Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Legislature is coming to Grant County

There are some important happenings on the horizon that we wanted to make sure you aware of.  First of all is Spring Election Day which is Tuesday April 4th.  This is perhaps the most important spring election in fifty years and we certainly hope you are planning on voting that day.  If you feel there is a chance you will not be able to make it to the polls that day, early voting has begun.  Research the candidates, make sure you are registered, get voter I.D. information and anything else you may need to know is all to be found at in one place by clicking on this link:

Of course the most important race on the ballot, the one that will determine the fate of our rural, public schools, is the race for State Superintendent.  We sincerely hope that you will cast your ballot for the incumbent candidate, Tony Evers.  
Here is the link to Tony's website:

We will be distributing literature door to door across Grant County on the next two Sundays to help turn out all the voters we can for Tony Evers.  This will not involve any door knocking or talking to people, just leaving some literature on their door and moving on to the next house.  It is easy and fun and the weather should be perfect.  
We hope you can join us on Sunday March 26th.  We will be meeting at 1590 W. Golf Drive in Platteville near Smith Park at 10 a.m.  We will distribute literature for about an hour and a half and then meet back on Golf Drive for lunch and conversation & good times.

On Sunday April 2nd, we will be meeting at noon in Platteville at 100 E. Main St. and distribute literature after that.  

On Monday April 3rd (the day before election day) there is a big and rare event in Platteville.  The State Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance (JCOF), including all sixteen members of the legislature, is coming to town to hear from you, the tax payers and voters.  This is your chance to speak directly to the people who decide the state budget which affects all of our lives and how our tax money is spent.

Registration for this event begins at 9 a.m. and will run throughout the day.  The location is Velzy Commons at Ullsvik Hall at U.W. Platteville.  Located at 1 University Plaza in Platteville. Here is a link to a map:

Given the seriousness of this opportunity to address the JCOF, there will be two preparatory sessions available for those interested.   For Wisconsin's Future will be holding a Refresher Meeting in Platteville at Berry Yo's (305 E. HWY 151) on Monday March 27 at 6 p.m. It will be a chance for folks to focus on the budget and learn/remember some of the biggest budget issues. 
We'll be going over the worst of the worst, and having a group discussion on how various things will effect local communities.
Following that, for anyone that can speak at the hearing, we'll be doing some group work on putting that testimony together.
Again the details for the Budget Refresher are:  When: Monday March 27 at 6pm  Where:  Berry Yo's  305 E. Hwy. 151 Platteville, WI 

Also, we are planning on having a people's press conference at 8 a.m. April 3rd, the day of the hearing, and will send more information out about that at a later point. We are going to have a yellow school bus in the parking lot as a gathering spot as well, as a place for people to practice their testimony and get coaching tips. Is your issue public education or other? The public ed folks are going to be wearing distinctive green shirts which will be available as well.  The best source of information is on this page:
And an important thing would be for you to register, and we can follow up with you, here is the link for that:
Thank you everyone and we look forward to seeing you soon.  And don't forget to go vote and bring a friend with you.

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