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March 20, 2018

Secretary Nowak Discusses Governor Walker's $100 Million School Safety Plan Before Assembly Committee on Education

MADISON - Department of Administration Secretary Ellen Nowak and Deputy Secretary Cate Zeuske appeared before the Assembly Committee on Education today to testify on Governor Walker’s $100 million School Safety Plan.

“No student, teacher, parent, or school employee should feel unsafe at school,” Secretary Nowak said.  “Governor Walker proposed legislation to provide the tools and resources necessary to improve school safety around the state, regardless of the school’s size, budget, or location.”

A copy of the testimony can be found here.

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Secretary Nowak Discusses Governor Walker’s $100 Million School Safety Plan Before Assembly Committee on Education


February 14, 2018: State of Wisconsin to Purchase Tommy G. Thompson Commerce Center

State of Wisconsin to Purchase Tommy G. Thompson Commerce Center

 

MADISON – The State of Wisconsin is continuing its effort to lower the number of private leases and reduce operational costs by exercising an option to purchase the Tommy G. Thompson Commerce Center located at 201 W. Washington Avenue in Madison.  The building is currently owned by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), an independent state authority. 

"Over the remaining life of the building, the purchase will save Wisconsin taxpayers an estimated $85 million in operational costs," Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  "The purchase of the Tommy G. Thompson Center advances our long-term strategy to lower the overall cost of housing state agencies."

The 153,000 square-foot building, built in 1997, is currently 70 percent occupied by several state agencies, including the Departments of Tourism, Veteran's Affairs, and Financial Institutions, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  The remaining 30 percent of the building is occupied by WHEDA. 

The building will be owned by the state and managed by the Department of Administration Division of Facilities Development and Management.  The approximately $29 million purchase is expected to save Wisconsin taxpayers an estimated $85 million over the remaining life of the building.  The purchase is funded through existing bonding and was approved by the State Building Commission.

The closing is anticipated to occur in early March.

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December 18: DOA Unveils Revamped Website, New Logo

DOA Unveils Revamped Website, New Logo

MADISON – The Department of Administration (DOA) announces the launch of its redesigned website, doa.wi.gov.  The modernized site includes navigation which makes it easier for users to find information and connect with DOA services. The updated site is mobile responsive, allowing taxpayers to access content from tablets and mobile devices.  The new design is also more cohesive with many other state agency websites, including the Wisconsin.gov state portal. 

“It is important that the taxpayers and governmental bodies we serve are able to efficiently find the information they are looking for,” Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “The mobile responsive design of our revamped website increases the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations.  We are excited about the improved user experience of the website and the new look of DOA.”

Popular DOA website resources include:

With the launch of the revamped website, DOA also unveiled a new logo. The new logo has begun appearing on our electronic items, such as websites, electronic letterhead, and newly acquired business cards.  It may take some time to fully decommission DOA’s previous logo, as we will efficiently use remaining resources that display the old logo.

Additionally, the DOA Division of Personnel Management launched dpm.wi.gov, in conjunction with DOA’s launch, to build a more robust site and accommodate the human resource shared service responsibilities established under the 2017-19 state budget.  The resources will continue to be developed as human resource shared services are implemented.  

The website and logo were developed through a partnership with the Wisconsin Interactive Network, LLC.

About Wisconsin Interactive Network

Wisconsin Interactive Network is part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. Its focus is accelerating the number of online services available to Wisconsin citizens and businesses through the state’s official portal, Wisconsin.gov.

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December 1: State Agency Web Operations Restored


State Agency Web Operations Restored

 
Madison – All state of Wisconsin agency web based applications are functioning as normal. The Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Technology has restored the hardware managing network traffic and all websites are accessible. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while we resolved this issue.

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December 1: State Agencies Experiencing Web Application Outages

State Agencies Experiencing Email Delays

 
Madison – Many state of Wisconsin agencies are currently experiencing outages with web based applications. The Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Technology is working with the vendor to fix the hardware issue. 

During this outage, state agency websites and processing functions may be temporarily unavailable.

We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the issue.  

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October 19: Media Advisory: State Cabinet Agencies to Hold Events Surrounding Governor’s Northern Economic and Community Development Summit

State Agencies Experiencing Email Delays

 
The Governor’s Northern Economic and Community Development Summit will take place on October 25-26, 2017 in Trego at the Heartwood Conference Center and Retreat.  This summit brings state agencies together to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of northern Wisconsin’s economy.  For more information regarding the Governor’s Northern Economic and Community Development Summit, visit the website.  

Leading up to and following the summit, members of Governor Walker’s cabinet will be making stops in various communities in the surrounding area.  Members of the media are encouraged to attend the events listed below.

Barron County: 
Event: Barron County Cheese Corporation Visit to Highlight Disability Employment Awareness Month
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Barron County Cheese Corporation, 1623B US-8, Barron, WI 54812
Who: Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell

Event: Barron County Brighter Future Initiative – Trauma Informed Care 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Location: Barron County Health and Human Services, 335 E. Monroe Avenue, Barron, WI 54812
Who: Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer

Event: Thomas Precision Machining Inc. to Highlight Youth Apprenticeship 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Thomas Precision Machining Inc., 3278 South Main Street, Rice Lake, WI 54868
Who: Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell

Event: Importance of Personal Finance Education for Students
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 2:30PM
Location: Rice Lake High School, 30 S. Wisconsin Ave., Rice Lake, WI 54868
Who: Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Jay Risch 

