choose the school for their children.

Another common objection to vouchers is that they cost the state money by spending twice for each student, but Indiana's plan may save money because Indianapolis public schools now spend about $9,000 per student, or twice what the vouchers will cost. The law also changes the state's school funding formula so it will be based on current year enrollment, giving public schools an incentive to improve to retain students or lose money.

The Indiana law also extends school choice in another way, by authorizing a $1,000 tax deduction for families that pay out of pocket for private school expenses. This helps middle-class parents pay for books, computers and the like if their children don't attend public schools.

There's also a major expansion of charter school opportunities. The law allows a state commission and the state's universities to authorize new charters, which now number only 63 statewide. It also reduces one of the main disadvantages that charters have compared to traditional schools by giving them access to unused school buildings, and it gives parents new rights to petition to turn a persistently failing school into a charter.

The reform also makes major gains on teacher accountability, ending the last-in, first-out layoff policy that caused the firing of the state's teacher of the year. School districts will be able to introduce pay for performance, using a new evaluation system based on student progress, not teacher tenure. The angel will have to come in the details of these evaluations, which the union will try to game, but this at least gives reformers a fighting chance to break up a status quo that now makes it nearly impossible to fire bad teachers.

All of this is a major achievement for Mr. Daniels and his Republican legislative majority. Answering to the uniohs, Democrats tried the flee-to-Illinois strategy to block the reform but Mr. Daniels treaied them with gentle scorn and waited them out. The unions are sure to try to capture and water down all of this, so reformers will have to monitor the implementation. But the future just got considerably brighter for Indiana's children.

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Gov. Daniels Signs Budget Bill, Legislation to Lower Corporate Tax Rate

By Nora Macaluso

05/12/2011

LANSING, Mich.-lndiana Gov. Mitch Daniels(R) signed a series of tax-related bills May 9 and 10, including two-year budget legislation (HEA 1001) that decouples Indiana from some federal income-tax changes, requires certain tax preparers to file

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electronic returns, changes the distribution formula for the cigarette and sales taxes, and exempts meals served at legislative meetings from the gross retail tax.

The budget bill provides for an automatic refund for taxpayers if revenues exceed a specified level. It also requires, beginning in 2012, professional tax preparers who file more than 50 returns to file them electronically, with the threshold falling to 10 returns in 2013. The change is designed to save the state money, since processing paper filings costs $2 to $3 per return, compared with just 8 cents for a return filed electronically.

The decoupling affects about a dozen federal tax changes that would have resulted in the loss of "a considerable amount of revenue" for Indiana, Budget Director Adam Horst told BNA May 11. The sales tax formula was changed so that the entire amount collected goes to the state's general fund, rather than diverting a portion to a mass transportation fund, Horst said. The transportation fund will receive its money through an appropriation, so the move is "more of an accounting change," he said.

Cigarette tax revenues, Horst said, had been used to fund a retiree health benefits plan, but under the new formula will be used to reimburse the general fund for the "overfunding"of the retiree plan. The switch will be in effect for the two years covered by the budget.

Corporate Tax Rate Lowered

HEA 1004, also signed May 10, lowers the state corporate income tax rate by 20 percent over a four-year period starting in 2013. Sen. Brandt Hershman (R), sponsor of that legislation, said Indiana's 8.5 percent tax rate is hindering job growth in the state.

The bill "closes tax loopholes"to make the change revenue neutral, Hershman said. The "lion's share" of the savings comes from ending tax-free treatment of out-of-state municipal bond investments, he told BNA May 11. "We were an outlier in that respect," the only state in the nation not to tax interest on investments in municipal bonds of other states, he said. Residents can continue to invest in Indiana municipal bonds and not pay taxes on income from those, he said.

Bills on Tax Study, Industrial Recovery Credit

On May 8, the governor signed S.B. 39, which requires the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy to study how the Indiana income tax structure, including existing and potentially new income tax credits and deductions, may influence a senior's decision on residency in Indiana after retirement.

The bill also requires the commission to study whether each of the local option income taxes affects the ability of political subdivisions to provide services to nonresidents, whether there should be additional financing options available to such subdivisions for

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providing those services, and how local option income taxes should be distributed within a county to local units of government.

H. B. 1005, signed May 9, broadens the criteria for qualifying for the state's industrial recovery tax credit. It reduces the number of years a vacant industrial facility must have been in service to 15 from 20, and reduces the minimum amount of floor space a facility needs to qualify for the credit.

Other bills signed May 9 were S. B. 115, which stipulates circumstances under which tax liens are void or must be released, and H. B. 1288, which allows for a late property tax exemption for Christamore House, a nonprofit organization.

More information on the bills is available at http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2011 & session=1 & request=all. Scroll down and click on the bill number, or type it into the search field at the top left of the page.

Remarks to the Arab American lnsitute's Kahil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala upon receiving the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service

May 4, 2011 1 Washington, DC, Renaissance Hotel 1 Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

Transcribed from extemporaneous remarks

Leave it to my old pals, Jim and John and George to pick absolutely the perfect person. There is no one I would rather be brought here to this podium by than Ray LaHood. Everyone here, including me, should be very grateful for my pathetically poor powers of persuasion. Because if I was any good at it, I would have talked Ray LaHood into running for governor of Illinois. Our state would have a lot tougher competitor west, but America would be deprived of a spectacularly good secretary of transportation.

[applause]

You all are lucky that I was not able to talk you into that. You would have been as great at that job as you have been at all the other capacities in which you've served America, and we're immensely grateful to you.

I want to thank everyone present for affording me this wonderful night of pride and memories of my family and those who have made my life possible. I love the story of our family, but there is no reason any of you should be particularly interested in it. There is nothing at all remarkable about the Daniels family heritage, except that it has happened millions of times in America and

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is very typical of the opportunities and promise and lives that this blessed land has enabled. The young man named Elias Essa Daniels -- Daniels was actually added at Ellis Island --was born in April 1884. At the age of 21, like millions before and after him, he was summoned to the promised land that he had heard so much about. In 1905 he came to this country. He came here penniless and illiterate. He never got over the second condition, to his last day he never did read or write in English. He got over the first condition. He made a little scratch in a little steel town of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

In this wonderful world in which we live, one of my daughters, fascinated by the story that I had told her, was able to unearth-- through the internet-- his passport application from 1921, when, in February of that year, having gotten a stake together, he went back to the homeland to find a bride. On that passport application he listed his occupation as "pool room." In our family we know that was accurate but incomplete. He omitted to mention that from that pool room he also ran the numbers racket in that part of the state. But, I am sure as a good Syrian, he ran a very honest facility.

So with the money he put together, he went back and found the most beautiful younger woman. Hanna Afifi, Daniels as she became. And my daughters, in the most precious father's day present I've ever received, snuck out during a family trip to Ellis Island and got the passenger manifest of Elias Essa Daniels and Hanna Afifi Daniels coming to the new world -- coming to America -- and a picture of the Olympic, the ship on which they arrived. It is a treasured possession that hangs on the wall in my den.

Hanna didn't live very long. She perished of an infection we could easily cure today. My dad and uncle barely knew her, but while she was an American she gave birth to two young men who made great lives in this country. My grandfather never forgot her, never remarried; he talked about her to the end of his days. He never forgot Syria either. He and some of my great aunts

endowed and funded a hospital, which is still there in the little

village of AI-Kalatieh

[applause]

at the foot of the famous cross of Krak de Chevaliers near Horns. It is there to this day, and my wife and I intend to be its benefactors for the next generation.

[applause]

These are ever-more precious memories and heritages to me and now to my kids. Henry Kissinger once said, the best thing about becoming better known was when you bore people they think it's their fault (laughter). I've discovered in the last few months another real advantage to becoming a little better known. A lot of the noise and attention that has happened nationally has led to new connections to my heritage and to my roots, as they say, because there were stories written in the Syrian press about this Homsi, someone from the area of Horns, who was rumored about as being a person of some potential interest in American public life. And this led to new correspondence. I got emails from people there who had seen this story and found a

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way to reach me. It's been a great, great matter to me. I have new pictures; I have new information about the village and potentially some connections to distant family members that we didn't have before.

Recently, however, these new connections have taken on a different, and somewhat ominous, tone. Because as we know, there have been the same stirrings, the same yearning for freedom, that has burst loose elsewhere in the Middle East has come to Syria. And I've now been sending emails, not merely inquiring about family connections or developments in the village, but to make sure everybody's all right and to make sure that everyone is safe.

Now, it's such an interesting night to be together with each of you and to receive this undeserved honor, because as proud as I have always been - and more so with the passage of the years - in this heritage that we share, I've never been able to say I am proud of the regime that's been in power for decades in the land from which my people came. But now, I am so proud that brave Syrians have stepped forward as their Egyptian and Tunisian and other counterparts have. And against, apparently, brutal threats and repression have stood up for the right to dream and to live free and to try to pursue better lives for themselves.

[applause]

So I'm just moved to say that the timing of tonight's dinner is just so fortuitous - it feels this way to me - because it doesn't stretch a point to say that the same dreams and the same hopes and the same determination to make a life for himself that brought Elias Essa Daniels to this country -- of which he knew nothing, whose language he did not speak- is alive now in that part of the world, and may have the chance to bring the same sort of wonderful opportunity that he made

possible for my father and ultimately for me.

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So I just want to say tonight may Syria and all the lands near it soon become places of peace and freedom and self-determination and may this land that has blessed every one of us so richly continue to be an example and a welcoming home to any who seek to pursue those same dreams for themselves.

Thank you for this honor and for this opportunity to be with each of you.

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Information Copy from Joe Fadness for Case# 100461 (Contact 100461) (Intranet Quorum IMA00100101)

Joe: Want you to be aware of this.

http://iq.wi.gov/ig/workflowhome.aspx?showfolder=workflow&showcontent=ID100461

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Gentlemen,

Per our conversations, attached is an invitation for Gov. Walker to be a keynote speaker at AFP's annual RightOnline Conference iin Minneapolis on June 17-18. The conference is meant to serve as a training experience for grassroots activists, with a focus on online activism. It is AFP-Wisconsin's goal of having 300-400 of our best activists in attendance.

Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to having the Governor as our guest.

Thank you!

Matt

Matt Seaholm State Director Americans for Prosperity - Wisconsin

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Governor Scott Walker Attn: Mike Brickman Office of Wisconsin Governor 99 Cambridge Road Madison, WI 53704

Dear Governor Walker,

March 9, 2011

I would like to cordially invite you to be a keynote speaker at Americans for Prosperity Foundation's 2011 RightOtt!im Co11[emtce on Friday or Saturday,June 17-18,2011 at the Downtown Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, MN.

This year, 1,500 grassroots leaders and bloggers from across the countty are expected to attend our RightOllfim Con.fercn.ce, including more than 350 grassroots leaders from Wisconsin alone. This event is held as a counter to the liberal Netroots Nation Convention in what the media called in the past the most concentrated gathering of high- profile progressive bloggers to date. The RightOn.li11c Cottjemtces have received extensive media coverage from both local and national oudets including coverage on Fox News, AP articles across the country, The l!7a!! StreetJotmta/, and many others.

The 2011 Right011fi11c Cottjemtce will provide important leadership and grassroots training, giving our members the tools and inspiration they need go back to their home states and more effectively impact public policy in favor of limited government and free enterprise. Conse1vative bloggers and new media experts will train grassroots activists on how to use social networking and new media tools to take action, mobilize and advance free- market policies.

Americans for Prosperity Foundation is the nation's premier grassroots organization working for lower taxes, limited government, and policies which promote economic freedom and prosperity, and in a very real way, defending the American Dream. We have full-time staff in 32 state chapters and affiliates, and more than 1.7 million members across the country.

