Wisconsin Counties Association http://www.wicounties.org/blog/ Read the latest articles from the Wisconsin Counties Association! en-us 2020 WCA Annual Conference Virtual Workshops Past Event Materials http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-now-for-2020-wca-annual-conference-virtual-workshops/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-now-for-2020-wca-annual-conference-virtual-workshops/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Every autumn for the last 81 years, county officials from around the state have gathered at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference and Marketplace for educational opportunities, introduction to new products, and peer networking.     While we were unable to physically get together in 2020, WCA held our 2020 WCA Annual Conference Virtual Workshops, which began Monday, September 28, 2020 and concluded November 9, 2020.       Mo... Mon, 09 Nov 2020 07:00:00 GMT 2021-2022 WCA Legislative Agenda Released http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2021-2022-wca-legislative-agenda-released/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2021-2022-wca-legislative-agenda-released/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As we approach the 2021-2022 Wisconsin Legislative Session, counties continue to serve on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. From providing public health and emergency services to improving and maintaining critical transportation infrastructure, counties have successfully prioritized the continuity of local services for citizens and businesses alike. Maintaining county services during this time has not been without its challenges. Rising unbudgeted public health costs, declining local revenues,... Tue, 13 Oct 2020 15:07:00 GMT ICYMI: WCA Webinar-Advancing Broadband in Wisconsin http://www.wicounties.org//blog/icymi-wca-webinar-advancing-broadband-in-wisconsin/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/icymi-wca-webinar-advancing-broadband-in-wisconsin/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On September 9, 2020, WCA held a webinar, "Advancing Broadband in Wisconsin." Speakers included industry experts Tom Asp and Jim Weikert of Power System Engineering. Watch the "Advancing Broadband in Wisconsin" webinar here. View the PDF of the slides presented at "Advancing Broadband in Wisconsin" here. For additional questions, contact the Wisconsin Counties Association at 866.404.2700.... Thu, 10 Sep 2020 20:51:00 GMT WCA Public Health Guidance Released http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-public-health-guidance-released/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-public-health-guidance-released/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association has released Guidance in Implementing Regulations Surrounding Communicable Diseases: An Analysis of Local Health Department and Local Health Officer Powers, Duties, and Enforcement Actions. Two webinars on the Guidance were held the week of August 17, 2020. View the Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Webinar HereThis product is the compilation of many weeks of work by an ad hoc committee tasked with creating a body of knowledge that provides guidance... Thu, 20 Aug 2020 01:07:00 GMT 2020 WCA Annual Conference Postponed http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2020-wca-annual-conference-postponed/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2020-wca-annual-conference-postponed/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Every Autumn for the last 81 years, county officials from around the state have gathered at the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) Annual Conference and Marketplace for educational opportunities, introduction to new products, and peer networking.  The safety and health of our Conference attendees is our top priority. The current public health situation has forced all of us to rethink how we conduct day to day operations at the county level, as well as at the Association. After... Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:44:00 GMT WCA Praises Naming of Tommy Thompson as UW System Interim President http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-praises-naming-of-tommy-thompson-as-uw-system-interim-president/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-praises-naming-of-tommy-thompson-as-uw-system-interim-president/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The naming of Tommy Thompson as Interim President of the University of Wisconsin System, just days after Jim Johnson of Alaska withdrew from consideration, is the right move at the right time, according to the Wisconsin Counties Association. See a PDF of the June 20, 2020 WCA media release on Thompson's naming here. “Tommy Thompson is one of the great leaders of our time having led Wisconsin as Governor in the 80’s and 90’s and heading up the federal Department of Health... Fri, 19 Jun 2020 12:05:00 GMT WCA's County Decennial Redistricting Handbook & Other Redistricting Resources http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-decennial-redistricting-handbook/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-decennial-redistricting-handbook/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster)   The processes associated with reapportionment and redistricting are mandated by federal and state law. Under Wisconsin statute 59.10, county governments in Wisconsin are required to redistrict following the federal decennial census.    In order to meet the requirement of decennial redistricting and to understand the mechanics of mid-term redistricting, county officials need to familiarize themselves with the relevant legal, technical, and procedural aspects of redistricting.   To... Tue, 28 Apr 2020 11:09:00 GMT Latest COVID-19 Updates and Resources http://www.wicounties.org//blog/latest-covid-19-coronavirus-updates/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/latest-covid-19-coronavirus-updates/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Visit the WCA COVID-19 website for daily updates, sample ordinances, legal updates and all other things related to the Coronavirus pandemic.          ... Wed, 22 Apr 2020 17:00:00 GMT Wisconsin Counties Association Statement on Spring Election http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisconsin-counties-association-statement-on-april-7-election/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wisconsin-counties-association-statement-on-april-7-election/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has issued the following statement on the Spring election:  WCA extends its gratitude and appreciation to the county, municipal and town clerks across Wisconsin who worked tirelessly under very difficult circumstances to conduct Wisconsin’s April elections. Special thanks and recognition to the hundreds of volunteers who worked at the polling locations and the countless people who worked to make our polling locations as safe as possible. Wisconsin... Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:44:00 GMT Sample COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Template/Local Health Officer Authority and County Emergency Management Powers http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sample-covid-19-emergency-declaration-template/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/sample-covid-19-emergency-declaration-template/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As county officials deal with COVID-19, Coronavirus, the Wisconsin Counties Association, along with WCA General Counsel von Briesen & Roper, s.c., have issued several resources.  Be assured we are working in partnership to handle this ever-evolving situation.  As always, do not hesitate to contact WCA with questions at 866.404.2700.  COVID-19 Webinar:  COVID-19 March 16, 2020 von Briesen & Roper, s.c. Webinar Link Sample Emergency Declaration... Tue, 17 Mar 2020 11:20:00 GMT WCA: Multimodal Local Supplement Grant Awards Showcase Effective Partnership with State and Locals http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-multimodal-local-supplement-grant-awards-showcase-effective-partnership-with-state-and-locals/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-multimodal-local-supplement-grant-awards-showcase-effective-partnership-with-state-and-locals/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending the release of county grants for community-based transportation and infrastructure projects by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as a part of their Multimodal Local Supplement (MLS) Grant Program.   