Barron and Polk Counties:
Event: Village of Turtle Lake/Division of Housing and Community Resources Project Overview
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 11:15AM – 12:00PM
Location: Turtle Lake Village Hall, 114 Martin Avenue East, Turtle Lake, WI 54889
Who: Department of Administration Division of Energy, Housing and Community Service Administrator Sara Buschman and Bureau of Community Development Director David Pawlisch

Bayfield County:
Event: Cable Area Chamber of Commerce Roundtable
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Location: Cable Community Center, 13660 County Highway M, Cable, WI 54821 
Who: Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross

Burnette County:
Event: Economic Development Listening Session
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 1:00PM – 2:30PM
Location: The Lodge at Crooked Lake, Bear Den Conference Room, 24271 WI-35, Siren, WI 54872
Who: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Chief Operation Officer Brian Shimming and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Regional Economic Development Director Mary Gage

Chippewa County:
Event: Tour of Wheaton Grains
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 8:00AM – 9:00AM
Location: Wheaton Grains, 5852 County Highway T, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Who: Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Interim Secretary Jeff Lyon

Douglas County:
Event: Tour of Amnicon Falls State Park and Stop at Travel Wisconsin Selfie Stand
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 9:30AM – 10:45AM
Location: Amnicon Falls State Park, 4279 County Hwy U, South Range, WI 54874
Who: Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett

Event: Tour of Pattison State Park and Stop at Travel Wisconsin Selfie Stand
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 3:30PM – 4:00PM
Location: Pattison State Park, 6294 S State Rd 35, Superior, WI 54880
Who: Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett

Dunn County:
Event: Business Tour and Rural Economic Development Discussion
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Menomonie Market Food Co-op, 814 Main Street, Menomonie, WI 54751
Who: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Executive Director Wyman Winston

Lincoln County:
Event: Merrill Fire Department Visit to Highlight Disability Employment Awareness Month
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 
Time: 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: Merrill Fire Department, 110 Pier Street, Merrill, WI 54452
Who: Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson

Polk County:
Event:  Tour of Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location: Hungry Turtle Farmers Coop, 110 Keller Avenue North, Amery, WI 54001
Who: Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Interim Secretary Jeff Lyon

Price County:
Event: Veterans Community Roundtable Discussion 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 10:45AM – 11:30AM
Location: Price County Courthouse, 126 Cherry Street, Phillips, WI 54555
Who: Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman

Rusk County:
Event: Veterans Community Roundtable Discussion 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Association (VMA), 608 Summit Avenue, Ladysmith, WI 54848
Who: Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Dan Zimmerman

Event: Discussion with Rusk County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Location: Rusk County Government Center, 311 East Miner Avenue, Ladysmith, WI 54848
Who: Department of Health Services Secretary Linda Seemeyer

Sawyer County:
Event: Meeting with Sheriff Mrotek
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 2:15PM – 3:15PM
Location: 15880 E. 5th St., Hayward, WI 54843
Who: Department of Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher, Department of Corrections Assistant Deputy Secretary Karley Downing

St. Croix County:
Event: Visit to Glenwood City High School’s DECA Program 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 8:30AM – 9:30AM
Location: Glenwood City High School, 850 Maple Street, Glenwood City, WI 54013
Who: Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler 

Event: Visit to Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC)’s Power Sports Technician Program 
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 10:00AM – 11:30AM 
Location: Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, 1019 South Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017
Who: Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler 

St. Croix County:
Event: Roundtable Discussion: ePDMP and Combating the Opioid Epidemic
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Location: 535 Hospital Rd, New Richmond, WI 54017
Who: Department of Safety and Professional Services Assistant Deputy Secretary Kirsten Reader 

Event: Roundtable discussion and luncheon with representatives from the New Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the City of New Richmond, the St. Croix County Economic Development Corporation and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM 
Location: 245 South Knowles Avenue, New Richmond, WI 54017
Who: Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler 

Washburn County:
Event:Tour of Spooner Railroad Memories Museum
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 11:30AM – 12:00PM
Location: Spooner Railroad Memories Museum, 424 N Front Street, Spooner, WI 54801
Who: Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett

Event: Northwood High School Fab Lab Tour & WITC Forestry Technician Program Presentation
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 
Time: 9:00AM – 10:00AM
Location: Northwood School District, N14463 Highway 53, Minong, WI 54859
Who: Department of Natural Resources Secretary Dan Meyer and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Tricia Braun
Note:  Following the event, there will be a Forestry Equipment Demonstration by Ericson Logging, Inc. will go from 10:00AM – 11:30AM. 

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October 18: State Agencies Experiencing Email Delays

State Agencies Experiencing Email Delays

 
Madison – Many state of Wisconsin agencies are currently experiencing issues receiving email or slow performance in Microsoft Outlook. The Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Technology is working with Microsoft to resolve the situation. All emails are being received/delivered, but may be delayed as this technical issue is addressed.

If needed, please visit Wisconsin.gov/Pages/AllAgencies for a list of agencies and ways to contact them.

We appreciate your patience while we work to resolve the issue.
 
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September 15: Centennial Celebration Scavenger Hunt September 30

Centennial Celebration Scavenger Hunt September 30 

Capitol Virtual Tour Receives Creative Award 

Madison – The State Capitol Tours program in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration will be hosting a scavenger hunt at the State Capitol on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM.  The event is open to kids who are able to read and write.

Participants can pick up the scavenger list on the first-floor rotunda table set up by Capitol Tours.  Items on the list will be located throughout the first-floor rotunda, ground floor rotunda, and outside on the Capitol grounds.  