Given your commitment and leadership to cut spending and restore fiscal responsibility in Wisconsin, we would be honored to have you as a keynote speaker at the 2011 RightOIIIim Co!lftmzce. If you have a conflict, we would be happy to accommodate your schedule at another time in the program. Please let me know if I can provide you with additional information to ensure your attendance.

The details are listed below:

Event:

RightOnline Conference

Date:

Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, 2011

Time:

Friday, Awards Dinner- 6:30- 9:30pm OR Saturday, General Session- 9:00am -12:00pm

Location:

Downtown Minneapolis Hilton 1001 Marquette Ave South Minneapolis, MN

Past speakers include Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Mike Pence, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano, best selling author and blogger Michelle Malkin, former conservative cotntnentator Robert Novak, creator ofBigGoverntnent.com Andrew Breitbart, Red State's Erick Erickson, llVeekg Sta11dard columnist Mary Katherine Ham, HotAir.com's Ed Morrissey radio host and FoxNews contributor Herman Cain, and The Wall St1ret]ottrnal's Steve Moore and John Fund.

I hope you will accept our invitation to address our grassroots members from across the countty. RightOnline will bring together the foremost new media experts to train attendees on how to be influential grassroots activists and sway public policy debates through the use of online tools and strategies. Please let me know ifl can provide you with any additional information to ensure your attendance.

Our Director of Programs, Katie Engdahl, will be in contact with your staff shortly

to follow up with you regarding this invitation and discuss the details of your participation. If you have any questions, please contactAFP Foundation directly at (703) 224-3231 or visit

the website at www.RightlOnline.com.

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Thank you for your consideration, Governor. We look fo1-ward to working witl1 you.

at www.RightlOnline.com. . Thank you for your consideration, Governor. We look fo1-ward to working witl1 you.

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June 2011 Chamber Connections

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Tuesday, June 7, 7:30a.m. to 9 a.m. Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce 300 N. Broadway, Ste. 3A, Green Bay Free to members, $16 for prospective members Register at titletown.org or by calling 920.437.8704.

June 2011 Chamber Connections

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Business Recognition Luncheon Thursday, June 9,11:55 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. Business Showcase Opens,

Business Recognition Luncheon Thursday, June 9,11:55 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 11 a.m. Business Showcase Opens, 11:55 a.m. Luncheon and Awards Program, 1:15 p.m. Dessert & Coffee Reception in Exhibit Area Hotel Sierra/KI Convention Center, downtown Green Bay Starting June 2, $33 for Chamber members, $45 for prospective members Register at titletown.org or by calling 920.437.8704.

Designed to recognize small business achievements. growth, innovation and exceptional business practices. Please join us and show your support for the accomplishments of local business owners. This years

nominees are:

American-3 Fab, Inc. Animal Foundation & Pet Pantry of WI Bay Tek Games, Inc. BreakthroughFuel LLC Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. Fox River Fiber Innovative Cost solutions, Inc. Insight Creative, Inc. ITConnexx, Inc. Jet Air Group LaJava a roasting house Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc. Undeman's Cleaning Mark D. Olejniczak Realty, Inc. PM! Entertainment Group QPS Employment Group Sanimax Skyline Technologies, Inc. Valley Trucking LLCNalley Transfer LLC

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Increasing Revenues Through Strategic Use of Market Channels - BAC Entrepreneurial hinovation Series #7 Tuesday, June 14, 7:30a.m. to 9:30a.m. Business Assistance Center, 2701 Larsen Rd., Green Bay

$10

To register, call 920.496.9010 by June 7

In 1855, Ralph Waldo Emerson penned the words, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door."

A century and a half later, many companies are building better mousetraps and products. But companies also need to build a better path to their doors so customers who need better mousetraps (or whatever you offer) can find your company and its offerings.

Bad decisions regarding market channels have doomed many a product or service. A basic understanding of market channel principles can lead to better marketing results and greater revenue. BAC Innovation Series Speaker Fred Krumberger will provide a strategic framework for making better decisions about the path between your company and its customers.

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Krumberger is the principal and founder of Performance Sciences, LLC, a business consultancy that has served more than 200 firms in Wisconsin and other states. He is also a managing member of MMK, LLC, an investment company. Krumberger also serves as a board member and strategic advisor to NetPeak Energy Group, LLC. Previously, Krumberger served as presidenVCEO of Algoma Group, vice president and general manager of Graham Professional Products, executive vice president and general manager at The Manitowoc Company, and in a variety of positions in general management, marketing, finance and engineering roles at S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc.

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Brown County United Way Community Impact Summit 9: Youth Alcohol Use and Abuse Friday, June 17, registration at 8:30a.m., program 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. UWGB Student Union • Phoenix Room Free but registration is required here.

Legislative Dialogue Breakfast with Northeast Wisconsin Chambers Coalition (NEWCC) Monday, June 20, 7:30 a.m. Bridgewood Resort Hotel and Conference Center, Neenah, Wis.

$20

To register, visit here or call920.734.7101.

The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and other members of NEWCC will address topics of top priority in Northeast Wisconsin. Focal points of the breakfast include BadgerCare reform, unfunded mandates, prevailing wage and air quality standards.

Current Lifelong Learning Wednesday, .June 22, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Details forthcoming; contact Brian Johnson at 920.593.3408 or via email for more information

We'll be taking a look at the many different personal and professional learning opportunities that exist in our area from continuing education opportunities to more social experiences such as ballroom dancing or other recreational lessons.

Chamber Golf Outing Classic Monday, June 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Woods Golf Club, LLC 530 Erie Rd., Green Bay $150 per person or $500 per foursome To register, call920.593.3419 or visit here.

Includes 18 holes of golf with cart, free putting contest, use of driving range, contest and prize on every hole, refreshments on the course, continental breakfast, lunch, steak fry cookout and raffle/door prizes.

prize on every hole, refreshments on the course, continental breakfast, lunch, steak fry cookout and raffle/door

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Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 1660 Green Bay, WI 54305-1660

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Phone: 920-593-3423 Fax: 920-593-3468

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Fuller, Luke - GOV Friday, June 10, 2011 9:36 AM Fadness, Joseph F - GOV La Crosse Reading Options

It looks like there is a county-wide youth reading program in La Crosse County. On Friday, June 24 1 " at noon there is a "Lunch Bunch" reading event at the three below locations:

John Bosshard Memorial Library 1720 Henry Johns Blvd. Bangor, WI 54614

608-486-4408

Holmen Area Library 103 State St. Holmen, WI 54636

608-526-4198

Onalaska Public Library 741 Oak Ave. S. Onalaska, WI 54650

608-781-9568

It looks like the event is for students entering 2°' through 4 1 " grade in the fall and each week they read a chapter from a chapter book. The events all run from 12pm - 1pm.

Luke Fuller External Relations Coordinator Office of the Governor

a chapter book. The events all run from 12pm - 1pm. Luke Fuller External Relations Coordinator

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DOAFLEETRSVP@wisconsin.gov Tuesday, June 14, 2011 5:01 PM Fadness, Joseph F - GOV Motor Pool Reservation Approval Request for 'JONATHAN WETZEL' (#340825)

'JONATHAN WETZEL' has made a vehicle reservation request and listed you as the approving supervisor.

By acting on this request, you certify that you have the authority to approve the use of state motor pool vehicles for this individual.

Please click on the link below to approve or deny the reservation request for 'JONATHAN WETZEL'.

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Todd Battle <tbattle@kaba.org>

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:39 PM

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Please call me ASAP

Joe-

Please call me when you receive this message.

There is mounting concern that negative attention that visit from Governor might stir has unintended negative consequences given environment/fervor re: collective bargaining rights and budget repair bill.

I.e. We want to celebrate major investment and welcome new business to WI that is brining sizable investment, occupying a 144,000 SF building, and almost 90 (mostly professional) jobs.

I believe that a lot of work they do is non-union --and I have growing concern that our efforts to roll out red carpet and welcome them to WI-- could backfire and cause them challenges/create negative PR.

Please ring me on my cell phone @

negative PR. Please ring me on my cell phone @ Todd Battle, President Kenosha Area Business

Todd Battle, President Kenosha Area Business Alliance 600- 52nd Street, Ste. 120 Kenosha, WI 53140 p- 262.605.1100

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ASAP to discuss.

From: Todd Battle Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 5:12PM TQ: 'joseph.fadness@wisconsin.gov' Subject: Pleasant Prairie Visit/Press Conference

Joe-

We are thinking that best place to have this event would be the LakeView Rec Plex in a private meeting room (LakeView Room).

RecPiex 9900 Terwall Terrace Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

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T: 262/947-0437

F: 262/947-0809

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Room would comfortably hold the expected attendees/media. Also, Governor and staff could access the facility via access drive and rather than walking through the building through the main entrance, Governor's team could pull right up to west entrance to the Lakeview Room {I can work with you and your team to provide details on this).

I spoke with Catalyst CEO Tim Roberts today and he was receptive. I will confirm with him now.

On our end, we would want to make sure that Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, Village President {and State Rep) John Steinbrink are engaged/involved as well.

If you need to reach me yet this evening, e-mail or cell phone are best. Otherwise- we can solidify tomorrow.

Todd Battle, President Kenosha Area Business Alliance 600- 52nd Street, Ste. 120 Kenosha, WI 53140 p- 262.605.1100 F- 262.605.1111

Area Business Alliance 600- 52nd Street, Ste. 120 Kenosha, WI 53140 p- 262.605.1100 F- 262.605.1111 www.kenoshawiusa.com

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WASHINGTON (AP)- A top House Republican said Monday that the federal govermnent will not bail out fiscally ailing states and said he opposes a proposal that Congress allow states to declare bankruptcy as a way of handling their growing piles of debt.

Though there has been little discussion of Washington bailing out states, some congressional Republicans and conservative groups are suggesting that states be allowed to seek protection in federal bankruptcy court, which they are currently barred from doing. Public employee unions, liberal groups and some lawmakers of both parties oppose the bankruptcy idea.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told reporters Monday that he believes states already have the tools they need to ease crushing budget deficits since they can cut spending, raise taxes and pressme public employee unions to renegotiate their contracts and pension benefits. As a result, he said, he opposes letting states declare bankruptcy because he said they don't need that power.

While some conservatives say that allowing states to declare bankruptcy would prevent a federal bailout of states, Cantor said he disagreed.

"We don't need that to stave off a federal bailout. There will be no bailout of states," he said. "The states can deal with this and have been able to do so on their own."

Supporters of allowing states to declare bankruptcy say it is the best way for states to dig themselves out of debt. Opponents say the idea will drive up borrowing rates for states on the already shaky municipal bond market and make it easier for states to cut govermnent workers' benefits and pensions, even though those benefits are just a minor cause of states' budget problems.

Thirty-five states and Puerto Rico expect to run up budget gaps during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, according to a December report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Twenty-one expect spending to outpace tax collections and other revenue by more than 10 percent, the report said.

For their upcoming fiscal year, the 50 states face combined projected deficits of about $125 billion, according to Iris Lav, a senior adviser with the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. About one-fifth of President Barack Obama's $814 billion economic stimulus law has gone to help states reduce their budget deficits and help pay for costs like education and Medicaid since 2009, but that aid is winding down.

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The idea of letting states declare bankruptcy - such a move could let states restructure their debts - has been suggested by conservatives such as Newt Gingrich, the former GOP House speaker who is a possible 2012 presidential contender. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, another potential presidential candidate, told a group ofNew Hampshire Republicans on Monday that the idea is worth considering as a way to avoid costly pension liabilities.

