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Capitol Notes
Wisconsin Political and Legislative Update
TO: Clients & Friends
FROM: Nick Probst
DATE: October 16th, 2017
SUBJECT: Weekly Political & Legislative Update

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In This Issue
Proposal to merge UW Colleges campuses into UW System affiliates
Former Democratic party chair Matt Flynn announces bid for Governor
Introduced Legislation
Upcoming Committee Hearings
Upcoming Fundraisers and Events
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Proposal to merge UW Colleges campuses into UW System affiliates 
UW System President Ray Cross announced a reorganization plan that would merge the 13 currently independent UW Colleges two year campuses into nearby four year UW System comprehensive campuses. If the plan is approved by the Board of Regents, the UW Colleges and UW-Extension administrative division would be eliminated, with colleges admin folded into its new UW System four year institution affiliate. The plan would take effect July 1, 2018.
Aging state population demographics and a 32% drop in UW Colleges enrollment since 2010 contributed to the consolidation plan. Streamlining two year to four year transfers, consolidation of programming, and administrative costs savings are benefits sought by UW System in its restructuring proposal.
Proposed UW Colleges merger plan:
UW COLLEGES PROPOSED CAMPUS STRUCTURE
Effective July 1, 2018
UW Colleges Campus
UW Four-Year Institution
UW-Barron County
UW-Eau Claire
UW-Manitowoc UW-Marinette UW-Sheboygan
UW-Green Bay
UW-Washington County UW-Waukesha
UW-Milwaukee
UW-Fond du Lac UW-Fox Valley
UW-Oshkosh
UW-Baraboo/Sauk County UW-Richland
UW-Platteville
UW-Marathon County UW-Marshfield/Wood County
UW-Stevens Point
UW-Rock County
UW-Whitewater
UW-Extension would be reorganized under the proposal as well. Cooperative Extension, which houses 4-H and other agriculture programming would be absorbed into UW-Madison. UW-Extension functions such as Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television would be managed by UW System.
UW-EXTENSION PROPOSED STRUCTURE
Effective July 1, 2018
UW-Extension Cooperative Extension UW-Extension Conference Centers
UW-Madison
Business and Entrepreneurship Division
Broadcasting and Media Innovations (BAMI) including Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio
Continuing Education, Outreach and E- learning (CEOEL) including UW Flexible Option
UW System Administration
UW System press release:
UW System to Restructure UW Colleges and UW-Extension to
Expand Access to Higher Education
UW System proposes restructuring campuses to improve student access and success, increase efficiency and save resources, and better align with Wisconsin’s future workforce needs
UW System President Ray Cross announces he will propose merging UW Colleges with four-year UW institutions as part of a broader restructuring of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. There are currently 13 two-year UW Colleges campuses located statewide.
Under his proposal, Cross will propose integrating UW Colleges campuses into UW four-year institutions, effective July 1, 2018. Cross will also propose assigning divisions within UW-Extension to UW-Madison and UW System Administration. The restructuring proposal will come before the Board of Regents in November seeking approval to proceed with implementation planning.
“Change often produces uncertainty, but we cannot be afraid to pursue needed reforms. We must restructure these two organizations given the state’s demographic challenges, budgetary constraints, and the need for closer alignment between research and practice,” said President Cross. “We want to leverage the strength of our four-year institutions at a time when overall enrollments at UW Colleges are declining. Our goal is to expand access and provide more educational opportunities for more students, while ensuring our faculty are appropriately organized and supported. We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for students, faculty, and staff.”
“The dramatic demographic declines in this state are undeniable and we have been working hard to ensure the future viability and sustainability of our small campuses. I am optimistic about the potential of this new structure to keep student access and student success at the forefront,” said Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor for UW Colleges and Extension. “Our team has been enacting major change and transformation efforts for the past three years so we’re well positioned to help lead a smooth transition upon Board approval. Our goal is to ensure the successful future for these campuses because we need more doors open wider to more people in this state than ever before.”
Restructuring Objectives
  • Maintaining and expanding access to higher education by offering more general education and upper-level courses at the integrated branch campuses
  • Identify and reduce barriers to transferring credits within the UW System
  • Maintain affordability by continuing current tuition levels at the branch campuses post-merger for general education
    courses
  • Further standardize and regionalize administrative operations and services to more efficiently use resources
  • Leverage resources and shared talent at our institutions to get more students into and through the educational
    pipeline, better aligning the university to meet Wisconsin’s projected workforce needs
    The proposed restructuring will allow the UW System to better address current and projected enrollment and financial challenges at the two-year institutions, while maintaining the important UW presence in local communities. Business and community leaders stressed the important economic and cultural role UW institutions play in their regions when providing feedback for the UW System’s 2020FWD strategic framework.
Demographic trends indicate that current enrollment challenges are not likely to significantly improve in coming years.
“By 2040, nearly 95% of total population growth in Wisconsin will be age 65 and older, while those of working age 18-64 will increase a mere 0.4%. Our labor force growth will be flat, while the demand for an educated labor force is growing exponentially,” said Cross.
“We must plan for the future now and be increasingly bold in our efforts to get more students through the educational pipeline to help meet Wisconsin’s needs. We must do this by improving access to higher education and keeping it affordable for students and families.”
This proposal will help avoid closing any UW Colleges’ campus while maintaining a university presence in these Wisconsin communities. UW Colleges Online will move to UW System Administration under the Continuing Education, Outreach and E- learning (CEOEL) umbrella.
UW-Extension
Under the proposed plan, UW-Extension Cooperative Extension (including Wisconsin 4-H) and the UW-Extension Conference Centers, would be moved to the state’s land grant institution, UW-Madison. The integration of Cooperative Extension and Conference Centers with the state’s land-grant institution is consistent with the practice in other states, including Illinois, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. It will also provide more opportunities to connect the important practical work of extension agents with the research enterprise at UW-Madison.
Other divisions of UW-Extension would be integrated within UW System Administration to continue their statewide role:
  • Division of Business and Entrepreneurship (DBE)
  • Broadcasting and Media Innovations (BAMI) including Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Continuing Education, Outreach and E-learning (CEOEL) including UW Flexible Option
Media coverage:

