Wisconsin Counties Association http://www.wicounties.org/blog/ Read the latest articles from the Wisconsin Counties Association! en-us LGI Releases Report: Filling the Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin http://www.wicounties.org//blog/filling-the-potholes-a-new-look-at-funding-local-transportation-in-wisconsin/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/filling-the-potholes-a-new-look-at-funding-local-transportation-in-wisconsin/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Local Government Institute, which includes the Wisconsin Counties Association, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association commissioned and released a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance report entitled Filling the Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.The study was intended to look at the issues impacting the funding of local transportation budgets and develop recommendations for fixing the problem.“One... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:53:00 GMT This Week's WCA eNews Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/december-magazine-features-renaissance-of-mining/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/december-magazine-features-renaissance-of-mining/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) "WCA eNews" is the electronic newsletter of the Wisconsin Counties Association and is published regularly.  Find the November 17, 2014 issue of the publication here.To see archived issues, click here.If you'd like to receive "WCA eNews" in your inbox, please contact us here.... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:17:00 GMT WCA Commends Feds for Approval of Madison-Reedsburg Rail Line Purchase http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-feds-for-approval-of-madison-reedsburg-rail-line-purchase/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-feds-for-approval-of-madison-reedsburg-rail-line-purchase/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association is commending last week's approval of a 70-mile stretch of rail line from Madison to Reedsburg, as well as Reedsburg to Cottage Grove, by the federal Surface Transportation Board. “This decision to approve the rail line purchase will help strengthen not only the communities impacted, but also the entire state,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “Businesses in our counties rely on freight rail for their success and the purchase... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:19:00 GMT WisDOT Transportation Proposal Summary http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisdot-transportation-proposal-summary/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisdot-transportation-proposal-summary/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Friday November 14, 2014 the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) submitted its budget request to the Governor for consideration.  Highlights of the proposal include:   Transportation Facility Improvement Program(Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) Federal Aid Urban & Rural (STP-U & STP-R)The proposal combines STP-U, STP-R and LRIP into a new Local Transportation Facility Improvement Program. Funding for each of the three programs is maintained... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:27:00 GMT Local Government Groups: 2015-2017 Transportation Budget Offers Comprehensive Plan That Addresses State and Local Needs http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-groups-2015-2017-transportation-budget-offers-comprehensive-plan-that-addresses-state-and-local-needs/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-groups-2015-2017-transportation-budget-offers-comprehensive-plan-that-addresses-state-and-local-needs/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As an agricultural, tourist and manufacturing state, Wisconsin's economy is heavily dependent on a healthy transportation system.  Without significant investment in this network, our state's economic potential is limited at best.On November 14, 2014, Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Mark Gottlieb submitted a 2015-2017 Transportation Budget that recognizes this fact. His proposal takes steps towards addressing Wisconsin's transportation needs both today and into the... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:39:00 GMT WCA Officers for 2014-2015: Milwaukee County Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr. Elected President http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-officers-for-2014-2015-milwaukee-county-supervisor-willie-johnson-jr-elected-president/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-officers-for-2014-2015-milwaukee-county-supervisor-willie-johnson-jr-elected-president/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Milwaukee County Supervisor Willie Johnson, Jr. has been elected president of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) during the 76th WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County. “Supervisor Johnson, Jr. is a strong and solid leader who understands the big issues facing not only Milwaukee County, but also the rest of Wisconsin,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “He is an integral part of this organization and we are excited to continue our work with him on the... Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:38:00 GMT Representative John Nygren Named 2014 "WCA Friend of County Government" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/representative-john-nygren-named-2014-wca-friend-of-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/representative-john-nygren-named-2014-wca-friend-of-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association has named Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) as the 2014 recipient of their “Friend of County Government.”This is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual that has performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity. Representative Nygren was honored September 16, 2014 at the WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.“As this biennium wraps up, it was very clear to us that Representative... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:03:00 GMT Green Lake County Clerk Marge Bostelmann Named 2014 "WCA Friend in County Government" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/green-lake-county-clerk-marge-bostelmann-named-2014-wca-friend-in-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/green-lake-county-clerk-marge-bostelmann-named-2014-wca-friend-in-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Green Lake County Clerk Marge Bostelmann has been named the 2014 recipient of the Wisconsin Counties Association's (WCA) “Friend in County Government” award. This is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual who has performed outstanding service not only in their own county, but also for the Association and counties statewide. Bostelmann was honored September 16, 2014 at the WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.“The role of clerk is imperative in the... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:44:00 GMT Successful WCA Annual Conference Held in Sauk County http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-kicks-off-this-weekend-in-sauk-county/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-kicks-off-this-weekend-in-sauk-county/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The 76th Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Annual Conference began on Sunday, September 14th and ran through Tuesday, September 16th in Sauk County.  