Dear Friends,

Congratulations to Grafton and Whitefish Bay! Those communities made the list of the 50 safest cities to raise a child by SafeWise. In fact, Wisconsin had the most cities on their list. Thirty-two percent of the top 50 cities are in our state. That kind of news is bringing more and more people to Wisconsin.

Our tourism industry is booming! Last year, tourism had a $20.6 billion impact on our economy. That's up 40% since 2010! Nearly 110 million people visited Wisconsin in 2017. To put that in perspective, it's five times the number of fans who attended NBA games during the 2016-2017 season. Wisconsin tourism is a slam dunk!

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 .

On, Wisconsin!

Foxconn Groundbreaking
On Thursday, Foxconn officially broke ground in Wisconsin. The tech giant is making a historic, once-in-a-lifetime investment in our great state.

Foxconn will be a transformational $10 billion investment, bringing next-generation manufacturing and 13,000 direct high-tech, family-supporting careers to our state. They also plan to hire 3,000 veterans.

Recently, they also announced their North American corporate headquarters will be located in downtown Milwaukee. The headquarters is expected to hire more than 500 people and serve as an innovation center for entrepreneurs. 

While the state may offer up to $2.85 billion in tax credits over 15 years, Foxconn must meet strict hiring goals to receive any credits. That's real protection for taxpayers. It's clear Foxconn is serious about their investment in Wisconsin. 

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce says Foxconn will add $78 billion to our state's GDP over the 15-year term of the package. That’s an $18 return for every $1 worth of tax incentives.

There isn't a state in the nation that wouldn't want to be in our shoes right now. Congratulations to Governor Scott Walker and President Donald Trump for making this happen!

If you still have questions about this transformational project, Governor Walker put together a Myth vs. Fact sheet about the project. Check it out!
Strong Support for Education Savings Accounts
There's strong support across the state for my bi-partisan bill to create Education Savings Accounts. That's the finding of a poll conducted for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). They recently surveyed 1,500 state residents on education issues and found 64% support my bill! The support is strong in rural (66%), suburban ( 67%), and urban areas (71%).

Education savings accounts can help parents pay for textbooks, curriculum, tutors, lessons, fees, and tuition. Who knows how many scientists, engineers, musicians, artists, and community leaders we are missing out on because their family can't afford additional educational opportunities. All students deserve the chance to succeed regardless of their background, zip code, or family's income.

These poll results show the genuine need to create Education Savings Accounts. I look forward to working on this bill again next year.
Child Sales Tax Rebate Sign-up Ends Soon
Parents with a child aged 18 or younger can claim a Child Sales Tax Rebate! Families who qualify are eligible for a $100 rebate per child for sales and use tax paid in 2017.

Time is running out, the deadline to file a claim is Monday, July 2, 2018.

So far, more than 500,600 have signed up for the rebate. Click on the picture above to sign up!
Wisconsin Proud!
  • Fifty of Wisconsin's 72 counties met or broke their all-time low unemployment rates in May.
  • All 12 of the state's metro areas and all our 32 largest cities have seen a year-over-year drop in unemployment. 
  • The number of people employed in Wisconsin is at an all-time high of 3,090,200, and the unemployment rate is at all-time low at 2.8% for May.
  • Construction wages in Wisconsin are up 7.5% from 2016-2017.
  • Wisconsin ranks 7th in manufacturing job creation from 2016-17, and wages are up 15% since 2010.
  • Over 85 percent of our population in the state in the prime age group of 25 to 55 is employed.
Around the 8th...
Parade and Fireworks Schedule

June 30th
Where: Start on Cedarburg Road at Weyenberg Library, north into Thiensville along Main Street, east on Friestadt, south on Green Bay Road, east on Riverview Drive and south on Elm Street to Thiensville Village Park.
Parade: 10:30 a.m.
Fireworks: Dusk

Where: Grafton Elementary and 17th Avenue (at tennis courts) to Centennial Park
Parade: 11:00 a.m.
Fireworks: Dusk

July 3rd
Where: Menomonee Falls High School, W142 N8101 Merrimac Dr, Menomonee Falls
Parade Time: 7:00 pm
Fireworks: Dusk

July 4th
Where: Fox Point Police Station, 7200 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Fox Point
Parade: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Village Hall east down Ellsworth Lane, south on Rexleigh Drive, north on King Road, and finish at Ellsworth Park.
Parade: 9:00 a.m.

Where: Maple Avenue, Sussex, WI 53089
Parades: 9:15 a.m. - Kiddie Parade
9:30 a.m. - Main Parade
Fireworks: 9:20 p.m.

Where: Kletzsch Park, 6560 N. Milwaukee River Pkwy
Parades: 10:00 a.m.- Children's Parade
10:30 a.m. - Main Parade Extravaganza
Fireworks: Dusk

Where: Kent & Silver Spring, east to Lake Drive, north to Klode Park
Parade: 11:30 a.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.

Where: Pilgrim Road north of Sylvan Circle travel north to Fond du Lac Avenue; to Main Street; west to Park Avenue (location of WET ZONE); Park Avenue north to Firemen's Park.
Parade: Noon
Fireworks: Dusk

Where: 7835 N Green Bay Ave, Brown Deer
Parade: 1:30 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:30 p.m.