 
Former Democratic party chair Matt Flynn announces bid for Governor
Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn, former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, has announced his candidacy for Governor.
Flynn, 70 years of age, was chairman of State Democratic party from 1981 to 1985. He more recently was co-chair of the ’04 John Kerry campaign in Wisconsin and a finance committee member of the ’08 Hillary Clinton campaign. Flynn is a retired partner attorney of the prominent Milwaukee law firm Quarles & Brady.
Flynn has previously lost in four runs for office:  U.S. Senate in both ’86 and ’88, and U.S. House in ’78 and ’04.
Flynn joins a Democratic primary pool along with State Superintendent Tony Evers, State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), State Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), businessman Andy Gronik, and political activist Mike McCabe.
Along with his Democratic challengers, Flynn quickly joined in criticizing Governor Scott Walker’s Foxconn tax incentive deal, his rejection of federal money to fund Medicaid, and his transportation budget.
Flynn campaign announcement:
 
Matt Flynn Announces Campaign for Governor of Wisconsin Milwaukee attorney and former State Party Chairman says it’s time to move Wisconsin Forward again
 
Matt Flynn – attorney, Navy veteran, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin – officially announced his campaign for Governor in 2018. Flynn joins the field of Democratic candidates ready to defeat Scott Walker.
“I’m running for Governor because I can’t stand by and watch our democracy slowly destroyed. Donald Trump has corrupted our government, is dividing our country, and is pitting Americans against Americans.
“In Madison, Scott Walker is slowly destroying the Wisconsin Way. I can’t stand by and watch the great Forward tradition of our state obliterated. I’m standing up to the large corporate donors who really are the ones that control Scott Walker and his cronies. I’m running for Governor of Wisconsin to restore our progressive tradition and to get Wisconsin moving Forward again.
“Scott Walker was taken to the cleaners on the Foxconn deal. He agreed to pay up to $3 billion to a Chinese company with no guarantees of a number of jobs created and wages paid. He also exempted them from important wetlands and water regulations right near Lake Michigan. We cannot tolerate Chinese industrial water management in Wisconsin.
“It’s time to restore fair wages and prosperity in every county and in every ZIP code in this state. We need to repair our roads throughout the state. We need to restore clean water to our state. It’s time to restore adequate funding to the University of Wisconsin System and to our public schools. It’s time to accept all federal money available to fund our Medicaid and other healthcare commitments. And above all, it’s time to restore clean, open, and honest government in Wisconsin.”
About Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn is a Navy veteran, attorney, and former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Flynn is the oldest in a large family and went to school on scholarships. He worked in the kitchen of a dining hall to help pay his way. Flynn’s father, Gerard, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for many years. After the children were grown, Flynn’s mother, Geraldine, worked in the Post Office.
Matt and Mary Flynn have been married for 41 years. Mary is originally from Monroe, Wisconsin and worked for many years as a speech pathologist in the Germantown Public Schools.
After college, Flynn joined the Navy. After he was honorably discharged, Matt attended law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After earning his law degree, Flynn clerked for Chief Judge Thomas Fairchild – a former Wisconsin Attorney General – on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He then began his legal career in Milwaukee.
Matt was elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Under his leadership, the party retired its debt, elected a Democratic Governor, and Democrats took majorities in both houses of the State Legislature.
Matt has helped many Democratic candidates get elected. He has been a strong voice in shaping public policy in Wisconsin.
Media coverage:
Wispolitics interview with Flynn