All conference meetings and activities were held at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.This year's agenda was packed full of national and state speakers, timely breakout sessions on critical county issues and educational meetings. View the 2014 WCA Annual Conference Program here, which included all concurrent... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 07:26:00 GMT Waterman Releases Second Quarter "Washington Briefs" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/waterman-third-quarter-washington-briefs/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/waterman-third-quarter-washington-briefs/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Waterman and Associates, WCA's federal lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., has released "Washington Briefs" for the second quarter of 2014. Read the full 2014 Second Quarter "Washington Briefs" here.... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:00 GMT WCA Commends State for Investment in Infrastructure http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-state-for-investment-in-infrastructure/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-state-for-investment-in-infrastructure/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association is commending the State of Wisconsin and Governor Walker for their actions in purchasing a 70-mile stretch of rail line from Madison to Reedsburg, as well as Reedsburg to Cottage Grove.“Be it roads or rail, a strong investment in infrastructure is critical for the overall success of local communities and all of Wisconsin,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell.  “Many businesses in our counties rely on freight... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:53:00 GMT WCA Applauds Release of Mental Health Funds http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-release-of-mental-health-funds/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-release-of-mental-health-funds/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is applauding Governor Walker and members of the Joint Committee on Finance for today's release of funds for Comprehensive Community Services (CCS).  Counties will now be able to expand the CCS program through a significant state investment in mental health services provided at the county level.Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) provides a recovery-focused approach to children and adults with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. With the... Tue, 06 May 2014 17:20:00 GMT WCA Annual Conference Lodging Now Open; Also See Updated Tentative Agenda http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-lodging-opens-may-1-see-updated-tentative-agenda/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-lodging-opens-may-1-see-updated-tentative-agenda/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Lodging for the WCA Annual Conference, being held September 14-16, 2014 in Sauk County is now open.   WCA has room blocks at the Kalahari Resort & Convention Center and Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The hotel room blocks opened on May 1, 2014. All counties are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms at any of the WCA-selected hotels. (Rooms are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.)Do not forget to mention the WCA... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:01:00 GMT WCA Applauds Family Care Expansion Announcement http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-todays-family-care-expansion-announcement/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-todays-family-care-expansion-announcement/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is applauding today’s announcement that the state’s Family Care program will be expanded to Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Shawano, Oconto, Menominee, and Marinette counties in Northeast Wisconsin.  The program has been proven both effective and cost-efficient and will provide much-needed services to local residents.  “Governor Walker’s announcement today is met with great appreciation,” said WCA... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:44:00 GMT WCA District Meeting Agenda Released http://www.wicounties.org//blog/plan-to-attend-a-wca-district-meeting/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/plan-to-attend-a-wca-district-meeting/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Each even-numbered year following the spring elections, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) holds a series of district meetings to:•Update members on the services offered by the Wisconsin Counties Association. •Provide members with a legislative update. •Elect District Representatives to the WCA Board of Directors. •Elect District Representatives to the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance CorporationBoard of Directors.Below please find the agenda for the... Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:23:00 GMT Sign Up Today for County Officials Workshops (COWS) http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sign-up-today-for-county-officials-workshops-cows/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sign-up-today-for-county-officials-workshops-cows/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Register today for a County Officials Workshops (COWS) in your area.  This one-day workshop is an opportunity to learn from experts from UW-Extension's Local Government Center and Wisconsin Counties Association - experienced educators who get the point across about best practices and avoiding pitfalls. See the 2014 COWS agenda here. 2014 COWS Dates Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Stevens Point Holiday Inn 1001 Amber Ave. Stevens Point, WI 54482 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Eau Claire Sleep Inn &... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:18:00 GMT Capitol Watch for 4.7.2014 http://www.wicounties.org//blog/icapitol-watchi-for-2172014/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/icapitol-watchi-for-2172014/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Capitol Watch is a weekly update for members during the legislative session and features legislative news, bill drafts and co-sponsorship letters, recently introduced legislation and other relevant information.Read the 4.7.2014 Capitol Watch here.Note that past issues are archived under "Legislative Documents" on this site.  See the archived section here.... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT WCA Commends Rep. Nygren, Sens. Darling & Fitzgerald for Passage of Bill that Expands TAD Program http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-rep-nygren-sens-darling-fitzgerald-for-passage-of-bill-that-expands-treatment-alternatives-and-diversion-program/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-rep-nygren-sens-darling-fitzgerald-for-passage-of-bill-that-expands-treatment-alternatives-and-diversion-program/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) With unanimous passage of Assembly Bill 668 by the State Assembly last week, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending Representative John Nygren and Senators Alberta Darling and Scott Fitzgerald for their work in guiding the Treatment, Alternatives, and Diversion bill through the legislative process.