According to WisDOT, $1.4 billion in applications came into the department for the available $75 million in MLS grants.  Ultimately, 1,596 applications were reviewed, and 152 projects were awarded, including... Wed, 04 Mar 2020 08:00:00 GMT 2020 WCA Legislative Exchange WisEye Coverage; Handouts Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-gather-next-week-for-2020-wca-legislative-exchange/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-gather-next-week-for-2020-wca-legislative-exchange/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association held their 2020 WCA Legislative Exchange February 4-5 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. County officials gathered to discuss the important issues facing counties around the state.      A special thanks to WisconsinEye, who broadcast live from the event and covered many of the speakers, including: Day One Coverage of WCA Legislative Exchange: February 4, 2020 Mark D. O'Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association State of... Tue, 11 Feb 2020 11:41:00 GMT WCA's Forward Analytics Releases "The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-forward-analytics-releases-the-rural-challenge-depopulation-and-its-economic-consequences/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-forward-analytics-releases-the-rural-challenge-depopulation-and-its-economic-consequences/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A new Forward Analytics report, The Rural Challenge: Depopulation and Its Economic Consequences, found that from 2010-2018, two thirds of rural counties in Wisconsin lost population. That percentage was up from 44% during 2000-10, and in rural counties across the nation, a similar pattern has emerged.  “The pattern of rural counties growing more slowly than urban ones has a long history,” said Forward Analytics Director Dale Knapp, “but what... Thu, 06 Feb 2020 21:21:00 GMT WCA Commends Bi-Partisan Work of Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-bi-partisan-work-of-speakers-task-force-on-water-quality/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-bi-partisan-work-of-speakers-task-force-on-water-quality/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending the bi-partisan work of the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, which released its findings on January 8, 2020.  Representative Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), who chaired the task force, and Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), who served as co-chair, held 14 hearings around the state on the issue of water quality, meeting with everyone from farmers to academics to sportsmen to conservationists to identify the critical... Thu, 09 Jan 2020 07:31:00 GMT WCA's "A Day in the Life of Counties" Video Debuts at Annual Conference http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-a-day-in-the-life-of-counties-video-debuts-at-annual-conference/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wcas-a-day-in-the-life-of-counties-video-debuts-at-annual-conference/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association debuted their video, "A Day in the Life of Counties," on Monday, September 23 at their 2019 WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.  The video, produced entirely in house, takes a look at the day-to-day operations of counties in a 24-hour period.Watch WCA's "A Day in the Life of Counties" here.  "The foundation of our state is built upon the daily work of our counties," said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell.  "It was the... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 08:55:00 GMT La Crosse County Human Services Director Jason Witt Named 2019 WCA Friend in County Government http://www.wicounties.org//blog/la-crosse-county-human-services-director-jason-witt-named-2019-wca-friend-in-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/la-crosse-county-human-services-director-jason-witt-named-2019-wca-friend-in-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) La Crosse County Human Services Director Jason Witt has been named the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) 2019 Friend in County Government. He was presented with the award on September 23 at the WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County, in front of almost 1,000 county officials. “The WCA Friend in County Government Award recognizes county officials who have performed outstanding service for the entire state,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “Jason’s... Mon, 30 Sep 2019 07:00:00 GMT Representative Amy Loudenbeck Named 2019 WCA Friend of County Government http://www.wicounties.org//blog/representative-amy-loudenbeck-named-2019-wca-friend-of-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/representative-amy-loudenbeck-named-2019-wca-friend-of-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has named Wisconsin State Representative Amy Loudenbeck as the 2019 WCA Friend of County Government.   The award is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual who has performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity. Representative Loudenbeck was honored on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.  “Representative Loudenbeck has demonstrated an... Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:47:00 GMT Latest "County Counsel with Andy Phillips" Focuses on County Constitutional Officers http://www.wicounties.org//blog/new-county-counsel-with-andy-phillips-focuses-on-investigations-done-the-proper-way/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/new-county-counsel-with-andy-phillips-focuses-on-investigations-done-the-proper-way/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Join the Wisconsin Counties Association, alongside WCA General Counsel Andy Phillips of von Briesen & Roper, s.c., in the third episode of "County Counsel with Andy Phillips." In this episode, Andy Phillips discusses county constitutional officers.  What are they and why are they so important?  The quarterly show, a joint collaboration between WCA and von Briesen & Roper, s.c., discusses the latest county legal issues facing Wisconsin local officials. View... Wed, 14 Aug 2019 11:27:00 GMT County Social Workers Submit Personal Stories to Governor and Legislature about Frontlines of Wisconsin Child Welfare Crisis http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-social-workers-submit-personal-stories-to-the-governor-and-legislature-about-the-frontlines-of-the-wisconsin-child-welfare-crisis/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-social-workers-submit-personal-stories-to-the-governor-and-legislature-about-the-frontlines-of-the-wisconsin-child-welfare-crisis/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) County social workers are on the frontlines of the meth and opioid epidemic. On a daily basis this group of dedicated county staff respond to calls for help on behalf of children who, through no fault of their own, have fallen victim to this crisis.    “The Wisconsin child welfare crisis is staggering, with the opioid/meth epidemic having a profound impact on the youngest victims,” said Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Executive Director Mark D.... Thu, 30 May 2019 13:52:00 GMT Forward Analytics Issues "Falling Behind: Migration Changes and State Workforce" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/forward-analytics-issues-falling-behind-migration-changes-and-state-workforce/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/forward-analytics-issues-falling-behind-migration-changes-and-state-workforce/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) A new report issued on April 15, 2019 by Forward Analytics, Falling Behind: Migration Changes and State Workforce, reveals troubling trends for the future of Wisconsin’s workforce landscape.   “Wisconsin has too few young people to replace retiring baby boomers over the next 15 years, so the state must turn to migration to grow its workforce,” said Forward Analytics Director of Research Dale Knapp. “However, during 2010-2015, the state lost... Tue, 16 Apr 2019 12:49:00 GMT WCA Unveils Wisconsin Child Welfare Crisis Advocacy Effort http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-unveils-wisconsin-child-welfare-crisis-advocacy-effort/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-unveils-wisconsin-child-welfare-crisis-advocacy-effort/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association has released a new initiative to educate Wisconsin's elected officials and the public on Wisconsin’s #WIChildWelfareCrisis.  “The increased incidences of heroin, opioid and methamphetamine use across the state are having negative consequences on the state’s most vulnerable citizens – our young children,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “County human services departments... Fri, 12 Apr 2019 14:14:00 GMT Forward Analytics to Provide Quality, Non-Political Research with Ultimate Goal of Good Public Policy http://www.wicounties.org//blog/forward-analytics-to-provide-quality-non-political-research-with-ultimate-goal-of-good-public-policy/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/forward-analytics-to-provide-quality-non-political-research-with-ultimate-goal-of-good-public-policy/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Changing demographics. Millennials. The state’s fiscal health. Birth rates. Job creation. The list of issues that impact the direction and trajectory of our state is seemingly endless.  To filter the noise and assemble the chaos into usable information, the Wisconsin Counties Association is proud to introduce their new research division, Forward Analytics. “We created this new component of WCA to provide our state and local policy makers with nonpartisan analysis of issues... Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:01:00 GMT Governor Evers Introduces 2019-2021 Executive Budget; WCA Releases Summary of Biennial Document http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-evers-introduces-2019-2021-executive-budget-wca-releases-summary-of-biennial-document/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/governor-evers-introduces-2019-2021-executive-budget-wca-releases-summary-of-biennial-document/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Governor Tony Evers gave his 2019-2021 Executive Budget Address at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Below please find the preliminary WCA 2019-2021 State Biennial Budget Summary and its impact on counties from the WCA Government Affairs Staff.  Read the full WCA 2019-2021 State Biennial Budget Summary here. (Updated March 8, 2019) In addition, WCA issued a media release on the introduction of Governor Evers' budget. See the WCA 2019-2021... Fri, 01 Mar 2019 01:30:00 GMT WCA & von Briesen & Roper Unveil "County Counsel with Andy Phillips" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-von-briesen-roper-sc-unveil-county-counsel-with-andy-phillips/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-von-briesen-roper-sc-unveil-county-counsel-with-andy-phillips/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association is excited to unveil "County Counsel with Andy Phillips." The new quarterly online show, a joint collaboration between and von Briesen & Roper, s.c., discusses the latest county legal issues facing Wisconsin local officials. In the inaugural episode, WCA General Counsel Andy Phillips discusses Brown County litigation involving the county sales tax. Watch episode one of "County Counsel with Andy Phillips" here.    If you have a... Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:05:00 GMT WCA Holds Successful WCA Legislative Exchange http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2019-wca-legislative-exchange-agenda-now-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2019-wca-legislative-exchange-agenda-now-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association held the 2019 WCA Legislative Exchange February 5-6 at the Madison Concourse Hotel. County officials gathered to discuss the important issues that are facing counties around the state. This year, the agenda was full of state agency secretaries, legislative leaders and Governor Tony Evers.    See photos from the 2019 WCA Legislative Exchange here.View the 2019 WCA Legislative Exchange Agenda here. ... Mon, 04 Feb 2019 16:50:00 GMT 2019-20 WCA Legislative Agenda Released http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-2019-20-legislative-agenda/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-2019-20-legislative-agenda/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) With elections over and a new legislative session around the corner, the Wisconsin Counties Association has released their 2019-2020 WCA Legislative Agenda. The Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) legislative agenda is approved by the board of  directors and published every two years in preparation for the upcoming legislative session. This document outlines the association’s priorities for the legislative session.While many of  these items require additional... Mon, 12 Nov 2018 15:50:00 GMT A Clear Voter Mandate, a Bipartisan Solution: Close the Dark Store Loopholes http://www.wicounties.org//blog/a-clear-voter-mandate-a-bipartisan-solution-close-the-dark-store-loopholes/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/a-clear-voter-mandate-a-bipartisan-solution-close-the-dark-store-loopholes/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Voters and local officials statewide are calling on Governor-Elect Evers and state legislators to close the Dark Store Loopholes and stop the tax shift to homeowners and small businesses. With a statewide tally of 802,870 voters (79%) in favor, Wisconsin voters from 23 counties, cities, villages and towns on Tuesday were clear in calling for the end to the Dark Store Loopholes. The referendums passed in every community, from Merrill (76%) to Washington County (64%) and from Kenosha (79%) to Barron... Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 GMT Join the 2019-2020 WCA County Ambassador Team! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-the-2019-2020-county-ambassador-team/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-the-2019-2020-county-ambassador-team/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The 2019-2020 Wisconsin State Legislature will be filled with new faces and many new ideas on shaping Wisconsin’s future. Along with the new faces comes the need to inform members of the Legislature about the state-county partnership and the critical role counties play in ensuring strong, vital communities across the state.     BACKGROUNDIn 2010, the Wisconsin Counties Association began the County Ambassador Program (CAP). The goal of the program is to... Wed, 31 Oct 2018 16:24:00 GMT WCA Annual Conference Success: Annual Video and Handouts Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-tentative-agenda-released/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-tentative-agenda-released/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) County officials from around Wisconsin gathered at the 2018 WCA Annual Conference September 23-25, 2018 in La Crosse County. "The 2018 WCA Annual Conference was an incredibly successful event, with county officials coming together to network, share ideas, and listen to state and federal speakers," said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell.  "The conference is one of the highlights of our year. We are proud to have offered opportunities for attendees to engage on many levels on timely... Thu, 27 Sep 2018 02:21:00 GMT Latest 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.   View the Week of August 27, 2018 issue here. To see archived issues, click here.If you'd like to receive "WCA eNews" in your inbox, please contact us here.... Mon, 27 Aug 2018 05:17:00 GMT U.S. Supreme Court Rules States Allowed to Require Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax http://www.wicounties.org//blog/us-supreme-court-rules-states-allowed-to-require-online-retailers-to-collect-sales-tax/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/us-supreme-court-rules-states-allowed-to-require-online-retailers-to-collect-sales-tax/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision allowing states to require online retailers to collect sales tax regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state.    The financial impact of the decision for Wisconsin counties is unclear as the amount of uncollected taxes is not precisely known. However, nearly all major online retailers currently have a presence in the state. Thus, the vast majority of online sales are currently... Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:48:00 GMT Nonferrous Metallic Mining Regulation Handbook: Sample Ordinance Released http://www.wicounties.org//blog/nonferrous-metallic-mining-regulation-handbook-sample-ordinance-released/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/nonferrous-metallic-mining-regulation-handbook-sample-ordinance-released/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA has received much feedback on the Nonferrous Metallic Mining Regulation Handbook since its publication on May 1, 2018.  Much of that feedback requested review of existing and proposed ordinances, and also requests for new ordinance language, in order to codify the unique provisions presented by the Act 134 and the changes to the metallic mining statutes.  WCA’s general counsel at von Briesen & Roper has also identified additional legal considerations that have... Wed, 06 Jun 2018 10:37:00 GMT WCA Testifies Before Supreme Court in Opposition of Increased of Rates for Court-Appointed Attorneys http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-testifies-to-supreme-court-in-opposition-of-increased-of-rates-for-court-appointed-attorneys/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-testifies-to-supreme-court-in-opposition-of-increased-of-rates-for-court-appointed-attorneys/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On May 16, 2018, WCA testified before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in opposition to increased rates for court-appointed attorneys, citing that such an increase would be "financially devastating for cash-strapped counties struggling to provide state-mandated services in an era of growing service demands and reduced revenues." WCA requested that the justices deny petition 17-06, which would amend Supreme Court Rule 81.02. The petition would make the following changes:1. Increase the hourly rate for... Wed, 16 May 2018 13:35:00 GMT WCA Board of Directors Elected at Seven District Meetings Statewide http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-board-of-directors-elected-at-seven-district-meetings/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-board-of-directors-elected-at-seven-district-meetings/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA recently held their district meetings to elect representatives to the association's board of directors.  The elections occur every two years and in each of the seven WCA districts. In addition to the elections, the meetings included an overview of WCA’s mission, an update on new resources and initiatives at WCA, a legislative update, and a program and services overview.  "The direction of our organization is one that is determined by the membership and the WCA Board... Mon, 14 May 2018 21:22:00 GMT WCA Hosts Successful Juvenile Corrections Forum http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-to-host-juvenile-corrections-forum-may-3-register-today/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-to-host-juvenile-corrections-forum-may-3-register-today/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) With the passage of 2017 Assembly Bill 953 (2017 Wisconsin Act 185), counties will play a greater role in the juvenile corrections system. Effective January 2021, counties will be responsible for housing non-violent juveniles with a corrections disposition in secure residential care centers for children and youth (SRCCCY). What does this mean for counties? What should counties be doing now to prepare for January 2021?The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) hosted a Juvenile Corrections Forum on... Wed, 09 May 2018 06:21:00 GMT WCA Capitol Watch for Week of 3.19.2018 Now Out! 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 3.19.2018 WCA Capitol Watch issue here. Note that previous week's issues from the 2017-2018 sessions can be found under "Legislative Documents" on this site.  See all WCA Capitol Watch issues here. ... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 01:00:00 GMT WCA Commends Legislature for Proposal to Provide Additional ADA Positions http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-legislature-for-proposal-to-provide-additional-ada-positions/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-legislature-for-proposal-to-provide-additional-ada-positions/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association is commending the Legislature for a State Assembly proposal funding additional assistant district attorney (ADA) positions in 40 counties.   “This proposal will help address staffing shortages that counties have seen around the state,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell.  “Increasing caseloads and not enough staff has resulted in tremendous backlogs of cases in our state. Heroin and opioid-related... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:22:00 GMT 2018 WCA Legislative Exchange Handouts Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2018-wca-leg-exchange-next-week-in-madison/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2018-wca-leg-exchange-next-week-in-madison/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association held the 2018 WCA Legislative Exchange February 6-7, 2018 at the Madison Concourse Hotel.  County officials gathered to discuss the important issues facing counties around the state. See presentations from the 2018 WCA Legislative Exchange here. (Note that presentations are posted as soon as received.) Thanks to event sponsors of the 2018 WCA Legislative Exchange.... Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:12:00 GMT Mining 101 Educational Seminar Coverage Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-mining-101-educational-seminar-january-24/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-for-mining-101-educational-seminar-january-24/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Recent law changes surrounding the regulation of non-ferrous metallic mining in Wisconsin have presented an opportunity to educate local government officials on this new regulatory environment.   Mining 101, sponsored by the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Towns Association, was held on January 24, 2018. This special educational seminar featured topic experts and is being offered at no charge. Watch WisconsinEye coverage of the entire event here. Learn more about... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:56:00 GMT WCA Commends Governor Walker, Lt. Governor Kleefisch & Rep. Nygren for Comprehensive Opioid Package Announcement http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-governor-walker-lt-governor-kleefisch-rep-nygren-for-todays-comprehensive-opioid-package-announcement/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-governor-walker-lt-governor-kleefisch-rep-nygren-for-todays-comprehensive-opioid-package-announcement/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As counties in every corner of the state feel the staggering impact of heroin and opioid abuse, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) for a comprehensive opioid package announced January 19, 2018.  “This conversation is a top priority for our 72 counties and we are proud to work alongside Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and Representative John... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:32:00 GMT Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of 28 Wisconsin Counties Against Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Epidemic http://www.wicounties.org//blog/lawsuits-filed-on-behalf-of-28-wisconsin-counties-against-pharmaceutical-companies-over-opioid-epidemic/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/lawsuits-filed-on-behalf-of-28-wisconsin-counties-against-pharmaceutical-companies-over-opioid-epidemic/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) From law enforcement to jails to human services, counties across Wisconsin have felt the staggering impact of opioid abuse.  