State Legislature:  
Introduced Legislation 2017 Proposals 
Bill proposals through October 13th
AB528: Bill Text – Relating to: restrictions on the hunting of antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
AB529: Bill Text – Relating to: requirements for certain services covered under the Medical Assistance program.
AB530: Bill Text – Relating to: nutritional food pilot program under FoodShare and providing an exemption from rule-making procedures.
AB531: Bill Text – Relating to: authorizing the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council to levy an assessment.
AB532: Bill Text – Relating to: one-call system enforcement and other requirements, Public Service Commission authority regarding state energy policy, settlements between parties in Public Service Commission dockets, various public utility regulatory requirements, the regulation of utility facilities under a county construction site erosion control and storm water management zoning ordinance, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
AB533: Bill Text – Relating to: regulation of appraisal management companies, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a criminal penalty.
AB534: Bill Text – Relating to: various changes regarding the laws governing real estate practice and the licensure of real estate brokers and salespersons and granting rule-making authority.
SB426: Bill Text – Relating to: provider of last resort obligations of certain telecommunications providers.
SB427: Bill Text – Relating to: notification of certain construction activities in school buildings.
SB428: Bill Text – Relating to: the source of supply for temporary retail alcohol beverage licensees.
SB429: Bill Text – Relating to: weight limits for certain vehicles transporting maple sap or syrup.
SB430: Bill Text – Relating to: the responsibility to comply with the one-family and two-family dwelling code for a manufactured home owner.
SB431: Bill Text – Relating to: hunting, trapping, and fishing approvals issued to recipients of a medal awarded by the U.S. armed forces that is equal to or higher than the Purple Heart medal in order of precedence and maintenance of a list of such medals by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
SB432: Bill Text – Relating to: condominium disclosure materials and payoff statements.
SB433: Bill Text – Relating to: service of notice of claim against state officer, employee, or agent.
SB434: Bill Text – Relating to: state agency goals for the generation or purchase of electric energy derived from renewable resources.
SB435: Bill Text – Relating to: the rendering of first aid to animals by emergency medical technicians or first responders.
SB436: Bill Text – Relating to: registration of fantasy contest operators, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
SB437: Bill Text – Relating to: all-terrain vehicle route signage.
SB438: Bill Text – Relating to: state procurement of signs.
SB439: Bill Text – Relating to: requiring sexual abuse prevention education.
SB440: Bill Text – Relating to: authorizing the Wisconsin Propane Education and Research Council to levy an assessment.
SB441: Bill Text – Relating to: a study on alternatives to the solitary confinement of inmates.
SB442: Bill Text – Relating to: prostitution crime surcharge and making appropriations.
SB443: Bill Text – Relating to: lease terms and the imposition of sales and use taxes related to a local professional baseball park district.
SB444: Bill Text – Relating to: driver education instruction on human trafficking.
SB445: Bill Text – Relating to: transfer for emergency detention and warning of dangerousness.
SB446: Bill Text – Relating to: plans for supervised release of sexually violent persons, representation of sexually violent persons by the state public defender, and making an appropriation.
SB447: Bill Text – Relating to: designating the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge.
SB448: Bill Text – Relating to: relocating with a child who is the subject of a legal custody or physical placement order.
SB449: Bill Text – Relating to: funding for Reach Out and Read Wisconsin and making an appropriation.
SB450: Bill Text – Relating to: eligibility for state procurement contracts and certain actions taken by state and local governmental bodies involving a boycott of Israel.
SB451: Bill Text – Relating to: the sale or rental of soda water beverage equipment.
SB452: Bill Text – Relating to: requirements for certain services covered under the Medical Assistance program.
SB453: Bill Text – Relating to: regulation of appraisal management companies, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a criminal penalty.
SB454: Bill Text – Relating to: restrictions on the hunting of antlerless deer by members of a group hunting party.
SB455: Bill Text – Relating to: various changes regarding the laws governing real estate practice and the licensure of real estate brokers and salespersons and granting rule-making authority.