“This is a very important bill for our counties and gives them the tools to be able to expand the TAD program by increasing grants by $1.5 million in each year of the current biennium,”... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:26:00 GMT WCA Board Member Dennis O'Loughlin Featured in NACo's "County News" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-board-member-dennis-oloughlin-featured-in-nacos-county-news/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-board-member-dennis-oloughlin-featured-in-nacos-county-news/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The February 10, 2014 issue of the National Association of County's (NACo) County News highlights NACo and WCA Board Member Dennis O'Loughlin.  The feature on Dane County Supervisor O'Loughlin was a part of their ongoing "Profiles in Service" series.Read the article on Supervisor Dennis O'Loughlin here.... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:30:00 GMT 2014 WCA Legislative Exchange Presentations Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/online-registration-for-wca-legislative-exchange-now-open/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/online-registration-for-wca-legislative-exchange-now-open/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association held a successful  2014 WCA Legislative Exchange February 4th and 5th at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.Close to 200 county officials gathered to discuss the important issues that are facing counties around the state.  The agenda included legislative leaders, panels with political leaders from around the state, as well as updates from WCA staff and a special presentation on the state's propane shortage.View presentations from... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 03:19:00 GMT Call to Action! Contact Legislators Today on 911 Funding Bill! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-legislators-today-on-911-funding-bill/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-legislators-today-on-911-funding-bill/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan is circulating LRB-3078/1 relating to state telecommunications services and the Police and Fire Protection Fee. Please contact your state senators and representatives today requesting that they be added to the bill as a cosponsor.  The bill: -- Eliminates the current 75-cent monthly Police and Fire Protection Fee on all devices capable of dialing 911. -- Replaces the roughly $53 million annually raised by the Police and Fire Protection Fee for the shared revenue... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:09:00 GMT Call to Action! Contact Legislators Today on LRB-3845 for Additional TAD Funding http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-legislators-today-on-lrb-3845-for-additional-tad-funding/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-legislators-today-on-lrb-3845-for-additional-tad-funding/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and  Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) have circulated LRB-3845 for cosponsorship.  LRB-3845 increases funding for county Treatment, Alternatives, and Diversion (TAD) grants by $1.5 million in each fiscal year of the current biennium.  Please contact your state senators and representatives today requesting that they be added to the bill as a cosponsor.  The 2013-15 state budget... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:07:00 GMT WCA Congratulates Longtime Friend Ray Cross on Selection as UW System President http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-congratulates-longtime-friend-ray-cross-on-selection-as-uw-system-president/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-congratulates-longtime-friend-ray-cross-on-selection-as-uw-system-president/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has had a long-standing relationship with UW Extension and their offices around the state, working together to create innovative programming and services.“Since 2011, we have worked closely with UW Extension Chancellor Ray Cross to elevate the work and foster even stronger partnerships between counties and UW-Extension,” said WCA President and Sauk County Board Chair Marty Krueger. “With last week's announcement of Chancellor... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:17:00 GMT Governor Signs Razing Bill, 24 Others Into Law http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-signs-razing-bill-24-others-into-law/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-signs-razing-bill-24-others-into-law/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Friday, December 13, 2013, Governor Scott Walker signed into law an important county piece of legislation, AB 415, which changes the method by which a municipality may collect the costs of razing a building from a property owner. Under this bill the county is no longer at risk to bear the cost of razing. Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) authored this bill, which passed the Senate on a 33-0 vote and Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 87. "We... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 17:12:00 GMT WCA Announces Staff Changes to Better Meet the Needs of Membership http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-announces-staff-changes-to-better-meet-the-needs-of-membership/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-announces-staff-changes-to-better-meet-the-needs-of-membership/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has announced several staff changes to better meet the needs of its membership statewide.  “We recently completed an organizational planning process with our board of directors and our staff to identify membership priorities and expectations.  Through this process, it was clear our membership desired WCA to have an even greater presence in our 72 member counties,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. ... Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:42:00 GMT WCA President Krueger Featured in "Wisconsin Counties" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-president-krueger-featured-in-wisconsin-counties-bonus-video-footage/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-president-krueger-featured-in-wisconsin-counties-bonus-video-footage/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA President and Sauk County Board Chair Marty Krueger was hightlighted in the November issue of Wisconsin Counties magazine. Check out the article on President Krueger here. Bonus: Watch video footage of our interview. ... Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:30:00 GMT Phillips Borowski Issues Community Challenge and County Officials Respond http://www.wicounties.org//blog/phillips-borowski-issues-community-challenge-and-county-officials-respond/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/phillips-borowski-issues-community-challenge-and-county-officials-respond/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) At this year's WCA Annual Conference in September, WCA's general counsel Phillips Borowski S.C. issued a challenge to county officials.  For every "Community Challenge" bracelet picked up at the Phillips Borowski booth, the firm would donate $5.00 to a local charity. This year's charity was Gio's Garden -- a charity close to the county family home, as they are dedicated to helping with human service needs. "We take on difficult legal challenges and our county officials face similar challenges... Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:20:00 GMT Mark O'Connell Interviews NACO's Maeghan Gilmore on Healthy Counties Initiative http://www.wicounties.org//blog/maeghan-gilmore-naco/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/maeghan-gilmore-naco/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA Executive Director Mark O'Connell hosted a WISN radio show on Saturday, November 2, 2013. His guest was Maeghan Gilmore, NACO's Program Director, County Solutions & Innovation, where they discussed NACo's Healthy Counties Initiative and county health rankings. Listen to Mark O'Connell and NACO's Maeghan Gilmore here.... Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:37:00 GMT Call to Action: Contact Your Legislators Today! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-your-legislators-today/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-contact-your-legislators-today/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Representative Weatherston circulated LRB-3105 for co-sponsorship on Monday, October 28th that seeks to address a growing problem affecting counties and other units of local government. With more and more properties applying for tax-exempt status, municipalities have been striking deals with the owners of these properties to provide 'payment for services' agreements. While the municipality receives some compensation in lieu of taxes, other taxing jurisdictions such as the county receive nothing.... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 08:30:00 GMT WCA CAP Team Meets October 23rd for Lobbying Day http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-cap-team-meets-october-23rd-for-lobbying-day/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-cap-team-meets-october-23rd-for-lobbying-day/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On October 23, 2013, county officials gathered for the WCA County Ambassador Program at the Madison Concourse Hotel and the State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. To learn more about the event and see issue papers, click here. View pictures from the 2013 Fall County Ambassador Program here.If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact WCA Senior Legislative Associate Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf at the WCA office at 866.404.2700 or via email.... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:13:00 GMT Apply for TAD Grants by October 17th http://www.wicounties.org//blog/apply-for-tad-grants-by-october-17th/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/apply-for-tad-grants-by-october-17th/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA is encouraging counties to apply for $1 million annually in new state funding for Treatment, Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) grants and $500,000 in new state funding for the creation of new county drug courts.The new funding was included as part of the 2013-15 biennial state budget. The budget also includes $1.038 million in continued funding for the seven existing TAD sites. The Department of Justice is now accepting applications for these grants. The deadline for applications is October 17th.... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:16:00 GMT Register for October WCA Webinar: A Preview of the Fall Legislative Session http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-oct-webinar-a-preview-of-the-fall-legislative-session/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-oct-webinar-a-preview-of-the-fall-legislative-session/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The fall legislative session is just beginning, and lawmakers are considering scores of bills that affect counties. Our WCA Educational Webinar will get you up to speed on recent changes in legislative leadership, emerging issues for the fall and spring floor periods, and major legislation affecting county government.SpeakersSarah Diedrick Kasdorf, WCA Senior Legislative Associate David Callender, WCA Legislative AssociateCost & LogisticsRegistration is free of charge.  The registration... Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:21:00 GMT Watch WCA Annual Conference Coverage via WisconsinEye http://www.wicounties.org//blog/watch-wca-annual-conference-second-general-assembly-via-wisconsineye/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/watch-wca-annual-conference-second-general-assembly-via-wisconsineye/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WisconsinEye covered the Second General Assembly at the 2013 WCA Annual Conference, which included Governor Scott Walker, Congressman Mark Pocan, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank, UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Ray Cross, Dean and Director UW Extension and UW Cooperative Extension Rick Klemme and WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. To see the coverage from the 9.24.2013 WCA Annual Conference Second General Assembly, click here.... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:45:00 GMT Sauk County Board Chair Krueger Elected WCA President http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sauk-county-board-chair-krueger-elected-president-of-wisconsin-counties-association/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sauk-county-board-chair-krueger-elected-president-of-wisconsin-counties-association/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Sauk County Board Chair Marty Krueger has been elected president of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) and was sworn in last week during the 75th WCA Annual Conference in Dane County.“Board Chair Krueger is a proven leader for county government in both Sauk County and around the state,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “He is a knowledgeable and dedicated public servant and I know his expertise on complex county issues will make him a vital leader... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:19:00 GMT WCA Annual Conference Handouts Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-handouts-now-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-handouts-now-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Presentations from concurrent workshops at the 2013 WCA Annual Conference are now being posted online. Please note that as presentations come in from our speakers, they will be posted immediately. Click here to visit "Past Event Materials" under "Events" to find the documents. ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:25:00 GMT Statement by WCA Regarding Federal Medicaid Funding http://www.wicounties.org//blog// http://www.wicounties.org//blog// info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A media release by another organization was sent today regarding action at the Wisconsin Counties Association's (WCA) Annual Business Meeting calling for enhanced federal Medicaid funding.The Wisconsin Counties Association would like to clarify the issue:On Sunday, September 22, 2013, WCA held their annual business meeting as a part of their annual conference in Dane County.  “Several resolutions brought forth by member counties called for the state to take action to accept enhanced... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 05:13:00 GMT WCA Annual Conference Photos and Updates http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-photos-and-updates/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-photos-and-updates/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The WCA Annual Conference is now over and we have plenty of photos of this year's successful event. Note that photos are being added daily. Sunday September 22nd Business Meeting Photos ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:57:00 GMT WCA Annual Conference Kicks Off September 22nd in Dane County http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-kicks-off-september-22nd-in-dane-county/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference-kicks-off-september-22nd-in-dane-county/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The 75th Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Annual Conference begins on Sunday, September 22nd and runs through Tuesday, September 24th in Dane County.  All conference meetings and activities are being held at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center of Dane County. For complete 2013 WCA Annual Conference information, visit the "Special Conference Issue of WCA eNews."This year's agenda is packed full of national and state speakers, including Governor Scott Walker, Attorney General... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:13:00 GMT WCA's Mark O'Connell Interviews Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-mark-oconnell-interviews-ag-jb-van-hollen/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-mark-oconnell-interviews-ag-jb-van-hollen/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA Executive Director Mark O'Connell hosted an in-depth WISN radio show on Saturday, September 7, 2013 with Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. They discussed the role of the position and hot topics facing the Attorney General's office, including heroin problems in the state, the Treatment, Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program, child pornography prosecution and DNA collection.... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 15:07:00 GMT Attended a WCA Event? Past Event Materials Online! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/attended-a-wca-event-past-event-materials-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/attended-a-wca-event-past-event-materials-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) If you attended a WCA event, be it an educational seminar or our annual conference, be sure to visit our "Past Event Materials" section to find handouts and presentations electronically.Find WCA past event materials here.... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:03:00 GMT Register for August WCA Webinar: Cyber Security in the Digital Age http://www.wicounties.org//blog/august-wca-webinar-cyber-security-in-the-digital-age/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/august-wca-webinar-cyber-security-in-the-digital-age/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Register today for the August WCA Webinar, "Cyber Security in the Digital Age: What Counties Need to Know and How They Can Protect Themselves."  This free webinar will be held August 14, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.The Internet has made government more efficient, more cost-effective and more responsive to its citizens, but it has also increased the risk to the data and information we collect. Counties - large and small - retain the personal information of thousands of individuals and... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:35:00 GMT WCA Releases 2013-15 State Biennial Budget Final Summary http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-final-budget-summary-released/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-final-budget-summary-released/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Sunday, June 30, Governor Walker signed the 2013-15 state biennial budget (2013 Wisconsin Act 20) into law.The $70 billion spending plan features $650 million in individual income tax cuts, a freeze on University of Wisconsin tuition and fees, and increases in funding for K-12 education over the next two years.For counties, which operate as an arm of the state, the budget provides a number of funding increases, such as $52.5 million in new funds for state highway maintenance over the next two... Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:00:00 GMT WCA: State Budget (2013 WI Act 20) Positive for County Government http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-2013-2015-state-budget-positive-for-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-2013-2015-state-budget-positive-for-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Governor Walker's signing of the 2013-2015 State Budget on Sunday, June 30th closes the book on an incredibly positive budget for county government, according to the Wisconsin Counties Association. “This budget not only provides additional resources to county programs in need of additional funding, but it also recognizes--and strengthens--the unique partnership that has long existed between the state and county government,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “While... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:12:00 GMT Register for WCA Budget Briefing Webinar July 3rd http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-today-for-wca-budget-briefing-webinar-may-6th/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-today-for-wca-budget-briefing-webinar-may-6th/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Join WCA for one of our last budget briefing webinars on Wednesday, July 3rd from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Next week's webinar will cover Gubernatorial action on the budget, including vetoes, and will discuss the implications of those vetoes on issues of importance to counties. You can register for the event up until 8:00 a.m. on the 3rd.  Register for the 7.3.2013 webinar here. ... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:57:00 GMT WCA Commends Joint Finance for its Actions this Week on State Budget http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-joint-finance-for-its-actions-this-week-on-state-budget/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-joint-finance-for-its-actions-this-week-on-state-budget/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee (JFC) continues its work on the state budget, several items were front and center this week that will benefit the citizens of Wisconsin through programs carried out by counties.  These budget items include:•    County Child Support Enforcement Funding: Funding of $8.5 million in General Purpose Revenue (GPR), plus a corresponding $16.5 million in federal funds for county child support enforcement. •   ... Thu, 23 May 2013 16:45:00 GMT WCA 2nd VP; Presidential Appointments to Board; Steering Committee Applications Being Accepted http://www.wicounties.org//blog/nominations-for-wca-2nd-vp-presidential-appointments-to-wca-board-now-being-accepted/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/nominations-for-wca-2nd-vp-presidential-appointments-to-wca-board-now-being-accepted/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Nominations for WCA Second Vice-PresidentNominations are currently being accepted for the position of Second Vice-President of the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA).  