The Executive Residence: 100 Years After Breaking Ground, 1921-2021
Wisconsin’s ‘Governor’s Mansion’ is not only the home of our Governors, but a jewel of Wisconsin history. Also, hear from Wisconsin’s four legislative leaders about their priorities for the new legislative session.
To read the January 2021 edition, click here.
Black History Month & Addressing Racial Equity in Wisconsin
To celebrate Black History Month, Wisconsin Counties magazine features a collection of articles that both celebrate black history and examine how Wisconsin is addressing racial equity. Also Inside: NACo’s Legislative Analysis of President-Elect Biden’s COVID-19 Rescue Plan.
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Transportation infrastructure is a building block of our economy and our communities. With the introduction of Governor Evers’ state budget, this edition explores all things transportation in the state of Wisconsin, including an update from the Secretary of Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the current funding in the budget for counties.
To read the March 2021 edition, click here.
Achieving Balance: The State-County Relationship
This edition explores the state-county relationship in Wisconsin from reviewing the history of county services and the state-county relationship’s impact on property taxes to an analysis of state mandates and the levy limit. Also Inside: NACo’s Legislative Analysis of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
To read the April 2021 edition, click here.
The May edition features a group of articles from experts in their field that explore justice reform, from criminal and youth justice reform to treatment alternatives and diversion programs in Wisconsin. Also Inside: The Research Room column explores the housing market during the pandemic.
WISCONSIN COUNTY CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS
This edition of Wisconsin Counties magazine checks in with Wisconsin’s county constitutional officers as we come out of an unprecedented year dealing with the challenges of the pandemic and a new legislative session has begun. After reaching out to each president of their respective associations, the county clerk, county clerks of circuit court, register of deeds, county treasurers, and county surveyors were able to contribute an update about their offices.
THE YEAR OF THE SUNFLOWER In celebration, the cover of this edition features the winning photo of the 2021 Discover Wisconsin Photo Contest. Meet the photographer who took this photo on a sunflower farm in Shawano County and read about other sunflower farms in Wisconsin. Also Inside: Local Redistricting in Wisconsin.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Assisting local businesses by providing gap financing loans, helping them access state business expansion grants or credits, or convincing non-local businesses to expand or relocate in the community all make up economic development. This edition explores all the ways Wisconsin is working to grow. Also Inside: The Opioid Settlement. To read the August 2021 edition, click here.
WELCOME TO LA CROSSE
La Crosse County is the host of the 2021 WCA Annual Conference – explore this scenic area while capitalizing on the educational opportunities of the conference. Stroll the picturesque downtown, take in the area’s signature sights, and remember that the La Crosse region is filled with historic locations. Also Inside: WCA State Budget Summary.
To read the September 2021 edition, click here.
MENTAL HEALTH & THE AGING
Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise in Wisconsin and across the U.S. and are responsible for very real physical, emotional, and psychological impacts — especially in older adults and people with disabilities. This edition includes a collection of articles from the experts exploring the problem, targeting the source, and describing possible solutions. ALSO INSIDE: Celebrating Wisconsin Maritime History News.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Ensuring a Fair & Equitable Justice System
Having legal counsel available to represent you is a critical component of the justice system. It is a constitutional right in criminal court, but not in civil court. The articles in this edition explore in detail the advantages of having legal representation when navigating the court system, as well as the negative impacts when legal representation is not available. ALSO INSIDE: 2021 WCA Annual Conference Wrap Up.
A Refuge from the Storm – Operation Allies Welcome
This edition of the magazine includes articles that cover many aspects of the United States refugee program– specifically, the current Operation Allies Welcome program for Afghan refugees. Monroe County is supporting the efforts at Ft. McCoy, as well as other counties across the nation. A charming account from the perspective of the U.S military personnel currently stationed at Ft. McCoy is also included, as well as a thoughtful look at the very real economic impact of refugee resettlement in local communities.
To read the December 2021 edition, click here.
January in #Wisconsin warms our heart....and that view just never gets old. Photo Credit: WCA's Ann Marie Austin. @NACoTweets