State Legislature:
Upcoming Committee Hearings
October 16th – 20th
Date Committee Notice Items
Tue Oct 17 Senate – Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges Executive Session
8:30 AM
122 South
Items: EA-SCHWANTES; EA-WILLETT; EA-KREIBICH; EA-DARLING; EA-RING; EA-SHAUL; EA-KELLNER; AB266; SB407; SB410
Tue Oct 17 Assembly – Committee on Housing and Real Estate Public Hearing
10:00 AM
411 South 
Items: AB479; AB480; AB515; AB518; AB533; AB534
Tue Oct 17 Senate – Committee on Health and Human Services Executive Session
10:00 AM
201 Southeast
Items: AB96; SB209; SB258; SB381
Tue Oct 17 Assembly – Committee on Public Benefit Reform Public Hearing
10:00 AM
300 Northeast
Items: AB501; AB530
Tue Oct 17 Senate – Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade Public Hearing
10:00 AM
411 South
Items: SB387; SB388; SB430; SB432; SB453; SB455
Tue Oct 17 Senate – Committee on Health and Human Services Public Hearing
10:01 AM
201 Southeast
Items: SB149; AB151; SB154; SB237; AB306; SB361; SB417; SB452
Tue Oct 17 Assembly – Committee on Agriculture Executive Session
11:00 AM
417 North (GAR Hall)
Items: AB246
Tue Oct 17 Assembly – Committee on Energy and Utilities Public Hearing
1:00 PM
225 Northwest
Items: AB497; AB531; AB532
Tue Oct 17 Assembly – Committee on Corrections Informational Hearing
1:30 PM
412 East
Items: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Tue Oct 17 Senate – Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety Informational Hearing
1:30 PM
412 East
Items: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Wed Oct 18 Senate – Committee on Natural Resources and Energy Executive Session
10:00 AM
411 South
Items: EA-BRUINS; EA-HILGENBERG; EA-KAZMIERSKI; EA-BRZEZINSKI; EA-SHAVER; EA-QUACKENBUSH
Wed Oct 18 Assembly – Committee on Health Public Hearing
10:00 AM
225 Northwest
Items: AB529
Wed Oct 18 Assembly – Committee on Health Executive Session
10:01 AM
225 Northwest
Items: AB311; AB305; AB462; AB500; LRB 3943 – relating to changes to administrative rules for mental health services providers and mental health services provided in schools.; LRB 4417 – relating to elimination of rules related to the Family Support Program.
Wed Oct 18 Senate – Committee on Natural Resources and Energy Public Hearing
10:05 AM
411 South
Items: SB320; SB421
Wed Oct 18 Senate – Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Executive Session
10:30 AM
400 Southeast
Items: SB119; SB177; SB284; SB307; SB409
Wed Oct 18 Assembly – Committee on Jobs and the Economy Executive Session
12:30 PM
417 North (GAR Hall)
Items: AB184
Wed Oct 18 Assembly – Committee on Jobs and the Economy Public Hearing
12:31 PM
417 North (GAR Hall)
Items: AB393; AB489
Thu Oct 19 Senate – Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection Executive Session
10:00 AM
300 Southeast
Items: SB65; SB173; SB278; SB337
Thu Oct 19 Senate – Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection Public Hearing
10:01 AM
300 Southeast
Items: SB228
Thu Oct 19 Assembly – Committee on Environment and Forestry Executive Session
11:00 AM
225 Northwest
Items: AB118; AB388; AB416; AB484
 

Upcoming Fundraisers & Events
October 16th – 27th
Date Candidate/
Committee
Detail
Oct. 16th
5:00PM
Sen. Roger Roth Reception for Senate President Roger Roth

Join us for a reception for Senate President Roger Roth 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Location TBD Green Bay, WI All contributions gratefully accepted. PAC accepted.

