Prioritizing our Education
I supported a record increase of $636 million in education funding, so that our teachers and students have the tools they need to succeed. To help our struggling rural schools, I voted to increase sparsity aid and target more money to frugal, low spending schools. I also voted to keep college affordable for hard-working Wisconsin families by continuing the tuition freeze at University of Wisconsin schools for another two years.
Encouraging Affordable Healthcare
I agree that Wisconsin needs to protect those with pre-existing conditions and make sure they have access to affordable healthcare. Letting small businesses pool resources to drive down costs will help make plans more affordable, so everyone can find a doctor that fits the needs of their family. Everyone deserves access to high-quality affordable health care.
Investing in Rural Jobs & Infrastructure
As a former small business person active in the community, I first-hand know the challenges facing our small communities and that we must invest in the development of rural Wisconsin. In today’s world access to high speed internet is critical and I fought to expand access in rural areas with additional broadband expansion grants. To make sure we can travel safely, I voted to provide additional funding for local road and bridge aid.
The Rural Wisconsin Initiative
Nancy continues to work with fellow legislators from rural areas across the State on the Rural Wisconsin Initiative. This is an ongoing effort, and we will be incorporating suggestions from people across the State. The Initiative continues to focus on improving education, workforce development, technology and health care in our rural areas.
Prior to the creation of the Initiative, Nancy had focused on a wide range of legislation aimed at helping our rural schools and communities.
AUTHORED LEGISLATION THAT WILL:
increase access to health care
provide additional tools for our students to succeed
extend broadband access to under-served areas
Improving all areas of rural life in Wisconsin will be a process and one that needs your input. The intent of the Initiative is to begin a conversation and continue to work towards reflecting what our constituents want. Nancy encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your feedback and ideas at www.RuralWisconsinInitiative.com
PROVEN RECORD OF RESULTS:
Authored the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Bill - to allow nurses to work across State lines.
Guaranteed Coverage for Those with Preexisting Conditions
Allowed Businesses and Farmers to Pool Together to Buy More Affordable Coverage
Funded Treatment Programs for Those Struggling with Addiction
Increased Funding for Those Diagnosed with and Researching Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Expanding access to quality, affordable Healthcare
As a former member of the Tomah Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Nancy believes everyone should get access to affordable, reliable healthcare, which is why she voted to guarantee health care coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. To ensure affordability, Nancy voted for legislation that allows chambers of commerce and farm bureaus to pool together to drive down premium costs for families and farmers. Nancy knows how important access to quality care and affordable options are to families – and she will continue doing all she can in Madison to improve the system.
Helping our Most Vulnerable: Supporting the Foster Care Package
Children who age-out of the child welfare system often face significant barriers in comparison to their peers living in permanent homes. Studies show that one in five will become homeless after age 18 and only half will be employed by age 24. Few finish high school or go to college; about 60 percent of boys and half of girls are incarcerated at some point in their life. Additionally, for every child that ages out of the foster cares system, taxpayers and communities pay an estimated $300,000 in social costs over that person’s lifetime. Taking a holistic approach, the Foster Care Package addressed ways to assist families and children once they’ve entered the child welfare system, once they have aged out, and ways to support families to help prevent them from entering into the welfare system in the first place.
KEY ELEMENTS OF THE FOSTER CARE PACKAGE:
Foster Home Licensing Act remove barriers to foster parent licensing in order to improve stability and continuity of foster care placements.
UW and Technical College Tuition Remission for foster care students to help foster care students attend college.
Increased Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grants.
Increases payments for the foster and kinship care programs, which provide safe homes for vulnerable youth to help foster parents provide food, clothing, housing, basic transportation, personal care, and other expenses for children under their care.
Additional funding for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs).
A Voice for our Education System & an Advocate for our Children's Future
This year's budget, which Nancy voted in support of, is a record investment in K-12 education. It takes a number of positive steps forward to help our schools, students and teachers.
MY VOTE & SUPPORT:
Increased Mental health grants for schools.
$100 million dollar school safety package.
Increase sparsity aid to rural school districts.
Nancy has demonstrated many times how committed she remains in finding ways to help our public school systems. She will continue to be an independent voice on education and advocate to find ways to invest in the future of our children.
Committed to finding ways to Expand & Improve the HOPE Agenda
During Nancy's first legislative session, she and her colleagues passed a package of bills aimed at expanding the Heroin, Opiate Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda with the goal of combating prescription drug abuse and addiction. They took steps to help prescribers, dispensers and law enforcement to gather information and analyze data to reduce problems like over-prescribing and the illegal sale of drugs.
OUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT:
We have approved multiple bills aimed at expanding the HOPE Agenda with the goal of stopping addiction before it begins.
We have worked with law enforcement, the medical community, and advocates statewide on efforts to stop over-prescribing of addictive prescription drugs.
The expansion will also focus on streamlining state regulations so that more people will have access to treatment and diversion programs. Unlike incarceration, these programs help people addicted to opiods become and remain successful members of society.
It is important to understand that there are legitimate reasons for prescription opiods and we have no intention to prevent people in medical need of these medications from receiving them.
Nancy is so proud of the work they've done and believe we are moving in the right direction. Nancy remains committed to finding ways to expand and improve the HOPE Agenda to combat this epidemic.