Wisconsin Counties Association 2022 Annual Conference Day 1: Status of WI Transportation

On September 19, 2022, Wisconsin Counties Association hosted their 2022 Annual Conference – Day 1. This session provided an update and outlook from WisDOT Assistant Deputy Secretary Joel Nilsestuen. Topics covered included the county-state partnership, bipartisan infrastructure law implementation, and transportation finances. Speaker: Joel Nilsestuen, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Assistant Deputy Secretary

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In Memory of Jeff Plale

Jeff Plale (1968-2022). First elected to State Assembly in 1996 then to State Senate in 1997 serving until 2010. Served as Administrator of the Division of State Facilities and Railroad Commissioner from 2011 until 2016. Former investment agent, received degrees in Communications and Public Relations from Marquette University in 1990 and 1992. Received Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Working […]

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CFC Power Dialogue: A Candid Conversation About Electric Vehicle Policies

On May 3, 2022, the Customers First! Coalition hosted a Power Dialogue event on to discuss state policy questions surrounding electric vehicles and transportation issues. Opening Remarks: Sen. Julian Bradley, Chairman, Senate Committee on Utilities, Technology, and Telecommunications Panelists: Craig Thompson, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Josh Fisher, Director, State Affairs, Alliance for Automotive Innovation […]

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Joint Committee on Finance

On April 26, 2022, the Joint Committee on Finance held a Section 13.10 meeting on the following: Department of Transportation – Craig Thompson, Secretary The Department of Transportation requests the Committee’s approval of the department’s plan pursuant to s. 84.03(2)(b), Wisconsin Statutes, to adjust its appropriations to reflect the most recent estimate of the 2021-22 […]

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Legislative Briefing: Wisconsin Trails Caucus

On March 9, 2022, the Legislative Trails Caucus hosted a briefing on moving initiatives forward to preserve and expand Wisconsin’s outdoor trails systems. Agenda: Updates on next steps for the legislative trails caucus regarding vision, policy, and growth by Rep. Goyke and Rep. Kurtz Presentation by Ben Popp, the Executive Director of the American Birkebeiner Ski […]

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Wisconsin State Assembly Floor Session

On February 17, 2022, the Wisconsin State Assembly held a floor session on the following: Assembly Bill 883 / Assembly Bill 938 / Assembly Bill 939: various changes to the unemployment insurance law; Assembly Bill 912: emergency power to regulate businesses; Assembly Bill 932: requiring certain efforts to expand and promote the apprenticeship and youth […]

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WCA Legislative Exchange 2022 – Day 2

On February 9, 2022, the Wisconsin Counties Association held their annual legislative exchange. This segment features events from day 2. Agenda: 8:30 am | Call to Order and Welcome; Mark D. O’Connell, WCA President & CEO 8:35 am | Legislative Leadership Roundtable; Kyle Christianson, WCA Vice President of Government Affairs hosted a session bringing together […]

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Assembly Special Committee on Trade and Supply Chain

On February 8, 2022, the Assembly Special Committee on Trade and Supply Chain held a public hearing on the following: Assembly Bill 941: a commercial driver recruitment program Assembly Bill 932: requiring certain efforts to expand and promote the apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs

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Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities

On February 3, 2022, the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities held an executive session followed by a public hearing on the following: Assembly Bill 489: changing the phase-out of utility aid payments for decommissioned power plants Assembly Bill 573: broadband mapping and the use of certain federal funds for wireless broadband and cellular service […]

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