Oct. 16th
5:30PM
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Reception for Lt Governor Kleefisch

Please join us for a Reception for Lt. Governor Kleefisch 5:30 p.m. – Host Reception 6:00 p.m. – General Reception and Remarks Middleton, WI (exact location provided upon RSVP)Host levels: Platinum $2,500 | Gold $1,000 | Silver $500 | Bronze $250
Oct. 17th
5:00PM
Democratic Party of Wisconsin 2017 Legislative Reception Benefiting the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

2017 Legislative Reception Benefitting the Democratic Party of Wisconsin 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The Madison Club 5 E Wilson St Madison, WI Host: $5,000 | Sponsor: $2,500 | Friend: $1,000 | Supporter: $500 Individual Ticket: $100
Oct. 18th
5:30PM
Governor Scott Walker Governor Walker Reception

Governor Scott Walker Reception 5:30 p.m. – Host Reception 6:00 p.m. – Main Reception Pleasant Prairie, WI (exact location provided upon RSVP) Host Levels: Platinum $5,000 | Gold $2,500 | Silver $1,000 | Bronze $500 General Guests: $250
Oct. 19th
12:30PM
Governor Scott Walker Governor Scott Walker Fall Pheasant Hunt

Governor Scott Walker Fall Pheasant Hunt 12:30 p.m. – Registration 1:00 p.m. – Hunting Begins 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Reception & Remarks Fox Ridge Game Farm 8585 Valley Line Road Oconto Falls, WI Hunt – $1000 per hunter
Oct. 19th
5:30PM
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Reception for Lt Governor Kleefisch

Please join us at a Lt. Governor Kleefisch Reception 5:30 p.m. – Host Reception 6:00 p.m. – General Reception and Remarks Eau Claire, WI (exact location provided upon RSVP) Host levels: Platinum $2,500 | Gold $1,000 | Silver $500 | Bronze $250

Oct. 20th
12:00PM
Rep. David Steffen Birthday Luncheon for State Rep David Steffen

JOIN US FOR A BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON for State Representative David Steffen Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 pm Rock Garden 1951 Bond St – Green Bay, WI Special Guest US Senate Candidate & State Senator Leah Vukmir · Guest $50/person · Gold Table Sponsor $500/half table (3) · Platinum Table Sponsor $1000/full table (6) All Sponsors receive prominent recognition for their support at every campaign event Celebrate David’s 46th birthday while showing your support for his re-election It’s his birthday but all attendees will receive a special gift from David.

Oct. 23rd
4:00PM
Sen. Roger Roth Reception for Senate President Roger Roth

Senate President Roger Roth Thursday, October 19th, 4:00-6:00 PM Special Guest: Congressman Mike Gallagher Home of Tim and Jonna Higgins 909 Cambridge Ct. Appleton, WI 54915 All contributions gratefully accepted. PAC Accepted.

Oct. 23rd
5:00PM
Rep. Rob Swearingen RACCtoberfest with Rep. Rob Swearingen

RACCtoberfest with Rep. Rob Swearingen 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. At the Al Gen Dinner Club 3428 Faust Lake Road Rhinelander, WI 54501 $3,000 to host $1,000 to attend Hors d’oeuvres included, cash bar. Please make checks payable to RACC, 148 East Johnson, Madison, WI 53703.

Oct. 23rd
5:30PM
Rep. Romaine Quinn Fundraiser for Rep. Romaine Quinn

Fundraiser for Rep. Romaine Quinn with Special Guest Speaker Robin Vos Monday, October 23rd 5:30-7pm Turtle Back Golf Course 1985 18 1/2 Street Rice Lake, WI $100 Suggested Contribution

Oct. 24th
5:30PM
Rep. Jessie Rodriguez Fundraiser for Rep. Jessie Rodriguez with Special Guest Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch

Fundraiser for Rep. Jessie Rodriguez with Special Guest Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch Date: Tuesday, October 24th Time: 5:30-7:00 pm Location Trattoria Di Carlo 8469 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek, WI 53154 Host Levels Available: Gold Host: $500 Silver Host: $250 Bronze Host: $100 $50 Suggested Contribution All Donations Gratefully Accepted

Oct. 25th
11:00AM
CERS Fundraising Event for CERS

Please Join the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate With Special Guests: Republican State Senators 11:00 AM Doors Open 11:45 AM Lunch Begins 1:00 PM Event Ends Park Hotel- Top of the Park 22 S. Carroll Street-8th Floor Madison, WI 53703 $500 per person to attend PAC, corporate and individual contributions accepted

Oct. 25th
4:30PM
SSDC SSDC Milwaukee Reception

SSDC Milwaukee Reception Featuring Senator Tim Carpenter, Senator LaTanya Johnson, Senator Chris Larson, and Senator Lena Taylor 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Lakefront Brewery 1872 N Commerce St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 Host -$2,000 Sponsor – $1,000 Friend – $500 Supporter – $250 Suggested Contribution – $50

 
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