Cities and counties are already permitted to declare bankruptcy.

"It currently looks to be one of the best options to prevent a federal bailout of the most fiscally reckless states," said Patrick Gleason, director of state affairs for the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, which also champions the idea.

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Govemment labor unions see the idea as one that is aimed directly at them because it would give states more leverage in trimming workers' benefits and pensions, and because the proposal makes it appear that state workers are a major cause of states' budget problems. Even if the proposal fails to become law- a strong scenario given Democrats' control of the Senate and White House- it could still hurt unions, they say.

"I think the goal is to create an issue-frame in states in severe fiscal straights in which public employee unions are mainly responsible for this. We strongly disagree with that notion," said Charles Loveless, director of legislation for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

With many investors already fleeing the municipal bond market, even discussion of letting states declare bankruptcy further weakens municipal bonds because it "injects more buzz, or more of what's referred to as headline risk," said Paul S. Maco, an attomey and former top Securities and Exchange Commission official under President Bill Clinton.

Sen. John Comyn, R- Texas, asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bemanke about the state bankruptcy idea at a Senate hearing earlier this month. Bemanke was noncommittal.

"Bailing out a state is not an option," Cornyn spokesman Kevin McLaughlin said of the senator's concerns. "But we need to explore what, if anything, should be done."

Kate Dickens, spokesman for Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said Kirk believes Congress should give states the power to declare bankruptcy and avoid default and is talking to other lawmakers about potential legislation. Illinois lawmakers recently voted for a 66 percent hike in personal income tax, from 3 percent to 5 percent, to address a $15 billion deficit that amounts to more than half of the state's general fund. The tax increase will be coupled with strict 2 percent limits on spending growth.

"Governors should have the option of reorganizing to operate under lower costs. This allows essential functions to continue, no federal bailout and the state preserves its credit," Dickens said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said his panel will hold a hearing on the issue in two weeks and expressed misgivings about the idea. In a written statement, he cited constitutional and policy concerns, "including whether state bankruptcy will actually encourage more irresponsible spending by states."

Mike Schrimpf, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said GOP govemors oppose state bankruptcies and a federal bailout of states because states should be forced to live within their means.

Ray Scheppach, executive director of the bipartisan National Governors Association, said he is aware of no states or governors interested in the idea of being allowed to declare bankruptcy.

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"Who would turn over a state's whole fiscal situation to a judge?" said Scheppach.

AP Business Writer Daniel Wagner in Washington and Associated Press writer Philip Elliott in Concord, NH, contributed to this report.

Chris Schrimpf Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconiiin.gov

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--Ellis says the guv originally wanted to eliminate public employee unions in Wisconsin, but Senate GOP leaders told him it would not pass.

"We believe there is a place for unions in our economic lives, and we were successful in getting him to back off," Ellis said in a Wisconsin Eye interview. "What the public doesn't understand is that the options we had were a lot worse than where we are."

Ellis also said Republicans tried to get Walker to modify the bill to focus solely on obtaining concessions from public employees without the extensive changes in collective bargaining rights, but Walker refused.

"We didn't think it was necessary to go after those," Ellis said. "We thought that if we could get the money, get the concessions, we could leave a lot of those collective bargaining items along. The way it worked out, we were rebuffed on it."

Ellis said he would vote for the repair bill because the alternative would be thousands of layoffs. He said statutes give guvs extensive powers to lay off public employees where there are insufficient funds, and he didn't want to see that happen.

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'Incident' led to closing of Capitol

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal. Sentinel

Feb. 28 1 201l3:25p.m, 1(14) COM.MENTS

Madison - An unexplained incident this morning prompted Capitol police to decide to keep the building closed to '

outside protesters.

As of 3:15p.m. Monday, no new demonstrators had been allowed to come into the building.

Access to the Capitol was closed on Sunday about 4 p.m. That still left several hundred of protesters in the building overnight on Sunday and through the day on Monday.

The State Department of Administration said Sunday no one from the public would be allowed in the building until a\I of the protesters had left or moved to designated areas so the building could be cleaned.

Then, on Monday morning, plans were underway to re-open the building. But DOA spokeswoman Carla Vigue said a security issue with the protesters came up that caused police to decide to keep the building closed.

Vigue said she had not been briefed on what that incident was. She said that there have been negotiations between representatives of the protesters and the Capitol police. She said new demonstrators wouldn't be a\lowed back in, "until police feel comfortable about letting people back in the building."

The exception to public access on Monday: A sma\ler number of people were being allowed in to meet with their legislator, or to attend an unofficial hearing by Assembly Democrats on the budget adjustment bi\1 now pending before the Senate.

The situation has left the Capitol more subdued than usual since the statehouse occupation began on Feb. 15 as the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee began listening to testimony on legislation that would strip most of the bargaining rights from public employees.

Sti\1, the rotunda erupted periodica\ly on Monday with drumming and chanting - the constant din of the nearly two- week standoff.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 ·Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov

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Department of Administration Executive Assistant Jodi Jensen Statement on Access to the Capitol

MADISON- Wisconsin Department of Administration Executive Assistant today released the following statement regarding continued protests in the State Capitol Building.

"Since the building opened at 8:00 a.m. today, law enforcement officers have been engaging in a dialog with union representatives about a designated area in which the protestors can remain and about rules they should abide by while in the building. Officers in the building are continuing to work with union representatives and the protestors in the building to gain compliance with these requests.

"No additional protestors will be allowed into the building until these discussions have reached a resolution. At that time, law enforcement will continue to implement the procedures that were announced this morning regarding the admittance of protestors to the Capitol building. Specifically that protestors will be allowed into the building, but crowd size will be adjusted to accommodate the cleaning crews, the preparation for the Tuesday's joint legislative session and the number of protestors who remained in the building overnight When additional protestors are adtnitted to the building, law enforcement will establish a queue and admit them through the King Street entrance.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. this morning, members of the public were allowed to enter the building to meet with legislators or other officials who work there. Individuals who wish to see their legislators but do not have an appointment can request law enforcement officers at the King Street entrance to call the legislative office. Legislative staff can escort up to eight people into the building for these meetings. Unfortunately some of these requests were delayed this morning while officers responded to an individual who climbed onto a balcony on the East Wing of the State Capitol Building."

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Media Line: (608) 266-7362

Department of Administration Executive Assistant Jodi Jensen Statement on Access to the Capitol

MADISON- Wisconsin Department of Adtninistration Executive Assistant today released the following statement regarding continued protests in the State Capitol Building.

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"Since the building opened at 8:00a.m. today, law enforcement officers have been engaging in a dialog with union representatives about a designated area in which the protestors can remain and about rules they should abide by while in the building. Officers in the building are continuing to work with union representatives and the protestors in the building to gain compliance with these requests. No additional protestors will be allowed into the building until these discussions have reached a resolution. At that time, law enforcement will continue to implement the procedures that were announced this morning regarding the admittance of protestors to the Capitol building.

"Beginning at 8:00 a.m. this morning, members of the public were allowed to enter the building to meet with legislators or other officials who work there. Individuals who wish to see their legislators but do not have an appointment can request law enforcement officers at the King Street entrance to call the legislative office. Legislative staff can escort up to eight people into the building for these meetings. Unfortunately, some of these requests were delayed this morning while officers responded to an individual who climbed onto a balcony on the East Wing of the State Capitol Building."

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WCA; Local Government Groups Receive Invitation- Only Stc;~te Budget Adjustment Briefing from Governor Walker

February 10, 2011-At a briefing earlier this evening on the Governor's budget adjustment bill, a dozen representatives of local government groups were invited Into the Governor's conference room to hear an advance summary of the proposal delivered personally by Governor Walker. The briefing was by invitation only.

No documents were prOvided, but Governor Walker summarized major points of the budget adjustment bill for the group and responded to all the group's questions. Also present and available were senior gubernatorial staff, the state's DOA Secretary, the budget director, and the deputy budget director. Below please find a report from the Wisconsin Counties Association on this high-level meeting.

For additional questions, please contact WCA Legislative Director John Reinemann at 866.404.2700 or via email at jrelnemann@wicounties.org.

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Details of February 10, 2011 Gubernatorial Update
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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming WCA Regional Legislative Meetings for Budget Updates
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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming WCA Regional Legislative Meetings for Budget Updates

Every two years WCA holds regional legislative meetings. The upcoming meetings with discuss the state
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Every two years WCA holds regional legislative meetings. The upcoming meetings with discuss the state budget, as well as other legislative news.

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Details of Gubernatorial Update Earlier Tonight on the Budget Adjustment Bill

February 10, 2011-At tonight's briefing Governor Walker said that he was sharing the broad outlines of his budget adjustment proposal with local governments because he views us as partners.

The Governor stated his Intention to provide local governments with the tools that will allow us to match savings with the cuts that will very likely be made in local aids in the upcoming 2011-2013 budget.

The budget adjustment bill contains no cuts to local aids.

The budget adjustment bill will include changes to WRS and to health care payments by employees. Neither the terms of WRS participation nor health care will be bargainable; they will, we believe, become prohibited subjects of collective bargaining.

The budget adjustment bill includes a requirement that employee contributions to

WRS will be set at 5.8% for non-protective employees. April 1, 2011.

The changes would take effect

The bill also includes freedom for local government employers to mandate changes in health coverage plans that w-ould generate savings; the Governor's goal is a 12.5% savings in health care contributions.

Under the budget adjustment bill, increases in wages will be limited to increases in

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this places hourly wages as a mandatory subject of bargaining, up to the threshold of

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Larger increases could only be achieved upon approval by referendum.

We believe

Under the proposal, only hourly pay is bargainable.

Lanes, steps, scales, and

overtime would no longer be mandatory subjects of collective bargaining.

this proposal would be to allow freezes in these areas.

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While we need to analyze the bill, it is our understanding that under the proposal, the only mandatory subject of collective bargaining would be wages, and only up to the threshold of CPl.

However, it remains unclear if there is to be any change in the rules regarding non-economic terms within contracts, such as sick leave, vacation, etc.

A majOr exception to these provisions are protective employees: police and fire employees. Included in the exception (and thus unaffected by the proposal) would be Sheriff staff. Corrections employees are apparently to be included in the proposal.

Under. the budget adjustment bill, "fair share" (required union dues payments)

would be eliminated.

representation, including perhaps eliminations of required union memberships,

requirements for annual certification votes, and similar measures.

We also anticipate further provisions in the bill affecting

Current contracts will not be abrogated by the bill. cbuld create pressure to reopen existing contracts.

However, passage of the bill

It was indicated that other reforms would follow in the biennial budget bill on February 22, 2011.

WCA staff and Andy Phillips, WCA general counsel, will review the proposal as more

information becomes available.

as soon as we can, with county government officials.

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WCA Preliminary Analysis of Provisions in Governor Walker's State Budget

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Governor Scott Walker released his proposed state budget to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

As expected, the Governor's budget reduces state funding for local governments over the next two years as part of his effort to balance the state's projected $3.6 billion budget deficit.

In keeping with requests by WCA and other local government groups, many of the funding reductions will be phased in. The Governor's budget will reduce shared revenues to counties by $36.5 million in calendar year 2012; the budget does not make any reductions in shared revenues this calendar year.

The budget also continues levy limits for another two years and reduces the maximum allowable levy increase from 3 percent to 0 percent or the net increase in valuation due to new construction. The budget also changes the allowable levy base to the current levy, rather than allowing counties to carrY forward unused levy capacity from previous years.

