Dear Friends,

Milwaukee Tool announced a major expansion this week. They plan to add nearly 900 jobs and create a new campus in Menomonee Falls! It's great to see companies like Milwaukee Tool making significant investments and creating jobs in our state. Thanks to our reforms, it's clear Wisconsin remains open for business.

I'd like to congratulate Milwaukee Tool for their decision to expand and grow right here in Wisconsin. Creating 770 additional jobs in Menomonee Falls is great news for our area and for the state.

In case you missed it, the Federal Housing Authority reports Wisconsin ranks 8th in the nation for home appreciation with a 6.4% increase compared to last year. The Milwaukee-Waukesha area ranks #17 out of 100 metro areas thanks to a 6.7% increase in value over last year. According to the online real estate database Zillow, the strong housing market is a good indicator that our economy will continue to grow. That's great news for Wisconsin!

You may have heard that the Joint Committee on Finance is holding up funding for the homeless. The truth is that Governor Evers already has more than $3 million set aside to help the homeless, but so far hasn't released it. It's disappointing seeing the governor playing politics again, especially with a very serious issue like homelessness. We should be working together to solve these issues.

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
Germantown Coffee with Constituents
I'd like to thank everyone who joined Representative Janel Brandtjen and me at Quarry Coffee in Lannon.

We had a lively discussion on a number of important issues.

I truly appreciate these opportunities to hear from people in our area.
School Safety Audit Released
This week, the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau released its review of School Safety Grants. As you may remember, we invested $100 million to better protect our schools.

The Audit Bureau reviewed 779 safety plans and surveyed more than 1,200 administrators as well as more than 500 local law enforcement agencies to check on the progress of the School Safety Grants and the $100 million investment.

The audit isn't just useful to make sure the money was spent wisely. I'm happy to report the audit shows many schools are using best practices. You can read more about the audit by clicking the picture.
Getting Help for Troubled Teens
Making our schools safer is just one important step in protecting our children. That's why I am working on legislation to help students get the care they need in schools.

According to a 2018 report from the Office of Children's Mental Health, 24% of Wisconsin teens have been diagnosed with a mental illness. The same report shows our state is lacking in providing access to the care they need.

Representative Jim Steineke of Kaukauna and I are working on a bill with the Medical College of Wisconsin to create a school-based mental health consultation pilot program. The pilot would be run by the Medical College of Wisconsin and funded with $175,000 annually from the Department of Health Services. School personnel will be educated on how to manage mental health concerns in the classroom, appropriately refer complex cases, and will also be able to access educational training seminars.

It is crucial that our schools can be a ground to deliver mental health services to youth. Assembly Bill 644 is an innovative solution to train school staff, reduce stigmas surrounding mental health, and help students succeed in school.
Public Hearing for Bill to Help Bereaved Parents
The pain of losing a child through stillbirth takes a huge emotional toll on families. It can also be a financial burden.

State Representative Joan Ballweg of Markesan and I are working on legislation to help at least ease the financial burden. Our bill had an emotional public hearing on Wednesday.

Many parents talked about undergoing the same medical costs as parents of a healthy newborn. Under federal law, parents receive a $1,000 tax credit for eligible children. If a child takes his or her first breath and then passes away, parents are still eligible for this credit. However, in Wisconsin, if a child is stillborn, parents are not eligible for this credit.

Our bill makes parents of a stillbirth eligible for a $2,000 refundable tax credit. I want to thank the parents of stillborn children who took the time to come to Madison and testify in favor of this bill.
Wisconsin is Still Winning!
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