The 2013 WCA Nominating Committee, appointed by President Gus Wirth, will meet in August or early September to recommend a slate of officers for 2013-2014.WCA officers are elected each year during the Annual Business Meeting held at the WCA Annual Conference.  Generally, an individual elected to serve as Second... Tue, 14 May 2013 18:56:00 GMT Coverage of WisPolitics.com's "Future of Wis. Transportation Funding" Event http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wispoliticscom-event/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wispoliticscom-event/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On May 2nd, WisPolitics.com held a transportation forum, "Future of Wisconsin Transportation Funding," in Wisconsin Dells. To see video of the event from WisconsinEye, as well as media coverage, a follow-up story on the event and other transportation-related news, click here. The keynote speaker was Congressman Tom Petri and panel participants included:--State Rep. Keith Ripp, chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee;--State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber, member, Assembly Transportation Committee;--Craig... Thu, 09 May 2013 12:34:00 GMT Transportation Coalition Memo to JFC for April 30th Executive Session http://www.wicounties.org//blog/transporation-coalition-memo-to-jfc/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/transporation-coalition-memo-to-jfc/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A memo from the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, WCA, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139; Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters, Wisconsin Laborers District Council and the Wisconsin County Highway Association was sent today to the members on the Joint Committee on Finance endorsing certain positions on issues coming before an executive session of the committee on Tuesday, April 30th.   Read the full memo from the transportation coalition here.... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:56:00 GMT WCA; Transportation Groups Endorse Positions Before JFC April 30th http://www.wicounties.org//blog/transportation-consortium-endorse-positions-before-jfc-april-30th/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/transportation-consortium-endorse-positions-before-jfc-april-30th/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A memo from the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, WCA, the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 139; Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters, Wisconsin Laborers District Council and the Wisconsin County Highway Association was sent today to the members on the Joint Committee on Finance endorsing certain positions on issues coming before an executive session of the committee on Tuesday, April 30th.   Read the full memo, "Tranhere.   Paper 635: Transportation... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:46:00 GMT Register for May WCA Webinar: "Broadband Deployment-County Case Studies" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-may-webinar-broadband-deployment-county-case-studies/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-may-webinar-broadband-deployment-county-case-studies/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Join WCA for the latest in our webinar series on May 20th.  The topic, "Broadband Deployment: County Case Studies," runs from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and the cost is free.Description of ProgramThe importance of a robust broadband infrastructure to ensuring a high quality of life, facilitating job creation efforts and generating efficiencies in government operations has been well established.  Despite a recognized need, communities around the state are still struggling to deploy this... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:55:00 GMT County Officials Gather for Successful Human Services Day at the Capitol http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-gather-for-successful-human-services-day-at-the-capitol/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-gather-for-successful-human-services-day-at-the-capitol/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Close to 200 county officials came to Madison on April 10, 2013 for the CAP Team/Human Services Day at the Capitol.  The day included speakers, updates from the WCA Legislative Team and Capitol visits.    See pictures from the 2013 CAP Team/Human Services Day at the Capitol here.... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:27:00 GMT WCA Partners with Leadership Wisconsin http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-partners-with-leadership-wisconsin/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-partners-with-leadership-wisconsin/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) UW-Cooperative Extension's Leadership Wisconsin has been working to develop leaders and strengthen our communities for thirty years and the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has been a close ally of the group.  Today, it was announced that WCA would be contributing funds to help ensure leadership development continues to thrive in our state. “Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker has said that America's greatest deficit is in the area of leadership and the work of Leadership... Thu, 04 Apr 2013 10:31:00 GMT Be a Sponsor/Exhibitor at the 2013 WCA Marketplace! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/be-a-sponsorvendor-at-the-wca-marketplace/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/be-a-sponsorvendor-at-the-wca-marketplace/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The WCA Annual Conference is held every fall in various locations around the state and is a unique opportunity for county officials to come together and learn from one another, as well as receive updates on county issues.   The 2013 Conference will be held in Dane County from September 22-24th.  WCA also hosts the "WCA Marketplace" in conjunction with the conference that features vendors offering services and goods to county government.   Learn more about how your company... Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:33:00 GMT Action Needed: Tax Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds http://www.wicounties.org//blog/action-needed-tax-exempt-status-of-municipal-bonds/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/action-needed-tax-exempt-status-of-municipal-bonds/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) At the request of several counties, below please find a draft resolution regarding support of maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.  We encourage you to bring up this resolution before your board and pass along to your federal delegation as soon as possible.Click here for a draft resolution on supporting the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds.WCA sent out an update on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 on this topic and encourage county officials to contact their federal delegation... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:19:00 GMT WCA State Budget Summary http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-initial-state-budget-summary/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-initial-state-budget-summary/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Wednesday, February 20, 2013, Governor Scott Walker gave his 2013-2015 State Budget Address at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison.    