In order to balance the cuts he has proposed to local governments and schools, the budget implements changes to collective bargaining and public employee pension and health care benefits that he proposed in his budget repair bill. The budget repair bill has been approved by the state Assembly but remains stalled in the state Senate until at least one Democratic Senator returns from out-of-state to provide the 20-member quorum needed to move the bill to final passage. It is not clear when any of the Democratic Senators will return to vote on the bill.

The Governor's budget also provides some relief from state mandates, such as eliminating the maintenance of effort requirement for funding libraries, ending mandatory municipal and county recycling, and allowing municipalities to merge police and fire departments into a single public safety department.

Despite earlier speculation, the budget does not appear to repeal two controversial

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mandates from the 2009-11 biennial budget: the maintenance of effort requirement for public safety expenditures and the lower thresholds and other changes to state prevailing wage laws.

The Governor's budget makes numerous changes in human services and public safety policies, including recommending the closure of the Ethan Allen School for Boys and the consolidation of juvenile corrections institution programs at a single site.

The Governor's budget also makes numerous changes in transportation funding. The budget reduces general transportation aids by 10 percent in calendar year 2013 and shifts a portion of sales· and use taxes related to automobile sales from the general fund

to the transportation fund.

The WCA legislative team has prepared the following preliminary summary of provisions in the Governor's budget that are likely to affect counties. WCA will continue to provide members with additional information about the budget as it becomes available. Read

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Info on upcoming events

This information was passed on to me by Capitol Police. I will give you a call around 8 am to discuss.

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RALLY AND BUS INFORMATION

*Madison--

Sunday, Feb. 13--11 :oo a.m. - 1:oo p.m. PICKET THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION 99 Cambridge Rd (take Sherman Ave to Lakewood Blvd to Cambridge Rd) NO to the Budget Repair Bill! HANDS OFF State Labor Laws! STOP THE ATTACKS on Pul

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*Horicon--

Sunday, Feb. 13, 12:00--3pm 204 West Lake Street Horicon WI

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Rally for worker and student rights, organized by the MGAA:

Monday, February 14 Spaights Plaza at UWM (the north end near the library)

10:45AM

*UW--Madison I • UW: Gov. Walker Don't Break My Heart, organized by the TAA Monday, Feb. 14 12:00--1 :QOpm State Capitol Join with members of the UW community to deliver some Valentine's cards to Governor~ before he releases his budget proposal.

*Madison--

Tuesday and Wednesday, organizers are meeting at 10 a.m. in the Masonic Temple on 3 Ave. to brief participants on what is planned for the day, and to provide basic training or legislators face-to-face. A rally at the Capitol will follow at 11 a.m. at the traditional prot the steps facing State Street. After the rally, around 1 p.m., people will be asked to visit· legislators and staff and lobby them to oppose the budget plan and its unprecedented a1 transforming labor relations in Wisconsin in favor of the government over employees.

Also Tuesday & Wednesday, continued rallies at the capitol from 3pm--7pm

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Planning committees currently working

***'BUS INFORMATION***

Milwaukee Bus Spot Time: 7:45a.m. Leave Time: s:oo a.m. Pick up Location, Bus #1: 3427 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee Pick up Location, Bus #2: Goerkes Corners Park & Ride

Racine Bus Spot Time: 7:00 a.m. Leave Time: 7:15a.m. Pick up Location: Hwy 11 Park & Ride

Eau Claire Bus Spot Time: 6:15a.m. Leave Time: 6:30 a.m. Pick up Locations:

1) Eau Claire Labor Temple/2233 Birch Street

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2A) Black River Falls: Best Western Parking Lot- Orange Moose (1-94 & Hwy 54) 2B) Tomah: Culvers (147 Wittig Rd)

LaCrosse Bus (no bus on Wednesday 2/16) Spot Time: 6:15a.m. Leave Time: 6:30 a.m. Pick up Location: LaCrosse Mall

Wausau Bus Spot Time: 6:15a.m. Leave Time: 6:30 a.m. Pick up Locations:

1) Wausau Labor Temple (318 S. 3rd Ave., Wausau) 2) Plover: Shooters Supper Club (139 & Hwy 54) - Depart 7:15 am 3) Portage: Best Western (2701 County Rd. CX) - Depart 8:30

Green Bay Bus Spot Time: 5:15 a.m. Leave Time: 5:30 a.m. Pick up Locations:

1) DePere, Park & Ride (US 41/exit 163 on Main Street) - Departs 6:00 am 2) Beaver Dam, ShopKo Parking Lot (Off Hwy 151 - 822 Park Ave) - Depart 8:00 a.m.

Appleton bus:

Spot Time: 6:15 a.m. Leave Time: 6:30a.m.

Pick up Locations:

1) Appleton, Outagamie County/Appleton Park & Ride 2) Oshkosh, Winnebago County/Oshkosh Park & Ride (US 41 /exit 116 on S. Washburn S -Depart 7:15am

Manitowoc Bus Spot Time: 5:30 a.m. Leave Time: 5:45 a.m. Pick up Locations:

1) Manitowoc Park & Ride (1-43/exit 149, US 151) 2) Sheboygan Park & Ride (1-43/exit 123 WI 28) - Depart 6:30 3) Fond du Lac Park & Ride (WI 23 & County Hwy W in Mount Calvary) - Depart 7:35 a.

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Madison Bus Spot Time: 8:30 a.m. Stop Time: 5:oo p.m. Pick up Locations:

1) Westside AFSCME to Madison Masonic Center continuous 2) Eastside East Towne mall to Madison Masonic Center continuous

REGISTER FOR BUS RIDE HERE:

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Sunday, Feb. 13--11 :oo a.m.- 1:oo p.m. PICKET THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION 99 Cambridge Rd (take Sherman Ave to Lakewood Blvd to Cambridge Rd) NO to the Budget Repair Bill! HANDS OFF State Labor Laws! STOP THE ATTACKS on Pul

*Madison--

Sunday, Feb. 13 1pm--9pm

Capitol Steps

*Horicon--

Sunday, Feb. 13, 12:00--3pm 204 West Lake Street Horicon WI

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Underneath is the Journal-Sentinels first writeup. The AP's story will get longer.

APNewsBreak: Walker to strip most union rights By SCOTT BAUER , 02.10.11, 07:02 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. --Gov. Scott Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Thursday that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole. Walker, speaking from his Capitol office, said no one should be surprised by the move he is asking the Republican- controlled Legislature to pass next week given that he'd talked about doing it for two months. "This is not a shock," said Walker, a Republican who took office in January. "The shock would be if we didn't go forward with this." The cuts are necessary to avoid up to 6,000 state employee layoffs and the removal of more than 200,000 children from the Medicaid program, he said. The state faces a $137 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that ends June 30. Walker said he will call a special session of the Legislature on Friday and ask them to pass his plan next week. Walker will unveil his two-year budget plan to address the larger $3.6 billion shortfall on Feb. 22. Going after collective bargaining rights in such a dramatic fashion will almost certainly set off a firestorm in the state Capitol, not just among the workers but even Republicans who will be reluctant to go as far as Walker wants. Walker, a Republican who took office in January, had signaled since December this was the direction he was headed, but union leaders had urged him to negotiate with them.

Walker refused. "This is a shocking development," said Bryan Kennedy, president of AFT-Wisconsin which represents 17,000 workers. "It ends collective bargaining for public employees in our state, after 50 years of management and workers solving problems together." With no job protections, "This will lead to rampant public and private sector job loss and will take a devastating toll on local communities throughout our state," Kennedy said. Democrats will almost certainly unite against the proposal but they are powerless to stop it. Republicans control the Assembly 60-38-1 and the Senate 19-14. "To say it's a power grab would be a huge understatement," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha. "It's hard to believe he's even serious about this." The budget shouldn't be balanced on the backs of public employees, said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee. "We still need dedicated public servants to do jobs," Erpenbach said. "You're talking about prison guards, you're talking

about people changing bed pans

They're not the problem. Rather than drag people down, why not hold people up? I

don't understand it." Republican leaders in the Senate and Assembly issued statement supporting Walker's plan, but he might find more trouble trying to convince enough others to get it passed. "The status quo simply isn't working for Wisconsin -we can't afford to keep doing the same things the government has always done and expect a different result," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau said in a statement. His brother, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, made similar comments. "We are out of money and the options are few," Jeff Fitzgerald said in a statement. "We can either raise taxes, which is ·absolutely off the table, reduce spending or lay off workers. Gov. Walker is asking nothing more from state employees than what the rest of Wisconsin families have been doing already, tightening their belts and sharing some of the burden." Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel Updated; Feb, 10,2011 4:25p.m. \(239) COMMENTS Madison -Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill to be unveiled Friday would wipe away the ability of public worker unions to negotiate over anything but their wages.

That would mean unions would not have a say on benefits and work rules. The bill would also allow public employees to avoid making pay(Tlents to unions if they don't join those unions. Now, workers can choose not to join unions, but they must make "fair share" payments similar to dues- a requirement that unions say is needed because all workers potentially benefit from their work at the bargaining table.

Walker's staff declined Thursday to discuss the union changes, saying he would announce details of the bill Friday.

The state faces a $137 million budget shortfall this fiscal year ending June 30.

"We're in a fiscal crisis and the governor is going to work with the Legislature to repair it," spokesman Cullen Werwie said.

Democrats denounced the plan and said the Republican governor was "declaring war" on labor.

"These are dedicated public servants who work really hard at what they do," Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said. "You can't just take all that experience and flush it down the toilet."

Walker has said repeatedly he wants state workers to put 5% of their pay toward their pensions and pick up 12% of the cost of their health-care premiums to bring public sector benefits more in line with the private sector.

Republican reaction to Walker's plans was mixed. Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), co-chairwoman of the budget- writing Joint Finance Committee, Said she supports Walker's plans.

"We have to have a transformation in this state," she said. "And if we don't do it now, we're never going to get control of labor costs."

Republicans control both houses, but the plan could still be tough to pass through the Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said it was too early to say whether the plan could pass his house. He said Republican senators had a "lot of good questions" for Walker's team.

"The concept is pretty radical," said Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). "It affects a lot of good working people."

Olsen said he could support the changes on pensions and health care, but had reservations about taking away other bargaining rights.

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said he would have like to see an even bolder plan.

"It's about time. It's not as far I'd go, but it's about time," he said.

Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) both declined to say whether they supported the proposal. "Concepts are one thing. I like to see the (bill) language," Schultz said.

Walker and his staff met with Republicans behind closed doors Thursday to discuss the budget plan. The proposal has not yet been formally introduced and could undergo changes as lawmakers weigh in with Walker.

One issue still being worked out is whether the bill will be introduced in a special session, which is called by the governor, or an extraordinary session, which is called by lawmakers. That element could be significant because legislative leaders would have to sign off on details before introducing a bill in an extraordinary session.

The state faces an even larger $3.6 billion deficit in the next 2011-'13 budget that begins on July 1. Democrats have criticized Walker for adding to that problem in recent weeks by passing $117 million in tax cuts aimed at boosting the economy and holding down the price of health care. The tax cuts received support from Republicans and some Democrats.

Walker's proposal on unions would affect state workers in both the districts of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) and brother Scott Fitzgerald, for instance, have three prisons in or near their districts - Dodge Correctional Institution, Fox Lake Correctional Institution and Waupun Correctional Institution. Those institutions have large numbers of union guards and other workers.

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Unlike unions of private-sector workers, which are governed by federal law, state and local unions in Wisconsin are largely governed by two 40-year-old state laws, said Peter Davis, general counsel for the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. State unions are covered under the State Employment Labor Relations Act and school and local government unions are covered under the Municipal Employment Relations Act.