On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, lawsuits were filed on behalf of 28 Wisconsin counties against pharmaceutical companies over "the aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to this drug epidemic in the state and throughout the nation." The lawsuits, filed by Crueger Dickinson LLC and Simmons Hanley Conroy, are one of the largest... Mon, 01 Jan 2018 14:07:00 GMT Local Government Officials Designate "Dark Store Day" to Draw Attention to Harmful Tax Shift http://www.wicounties.org//blog/get-involved-dark-store-day-december-11/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/get-involved-dark-store-day-december-11/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) To draw attention to a loophole utilized by big-box commercial retailers to significantly reduce their property tax assessments, local government officials have designated December 11, 2017 as “Dark Store Day.”Local officials statewide are calling on state legislators to stop this tax shift to other taxpayers, mainly homeowners, by scheduling a vote in January on Senate Bill 291 and Senate Bill 292, which close the dark store loophole.“As local officials, we are calling... Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:29:00 GMT 2017 WCA Annual Conference Handouts Now Online! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-handouts-now-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-handouts-now-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Handouts from concurrent workshops held during the 2017 WCA Annual Conference, held September 24-26, 2017 in Sauk County, are now online. See 2017 WCA Annual Conference concurrent workshop handouts here.Please note as presentations are submitted to WCA they are posted immediately.  If a document is missing, it has not yet been sent to us. ... Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:02:00 GMT WCA Releases Final Budget Summary as State Budget is Signed into Law http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-final-budget-summary-as-state-budget-is-signed-into-law/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-final-budget-summary-as-state-budget-is-signed-into-law/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) commends Governor Scott Walker for signing into law today the 2017-2019 State Budget that contains several initiatives advocated for by counties. See the WCA Final Budget Summary here. County-related highlights of the state’s two-year spending plan include: Next Generation 911: The budget provides approximately $7 million annually, beginning in FY19, for creation of a statewide 911 network. Creation of a statewide network is the critical first... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2018 County Sales Tax Forecasting http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2018-county-sales-tax-forecasting/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2018-county-sales-tax-forecasting/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Counties and other units of local government are currently in the process of drafting budgets for the upcoming year. As with all budgets, county budgeting is based on projections and estimates: how much money will be generated from taxes and fees, how much will be received from the state, how much will be spent, etc.  While there are similarities between county and municipal budgeting, a major difference is the sales tax. Unlike municipalities, counties have the option of imposing a 0.5%... Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:07:00 GMT Local Governments Respond to Removal of Community-Based Decision Making http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-governments-respond-to-removal-of-community-based-decision-making/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-governments-respond-to-removal-of-community-based-decision-making/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Towns Association, and League of Wisconsin Municipalities issued the following statement in response to the release of a legislative proposal called the “Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR):”The HBOR (LRB-2630/1) eliminates years of work by local communities in establishing the balance between property owners and communities when it comes to local land use decisions.  Under current law, local zoning boards, comprised of local... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:42:00 GMT County Officials Advocate for Property Tax Fairness in Madison http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-advocate-for-property-tax-fairness-in-madison/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/county-officials-advocate-for-property-tax-fairness-in-madison/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) County officials from throughout the state traveled to Madison on June 29 to testify in support of Assembly Bills 386 and 387, which closes the “dark store” assessment loophole utilized by big-box commercial retailers to significantly reduce their property tax assessments. Passage of this legislation is critical to ensuring residential homeowners are not forced to continue paying a disproportionate share of the local property tax due to unfair assessment strategies employed by... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:39:00 GMT WCA Applauds Additional Child Welfare Funding Approved by JCF http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-additional-child-welfare-funding-approved-by-jcf/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-additional-child-welfare-funding-approved-by-jcf/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is applauding today’s vote by the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) to increase child welfare funding by $5 million annually, beginning in CY18. “Increased heroin, opioid and methamphetamine usage in Wisconsin is contributing to additional child welfare referrals/out-of-home care placements. The workload of county child welfare caseworkers has been increasing with the addition of CPS referrals,” said WCA Executive Director Mark... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT WCA Applauds Additional Funding For Income Maintenance Fraud Program http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-additional-funding-for-income-maintenance-fraud-program/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-additional-funding-for-income-maintenance-fraud-program/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is applauding today’s unanimous vote by the Joint Committee on Finance (JCF) to increase income maintenance (IM) fraud funding by $500,000 annually. The budget motion was promoted by Representatives Amy Loudenbeck, Mary Felzkowski, and Scott Krug. Currently county income maintenance consortia are required to operate a Fraud Prevention and Investigation Program (FPIP). The FPIP model “focuses on fraud prevention, using investigative staff... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:41:00 GMT CALL TO ACTION: 911 Funding http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-911-funding/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/call-to-action-911-funding/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has identified 911 funding as one of its top priorities for the 2017-19 state biennial budget.  Over the past nine months, WCA has worked with the telecommunications industry, emergency management associations, and the law enforcement community on a legislative proposal to begin the transition to NextGeneration (NG) 911 in Wisconsin.  The proposal is the first step towards transitioning to NG911 and requests the state invest in a statewide... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:56:00 GMT Local Government Statement on Legislation Circulated to Repeal the Personal Property Tax http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-statement-on-legislation-circulated-to-repeal-the-personal-property-tax/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-statement-on-legislation-circulated-to-repeal-the-personal-property-tax/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities have issued the following statement in response to legislation circulated to repeal Wisconsin's personal property tax: “In recent years, there have been ongoing discussions surrounding the repeal of Wisconsin's personal property tax. As part of these discussions, local governments have consistently maintained that any repeal must include full local government reimbursement for the loss of property tax revenues... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:46:00 GMT Join WCA for "Turnout for Transportation: Capitol Edition" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-us-for-turnout-for-transportation-capitol-edition/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-us-for-turnout-for-transportation-capitol-edition/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) At the March 2017 WCA Board of Directors meeting, transportation was made one of the association’s top five priorities for the current state budget.      