The scavenger hunt is a part of a year-long series of events to celebrate the Capitol’s 100th anniversary.  Earlier this year, the Department of Administration launched a new Capitol Virtual Tour to commemorate the building.  We are pleased to announce that out of more than 5,000 submissions from 24 countries, the Wisconsin State Capitol Virtual Tour was named a 2017 Gold Summit Creative Award winner. The Virtual Tour was nominated for its innovative use of mobile virtual technology to showcase the Wisconsin State Capitol.  

At Capitol.Wisconsin.Gov, visitors can explore areas of the Capitol building via a modern web browser, mobile device, or a virtual reality headset.  Select Points of Interest in nine different capitol building locations provide details about key elements of artistic, architectural, or historic interest.  The Wisconsin Capitol Virtual Tour was delivered at through a public-private partnership between the State of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Interactive Network, LLC.

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September 12: Governor Walker Declares Coastal Awareness Month, Announces Coastal Grant Application Program

Governor Walker Declares Coastal Awareness Month, Announces Coastal Grant Application Program

Madison – Governor Scott Walker proclaimed September 2017 as Coastal Awareness Month in Wisconsin in recognition of the important impact the Great Lakes have on the state.

“It’s critical we highlight the importance of our Great Lakes,” said Governor Walker. “They drive Wisconsin’s economic growth through connecting us with the national and global economy, as well as provide us all with increased tourism, recreation, and greater appreciation for our state’s rich natural history.”

The Department of Administration’s Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) is accepting grant applications for proposals to enhance and protect resources within Wisconsin’s coastal zone. 

WCMP, now in its 39th year, works cooperatively with Great Lakes stakeholders to help protect and enhance the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Great Lakes while encouraging responsible economic development. The program anticipates awarding approximately $1.5 million in grant funding for the 2018 Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant Program.

“The proclamation is a reminder for the people of Wisconsin to protect, promote and enjoy the state’s Great Lakes,” said Secretary Scott Neitzel.  “We are committed to ensuring the Great Lakes remain a vibrant part of Wisconsin’s economy and quality of life.”

During the month of September, WCMP staff are hosting workshops on the grant program for interested applicants to attend.  Applicants not able to attend a grant workshop may contact WCMP staff to discuss proposal ideas and application requirements. 

Grant Application Workshops

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
    Port Milwaukee, 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee

Application materials are available on the WCMP website. Applications are due November 3, 2017.  

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August 22: Wisconn Valley Will Be Made in America, Right Here in Wisconsin

Wisconn Valley Will Be Made in America, Right Here in Wisconsin

Sturtevant – Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel appeared before the Joint Committee on Finance in Sturtevant to discuss Foxconn’s transformational investment into the State of Wisconsin.  Secretary Neitzel was joined by representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Revenue, Department of Transportation, Department of Workforce Development, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to explain the value of this historic Wisconsin investment.  

“We are pleased to take this opportunity to share with members of the Joint Committee on Finance the historic impact of bringing a new industry to the United States,” Secretary Neitzel said.  “We’ve said from the beginning that Foxconn’s investment in Wisconsin would be transformational and the latest report projects this as well.  With an estimated return of nearly $4 for every $1 in state subsidy, we are proud to say that these electronics will be made in America, right here in Wisconsin.”

A copy of the testimony can be found here.

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Wisconn Valley Will Be Made in America, Right Here in Wisconsin


August 15: Community Development Block Grant Funds Available for Storm Damage Rehabilitation

Community Development Block Grant Funds Available for Storm Damage Rehabilitation  

 Local governments may apply for low- to moderate-income household assistance

Madison – The Department of Administration has Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds available to assist low-to moderate-income households with storm damage rehabilitation and repairs to their primary residence.  Examples of assistance include the repair or replacement of furnaces and water heaters, electrical, and foundation repairs.  Water sources (main water line, well pump repair/replacement) and sewer/septic repairs are also eligible activities under CDBG.  

Following Governor Walker’s emergency declaration, representatives from DOA are partnering with the local governments to utilize the CDBG Emergency Assistance Program in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties.  Coordination efforts are underway in the counties as they organize a long-term recovery group for southeast Wisconsin.

A CDBG application must be submitted by a local unit of government.  Application materials can be found here

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Community Development Block Grant Funds Available for Storm Damage Rehabilitation


August 14: State's CAFR Receives Top Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting

State’s CAFR Receives Top Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting  

Madison – The Department of Administration’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ended 2016 has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).  The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

“Every day, we strive to make state government more accountable to the taxpayers we serve,” Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “Last week, Wisconsin received a historic upgrade in our state’s general obligation rating which is an excellent indicator of fiscal stability.  Today’s news that we are receiving recognition for excellence in financial reporting is another indicator that Wisconsin is working”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

A copy of the CAFR for the fiscal year ended 2016 can be found here.

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State’s CAFR Receives Top Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting


August 3: Wisconn Valley Will Transform the State of Wisconsin

Wisconn Valley Will Transform the State of Wisconsin

Madison – Today, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel, along with representatives from the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Revenue, Department of Transportation, Department of Workforce Development, Public Service Commission, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, appeared before the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy to discuss Foxconn’s historic investment into the State of Wisconsin. Secretary Neitzel issued the following statement: 

We are thrilled to work with the legislature on this once in a generation project.  The 13,000 new family supporting jobs and $10 billion capital investment Foxconn will create in Wisconsin alone are historic, but what makes this project transformational is the multiple ripple effects of this economic investment across our entire state.  Wisconsinites will make high-tech electronic products we use every day in Wisconn Valley turning Wisconsin’s “Brain Drain” into a Wisconsin “Brain Gain.”