That means Republican lawmakers and Walker can change state law so that unions could no longer negotiate over health or pension benefits or so that arbitrators would be less likely to rule in favor of unions during contract disputes.

Current law requires public employers to bargain with unions over a range of issues including wages, benefits, procedures for disciplining employees, and decisions on whether to subcontract work done by union members, Davis said. Public unions can also reach arrangements where all employees in a given workplace -even those who aren't union members- are required to pay union dues. Non-union members can still ask for the portion of their dues to be returned to them rather than spent on the union's political activities.

Changing the law would allow the Walker administration to impose cuts in employee benefits to help balance the budget. Asking public employees to pay just over 5% of their salary toward their pensions and 12% of their health insurance premiums would save the state more than $30 million over three months, he said in his recent "state of the state" speech.

Walker has repeatedly said he wants to lower public worker benefits to bring them in line with those in private companies. A study released Thursday by a Washington, D.C., think tank confirmed that public workers in Wisconsin have more costly benefits than private-sector workers but also found that their total compensation was less than that of similar private workers.

The study relied on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor and was done for the Economic Policy Institute, which focuses on the interests of poor and middle-class workers and which receives part of its funding from unions. The study found that public-sector workers in the state are twice as likely to have a college degree compared to private-sector workers.

After accounting for a range of factors including education, experience and the number of hours worked, the study found public-sector workers made about 4.8% less than workers in private companies.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Office: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpf@wisconsin.gov

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It took Scott Walker only a few weeks to push the Capitol into political chaos.

The newly elected Republican governor of Wisconsin has set his sights on forcing public workers to pay more for benefits as he looks to balance the state's budget- savings he needs to help cover the cost of tax cuts he demanded the day he took office.

Democrats, who are no longer in power, have likened Walker to a dictator, and demonstrators protesting a contentious Walker-backed

labor bill have waived signs comparing him to ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. Even President Barack Obama has weighed in, calling the bill "an assault on unions."

Just seven weeks into his term, the 43-year-old son of a preacher has shown no sign of compromising. He has a GOP majority in both

houses of the Legislature that has already helped him make good on campaign promises.

Walker insists that his push to force concessions from public employees by doubling their health insurance contributions and requiring

them to pay half their pension costs is all about balancing the budget and not busting unions. But the bill also would strip them of most collective bargaining rights.

"I got elected to get Wisconsin working again and to improve the economy," Walker said in an interview with The Associated Press. "At

the same time it meant fixing our budget crisis."

Wisconsin faces a $137 million budget shortfall by July. The concessions Walker seeks from the state workers would save $30 million

over four months. He would balance the budget this year mainly through refinancing debt.

The increased pension and health benefit costs would save Wisconsin $300 million over the next two years, which would help buy

down a projected $3.6 billion shortfall.

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Michael Grebe, a Milwaukee business leader who has been a close Walker adviser and friend for the past 20 years, said the governor's

proposal was consistent with his political philosophy and budgets he put forward as Milwaukee County executive that also targeted

unions for concessions.

"If people are at all surprised by this then they haven't been paying attention," Grebe said. "He really does believe in skinny budgets

and protecting the taxpayers. What he's doing now is completely consistent with that."

As county executive for eight years before elected governor, Walker never proposed a higher property tax levy than what was

approved. To pay for that, he repeatedly sought to impose wage and benefit concessions on county workers, but was blocked by the

unions and Democratic-controlled county board.

Now he has a Republican-controlled Legislature backing him all the way.

"I've always been bold," Walker said. "I've been bold at the county, which is why there's always been a lot of passion there for folks who

supported me and those who opposed me, and I'm bold here, too. But you gotta be. We have no choice. Again, we're broke. We don't

have any more options."

As proof that unions knew they would be targeted, Walker points to a flier circulated during last fall's campaign by union AFT-Wisconsin

that warned that Walker wanted to curb the unions' power to negotiate.

In December, weeks after the election, he even suggested the possibility of abolishing unions altogether.

Anyone who didn't see it coming must have been in a coma, Walker said.

Union leaders insist they were blindsided.

"There wasn't any belief he was going to go for the nuclear option," said Gary Steffen, president of the Wisconsin Science

Professionals, the union that represents state scientists, including crime lab analysts, biologists, chemists and foresters. "We expected

concessions, but we just didn't think there was a mandate for this. We didn't see him getting rid of collective bargaining."

Union anger over the proposal set off a massive protest not seen in Madison since the Vietnam War era. Walker unveiled the bill on a

Friday and four days later more than 10,000 people came to the Capitol in protest. By the end of the week, the ranks had grown to

nearly 70,000, as schools closed around the state because teachers called in sick to join efforts to defeat the bill.

Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca said Walker's goal was to "ram it through in less than a week to avoid scrutiny and

discussion."

Walker has been in hyper-drive, calling the Legislature into special session the day he took the oath of office and asking them to pass

tax cuts for businesses, make sweeping lawsuit reform and other changes. He got everything of consequence that he wanted.

The business tax cuts he pushed through added about $117 million to the projected two-year deficit, fanning anger among Democrats

and unions that Walker argues he has to target public employees to balance the budget when he's found money for the tax breaks.

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In an effort to slow down the union bill, Democratic senators skipped town on Thursday, delaying action in the state Senate indefinitely

by leaving it one vote short of a quorum. The Assembly adjourned on Friday and didn't plan to take up the bill until at least Tuesday.

Labor leaders believe public anger at the bill will grow the longer their standoff goes and force concessions from Walker and

Republican legislators. But Walker and Republican leaders in the Legislature say they have the votes they need to pass the bill with

everything they want in it.

If anything, they say, the protests are only hardening support. Walker's office says he's getting 1,000 e-mails an hour, nearly all of

which express support.

"There's a quiet majority out there who want us to do the right thing,"Walker said. ''This is bold politically, which is why there is all this

attention, but it is still modest in terms of what we're asking in terms of our government employees."

The concessions amount to an 8 percent pay cut for the average worker.

Unions still could represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay

organized. Only wages below the Consumer Price Index would be subject to collective bargaining, anything higher would have to be

approved by referendum.

In exchange for bearing more costs and losing bargaining leverage, public employees were promised no more of the layoffs or

furloughs they've had to deal with for more than two years. The next forced unpaid day off was scheduled for Monday, Presidents Day,

and state workers were sure to be out in force protesting at the Capitol.

Grebe, Walker's longtime friend, said he has been in regular contact with the governor since the protests started and he believes the

activity is only reinforcing his belief the bill is the right way to go.

"I don't think it has affected his resolve at all," Grebe said. "He is committed to this."

Cullen Werwie

Press Secretary Office of Governor Scott Walker Press Office: {608) 267-7303 Email: Cullen. Werwie@WI.Gov

Office of Governor Scott Walker Press Office: {608) 267-7303 Email: Cullen. Werwie@WI.Gov www. walker. wi. qov

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Gilkes, Keith - GOV Letter in Support of Governor Walker Dear Governor Walker, I'm writing this

Dear Governor Walker,

I'm writing this letter of support in response to your Budget Repair Bill, at a time when the voices around the capitol have become so loud it would be easy to think that they were the majority. I voted for you in November because I want

a return to fiscally conservative policies -and this era of "economic downturn" it seems that people somehow feel

entitled to give less and get more from government. I applaud you for moving forward in carrying out your campaign promises and want you to know that a majority of folks in Wisconsin, elected you and still proudly support you.

It might be interesting for you to know that I am a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I am also a

teacher educator and former 4'h and s'h grade teacher. I want you to know that your proposed bill WILL affect my pocketbook- my health insurance premiums WILL go up significantly, and as Research Assistant I don't take home a big salary to begin with! However, I agree with your proposal and would much rather pay a greater share to receive those benefits {BENEFITS not ENTITLEMENTS) than lose my job or have other taxes increased. And, although at one time collective bargaining may have served it's place, I see no need in this day and age for educators (or other state employees) to be unionized. I have never seen evidence of unions helping schoolchildren and resent the fact that I am forced to pay a "fair share" to an organization that does not represent my interests.

Thank you for your hard work to balance Wisconsin's budget and to help make the state open for business. I know you have a lot on your plate right now, but I hope that you will strongly consider the merits of Chancellor Martin's proposed Badger Partnership; change is needed at an institutional level at UW Madison and granting a degree of autonomy (or "flexibility" as she calls it) would go a long ways towards preserving UW Madison as a world-class institution. I also look forward to hearing about your statewide plan for teacher evaluation {and would love a seat at the table for that discussion); teachers should be compensated and retained based on the quality of their work; experience alone is not a metric for determining teacher effectiveness.

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I think this is going to be. the Journal Sentinels editorial tomorrow. Other stories will be on legislation passing, state workers complaining about having to take a vacation day to not come to work, and AP is writing on the health care issue tomorrow.

First principles

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In his first state of the state address, Gov. Scott Walker harkened back to first principles- his own and the state's.

Quoting from the state Constitution, he said: "The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."

He added: "Our new budget and government will affirm these values and fundamental principles what this administration is all about, frugality and jobs."

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Walker is right to focus on slimming down state government. He's right to look for policy ideas that encourage job creation. We'd urge him to pay equal attention to other virtues cited in Article 1, Section 22 of the state Constitution, especially justice and moderation.

Justice for the state's most vulnerable, who, for better or worse, rely on state programs, such as BadgerCare and Medicaid.

Moderation so that the focus in Walker's administration does not stray from the economy to well-worn, cultural battles that lead to division and political gain in lieu of social gain.

Walker, quite correctly, sent a pointed message to the state's unionized employees: They should pay more for health and pension benefits. "Most workers outside of government would love a deal like that- particularly if it means saving jobs," he said.

Local governments received another message: "We must right size our government," Walker said. "That means reforming public employee benefits- as well as reforming entitlement programs and reforming the state's relationship with local governments. n

We agree, but again, moderation is required. Shoveling the state's budget deficit onto cities and towns will put them in the same position Walker finds himself in, and risks higher property taxes.

Walker's announcement that his administration plans to move up reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange, Wisconsin's busiest, by two years is good news. By modifying the footprint, the new design saves about $600 million, he said. Delaying some work on 1-94, while regrettable, is a reasonable trade-off.

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Walker promised that his upcoming two-year budget and a budget repair bill would be responsible, based on reality and free oftrickery. As he noted, this is where "rhetoric meets reality."

And, we hope, where justice and moderation meet frugality, temperance and virtue.

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In pension and benefits, Wisconsin tops Minnesota

Wisconsin governor wants state employees to pay more into pensions. Minnesota's workers already do.

