Senator Kapenga's E-Update
View this email in your browser

What's Happening in Waukesha County

It's been an action-packed couple of weeks in Waukesha County. With the weather warming, it's been enjoyable to get out, meet new people, and see the inspiring work taking place in our community.
WCTC Opens New Manufacturing Center

Waukesha County Technical College has long served our county well by providing a quality education and enabling its students to be gainfully employed following graduation. On Monday, April 4, I was excited to attend the grand opening and dedication of WCTC's newest facility, the Integrated Manufacturing Center (IMC). I enjoyed meeting with faculty and members of the community at the IMC's inaugural event.

The 24,000-square-foot IMC will be Waukesha County's top-notch training source for those seeking employment in the manufacturing field, housing several programs within WCTC's School of Applied Technologies. A special thank you to those who helped raise more than $3 million in volunteer contributions to make this project possible.

To read more about the new IMC, read the Milwaukee Business Journal's article on the project.
Experience Day at Banting Elementary

This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of participating in Experience Day at Banting Elementary in Waukesha. This is a day where the Waukesha Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department “take over” the school and bring in people from all different career fields and interest areas to share what they do with the students.
My “Senate” colleagues from Banting Elementary held a mock committee hearing and mock Senate session where we debated the merits of a bill to reduce the school week to three days. It was great to see the students so engaged in learning about state government and to see them so excited to participate in the process. Check out the video below to see if their bill passed!
Right-to-Work Law Will Stand
They say that when a bill is introduced, the Assembly and Senate pass the bill; the bill is sent to the governor; and after he signs it, it becomes a lawsuit in Dane County. Well, it's happened once again. This time, the law at stake is Wisconsin's right-to-work law, which we passed last year.

It's certainly disappointing to see another activist Dane County judge play politics on the bench and throw out a law that has ultimately been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. The legal argument made in the case was that unions have a property right to the wages of workers. This argument is not only absurd, but it's wrong.

I am confident that a higher court will ultimately uphold the law and reaffirm that every worker should have the freedom to choose whether or not to join a union. This is another instance of a frivolous lawsuit that is an absolute waste of taxpayer dollars.
School Groups Visit the Capitol
Thank you to the Village of Hartland Recreation Program (pictured top) and Templeton Middle School (pictured bottom) for visiting the Capitol during the past couple weeks!
Touring the Capitol is a great activity if you are looking for sightseeing activities during your visit to Madison. If you would like to set up a group tour, please call my staff at (608) 266-9174, or visit to learn more.

Upcoming Town Hall Meeting

Please join me for one of my upcoming town hall meetings. During these meetings, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels. Stay tuned for my upcoming summer and fall town hall meeting schedule which will be released in one of my future e-updates.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.
Thank you to everyone who came to my town hall meeting in Waukesha on Wednesday!

Today in History

1828 - The first edition of Noah Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language is published.
1865 - John Wilkes Booth assassinates Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.
1939 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is published.
1956 - The first commercial videotape recorder is demonstrated simultaneously in Redwood City, California, and Chicago.
1981 - America's first operational space shuttle, Columbia, completes its first flight.
Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Local Events
Ottawa Town Hall
Wednesday, May 4
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Town of Ottawa Town Hall
Copyright © 2016 Wisconsin State Senate, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list