A copy of the testimony can be found here.

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Wisconn Valley Will Transform the State of Wisconsin


July 25: Additional Twilight Tours Available to Celebrate Capitol's 100th Anniversary

Additional Twilight Tours Available to Celebrate Capitol’s 100th Anniversary

Madison – Capitol Tours is opening three additional twilight tours of the exterior of the Capitol and its grounds.  In honor of the Capitol’s 100th anniversary, these tours will detail features of the Capitol grounds including the statues, monuments, trees and gardens plus the history of the building.

The additional twilight tours will occur on Monday, July 31st at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, August 16th at 7:15 PM, and Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 PM.  The tours will last approximately one hour and begin at the Colonel Heg statue on the East Wing walkway (King Street) of the Capitol.  

Tours are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Please call 608-266-0382 to register.   

Visit the Capitol’s Centennial website for additional events and history celebrating the Capitol. Upcoming events include:

Twilight Capitol Tours 

  • Monday, July 31 at 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 16 at 7:15 PM
  • Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 PM

Call 608-266-0382 to register 

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July 19: Governor Walker's Cabinet to Hold Roundtable Discussion with Local Government Officials, Emergency Managers in Southeast Wisconsin

Governor Walker’s Cabinet to Hold Roundtable with Local Government Officials, Emergency Managers in Southeast Wisconsin

Madison – Following Governor Scott Walker’s State of Emergency declaration for Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties, members of his cabinet will hold roundtable discussions with local government officials and emergency managers from the area on Thursday. 

Representatives from the Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will take this opportunity to hear the immediate and long-term needs of the communities.  

WHAT: Walworth County Discussion with Local Government Officials and Emergency Managers

WHEN: 8:00 AM

WHERE: Walworth County Government Center
County Board Room
100 West Walworth Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121

WHAT: Racine County Discussion with Local Government Officials and Emergency Managers

WHEN: 11:00 AM

WHERE: Western Racine County Service Center
Eppers Room
209 North Main Street
Burlington, WI 53105

WHAT: Kenosha County Discussion with Local Government Officials and Emergency Managers

WHEN: 2:00 PM

WHERE: Kenosha County Center
Hearing Room
19600 75th Street
Bristol, WI 53104

NOTE: Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend.

The Department of Administration (DOA) has funding available through Community Development Block Grant Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP). The funds may be used to assist eligible, low to moderate income homeowners for housing rehabilitation, business assistance, and repair local public infrastructure. Local communities should work with the Division of Energy, Housing, and Community Resources to apply. Please visit their website or call (608) 266-7531. The Department of Administration also notified local governments that they may use state contracts to purchase goods and services as they recover from flooding and storm damage. A complete list of contracts available to municipal governments can be found on the State’s procurement website, Vendor Net.  Questions related to state contract can be directed to Jim Langdon, Administrator of Enterprise Operations at james.langdon@wisconsin.gov or (608) 264-6109.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will connect affected farmers for assistance and counseling through its Farm Center.  The connection can be made by dialing (800) 942-2474.  Food businesses suffering flood damage and needing assistance in determining whether the food can be salvaged should contact James Beix of the Division of Food and Recreational Safety at (608) 224-4665 or James.Beix@wisconsin.gov.  Major storms bring transient home improvement workers and scams to Wisconsin communities.  Contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection at (800) 422-7128 or datcphotline@wisconsin.gov to check on complaints against particular contractors.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is working with local health departments and local human services departments to provide flood-related resources and assistance as requested. One such resource is the Wisconsin Flood Toolkit, which is designed to aid local leaders in offering clear and accurate information about protecting people and property before, during, and after a flood. You can find the Wisconsin Flood Toolkit here. DHS is collaborating with local health and the State Lab of Hygiene on supplying test kits for private wells to local health departments for distribution within their communities. Private well users can contact their local health department with any questions about private well testing. Current FoodShare members living in Racine, Walworth, and Kenosha Counties, who had food lost or damaged due to the July 11 and 12 flooding can request replacement of FoodShare benefits. FoodShare members are eligible for replacement of benefits in the amount of the food lost, but not more than their monthly allotment. FoodShare members must request replacement benefits within 10 days of the loss. DHS is currently seeking a waiver with the federal government to allow up to 30 days for these requests to be made (until August 11); however that waiver has not yet been granted. FoodShare members affected by flooding in Kenosha, Racine, or Walworth Counties who wish to request replacement benefits should fill out this form and submit it to their local income maintenance agency.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) floodplain engineers, dam safety engineers, the DNR wastewater team and others have been on site all along the flood impacted area monitoring dams on the Fox River and wastewater facilities that were threatened by the initial flooding.  DNR law enforcement wardens have been on site assisting local law enforcement officers on such things as initial evacuations, traffic flow, and other public safety issues.  DNR crews remain in the area assisting with recovery efforts, dam repairs, and providing guidance on what permits might be needed for repairs.  You may contact Joseph Liebau Jr. with questions at (414) 263-8570.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) worked closely with other state agencies and local units of government to provide information and services to impacted areas.  Region staff coordinated with counties and locals to close flooded roadways and provide detour information.  As water receded, they immediately conducted roadway and bridge inspections to ensure that they were safe to open.   They are still actively monitoring WIS 50 as more rain is in the forecast.  State Patrol also provided aerial support units to assess and survey flood damage.  They also provided dignitary protection for officials as they visited the flood-damaged areas.  Questions can be directed to Mike Pyritz, WisDOT SE Region Communications Manager at Michael.pyritz@dot.wi.gov or (262) 548-8833.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) released a statement regarding the recent severe storms in Wisconsin and included information on flood insurance and important tips in dealing with storm aftermath.  In addition, representatives from OCI assisted flood victims at the Multi-Agency Resource Center at Burlington High School in Racine County and at Riverview Elementary School in Kenosha County.  You may contact OCI with questions at (800) 236-8517 or e-mail at ocicomplaints@wisconsin.gov.  If you need to file a complaint, you may file online at OCI’s website oci.wi.gov

Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) continues to work with local and county officials assessing the damage and coordinating state resources.  WEM is also working closely with FEMA and other federal agencies to provide situational awareness and review all possible disaster resources.  Questions on state emergency management efforts can be directed to Robby Stoikes, Recovery Section Supervisor, Robert.Stoikes@wisconsin.gov or (608) 242-3226.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has emergency housing assistance grants available through its Natural Disaster Program.  The grant monies provide short-term, emergency housing assistance to residents who lost their homes due to the flooding.  The grant is awarded to a local community service provider to administer the funds.  For additional information, contact Kevin Fischer, WHEDA, (414) 227-2295 or (608) 354-3580, Kevin.Fischer@wheda.com.  

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June 30: Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to Celebrate State Capitol's 100th Anniversary

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to Celebrate State Capitol’s 100th Anniversary 

Madison – The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Wisconsin State Capitol during the Red, White & Boom Concerts on the Square performance on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 beginning at 7 p.m.

Opening remarks will be given by Centennial Commission Co-Chair Senator Roger Roth to highlight the Capitol’s 100th Anniversary.  During the concert, a flyover will be conducted by Madison’s 115th Fighter Wing and at sunset the dome of the Capitol will be illuminated red, white and blue.

Additionally, the Wisconsin Historical Society museum store will be extending their hours on July 5 to include the hours of concerts on the square, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Wisconsin Historical Society will also sell commemorative items at the 100th Commemorative tent, located on Pinckney Street near East Washington Avenue.  Items for sale at the 100th Commemorative tent include: key chains, coasters, glasses, bottle openers, shirts, lapel pins and commemorative books.  Sales will benefit the Capitol Restoration Fund.

Visit the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra website for additional Concerts on the Square information.

More information on the history of the Capitol and centennial events can be found on the Capitol’s 100th Anniversary website, which will be updated throughout the year to include new events for the fall season.

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June 21: Celebrate the Capitol's 100th Anniversary with Twilight Capitol Tours

Celebrate the Capitol’s 100th Anniversary with Twilight Capitol Tours 

Madison – In honor of the Capitol’s Centennial anniversary, Capitol Tours will for the first time offer twilight tours of the exterior of the Capitol and its grounds.  This new tour will detail features of the Capitol grounds including the statues, monuments, trees and gardens plus the history of the building.

Twilight tours will occur on Monday, July 10th, Monday, July 24th, and Wednesday, August 9th at 8:00 PM.  The tours will last approximately 45 minutes and begin at the Colonel Heg statue on the East Wing walkway (King Street) of the Capitol.  

Tours are free, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Please call 608-266-0382 to register.   

Visit the Capitol’s Centennial website for additional events and history celebrating the Capitol. Upcoming events include:

WisPolitics Luncheon: Secrets of the Capitol Building 

Capitol Centennial Concert on the Square

Twilight Capitol Tours 

  • Monday, July 10 at 8:00 PM
  • Monday, July 24 at 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00 PM
    Call 608-266-0382 to register 

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Celebrate the Capitol's 100th Anniversary with Twilight Capitol Tours


May 31: LFB Memo Affirms Self-Insurance Will Save State Taxpayers

LFB Memo Affirms Self-Insurance Will Save State Taxpayers

Self-insurance is the only way to maximize savings  

Madison – Today, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) outlined how the State of Wisconsin can avoid paying an entire federal tax by switching to self-insurance.  The $18 million ObamaCare tax will be eliminated for the hardworking Wisconsin taxpayers if the state changes the way it pays for state employee healthcare.  In addition to avoiding an $18 million tax, LFB estimates that moving to self-insurance will save the state between $29.7 million and $64.2 million in general purpose revenue over the biennium. 

“Governor Walker’s budget reforms government to make it more accountable to the taxpayers,” said Secretary Scott Neitzel.  “While the LFB uses lower estimates, they conclude the saving from self-insurance are real and amount to tens of millions of dollars.” 

The LFB memo also affirms that reducing the maximum amount of reserves would only result in one-time savings which save less than moving to self-insurance.  Savings from self-insurance are structural and ongoing.  Moving to self-insurance does not preclude the Group Insurance Board from responsibly drawing down reserves to reduce premium costs for the state and its employees. 

Moving the state to self-insurance remains the best option to save the most taxpayer dollars, avoid a ObamaCare tax, and provide the least disruption to state employees.

A copy of the LFB Memo can be found here.

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LFB Memo Affirms Self-Insurance Will Save State Taxpayers


May 26: Rejecting Self-Insurance Will Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers

Rejecting Self-Insurance Will Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers  

State Health Care Costs Projected to Rise Higher than Anticipated AND

Self-Insurance avoids a $32 million ObamaCare Tax

Madison – The Group Insurance Board (GIB) and Division of Personnel Management submitted a letter today to the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) detailing the consequences of rejecting self-insurance.  The letter shows if JFC does not approve self-insurance, the current health providers will pass on a $32 million annual tax to the state and the state will not have a sustainable way to realize $60 million of General Purpose Revenue (GPR) savings without significant negative impacts.  The $60 million in GPR savings equates to an all-funds savings of $134.4 million in the upcoming biennial budget.  This is separate and in addition to the $32 million annual all funds ObamaCare tax.