By BAIRD HELGESO Star Tribune

If Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wins his quest to force state workers to contribute more to their pensions and health care costs, he won't exactly plunge the state to the bottom on public worker benefits. He will put it on par with Minnesota. Wisconsin's 267,000 public workers pay next to nothing out-of-pocket toward.their pensions. State and local governments are supposed to pay half the retirement contribution, with employees paying the rest. But in Wisconsin, many union contracts stipulate that the employer -- which means taxpayers -- picks up the employee's share. ln Minnesota, it doesn't work that way because it can't. Here, public employees pay 5 to 6 percent of their salaries into their pensions, with taxpayers kicking in roughly the same amount. The split is written into state law and can't be tinkered with in collective bargaining agreements. "A key difference in Minnesota is that no part of the pension is negotiable," said Mary Most Vanek, executive director of Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), which serves 250,000 current and former public employees from more than 2,000 local units of government across Minnesota. Walker's proposal would raise employee pension contributions to nearly 6 percent. In making his pitch, he noted that amount is equal to what most private-sector workers contribute to their 401(k)s. Walker also would double state workers' health care contributions to 12 percent -- slightly less than what many Minnesota government workers already pay for health care coverage. According to a 2010 study by the Minnesota Taxpayers Association, a Minnesota government worker who retires after 30 years earning $56,368 would get an annual pension payout of about $26,000. Minnesota and Wisconsin both have robust pension systems. The Wisconsin Retirement System is the nation's ninth-largest public pension fund and the world's 30th largest pension fund. Minnesota has 800 pension funds, second only to Pennsylvania -- though most are small, like local volunteer fire departments. Such large pension systems can create a big bull's-eye when the economy slips and politicians look to focus their blame for state budget problems. Several public employees in Minnesota and Wisconsin say they have endured unfair wrath for benefits they negotiated through collective bargaining agreements. They said there's a misconception that taxpayers are footing the entire bill for pensions. Investment dollars important For every dollar paid out in Minnesota public pension benefits, employees contribute 15 cents, taxpayers kick in about 18 cents and the rest comes from investment earnings. "When you are in the dog-eat-dog environment we are in now, people don't care about preserving benefits for anybody other than themselves," said Therese Cowl, 60, a Ramsey County social worker. "And when they are suffering, they don't want to see other people who are doing a little better." Another key difference between the two states' pensions: If the stock market struggles for a prolonged period, Wisconsin pension checks can automatically be reduced. In Minnesota, only the Legislature can take action on pension checks.

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Last year, facing a multibillion-dollar pension shortfall, Minnesota legislators reduced annual pension benefit increases to beat down a large chunk of the system's unfunded liability. "It's a very sound system," said David Bergstrom, executive director of the Minnesota State Retirement System. Several union members in Minnesota say it's unfair to compare contracts with their neighbors across the border. Workers in each state made concessions based on the politics, financial outlook and values at the time. "It's apples to oranges. We collectively bargain," said Mel Preczewski, 30, an administrative support staffer with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. ·

Keith Gilkes, President The Champion Group, LLC E-mail: kgilkes@CharnpLLC.com

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Dave and I are planning a powerpoint on Monday at the Cabinet meeting to describe the Budget Adjustment Bill and the fiscal needs for FY11. Any other guidance?

We've already done budget 101 with them at the retreat. discussed. Is this that time?

Brian

At some point, the collective bargaining proposals need to be

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We will get statewide numbers today for paid union time. I suspect the numbers will be far more impressive.

From: Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 08:16 AM To: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV; Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV; Archer, Cynthia - DOA; Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: RE: Draft release for tomorrow early AM: Collective Bargaining is a Fiscal Issue Part 2

I slightly edited. I think we need to get this out soon. We need to keep up the drumbeat of collective bargaining being fiscal. Please sendany edits asap.

Chris Schrimpf

Communications Director Office ofthe Governor Press Qffice: 608-267-7303 Email: chris.schrimpj@wisconsin.gov

From: Werwie, Cullen J - GOV Sent: Monday, February 21, 2011 8:58 PM To: Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric - GOV; Archer, Cynthia - DOA; Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Schrimpf, Chris - GOV Subject: Draft release for tomorrow early AM: Collective Bargaining is a Fiscal Issue Part 2

February 21, 2011 For Immediate Release Contact: Cullen Werwie, 608-267-7303

Collective Bargaining is a Fiscal Issue Part 2

Madison-Today Governor Walker's office released more specific examples to show how collective bargaining fiscally impacts government.

Example #1 Paid-Time off for Union Activities In Milwaukee County aione, because the union collectively bargained for paid time off, fourteen employees receive salary and benefits for doing union business. Of the fourteen, three are on full-time release for union business. Milwaukee County spent over $170,000 in salary alone for these employees to only participate in union activities such as collective bargaining.

Example #2 Surrender of Management Rights Because of collecting bargaining, unions have included provisions in employee contracts that have a direct fiscal impact such as not allowing management to schedule workers based on operational needs and requiring

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notice and approval by the union prior to scheduling changes. As County Executive Walker attempted to reduce work hours based on budget pressures and workload requirements by instituting a 35 hour work week to avoid layoffs, which the union opposed. Additionally, government cannot explore privatization of functions that could save taxpayers money.

Along with this release Governor Walker's spokesman, Cullen Werwie, released the following statement:

Unfortunately for the millions of taxpayers who are currently paying these Senators' salaries and benefits, Senator Julie Lasso and her 13 colleagues decided to take a 6 day vacation to Illinois to get 'to know a lot of my fellow caucus members.'

While Senate Democrats are getting acquainted with each other in another state, Governor Walker is in Wisconsin working to balance the state budget. Senators should return to Wisconsin and make their voice heard through the democratic process by casting their vote.

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From:

Sent:

To:

Subject: RE: A. Ott, Nerison & Ripp Budget Motion Request

Ruby, Erin [Erin.Ruby@legis.wisconsin.gov]

Tuesday, May 03,201110:18 AM

Culotta, Jason - GOV

Thanks, Jason! This is helpful. Erin

I will run it by my boss.

From: Culotta, Jason- GOV [mailto:Jason.Culotta@wisconsin.gov] Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 201110:12 AM To: Ruby, Erin Subject: FW: A. Ott, Nerison & Ripp Budget Motion Request

Erin, This is what I got back from Commerce on the motion and what I read to Manske yesterday:

--Jason

From: Volz, David J -COMMERCE Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 4:06 PM To: Culotta, Jason - GOV Subject: FW: A. Ott, Nerison & Ripp Budget Motion Request

Commerce staff feedback on this motion:

To base the credit cap on a per facility basis without regard to organizational structure is going to further dilute the benefit of the credit to those entities and smaller businesses that have only one facility.

For example, for the round of dairy credits that was just completed, each non-cooperative eligible applicant received 18.27% of the maximum credit they could have received had there been unlimited resources. So, a dairy business that had a total of $174,083 in expenditures in 2010 could have received a maximum credit of 10% or $17,408. Instead, under the "pro-rata" formula, the business receives $3,181 or 18.27% of the maximum credit. The mix of applicants included credits going to each of four facilities for Marathon Cheese and eight facilities for BeiGioioso Cheese, both S-corporations. Had the credit cap been based on a "per entity" basis for S- carps, the allocation percentage for each of the other entities would have increased. Had the credit cap been based on a "per facility" basis for everyone, regardless of structure, the percentage would have decreased, thereby diluting the credit for single-site businesses. A C-Corporation, such as Kraft Foods, could have claimed more credits because it has more than one dairy manufacturing site in the state.

With respect to making both appropriations continuing, it is more of a DOR/DOA issue. I assume DOR would prefer to keep a sum-sufficient for greater administratively flexibility. DOA may be receptive to making both appropriations "continuing" for fiscal accountability reasons, but yet, recognizing that there needs to be some administrative flexibility, which a continuing appropriation might provide. I do not necessarily want to speak for those agencies.

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From: Murray, Ryan M- GOV

Sent: Tuesday, April12, 2011 7:01 PM

To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV

Subject: Daily Policy and Legislative Briefing

Legislative Contacts:

Legislative Affairs Team

• Representative Loudenbeck's Office is planning to start listening sessions about the budget

• Met with Representative Richards about the Hoan Bridge

• Talked with Senator Cowles and Representative Steineke about the Kaukauna disaster area.

Committee Actions today:

• JCRAR had an executive session today to extend for 60 days ER 1041- disabled Vet owned business, ER 1042- colorectal cancer screening and coverage, and ER 1043- insurance coverage of nervous and mental disorders.

• The Joint Audit Committee gave approval to the audit of the Food Share program.

Assembly Session

• AJR 14-life of Axel Johnson was approved by the Assembly on a voice vote.

SJR 20- Donate Life Month was approved by the Assembly on a voice vote.

SJR 18- life of Carl Otte was approved by the Assembly on a voice vote.

• AB 2- creation of additional enterprise zones was approved by the Assembly with wide bipartisan support

(79-12)

• AB 13- development opportunity zone in Beloit was approved by the Assembly with a wide bipartisan support (89-4)

• SB 9- extension of the dairy and livestock farm investment credit was approved with wide bipartisan support

(92-1)

• SB 23- preemption of local sick leave ordinances was approved (59-35)

Tomorrow's Committee Activity

A. Natural Resources

Commerce

4/13/2011

9:30

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AB 73- delay in pier registration CR 11-002- fuel gas systems and affec· businesses

Economic DeveloJlment and Regulation Team

Chinese Delegation of Shaanxi Province

 

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Governor Zhengyong met with Governor Walker to discuss trade and build on relationship

Venture Capital

 

o

Jason met wit Sen. Kanavas to discuss proposal

o

Rep. Tauchen, Rep. Klenke and Rep. Kuglitsch, and Sen. Hopper will be the leads in the legislature

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GE

 

o

Met with GE representatives today

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Opposed to the throwback sales tax

3M and ProTech

o Representatives from 3M came along with a representative from their newly acquired partner

ProTech.

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ProTech manufactures electronic monitoring technology.

1.

They are currently speaking with DOC about providing equipment for monitoring offenders.

o

3M would like the Governor to visit one of their plants: Menomonie or Wausau or Milwaukee.

• Phil Montgomery

o Gave testimony before the Senate Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations Committee

Tourism

• Room Tax

o Discussed room tax issue with WI Hotel and Lodging Association Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers

• Friday Meeting

o Putting together talking points for the governor's meeting

JOBS Hotline

2 calls received

DOT

• Due to flooding of the Wisconsin River, the Wisconsin Rapids DOT Office building and DMV Service Center remained closed.

• Transportation Projects Commission Legislative Members recommended by Legislature to date:

1. Sen. Mary Lazich

2. Sen. Frank Lasee

3. Sen. Joe Leibham

4. Rep. Jerry Petrowski

5. Rep. Paul Farrow

6. Rep. Mike Endsley Health Care and Education

NGA Medicaid Taskforce Conference call held today. Each state is to review the list of flexibilities and prioritize them by Friday. Next staff call will be Friday afternoon. Governors-only conference call will be April 27 1 h at 4pm.

-

DHS

Family Share Audit: Audit was authorized. Kerman and Vos are interested in requesting a waiver from the federal government that would allow for a photo ID component of the FoodShare card. They already have approached MN and Iowa, who are supposedly on board.

JCRAR Executive Meeting: Emergency Rule 1041 (Veteran owned business certification program), 1042 (colorectal cancer screening coverage), and 1043 (health insurance coverage for nervous and mental disorders and substance use disorders) were all given a 60 day extension. Vote was unanimous.

Astra Zeneca Meeting (George Klaetsch, Kevin Johnson, and Abby Gossman):

Discussed concerns with the therapeutic drug substitution in the budget

Meeting with Policy Studies Inc (Doug Howard): Discussed cost saving measures with Secretary Smith that could be used for call center consolidation.

Meeting with WI Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA): WPHCA reports quality and cost data to the federal government and the state. They are pleased with Secretary Smith's effort to meet with stakeholders/hold statewide town halls on Medicaid.

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Education

• Reviewed school grading proposal with Sen. Olsen and made some changes. Will review with Rep. Kestel! tomorrow morning.

• Met with Herzing University. They are hoping JFC will make a change that would allow for-profit colleges to participate in Wisconsin's tuition grant program

Education News Sunshine Review: Wisconsin school districts websites fail transparency tes!JWisPolitics) Wisconsin school districts earned an overall "D" transparency grade for information available on their websites according to an analysis conducted by Sunshine Review, a pro-transparency group. Of the 442 school districts

rated by the group, 173 earned failing grades.