Below please find the latest WCA Budget Summary (dated 3.8.2013) from the WCA Legislative Staff on the budget and its impact on counties.    Stay tuned to this website and to publications like our weekly "Capitol Watch" for the latest budget updates.  The March issue of "Wisconsin Counties" Magazine takes an in-depth... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 06:46:00 GMT WCA Regional Legislative Meetings Begin March 11th Around the State http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-sets-regional-legislative-meetings-for-march-around-the-state/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-sets-regional-legislative-meetings-for-march-around-the-state/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Each odd-numbered year, the Wisconsin Counties Association holds legislative briefings across the state to educate members on legislative issues affecting counties. This year, our legislative briefings will include a discussion on WCA's 2013-2014 Legislative Agenda, a review of the 2013-2015 state biennial budget, as well as answer member questions regarding legislative initiatives.   These Regional Legislative Meetings are free and open to all members of the county family. There is no need... Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:31:00 GMT WCA Statement on State Budget Address-Governor's Budget Recognizes Critical Role Counties Play in State http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-statement-on-state-budget-address-governors-budget-recognizes-critical-role-counties-play-in-state/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-statement-on-state-budget-address-governors-budget-recognizes-critical-role-counties-play-in-state/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Governor Scott Walker's 2013-2015 state budget announced tonight recognizes the critical role counties play in Wisconsin and provides support to allow them to maintain strong and vibrant communities, according to the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA).   Budget initiatives that benefit counties include, but are not limited to, an increase in funds counties receive to maintain the state highway system and an increase in funding for mental health programs that will allow county programming... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:49:00 GMT Wisconsin Supreme Court Seeks Applicants for Committees and Boards http://www.wicounties.org//blog/supremecourtcommittees/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/supremecourtcommittees/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Supreme Court offers many board and committee membership opportunities for both lawyers and non-lawyers, including: Board of Bar Examiners Board of Administrative Oversight District Investigative Committees Preliminary Review Committee State Bar Board of Governors Link directly to the Wisconsin Court System site to learn more about these opportunities here.Click here for additional information from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.Lawyers and non-lawyers interested in serving on these... Thu, 07 Feb 2013 10:47:00 GMT Governor Announces Additional $28.9 Million in Mental Health Funding at WCA Legislative Exchange http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-announces-additional-289-million-in-mental-health-funding-at-wca-legislative-exchange/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-announces-additional-289-million-in-mental-health-funding-at-wca-legislative-exchange/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Giving a glimpse of what will be in his 2013-2015 Biennial State Budget, Governor Scott Walker announced this morning at the Wisconsin Counties Association's (WCA) Legislative Exchange in Madison an increase of $28.9 million in mental health funding. “These are dollars that will greatly impact the delivery of mental health services in our counties,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell. “We are grateful to the Governor for recognizing the partnership... Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:42:00 GMT WCA Legislative Exchange: Governor and Other State Leaders Highlighted Event http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-and-other-legislative-leaders-highlight-next-weeks-wca-legislative-exchange/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-and-other-legislative-leaders-highlight-next-weeks-wca-legislative-exchange/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association held their 2013 WCA Legislative Exchange February 5th and 6th at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.   County officials gathered to discuss the important issues that are facing counties around the state. This year, the agenda was full of legislative leaders, top government officials and representatives discussing relevant issues.   See a special 2013 WCA Legislative Exchange wrap up here.  ... Mon, 04 Feb 2013 04:04:00 GMT Wisconsin Transportation and Finance Policy Commission Release Final Report http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisconsin-transportation-and-finance-policy-commission-release-final-report/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisconsin-transportation-and-finance-policy-commission-release-final-report/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission released their final work after nearly two years of meeting. Read the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission's final report, "Keep Wisconsin Moving - Smart Investments, Measurable Results," here. Created by the state legislature in the 2011-13 state budget, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission was charged with reviewing the state's transportation finance... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:13:00 GMT Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Act 10 in Entirety http://www.wicounties.org//blog/federal-court-of-appeals-upholds-act-10-in-entirety/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/federal-court-of-appeals-upholds-act-10-in-entirety/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Act 10 in its entirety.  The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) and our general counsel Phillips Borowski, S.C. is currently reviewing the ruling.To see the ruling from the federal court, click here.Read an article from WisPolitics.com on the topic here.For questions, do not hesitate to contact WCA Legislative Director Jon Hochkammer at 866.404.2700.... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:58:00 GMT Broadband in Wisconsin Featured in January "Wisconsin Counties" Magazine http://www.wicounties.org//blog/broadband-in-wisconsin-featured-in-january-wisconsin-counties-magazine/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/broadband-in-wisconsin-featured-in-january-wisconsin-counties-magazine/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The January 2013 edition of Wisconsin Counties magazine highlights broadband in Wisconsin.   Written by a variety of stakeholders, this collection of articles on broadband is a valuable layperson primer on the issues of implementing broadband in Wisconsin, including identifying key players, public and private investment and partnerships, basic terminology and economic development implications.   “The topic of broadband in Wisconsin has far reaching impacts and is a complex... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:00:00 GMT Miss the WCA Webinar? Catch it Online! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-december-webinar-a-look-ahead-the-impact-of-the-state-budget-on-the-state-county-relationship/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-december-webinar-a-look-ahead-the-impact-of-the-state-budget-on-the-state-county-relationship/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On December 17, 2012, WCA Senior Legislative Associate Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf and WCA Legislative Associate Kyle Christianson presented a webinar entitled "A Look Ahead: The Impact of the State Budget on the State-County Relationship." To view the free WCA webinar with audio and slides, click here.   When clicking the link, you will be asked for your name, email address and county. Even if you did not register for this event, you can still view it once this information... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:31:00 GMT County Action Item: Join the County Ambassador Program http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-ambassador-program/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-ambassador-program/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) In 2010, the Wisconsin Counties Association began the County Ambassador Program (CAP).  The goal of the program is to engage county officials in the Association's efforts to educate lawmakers on the important role of county government through direct dialogue with members of the Legislature.  Over the last two years, many of our successes are attributed to county officials' ability to offer policymakers real-world examples of the impact of county government on people's lives. It... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 06:19:00 GMT WCA Creates Frac Sand Task Force http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-creates-frac-sand-task-force/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-creates-frac-sand-task-force/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association Board of Directors acted recently to create a special task force addressing frac sand mining issues in Wisconsin.  The newly created WCA Frac Sand Task Force is a presidential initiative of WCA President Gus Wirth. Frac sand mining and processing operations have become more prevalent in Wisconsin in recent years.  Although frac sand mining and processing operations are not located in all parts of the state, they have become a significant presence... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 17:52:00 GMT County Action Item: Remit Copies of Sales Tax Resolutions to WCA http://www.wicounties.org//blog/httpmydomaincomsalestaxresolutions/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/httpmydomaincomsalestaxresolutions/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster)   Several months back, the Wisconsin Counties Association sent a letter and sample resolution to all 72 counties relating to online retailers collecting and remitting Wisconsin state and local sales tax.    WCA has received copies of the resolution passed by a number of counties, but  would like to remind all counties to please provide a copy of the resolution if passed by the county board to the association.   Counties thus far that have provided... Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:36:00 GMT WisPolitics/WisBusiness.com Sand Mining Event Wrap-Up http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wispoliticswisbusinesscom-sand-mining-event-wrap-up/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wispoliticswisbusinesscom-sand-mining-event-wrap-up/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WisPolitics.com and WisBusiness.com sponsored a moderated panel discussion on Oct. 22 featuring Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, State Rep. Chris Danou, Eau Claire attorney John Behling, Dunn Co. Board Chair Steve Rasmussen and Tom Beekman, WisDOT NW Region Systems Planning Chief. Follow this WisPolitics.com link to event news coverages and handouts.... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:58:00 GMT Former Waukesha County's Dwyer Receives Top Honors with "Friend of County Government" Award http://www.wicounties.org//blog/former-waukesha-county-board-chair-james-dwyer-receives-top-honors-with-friend-of-county-government-award/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/former-waukesha-county-board-chair-james-dwyer-receives-top-honors-with-friend-of-county-government-award/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) For his longtime dedication to county government in Wisconsin, former Waukesha County Board Chairman James Dwyer has been named the 2012 recipient of the Wisconsin Counties Association's (WCA) “Friend of County Government.”   The award, the highest given by the association annually, is given to an individual who has performed exemplary service on behalf of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Mr. Dwyer was honored as the 2012 winner on September 24, 2012 at the WCA Annual Conference... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:21:00 GMT WCA Conference Handouts Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-conference-handouts-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-conference-handouts-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Presentations from concurrent workshops are now available online from last month's WCA Annual Conference in La Crosse.    Please note that not all handouts are online and vary with individual presenters.  If you have a particular session you'd like to see that is not posted, contact us and we'll be happy to help you locate it.  2012 WCA Annual Conference materials can be viewed here.... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:43:00 GMT Sheboygan County Clerk Julie Glancey Named 2012 "WCA Friend in County Government" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sheboygan-county-clerk-julie-glancey-named-2012-wca-friend-in-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sheboygan-county-clerk-julie-glancey-named-2012-wca-friend-in-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) After 18 years of serving the citizens of Sheboygan County as county clerk, Julie Glancey was named as this year's recipient of the Wisconsin Counties Association's (WCA) “Friend in County Government” award. This is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual who has performed outstanding service not only in their own county, but also for the Association and counties statewide. Ms. Glancey, who will retire from Sheboygan County when her term ends January 6, 2013,... Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:32:00 GMT WCA Names Outstanding Legislators for 2011-2012 Session http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-names-outstanding-legislators-for-2011-2012-legislative-session/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-names-outstanding-legislators-for-2011-2012-legislative-session/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A select group of Wisconsin State Senators and Representatives have been named “WCA Outstanding Legislators” for their work on behalf of county government during the 2011-2012 Legislative Session. The “WCA Outstanding Legislator Award” is handed out biennially to a choice group of legislators who have represented county interests in both the legislature and in their districts. These legislators have demonstrated leadership for counties on key issues and legislation,... Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:30:00 GMT