As you may recall, last fall WCA co-hosted the unprecedented Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin's (TDA) "Turnout for Transportation" event. The event was so successful that WCA, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities are joining forces again... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:19:00 GMT WCA Summary of 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Biennial Budget http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-initial-summary-of-2017-2019-wisconsin-state-biennial-budget/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-initial-summary-of-2017-2019-wisconsin-state-biennial-budget/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Governor Scott Walker released his proposed state budget to a joint session of the Legislature on February 8, 2017. The budget is introduced as Assembly Bill 64 / Senate Bill 30.Highlights of the Governor’s two-year spending plan include: An additional $649 million for K-12 education An additional $140 million for the UW system, which includes a 5 percent tuition cut Elimination of state prevailing wage Elimination of the state forestry property tax levy Reducing the two lowest individual... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:04:00 GMT WCA Applauds Governor Walker for Investment in Counties http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-governor-walker-for-investment-in-counties/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-applauds-governor-walker-for-investment-in-counties/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Governor Scott Walker addressed over 200 county officials today at the 2017 Wisconsin Counties Association Legislative Exchange in Madison, highlighting significant investments in Wisconsin’s counties in the areas of human services, county conservation efforts, and county operations.  “Governor Walker’s announcements today highlight significant investment in critical county services,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. ... Tue, 07 Feb 2017 11:34:00 GMT The 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange Kicks Off Tuesday in Madison http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-legislative-exchange-news-and-updates-including-parking-options/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-legislative-exchange-news-and-updates-including-parking-options/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) There is still time to register for the 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange, which will be held February 7-8, 2017 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin.      Come hear the latest on what is happening at the Capitol, as well as learn about WCA's priorities for the legislative session.  See the final 2017 WCA Legislative Exchange Agenda here. To learn more about the event, see the "Special WCA Legislative Exchange eNews" here. Parking for WCA Legislative... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 09:03:00 GMT WCA Releases Web Extra on The Impact of Wisconsin's Drug Epidemic on Children http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-web-extra-on-the-impact-of-wisconsins-drug-epidemic-on-children/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-releases-web-extra-on-the-impact-of-wisconsins-drug-epidemic-on-children/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Due to the rapid increase in opioid and methamphetamine use, Wisconsin county child protective service divisions are managing higher and higher caseloads. The December edition of Wisconsin Counties magazine included a comprehensive collection of articles exploring this troubling trend.   In light of last week’s report released from Governor Scott Walker and the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse calling for a special session to combat the scourge of these... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:41:00 GMT WCA Commends Governor Walker for Actions to Fight Heroin/Opioid Abuse http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-governor-walker-for-actions-to-fight-heroinopioid-abuse/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-governor-walker-for-actions-to-fight-heroinopioid-abuse/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As Wisconsin counties in every corner of the state are feeling the impact of increased heroin and opioid addiction, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending Governor Scott Walker and the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse for the release of today’s report and the announcement of a special session to combat the scourge of these drugs.“The increased incidences of heroin and opioid use across the state are having a staggering effect on families. Counties... Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:15:00 GMT December Wisconsin Counties Magazine Highlights Impact of Opiates on Child Welfare System http://www.wicounties.org//blog/december-iwisconsin-countiesi-magazine-highlights-impact-of-opiates-on-child-welfare-system/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/december-iwisconsin-countiesi-magazine-highlights-impact-of-opiates-on-child-welfare-system/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Counties in every corner of the state are feeling the impact of increased opiate, heroin and meth use, with the child welfare system taking one of the biggest hits. To address this crisis, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) today announced the release of the December issue of Wisconsin Counties magazine, which takes an in-depth look at this topic.“Sadly, the increased incidences of heroin and meth use across the state is having negative consequences on the state’s most vulnerable... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:37:00 GMT PACE Wisconsin Program Launched To Finance Commercial Energy Efficiency Improvements http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pace-wisconsin-program-launched-to-finance-commercial-energy-efficiency-improvements/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pace-wisconsin-program-launched-to-finance-commercial-energy-efficiency-improvements/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) PACE Wisconsin, a statewide program which enables property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation building improvements, is now available for implementation by Wisconsin municipalities and counties.PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is an innovative program utilized in communities across the United States to drive economic development by authorizing municipalities and counties to work with private sector lenders to provide... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:07:00 GMT Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Court: Sign Up for Webinar http://www.wicounties.org//blog/overtime-rule-blocked-by-federal-court-read-analysis-upcoming-webinar/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/overtime-rule-blocked-by-federal-court-read-analysis-upcoming-webinar/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On November 22, 2016, a federal court enjoined enforcement of the new FLSA rules on salary exemptions that were scheduled to go into effect next month.  This ruling has far reaching implications for counties.  What should employers do in response?  Is it okay to put everything on hold?  Is there a chance that the regulations come back?  Do the results of the presidential election have any impact on the regulations?  Our WCA general counsel, von... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:23:00 GMT Watch: 2016 WCA Annual Conference Daily Wrap Up Videos http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-next-week-in-milwaukee-county/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2017-wca-annual-conference-next-week-in-milwaukee-county/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The WCA Annual Conference was held September 25-27 in Milwaukee County at the Wisconsin Center and Hilton Milwaukee City Center.  