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12 Milwaukee high schools identified as low pertormers (Milwaukee Journal Sentinell More high school programs in Milwaukee have been identified as some of the lowest-performing schools in the state and will be eligible for up to $6.3 million in federal granls for reform efforts, according to information released by Milwaukee Public Schools.

Howard Fuller calls choice plans 'egregious' and 'outrageous' (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! As we're waiting for things to play out, I should mention the testimony of Howard Fuller, the longtime school choice advocate and Marquette University prof. Until the excitement now, his was the biggest splash of the hearing.

Justice and Local Governments Team

Tribal Affairs:

• I met with Tribal leaders and Secretary Huebsch regarding tribal issues such as the Kenosha casino proposal.

Midwest Governor's Association:

• I participated in a conference call regarding carbon capture and storage advisory documents. We have concerns and may object to its posting on the MGA site. It would not have the Governor's name on it but it may be a bad idea for Wisconsin. This MGA agenda may need to change for us to participate fully.

Automobile Insurance:

• IIAW. Applauds signing of AB-4 into law

"Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), Senator Frank Lasse (R- DePere) and Governor Scott Walker's swift leadership on this issue has been instrumental and consumers across the state will see improved choice and affordabi/ity in the auto insurance market," stated Matt Banaszynski, Vice President of the //A W.

Local Government:

• Spoke to Town of Wausau chairman Jim Rhehl about budget concerns.

• Oshkosh Northwestern. District faces record number of retirements

Oshkosh teachers hired before Sept. 1, 2006, can retire at age 55. Teachers hired after that date can retire at age 57. Those retiring this year range in age from 55 to 74, though two-thirds of them are age 58 or younger.

The district would save roughly $912,000 on salaries by replacing the 32 retirees with new teachers at the starting salary of $32, 800. However, the savings fall to about $148,000, when accounting for the retiring teachers' ongoing benefits, according to an analysis by The Northwestern.

• Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter. LTC looks to offset $1.2 million budget gap

As a result, LTC is leaving unfilled six full-time and three part-time positions and partially relying on a 5. 5 percent tuition increase set by the Wisconsin Technical College System.

The 117 members of the LEA will contribute 5. 8 percent of their pay to the Wisconsin Retirement System, compared with nothing now. The union a/so approved a new health care package and voted to increase contributions to its premiums.

The changes will save taxpayers approximately $755,000 annually and will take effect July 1, the start of the college's fiscal year, according to the news release.

• t-ppleton Post Crescent. Budget issues vex Kimberly school board members

The layoffs would save the district $370,000 annually.

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Also, 20 teachers remain without a contract for the next school year.

Mayfield said the district awaits word from its unions on whether they would make concessions in an effort to keep teachers and paraprofessionals employed.

District officials said nothing is off the table in terms of cuts, though trimming one-time spending from the budget wouldn1 solve the structural deficit.

Gary Kvasnica, the district's business manager, said salaries and benefits account for about 80 percent of the overall budget.

• fulpleton Post Crescent. Appleton school retirements reach 55

• Wausau Daily Herald. Wausau School Board cuts $1.4 million from budget

The Wausau School Board voted Monday to cut nearly $1.4 million from its $97 million budget.

The bulk of the cuts -- $780, 000 -- comes from the savings administrators expect from replacing 26 retiring teachers with less-experienced ones at a lower salary range. Another $450,000 will be cut by reducing the number of high school teaching positions by nine to match declining enrollment and $100,000 is expected to be saved by eliminating two elementary teaching positions. Leaders expect the decrease will be made by attrition, with no layoffs.

Other cost-saving measures approved included reducing the staff at the Montessori charter school ($65,000), cutting one English Language Learner position ($50, 000) and reducing assistant coaching positions ($32, 000).

The cuts also came about a month after the Wausau Education Association, the district's teachers union, agreed to a contract extension that freezes teachers' pay for two years. The teachers also agreed to pay toward their retirement packages.

• Stevens Point Journal. Stevens Point teachers union asks board to discuss extension

The board met in closed session after the meeting to discuss negotiation strategies for bargaining groups. The SPAEA. which is the local teachers union, wants to continue its current contract, which expires June 30.

"We feel that we have a lot to offer and could provide some concessions that could provide some stability," said union President Gerri Lardinois before the meeting. "We certainly would be willing to work with the district."

Lardinois declined to elaborate on the concessions.

• Green Bay Press Gazette. De Pere to discuss proposed budget's impact

City officials estimate Gov. Scott Walker's state budget proposal will result in a deficit of $500, 000 to nearly $700, 000 in the 2012 city budget.

Between cuts in shared revenue, transportation aid and recycling grants, De Pere will lose out on $665,164 in state aid under the current framework lawmakers are considering.

Communities can make up some of those dollars through the· provisions laid out in Walker's collective bargaining law. Temporarily stuck in a legal dispute, it allows municipalities to increase workers' health care contributions and requires public employees to pay 5.8 percent toward retirement benefits.

But De Pere's savings will be minimal, estimated at just $115,932. The city reached agreements with unions in November that extend through 2012, so they won't see much of a cut in pension obligations. Those contracts require employees to pay 15 percent toward health care costs, 2. 4 percent more than Walker is asking of state employees.

• Sheboygan Press. Transit union head says rejected pact was different from tentative agreement

Union members voted on April1 to not ratify the agreement because it called for more concessions in health care and dental benefits than what was agreed to earlier, Simonis said.

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The extension would have frozen workers' wages through 2013 and required them to contribute 5. 8 percent of their pay toward their pension and 12.5 to 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. The wage freeze would have meant forgoing a 1 percent pay raise due to occur in July.

City Finance Director Jim Amodeo, who along with Rice was a member of the city's negotiating team, said the deal would save the city $138,000 in 2012. In 2011, eliminating the 1 percent raise would save about $15,000.

Voter ID:

• Sheboygan Press. Leibham hopes voter ID bill will pass soon

"I wished that the Legislature had passed it and that it was working toward implementation," said Leibham, a Sheboygan Republican in an inteNiew. "I hope we work through that process again in a deliberative and prudent time period, and that we'll work to be able to get voter 10 signed into law before the 2012 election cycle, if not

sooner."

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From: Murray, Ryan M- GOV

Sent: Tuesday, January 11,2011 8:12PM

To:

Cc:

Gilkes, Keith - GOV; Schutt, Eric- GOV; Huebsch, Mike - DOA; Jensen, Jodi - DOA; Archer, Cynthia- DOA; Schrimpf, Chris- GOV; Hagedorn, Brian K- GOV; Matejov, Scott- GOV

Subject: Daily Policy and Legislative Update

Policy and Legislative Daily Briefing for Tuesday, January 11,2011

Legislative Liaison Update

Tort Reform, HSAs, Relocation, Econ Development Tax Credit, & Small Business tax credit legislation all received a public hearing today in their respective joint or individual committees. It is the hope that all of these bills are exec'd out on Thursday. The Senate will be taking up HSAs on the floor on Tuesday, 1/18, with all other bills hoping to be taken up on 1/20. 1/25 is being held as a backup day for floor votes as well.

Wednesday, 1/12 Legislative Meetings Update:

• With the recently released rules package, Senator Fitzgerald and/or his caucus is concerned about wetland

mitigation and wind siting.

It is recommended that these issues be discussed with the Senator.

Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Team

Small Business Tax Credit Was surprised at the hearing today to learn of Rep. Vas testifying on his own substitute version of the small business tax credit before Sec. Chandler and Sec. Jadin arrived to testify. We were not aware ofVos pitching this publicly and have not discussed details with him. Plan on doing so tomorrow.

Human Services and Education Team

Department Contacts Met with DHS Secretary Smith

Spoke with Sec. Smith, Dep. Sec. Rhoades, EA Moore, and Brett Davis

• Family Care audit will be completed in February.

• Brett Davis has several ideas on budget savings dealing with Medicaid.

Exchange: Sec. Smith would like to pursue the Federal HHS grant for early innovation

• Several tours will be arranged to the state mental facilities in early spring

Met with UW-Madison Dean of Nursing, Katharyn May

• Spoke about the urgency of building a new UW-Madison Nursing Building (Budget Request)

Attended DPI conference developing Wl's Striving Readers Grant application

Grant will focus on professional development, accountability, instructional design & assessment. Will be modeled

after Massachusetts' program.

Legislative Contacts Met with Rep. Don Pridemore (Staff)

• Will be introducing a children & families reform package, "Wisconsin Families First" (4 legislative bills)

.!JJ:!coming Events

• Rep. Nygren to introduce Auto Insurance Repeal package tomorrow (1/12) with a 1 pm press conference

Justice and Local Governments Team

Corrections:

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• Margaret Carpenter of Juvenile Justice Division called to reiterate that the juvenile corrections deficit is up from $8.8 million in FY10 to $24 million for FY 11. According to her and DOA, this deficit is on top of the expected $42 million Adult Corrections deficit.

• Margarelt s.~C)r!'ldvi~itatio9 q~p1bers for Ethan Allen. From January 2009 to March 2010, visitation was 15.22 visits p'er child over lhat period.

• Margaret also expressed her concerns that Lincoln Hills may not have the right demographics (per the Southeast WI community) to work with the Ethan juvenile population. Currently, 15% of staff at Ethan are minority and only 5% at Lincoln. The juvenile population is overwhelmingly minority.

.SQecial Session:

• Tort reform hearing went well. No unexpected issues came up. There will be an amendment to address OW\ and expert witness concerns. It may include other items such as making sure we don't limit DHS's ability to crack down on Medicaid fraud. This could also impact federal Medicaid program eligibility standards. We have a meeting tomorrow to discuss this and I will also follow up with the committee chairs about one all inclusive amendment.

• Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Opposition to Special Session AB1 and SB1.

• Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. Letter to Sen. Zipperer, and Rep. Ott. (Special Session Assembly bill 1)

• Wisconsin District Attorneys Association. Fiscal estimate for AB1 of the Special Session.

• Wisconsin AFL-CIO. Working families oppose Senate Bi\11/Assembly Bi\11. Tort reform.

• '1/VMC. Lawsuit reforms needed to help to help job creation.

• Disability Rights Wisconsin. Statement on Special Session Assembly Bi\11/Senate Bill 1

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From:

Herreid, Peter E - DOA

Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:57AM

To: Culotta, Jason- DOA; DOA DL All DIR Division

Subject: RE: OSER question and answer document

Jason,

First, I appreciate that you are sharing the burden of compensation cuts.

I could not find an answer in the OSER FAQ sheet to this question I posed last week:

Given the cap on wages and loss of collective bargaining rights for benefits in the budget repair bill, should state

workers expect further cuts to their compensation in the future?

Thanks for taking questions,

Peter

From: Culotta, Jason - DOA Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:27 PM To: DOA DL All DIR Division Subject: OSER question and answer document

DIR Team:

Today, the Office of State Employment Relations issued a Frequently Asked Questions Bulletin regarding implications of the 2009-2011 Budget Repair Bill.

It is available at:

http://oser.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=7209

Please feel free to follow up with me with any additional questions.

