from the office of State Senator Sheila Harsdorf
This month I held five listening sessions around the 10th Senate District. It was a great opportunity for me to receive direct feedback and interact with constituents. As I visited the different communities, including Grantsburg, Balsam Lake, New Richmond, Hudson and Menomonie, I heard a wide range of insights and opinions.
My office generally receives more than 1,000 constituent contacts through mail, e-mail, Facebook, website, and phone calls in a given month. Constituents comment on pending legislation, offer suggestions on changing current law, provide general comments, or ask for assistance with state agencies. These various communications provide me with the opportunity to learn and get a sense of what people expect of state government. While opinions may vary, citizen input is extremely helpful as I work to represent the residents of our area.
During my latest round of listening sessions, many commented on their concerns with environmental protection, water quality, election and redistricting changes, as well as the need to provide public notice in our local newspapers. School funding is frequently discussed by constituents in their communication with me and my office. I would like to thank the more than 100 people that took time from their day to attend one of the listening sessions. I am encouraged by the interest that individuals are showing by getting involved, and staying involved in our government.
Budget Writing Committee Public Hearings
As a member of the budget writing committee, I am pleased with the announcement that two public hearings will be held in northwestern Wisconsin on the proposed state budget, Assembly Bill 64/Senate Bill 30. Public input is very important to the budget process and you are invited to attend the public hearings.
The Committee will listen to comments from individuals who are interested in speaking. If you are not able to attend but would like to comment on any provisions in the budget you may write to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also write your comments for the whole Committee and email them to: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov or by mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.
The scheduled public hearings include:
• Spooner: Tues., April 18 (10:00-6:00 p.m.) at the Spooner High School Auditorium, 801 County Highway A, Spooner, WI 54801
• Ellsworth: Wed., April 19 (10:00 – 5:00 p.m.), Ellsworth High School Gymnasium, 323 West Hillcrest Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011
The Committee will also be listening to public comments during hearings held in Platteville, West Allis, Berlin, and Marinette.