“There is no reason the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin need to send their money to Washington for an ObamaCare tax,” Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “By simply changing how the state pays for insurance, Wisconsin will avoid a $32 million federal tax, save $103 million in GPR, and align with the best practices of the private sector and nearly half of all states.” 

Based on the latest information from the GIB, the savings from self-insurance have grown by $21 million.  Not moving to self-insurance will require the legislature to identify $103 million in GPR over the biennium.

Preliminary estimates indicate premiums for fully-insured medical care are likely to increase by at least 10 percent for state employee and 5.1 percent for local employees in 2018.  These estimates are based on trend and claims data self-reported by the current health plans. If self-insurance is rejected, alternatives identified to realize savings raise numerous concerns:

  • Increase State Employee Premium Contributions:  State employee health insurance premium contributions would need to increase by 50 percent.

  • Increase Out-of-Pocket Costs:  The annual deductible paid by state employees would need to increase by 400 percent from the current deductible.

  • Draws Down Health Insurance Reserve Fund: GIB maintains reserve funds which have been used to offset rising healthcare costs.  To realize the same savings achieved by self-insurance the reserves would need to be drawn down by $134.4 million, which would deplete the reserves to an amount inconsistent with actuarial recommendations and only be a one-time, short term solution.  Drawing down the reserves to their lowest recommended level of 15 percent of annual claims would only draw down $75.2 million.  This would not achieve the necessary savings and put the state at risk of a corresponding spike in premium costs in the following year.  More reserves would be needed or additional savings identified to compensate for the additional $32 million ObamaCare tax. 

The GIB concluded that solutions other than self-insuring provide a short-term fix or do nothing to reign in long-term program costs or cause large increases in employee costs. 

Earlier this month, GIB submitted the successfully negotiated self-insurance third-party administrator contracts to the JFC.  Self-insurance is used by both the public sector and private sector companies across the country.  In fact, 46 states use a partially or entirely self-insured model to provide health care benefits.  Nearly half of all states are fully self-insured, including Minnesota, and 94 percent of employees in organizations of more than 5,000 workers are in self-insured plans. 

The GIB letter can be found here.

 

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Rejecting Self-Insurance Will Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers


May 22: Governor Walker's Cabinet to Meet with Local Officials, Emergency Managers Following Severe Weather

Governor Walker’s Cabinet to Meet with Local Officials, Emergency Managers Following Severe Weather

Governor Walker declared a State of Emergency for Barron, Jackson and Rusk counties last week following tornadoes and damaging storms.  Tomorrow, members of Governor Walker’s cabinet will hold a recovery assistance town hall with local officials and emergency managers from the affected areas.

Representatives from the Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Transportation (DOT), and Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) will take this opportunity to hear the immediate and long-term needs of the communities.  State officials will also tour affected areas in Barron and Rusk counties following the meeting.  

WHAT: Recovery Assistance Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2:30PM

WHERE: Mosaic Telecom
401 S. 1st Street
Cameron, WI 54822

NOTE: Members of the public and media are invited to attend.

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Governor Walker's Cabinet to Meet with Local Officials, Emergency Managers Following Severe Weather


May 22: Governor Walker Announces Redesigned Wisconsin.gov

Governor Walker Announces Redesigned Wisconsin.gov

State web portal delivers compelling mobile responsive interface

Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced the redesign of Wisconsin.gov, which features an exciting mobile-responsive design and compelling user experience for residents and visitors alike. Wisconsin.Gov enhances engagement with the state by presenting key online state services and apps, interactive maps, and dynamic display of performance metrics. 

“Wisconsin.gov is a one-stop source for those living, visiting, and doing business here in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said.  “Our redesigned state web portal makes government services more effective and efficient for the hard-working taxpayers.  Visitors and residents can discover all that Wisconsin has to offer in an easy to navigate, interactive design while on the go.”

The site is organized around user groups for better service to citizens, businesses, workers, and government. Agencies, Boards, and Commissions are categorized and include links to social media, providing more ways to connect to state government. Events of statewide and regional interest are prominently featured, and Wisconsin.Gov also includes content for kids including state symbols such as the badger.  Wisconsin’s famous scenic beauty and outdoor activities are featured on the site in a background video. 

The State portal was last redesigned in 2014, and at that time was given a mobile-responsive facelift to accommodate the growing move toward mobile devices. The latest updates reflect the evolution in mobile interface design since 2014, underscoring the state’s focus on current technology. The Wisconsin.Gov project was delivered at no cost to the state or its citizens through a public-private partnership between the State of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Interactive Network, LLC.

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Governor Walker Announces Redesigned Wisconsin.gov


May 19: Governor Walker Directs State Efforts to Assist Residents of Barron, Jackson, And Rusk Counties

Governor Walker Directs State Efforts to Assist Residents of Barron, Jackson, and Rusk Counties

Madison – Governor Scott Walker issued a State of Emergency earlier this week following his survey of the damage near Chetek, where one person was killed and 25 people were injured after devastating storms in Barron, Jackson, and Rusk counties.  Heavy rains in parts of west central and northwestern Wisconsin caused damage to roads and other infrastructure in the area.   