Thanks,

--Jason

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From: Turke, Jon [Jon.Turke@legis.wisconsin.gov]

Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 10:22 AM

To: Culotta, Jason- DOA

Subject: FW: Wed. in Washington, DC: WI Solidarity Rally

Jonathon Turke Office of State Representative Michelle Litjens 56th Assembly District Phone: 608-266-7500 Office: 221 North

56th Assembly District Phone: 608-266-7500 Office: 221 North Sent: To: Turke, Jon Subject: Fw: Wed. in
56th Assembly District Phone: 608-266-7500 Office: 221 North Sent: To: Turke, Jon Subject: Fw: Wed. in

Sent:

To: Turke, Jon Subject: Fw: Wed. in Washington, DC: WI Solidarity Rally

Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

From: "Kloiber, Bill - DOA'' <Bill.Kloiber@wisconsin.gov>

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:27:14-0600

To
To
When workers in Wisconsin were faced with an unprecedented attack, they responded with an unprecedented
When workers in Wisconsin were faced with an unprecedented attack, they responded with an unprecedented

When workers in Wisconsin were faced with an unprecedented attack, they responded with an unprecedented show of solidarity. Now, Wisconsinites need our help here in Washington, D.C.

WHAT: "We Are One" rally at the Wisconsin

Governor's Office in D.C. for teachers, firefighters,

nurses, construction workers and all who are under attack by governors and state legislatures

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WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Wisconsin Governor's Office 444 N. Capitol St., N.W. Washington, D.C.

Questions? Contact Chris Garlock at 202-230-1133.

Use Twitter? Please live-tweet with the hashtag #StateSOS.

In Wisconsin, workers who are under attack-and the communities that know and respect them--<;reated such an outcry that all 14 Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate left the Senate chambers in protest, indefinitely delaying a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's anti- worker bill.

This is the kind of strength it takes to win victories for workers. We need to mal{e our voices heard whenever and wherever attacl{S occur, in Wisconsin and in our own states.

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All over the country, Americans are standing up to politicians who are launching political attacks on firefighters, teachers, nurses, snowplow drivers, EMTs and other hardworking people who keep our communities safe. Our politicians should be creating jobs-not attacking nurses, teachers and firefighters.

When we stand in solidarity with each other, we cannot be silenced. Please join our rally.

In Solidarity,

Manny Herrmann Online Mobilizatiop ~oordi1,111tor,A{L-CIO

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P.S. After giving tax cuts to businesses to create an artificial financial crisis in his state, Wisconsin's Gov. Walker tried to ram through a sham "budget repair" bill that actually is a huge assault on Wisconsin's workers. It would undermine good, middle-class jobs and rob some 200,000 workers of their democratic right to collectively bargain for a better life. Wisconsin's public-sector union members are under direct attack today-but tomorrow it will be all of us, if we don't make our voices heard. Please join our rally and stand up for good, middle-class jobs across America.

To find out more about the AFL-CIO, please visit our website at www.aflcio.org.

Click here to unsubscribe.

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From:

Herreid, Peter E - DOA

Sent:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:33PM

To:

Culotta, Jason - DOA

Subject: Questions about Budget Repair Bill

Jason, I think writing my questions down might help clarify what I was/am asking and make it easier for you to answer.

Assuming the budget repair bill passes,

o

How long will the new healthcare premium rates and employee pension contribution rates remain locked in place?

If the public employee union is not re-certified, will individual employees (theoretically) be able to negotiate a salary above the rise in CPI without a referendum?

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Should a public employee assume that his/her total compensation will continually decrease in the future, because salary increases may not exceed CPI and there will be no collective bargaining protections for the benefits? If not, how so?

Thanks for fielding questions.

Peter

Peter Herreid Grant Administrator

~ Pl!'lnning Grant Program Wisconsin Land ln(ormation Program

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From: Roetker, Patrick - DOA

Sent: Friday, May 13,2011 9:12AM

To: Murray, Ryan M- GOV; Culotta, Jason- GOV

Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

Here are the questions Gundy picked

 

Question Description

yes

no

2. Muskellunge 40-inch minimum size limit on most waters statewide

3,221

1,485

27.

Change date of general fishing opener

2,958

1,569

34.

Extend each ofthe spring turkey hunting periods by two days

3,024

1,974

41.

Lower the age at which anyone can use a crossbow from 65 to 55

2,806

2,198

46.

Restrict deer baiting and feeding ten days before 9-day firearm season

3,066

1,928

50.

Legalize Rifles for Hunting Deer Statewide

2,742

1,973

59.

Wolf population goal of350 or less in the next revision of the Wolf Plan

3,989

827

60.

Implement meaningful population controls in the next Wisconsin Wolf Plan

4,254

581

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61.

Federally delis! the gray wolf in Wisconsin

62.

DNR not relocate wolves that have caused problems

73.

Exemption from 100 Yard Firemm Discharge Prohibition On Public Lands

75.

Turkey Penni! Preference for Wisconsin State Residents

77.

Manage Largemouth and Smallmouth as Separate Species

81.

Free Winter Fishing Weekend

4,402

526

3,885

951

2,206

2,076

3,891

587

2,946

1,128

3,610

667

From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:16 PM To: Culotta, Jason - GOV; Roetker, Patrick- DOA Subject: FW: Spring Hearing Results Posted

We should look at these to see if there are any that could become legislation. Could also be Fall Agenda legislation.

Ryan Murray I Office of the Governor

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs (a) 608-266-1212 I (e) rvan.murrov@wisconsin.gov

8/2/2011

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From: Gunderson, Scott L- DNR Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:24 PM To: Moroney, Matts - DNR; Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

The questions of most interest are 2, 27,34, 41, 46, 50, 59-62, 73, 75, 77, & 81. If you need info on any of them please let me know.

From: Moroney, Matts - DNR Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 05:59PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Gunderson, Scott L - DNR Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

Gundy is the outdoor guru at the DNR. Gundy, your thoughts??

From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Sent: Thursday, April14, 2011 5:40PM To: Moroney, MattS - DNR Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

I think these are great, Matt. Are there any, other than the ones you mention, that you think are worth pursuing?

Ryan Murray I Office of the Governor

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs (o) 608-266-1212 j (e) rvan.murrav@wisconsin.gov

From: Moroney, MattS - DNR Sent: Thursday, April14, 2011 6:11AM To: Gilkes, Keith - GOV Cc: Culotta, Jason - DOA; Schutt, Eric - GOV; Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: FW: Spring Hearing Results Posted

Keith,

Below is

the

link to the

Conservation Congress

county vote

totals.

One

reason you might find these interesting/useful is that the votes can become the basis for conservation related legislation such as the bill on fishing tournament culling and moving opening fishing weekend up a week when it would

fall

on

Mother's

Day.

~Matt Moroney

Deputy Secretary Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

(l!i') phone: (608) 264-6266 (l!i') fax: (608)266-6983 (c.;;:]) e-mail: Matt.Moroney@wisconsin.gov

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There were a couple last minute technical glitches we have since gotten worked out. The versions now posted are up to date.

1-Zimmermann, KariA- DNR

Spring Hearing Results Posted

wee Delegates and Department Staff:

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For those who are interested in the outcome of Monday night's spring hearings, the results are now posted. I apologize for the delay.

http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/sprin9

1NariQgs/index.html

~au Lee-~

Wisconsin Conservation Congress Liaison Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 101 5. Webster Street/ PO Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707 phone: (608) 266-0580 fax: (608) 266-6983 e-mail: Kari.LeeZimmermann@Wisconsin.gov

Downing, Karley - GOV

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Murray, Ryan M - GOV

Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011 8:16PM

From:

To:

Culotta, Jason - GOV; Roetker, Patrick- DOA

Subject: FW: Spring Hearing Results Posted

We should look at these to see if there. are any that could become legislation. Could also be Fall Agenda legislation.

Ryan Murray I Office of the Governor

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs (o) 608-266-1212 I (e) rvan.murrajl@y.tisconsin.gov

From: Gunderson, Scott L - DNR Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:24PM To: Moroney, MattS - DNR; Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

The questions of most interest are 2, 27,34, 41, 46, 50, 59-62, 73, 75, 77, & 81. If you need info on any of them please let me know.

From: Moroney, Matts - DNR Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 05:59 PM To: Murray, Ryan M - GOV; Gunderson, Scott L- DNR Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

Gundy is the outdoor guru at the DNR.

Gundy, your thoughts??

From: Murray, Ryan M - GOV Sent: Thursday, April14, 2011 5:40PM To: Moroney, MattS - DNR Subject: RE: Spring Hearing Results Posted

I think these are great, Matt. Are there any, other than the ones you mention, that you think are worth pursuing?

Ryan Murray I Office of the Governor

Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs (o} 608-266-1212 1(e) ryan.murrav@wisconsin.gov

From: Moroney, MattS - DNR Sent: Thursday, Apri114, 2011 6:11AM To: Gilkes, Keith - GOV Cc: Culotta, Jason - DOA; Schutt, Eric - GOV; Murray, Ryan M - GOV Subject: FW: Spring Hearing Results Posted

Keith,

Below

is

the

link

to

the

Conservation

Congress

county vote

totals.

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One

reason you might find these interesting/useful is that the votes can become the basis for conservation related legislation such as the bill on fishing tournament culling and moving opening fishing weekend up a week when it would fall on Mother's Day.

~ Matt Moroney

Deputy Secretory Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

(~)phone:

(~)fax:

(Q) e-mail:

(608) 264-6266

(608)266-6983

Matt.Moroney@wisconsin.gov

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There were a couple last minute technical glitches we have since gotten worked out. The versions now posted are up to date.

!-Zimmermann, Karl A- DNR Spring Hearing Results Posted

wee Delegates and Department Staff:

For those who are interested in the outcome of Monday night's spring hearings, the results are now posted. I apologize for the delay.

http://d nr. wi.gov/org/nrboard/cong ress/spring hearings/index. html

~MiLee-~

Wisconsin Conservation Congress Liaison Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 101 S. Webster Street/ PO Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707 phone: (608) 266-0580 fax: (608) 266-6983 e-mail: Kari.LeeZimmermann@Wisconsin.gov

Downing, Karley - GOV

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From:

Himebauch, Casey- GOV

Sent:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:24 AM

To:

Culotta, Jason - GOV

Subject:

FW: State Highway Flexibility Act

Attachments: State Transportation Flexibility Act Endorsements.doc; State Transportation Flexibility Act

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One-Pager. doc; Summary of

Opt-Out Bill. doc; 2011-05-04-Congress Dear Colleague on H R

1585.pdf; 2011-05-09-0DOT Endorsement of H R 1585.pdf

Casey Himebauch I Office of the Governor

of H R 1585.pdf Casey Himebauch I Office of the Governor /(e) casev.himebauch@wisconsin.gov From: Berky, Bryan

/(e) casev.himebauch@wisconsin.gov

From: Berky, Bryan (Coburn) [mailto:Bryan_Berky@coburn.senate.gov] Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:47AM To: Himebauch, Casey - GOV Cc: Van Der Vaart, Hendrik (Coburn) Subject: State Highway Flexibility Act

Casey,

Just checking in to see if you've had a chance to look over this legislation. I've attached a list of updated endorsements, along with a one-pager, a summary of HR 1585, a Dear Colleague letter, and an endorsement letter from the Oklahoma Department ofTransportation.

We would love to have Governor Walker endorse this bill, as we believe Wisconsin would benefit from having the option to keep all its highway dollars and manage them without burdensome federal mandates. We, unfortunately, have a fairly limited time window and believe your boss' support would be very helpful in ensuring H.R. 1585 becomes part of the surface transportation reauthorization bill.

Please let us know what we can do to ensure your boss can make an informed decision on this bill. Thanks for your help.

Bryan

From: Berky, Bryan (Coburn) Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 2:23 PM To: 'casey.himebauch@wisconsin.gov' Cc: Van Der Vaart, Hendrik (Coburn) Subject: State Highway Flexibility Act

Casey,

As I said on the phone, Senator Coburn is looking to introduce the "State Highway Flexibility Act" which would give states the option to opt-out of the Highway Trust Fund and manage their own gas tax dollars without