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Make your Voices Heard, Clean Water Advocates!

Apr 04, 2019

Don't miss out on the opportunity to provide input and testimony to lawmakers this spring. It is critical that lawmakers hear directly from citizens, especially those whose lives have been affected by contamination of their drinking water.

State Budget Hearings
The co-chairs of the Joint Finance committees have announced the following public hearings on the 2019-21 State Budget. Hearing comments, concerns, and opinions from Wisconsin citizens helps lawmakers craft the best possible budget for our state. 

Learn more about MEA's budget priorities here.

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Friday, April 5
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pontiac Convention Center
2809 North Pontiac Drive, Janesville

Oak Creek
Wednesday, April 10
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Oak Creek Community Center
8580 South Howell Avenue, Oak Creek

River Falls
Monday, April 15
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UW- River Falls
University Center, Riverview Ballroom #260
500 Wild Rose Avenue, River Falls

Green Bay
Wednesday, April 24
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UW - Green Bay
University Union, Phoenix Room
2430 Campus Court

Can’t attend the budget hearings in person? Written comments can be emailed to the Committee at BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov


Conservation Congress Annual Spring Hearings
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is the only statutory body in the state comprised of delegates elected by citizens. Delegates advise the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources on how to responsibly manage Wisconsin's natural resources for present and future generations. You can provide input and testimony at one of 72 spring hearings happening around the state on April 8th.  If you are considering participating for the first time, we recommend checking out the fact sheet for first-time attendees.

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Can’t attend in person? For the first time ever, there is also an option to weigh in through an online option. However, only in-person attendees will be able to vote for county delegates.

Statewide Hearings: Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality
The task force was created to gather information and make policy recommendations to improve the quality of both surface water and ground water in our state. The task force is expected to release details about upcoming opportunities for public testimony in the near future. It is critically important that lawmakers hear directly from people whose lives have been affected by contamination of their water. 

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Tentative hearing locations include Janesville, Menomonie, Lancaster, LaCrosse, Racine, Green Bay, Mauston, Stevens Point, Tomahawk, Marinette and Superior.

Please check back soon. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.