“We stand ready to provide much needed assistance to those affected by the storms as they recover and rebuild,” Governor Walker said.  “The coordinated response of the Wisconsin National Guard, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and all state agencies will help the residents impacted by the severe weather as they work to repair the damage in the area.”

As a part of the State of Emergency, Governor Walker asked all state agencies to review their programs for assistance tools to aid in response and recovery efforts for those affected by the severe weather.

The Department of Administration (DOA) has Community Development Block Grants – Emergency Assistance Program (CDBG-EAP) housing assistance available to eligible homeowners and tenants whose primary residence has been affected by a natural or man-made disaster event. CDBG-EAP housing assistance is awarded as a grant not a loan to the community that administers the program.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) issued a press release: Spring Storm Damage Draws Transient Contractors.  They are also assisting the land conservation departments in Barron, Jackson and Rusk counties to evaluate/review any conservation structures that may have been damaged in the storms, as well as several other counties in their area that had significant rainfall events to see if they need engineering assistance.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is working with victims of natural disasters to determine eligibility for assistance to find housing under the Emergency Assistance program, provided persons meet all of the Emergency Assistance eligibility requirements.  The W-2 agency for the area, Workforce Resources Inc. (WRI), will have a team in Rice Lake on Friday, May 19 taking applications for Emergency Assistance from tornado victims, either in person or remotely via Skype.  WRI is working with the Barron County Department of Human Services, which can offer other assistance such as emergency Food Share benefits.

The Department of Health Services (DHS) offers an online Tornado toolkit for public health and first responders as well as a severe storm safety page to provide residents with tips on preparing for severe weather. 

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has storm debris clean-up information available on this DNR web page: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/waste/stormdebris.html.  DNR Forestry units have been out since the night the storm hit assisting tree and limb removal. They are also responding to a request to support an Incident Management Team (IMT) for volunteer efforts this weekend (Friday-Sunday) by Barron County.  

The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has the ability to expedite commercial building plan review through the Department for rebuilding purposes.

The Department of Tourism is preparing communications and marketing plans to remind visitors that northern Wisconsin’s tourism industry remains open for business and encourage visitors to call ahead to confirm conditions rather than cancel vacation plans. 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing damage assessment assistance and help with Disaster Damage Aids reimbursements as requested.  They are also working to repair damage to State Highway 121 due to flooding, which they anticipate should be completed before the weekend. The State Patrol Northwest Region deployed resources to assist Barron and Rusk counties in recovery efforts.  State Patrol is monitoring flood areas and patrolling storm damaged areas to assist local law enforcement and motorists as needed.

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Unemployment Insurance (UI) program stands ready to assist workers who are out of work as a result of the storms and are eligible for regular state UI benefits.  More information about the state's UI program is available online.

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) issued a press release: Commissioner Nickel Statement Following Severe Weather in Wisconsin.  In dealing with the aftermath of the storms, the OCI recommends individuals to: notify their insurance agent or insurance company as soon as possible to begin filing a claim, separate damaged items from undamaged items and make a detailed list of all damaged or lost personal property.  If individuals have a specific complaint about their insurance, they should refer it first to the insurance company or agent involved. If satisfactory answers are not received they may contact OCI at 1-800-236-8517 or ocicomplaints@wisconsin.gov. 

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) continues to monitor outage restoration with Xcel. 

Wisconsin Emergency Management administers the Wisconsin Disaster Fund (WDF) which is a state-funded reimbursement program intended to assist county, local and tribal units of government (“the applicant”) recoup costs incurred in responding to, and recovering from, natural disasters. The state reimburses up to 70 percent of eligible costs, with the local government responsible for the remaining share. The fund does not cover losses suffered by individuals, businesses or the agricultural sector, or those covered by insurance. It also does not provide management or administrative costs for the applicants.  Wisconsin Emergency Management continues to work with local officials on recovery efforts.

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Governor Walker Directs State Efforts to Assist Residents of Barron, Jackson, and Rusk Counties


April 21: DOA Statement on West Shore Pipeline's Decision Not to Rebuild

DOA Statement on West Shore Pipeline’s Decision Not to Rebuild

Madison – Following an open season, the West Shore Pipeline Company has notified the state that they will not replace a pipeline for gasoline and other products servicing northeast Wisconsin.  Since the closure of the 110 mile segment of the West Shore Pipeline in March 2016, the state has worked with local officials and industry leaders to maintain an adequate fuel supply in the region.

“In light of this announcement, the state will continue to work with our partners to assist the industry in developing long-term, market-based solutions to manage an adequate fuel supply for the region at a reasonable price for consumers,” Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “We’d like to thank our partners for their continued efforts to limit the impact of this pipeline’s closure on citizens in the region.”

Since the pipeline’s initial closure, Governor Walker directed the Department of Administration, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Natural Resources to lead the state’s efforts to work with local, state, and industry leaders to keep the area well supplied at reasonable prices for consumers.  

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DOA Statement on West Shore Pipeline's Decision Not to Rebuild


March 28: Governor Walker's Budget Makes Historic Investments in Wisconsin's Future

Governor Walker’s Budget Makes Historic Investments in Wisconsin’s Future

Madison - Today, Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel appeared before the Joint Committee on Finance to discuss Governor Walker's 2017-19 Biennial Budget.  Secretary Neitzel issued the following statement:

Over the last six years, Governor Walker has worked to make government more effective, efficient, and accountable to the taxpayers.  This budget continues that work and includes historic investments in our priorities: investing more money into K-12 education, making college more affordable, taking care of the truly needy, rewarding work, and cutting taxes.  This budget is about continuing to move Wisconsin forward and ensuring that the work we do continues to create new opportunities for families across Wisconsin.