Over 1,000 county officials attended the three-day event. WCA, along with CGI Communications, did a video wrapping up each day's events: Day Three Video: Attendee perspectives on breakouts were featured in the Tuesday, September 27 video. Day Two Video: Watch a highlight video from Monday, September 26, featuring Senator Ron Johnson, Russ Feingold and Cathy Sandeen. Day... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:11:00 GMT Joint Statement on WisDOT Budget Request http://www.wicounties.org//blog/joint-statement-on-wisdot-budget-request/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/joint-statement-on-wisdot-budget-request/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) “We appreciate Governor Walker and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Gottlieb for listening to the thousands of local government officials across Wisconsin who have stressed the importance of local roads and infrastructure. Local governments have been struggling to maintain local infrastructure in the face of reduced revenues and rising costs. The budget proposed by Governor Walker’s Department of Transportation provides much needed increases in local transportation... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:55:00 GMT Join "Turnout for Transportation" Meeting September 29 in Your County http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-turnout-for-transportation-meeting-september-29-in-your-county/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/join-turnout-for-transportation-meeting-september-29-in-your-county/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Join "Turnout for Transportation" in 71 counties on September 29 to discuss ways to #JustFixItWI. Watch this video from WCA, the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and Wisconsin Towns Association & find your location: http://bit.ly/2cthP5j ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:47:00 GMT Watch: nEXT Generation Video Update with Chancellor Sandeen & Mark O'Connell http://www.wicounties.org//blog/watch-next-generation-video-update-with-chancellor-sandeen-mark-oconnell/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/watch-next-generation-video-update-with-chancellor-sandeen-mark-oconnell/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA Executive Director Mark O'Connell sat down recently with University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen for a video update on the nEXT Generation project.Watch the Chancellor Sandeen/Mark O'Connell video here. ... Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:06:00 GMT PACE RFP for Program Administration Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pace-rfp-for-program-administration-now-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pace-rfp-for-program-administration-now-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Commission Wisconsin is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from qualified organizations to serve as a Program Administrator for the statewide PACE program. The expected contract start date is September 15, 2016. A successful applicant will provide PACE Wisconsin with a solution for the start-up, implementation, and administration of a PACE Program in the state of Wisconsin. The Program Administrator will be expected to manage the... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:49:00 GMT WCA Sponsors New WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 Video Player http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-sponsors-new-wisconsineye-campaign-2016-video-player/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-sponsors-new-wisconsineye-campaign-2016-video-player/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) WCA is proud to be a sponsor of the new WisconsinEye Campaign 2016 video player, which contains an array of campaign events and interviews at the state and federal levels.  Wisconsin Eye has partnered with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Gannett Wisconsin to deliver comprehensive campaign coverage.The Campaign 2016 video player will contain an array of campaign events and interviews at the state and federal levels. Viewers will also have access to hundreds of in-depth interviews with... Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:34:00 GMT WCA Statement on Passing of DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-statement-on-passing-of-dhs-secretary-kitty-rhoades/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-statement-on-passing-of-dhs-secretary-kitty-rhoades/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) “On behalf of the 72 county governments across the state of Wisconsin, I want to express our profound sadness over the passing of Secretary of the Department of Health Services Kitty Rhoades, as well as our appreciation for all that she accomplished in her lifetime for people across Wisconsin,” said Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “The impact Kitty Rhoades had on county government and the people we serve cannot be overstated.... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 07:33:00 GMT Local Government Leaders Issue Transportation Statement http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-leaders-transportation-statement/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-leaders-transportation-statement/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) In response to comments made by State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke regarding the state’s transportation shortfall, the executive directors of the three largest local governmental associations have released the following statement about this critical topic: In response to recent comments made by State Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke regarding the state’s transportation shortfall, the executive directors of the three largest local governmental associations... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:14:00 GMT Counties Encouraged to Pass Revised Resolution on Transportation Funding http://www.wicounties.org//blog/counties-encouraged-to-pass-resolution-on-transportation-funding/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/counties-encouraged-to-pass-resolution-on-transportation-funding/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The link below contains a sample resolution calling on the State Legislature and Governor to address the current revenue shortfall in the Segregated Transportation Fund. WCA is working with Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin as they kick off their "Just Fix It" campaign. The purpose of this effort is to encourage the Legislature and Governor to develop a long-term sustainable solution to the revenue shortfall in the Segregated Transportation Fund.Recently it has been suggested by... Tue, 24 May 2016 11:36:00 GMT WCA Commends Senator Petrowski and Representative Spiros for New Law Banning Cell Phones in Work Zones http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-senator-petrowski-and-representative-spiros-for-new-law-banning-cell-phones-in-work-zones/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-senator-petrowski-and-representative-spiros-for-new-law-banning-cell-phones-in-work-zones/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association is commending Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) for their dedication in keeping highway work zones safer with the signing of their bills, SB 135 and AB 198. The bills, prompted by three Wisconsin highway work zone fatalities in 2015, ban the use of “handheld communication devices” in areas labeled as work zones.“This is a common sense piece of legislation that goes a long way toward promoting... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:54:00 GMT 2016 WCA Legislative Exchange Presentations Now Online http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-online-for-wca-legislative-exchange/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/register-online-for-wca-legislative-exchange/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The WCA Legislative Exchange was held February 2-3, 2016 in Madison. See presentations from the 2016 WCA Legislative Exchange here. To see the agenda, as well as hear a podcast from WCA Executive Director Mark D. O'Connell on the 2016 WCA Legislative Exchange, please click here. The two-day event provided a briefing on legislative proposals affecting counties and reports by WCA legislative staff and state officials.This year's Legislative Exchange was held at: Madison Concourse Hotel1 West Dayton... Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:19:00 GMT Close to 100 "WCA County Ambassadors" Meeting with Legislators in Madison http://www.wicounties.org//blog/close-to-100-wca-county-ambassadors-meeting-with-legislators-in-madison/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/close-to-100-wca-county-ambassadors-meeting-with-legislators-in-madison/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Close to 100 county officials were in Madison on Wednesday, November 4 as a part of the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) County Ambassador Program (CAP).  The full-day event included a briefing on key county issues, legislative office visits and a noon update by Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke. Attendees gathered at the Madison Concourse Hotel and were welcomed by WCA President and Wood County Board Chair Lance Pliml, followed by legislative briefings by the... Wed, 04 Nov 2015 16:46:00 GMT La Crosse County's Jane Klekamp Named 2015 "Friend in County Government" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/la-crosse-countys-jane-klekamp-named-2015-friend-in-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/la-crosse-countys-jane-klekamp-named-2015-friend-in-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) La Crosse County’s Jane Klekamp has been named as the 2015 recipient of the Wisconsin Counties Association’s (WCA) “Friend in County Government” award for her work in the areas of alternatives to incarceration and effective justice strategies.  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. Klekamp... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 14:05:00 GMT Senator Sheila Harsdorf Named 2015 "WCA Friend of County Government" http://www.wicounties.org//blog/senator-sheila-harsdorf-named-2015-wca-friend-of-county-government/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/senator-sheila-harsdorf-named-2015-wca-friend-of-county-government/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Wisconsin Counties Association has named Senator Sheila Harsdorf as the 2015 recipient of their “Friend of County Government.” This is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual who has performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity. Senator Harsdorf (R-River Falls) was honored at the WCA Annual Conference in La Crosse County recently. “Senator Harsdorf has been instrumental in addressing county issues during the state... Mon, 05 Oct 2015 09:00:00 GMT Immediate Call to Action: County Zoning Authority http://www.wicounties.org//blog/immediate-call-to-action-county-zoning-authority/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/immediate-call-to-action-county-zoning-authority/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Many of you have heard about a potential motion in the state biennial budget that allows for town withdrawal from Dane County zoning. Many view this as just a Dane County issue but, in fact, this could become a statewide issue. If this authority is provided to Dane County towns, towns in other counties around the state will ask to have the same policy applied in their counties. This motion sets a very bad precedent for counties statewide. The budget process should not be used to... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:50:00 GMT 2015 WCA Annual Conference Preview! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-annual-conference/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The WCA Annual Conference is fast approaching from September 20-22 in La Crosse County at the La Crosse Center and Radisson Hotel La Crosse.  Check out our special preview e-newsletter of this year's event, which features registration, hotel and speaker information.For questions regarding the 2015 WCA Annual Conference, contact WCA Marketing and Events Manager Cheryl Fleck at 866.404.2700 or via email at fleck@wicounties.org... Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:00:00 GMT WCA Commends Senator Harsdorf; Representative Loudenbeck for Protecting County Land and Water Conservation Efforts http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-senator-harsdorf-representative-loudenbeck-for-protecting-county-land-and-water-conservation-efforts/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/wca-commends-senator-harsdorf-representative-loudenbeck-for-protecting-county-land-and-water-conservation-efforts/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) As deliberations continue on the 2015-2017 State Budget by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) is commending JFC members Senator Sheila Harsdorf and Representative Amy Loudenbeck for their work to protect county land and water conservation offices.On May 12, the Joint Finance Committee approved an amendment by the two legislators to add $675,000 in annual funding for county conservation staffing and cost sharing grants.“Our county conservation offices... Thu, 14 May 2015 14:37:00 GMT Local Government Property Insurance Fund Update http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-property-insurance-fund-update/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/local-government-property-insurance-fund-update/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Friday April 17, 2015, the Joint Committee on Finance debated Governor Walker's proposal to close the Local Government Property Insurance Fund. The committee voted unanimously to delay the closure of the fund. Under this action, the last day for coverage renewal would be January 1, 2018 and the last day to file claims would be July 1, 2019. Final determination on closure of the fund is still subject to final action on the State Budget by the Legislature and Governor.Additionally, the motion required... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:06:00 GMT The Public Finance Authority Passes 100 Mark for Bond Issuances http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pfa-passes-100-mark-for-bond-issuances/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/pfa-passes-100-mark-for-bond-issuances/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) The Public Finance Authority (PFA) is pleased to announce it has closed more than 100 bond issuances representing more than $2.65 billion in financings throughout 36 states since inception in 2010.A national conduit issuer of taxable and tax-exempt bonds, PFA provides the ability to finance projects in multiple states and has rapidly become a valuable local resource for bond financings across the country. In 2014, the number of issuances by PFA grew 90 percent from 2013 and financings for 2015 are... Thu, 09 Apr 2015 12:33:00 GMT "What are Counties" Toolkit Now Available Online! http://www.wicounties.org//blog/what-are-counties-toolkit-now-available-online/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/what-are-counties-toolkit-now-available-online/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) On Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the WCA Legislative Exchange in Madison, the Wisconsin Counties Association launched a new toolkit for county officials and interested parties to help educate people on the role of counties in their lives.This new campaign, “What are Counties,” came about because of conversations with our county officials desiring a brochure on county government services to hand out when they spoke to civic groups, students and other entities. The result of this... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:08:00 GMT Updated 2015-2017 State Biennial Budget Summary http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2015-2017-state-biennial-budget-summary/ http://www.wicounties.org//blog/2015-2017-state-biennial-budget-summary/ info@stdennisschool.org (Webmaster) Governor Scott Walker released his proposed state budget to a joint session of the Legislature on February 3, 2015.  The budget is introduced as Assembly Bill 21 /Senate Bill 21.  Highlights of the Governor's $68.3 billion spending plan include:•    Expansion of the voucher and charter school programs•    Reducing funding for the UW System by 13% and maintaining a tuition freeze•   ... Wed, 04 Feb 2015 01:13:00 GMT 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 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 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'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