Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Wisconsin Ranked 11th Best State for Business

Along with holding listening sessions to meet with citizens, I have been reaching out to businesses to set up tours and learn more about the unique challenges that they face on a daily basis.

 I toured the Fisher Barton Technology Center with Governor Walker on Monday, which provided another great opportunity to learn more about Wisconsin's strong manufacturing sector. Fisher Barton is an industry leader in materials manufacturing and I am glad they call Wisconsin home.

One of the things that I have heard from manufacturing businesses is that they need skilled workers. As I highlighted in a previous e-update, Waukesha County Technical College recently opened an Integrated Manufacturing Center that is part of a broader, statewide shift towards educating and training future workers for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century and beyond.

Six years ago, Wisconsin ranked 41st in Chief Executive Group's annual "Best and Worst States for Business" survey. A lot has happened since 2010, and Republican reforms are helping to turn the business climate around here in Wisconsin. Today, the same survey has Wisconsin ranked the 11th best state to do business.

However, our work is far from done. We must continue to look at ways to improve our business climate. Lowering the tax burden on businesses and consumers, reforming occupational licensing, and protecting the rights of small businesses are a few important steps in making Wisconsin an even better place to open a business.

My staff and I have begun researching business-friendly legislation for the upcoming session. If you have any input or ideas to improve Wisconsin's business climate, please feel free to email me at or give me a call at (608) 266-9174. I would be happy to hear any suggestions you may have.
School Groups Visit the Capitol
Thank you to groups from Templeton Middle School, Trinity Lutheran School, Rose Glen Elementary School, Divine Redeemer School, and St. Mary Catholic School 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.

Today in History

1780 - Patriot general Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston, South Carolina, and more than 5,000 troops to British general Sir Henry Clinton.
1864 - Some of the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War rages at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia.
1943 - In World War II, Axis troops in North Africa surrender after advances by Allied forces.
1949 - The Soviet Union ends its blockade of West Berlin, which the United States and Britain had overcome with the Berlin Airlift.
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(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Listening Sessions
Merton Listening Session
Wednesday, June 22
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Merton Village Hall

Pewaukee Listening Session
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pewaukee Village Hall

Dousman Listening Session
Wednesday, September 14
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dousman Village Hall

Delafield Listening Session
Wednesday, October 19
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Delafield Town Hall

Waukesha Listening Session
Wednesday, November 16
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waukesha City Hall
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