A copy of the testimony can be found here.

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Governor Walker's Budget Makes Historic Investments in Wisconsin's Future


February 21: State Releases 2017-19 Governor's Capital Budget

State Releases 2017-19 Governor’s Capital Budget

Madison – Today, the Department of Administration released the Agency’s Request and Governor’s Recommendations for the 2017-19 Capital Budget.   Governor Walker’s Capital Budget includes recommendations for the long-range biennial public building program.  The budget recommends $803 million in total projects with under $450 million in new bonding.   

“The Operating and Capital Budgets propose the lowest combined new bond authorizations in 20 years,” Governor Walker said.  “From education to workforce, the Reform Dividend allows us to invest in our priorities while maintaining the infrastructure and assets we currently have.” 

The Capital Budget prioritizes investment in current facilities and limits new construction by funding over $360 million in the all agency program. This includes funding for the University of Wisconsin System’s number one enumeration request for facility maintenance and repair. 

Highlights of the Capital Budget include:

  • $5 million in funding for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Center in Green Bay.  The center will also house the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new baccalaureate degree program, mechanical engineering.

  • A $75 million replacement for the Department of Justice Milwaukee crime lab.  The criminal investigation and forensic science operations include space for controlled substances/drugs, toxicology, DNA analysis, forensic imaging, evidence processing, and law enforcement training.

  • Over $33 million to renovate and repair the north, south, and west resident towers in Sandburg Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • $5 million in funding for St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care for the Bucyrus Campus project.   This includes an Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Unit, an Overnight Respite Care Unit, and Childcare Classrooms.

  • $5 million to remodel and expand the La Crosse Center.  The 36-year-old facility is in need of upgrades to accommodate the heavy use and requires additional space for conventions, meetings, and banquets. 
     
  • An additional $11 million to remove and replace the Little Falls Dam at Willow River State Park.

The State Building Commission will meet to decide on these recommendations in March.  The 2017-19 Governor’s Capital Budget recommendations can be found here.

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State Releases 2017-19 Governor's Capital Budget


January 6: State Agencies Join Governor Walker's Efforts to Combat Opioid Abuse in Wisconsin

State Agencies Join Governor Walker’s Efforts to Combat Opioid Abuse in Wisconsin

Madison – Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #228 which directs several state agencies to take action against opioid abuse in Wisconsin.  The executive order calls on resources from the Department of Administration (DOA), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Corrections (DOC), Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), and Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), as well as the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse which is Co-Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and State Representative John Nygren.

“The safety and wellbeing of Wisconsin citizens is a top priority for our administration,” DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “Combining our state resources to combat opioid abuse enhances the effectiveness of our efforts.  We thank Governor Walker as well as Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, Representative Nygren, and Task Force members for their leadership and dedication to ensuring our citizens have the support and resources they need to fight this epidemic in Wisconsin.”

“Since 2013, DCF has been in discussions with our county partners on the damaging effects that opioid abuse has on parents’ ability to maintain a safe and nurturing home for their children,” said DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson.  “In accordance with Governor Walker’s Executive Order, DCF has created an Opioid Steering Committee composed of a broad cross-section of stakeholders and partners.  We will continue to engage in further strategic planning and development of cross-systems collaborative strategies to ensure safe homes for the children of Wisconsin.”

“The Wisconsin Department of Corrections is committed to combating the illicit use of opioids,” said DOC Secretary Jon Litscher. “Under Governor Walker and Representative Nygren’s leadership, DOC has begun operating a pilot program that enables offenders releasing from prison to access Vivitrol and intensive counseling in an effort to reduce the potential for relapse upon their release into the community. I look forward to continuing our work to keep offenders clean and to provide opportunities for them to access training and employment opportunities.”

“We applaud Governor Walker and the Task Force members for recognizing the opioid epidemic is larger than any one agency, and requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to ensure we are doing all we can to protect the health and safety of all who live here,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer.  “At DHS, we are already working on our request for additional federal funds under the 21st Century Cures Act.  This assistance will help fuel our fight against opioid addiction.”

“I am very proud of the efforts that DSPS has put forth thus far in combatting the growing opioid abuse epidemic,” said DSPS Secretary Dave Ross. “I know that with our upcoming launch of the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the work of the other agencies and members of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, we will continue to make strides to keep dangerous drugs from being abused and misused.”

"DWD looks forward to offering training grants to develop in-demand health care professionals, who can help the state address and manage its opioid related challenges," DWD Secretary Ray Allen said. "We also look forward to working diligently with the Workers Compensation Advisory Council to institute best practices for addressing this issue." 

“The WDVA is proud to be a part of the effort in Wisconsin to curb opioid abuse,” said WDVA Secretary John A. Scocos. “From building awareness among the veteran community of opioid-related resources to continually being tenacious in following best practices for opioid prescription and pain management at our Wisconsin Veterans Homes, we will do all we can to stop this crisis.”

“I am honored to be a member of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse and committed to help identify solutions to end opioid abuse and overdoses in Wisconsin,” said OCI Deputy Insurance Commissioner JP Wieske. “Insurance coverage is an important issue for the victims suffering from this epidemic.”

“WHEDA will strongly support Governor Walker’s directive through its continued commitment to finance affordable housing with supportive services for individuals in need,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston.

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State Agencies Join Governor Walker's Efforts to Combat Opioid Abuse in Wisconsin