Dear Friends,

Good luck to our Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals! It's amazing to think that we almost lost the Bucks to another city just six years ago. Thanks to a bi-partisan new stadium deal, we protected taxpayers and made sure Milwaukee continued to be a world-class sports town. Now the area is booming. It's exciting to see the development of the Deer District into a destination for Bucks fans. Go, Bucks!!

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!
Education Gets Major Boost in Funding
Education has always been a top priority for me. I am happy to report that education funding is getting a big boost in the bipartisan budget signed last week.
 
Not only are our schools getting a large increase in funding, but they are also getting over $2.5 billion in federal funds. Republicans were able to deliver a bi-partisan bill that restored 2/3rds funding and delivered the largest tax cut in state history.

Unlike reckless spending and tax hikes proposed by Governor Evers, Republicans put aside an additional $550 million into the Rainy Day Fund to make sure the needs of our students and the needs of everyone in Wisconsin can be met in the next budget. However, the Governor vetoed that transfer.
 
It's important to remember that the last time Democrats were in full charge of the budget, they raided money from the Injured Patients Compensation Fund and the Transportation Fund and had almost no money in the Rainy Day Fund. That led to a massive $3.2 billion structural deficit and created a fiscal cliff. I was one of the people in charge of fixing that mess, and we did it without raising taxes.

Districts with some of the worst achievement gap scores are eligible for unprecedented amounts of federal money. There are plenty of ways that money can be put to good use for students, and I hope they take full advantage of it. Milwaukee and Madison are currently asking for public comment on how to spend the money. Being more transparent is nice to see, but it’s clear they don’t seem to know what to do with it all.  
 
I hope schools will use these resources to help kids recover from the loss of learning during the pandemic, closing the achievement gap, and making sure kids are prepared and ready to return to school safely. I have always believed in providing high-quality educational opportunities for every kid in our state, and I will never stop fighting for that.
Please Donate Blood, Plasma
One way you can help is by donating blood. If you have recovered from COVID-19, please especially consider donating your plasma.

You can find out where to donate here and here.
COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Information
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