Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Wisconsin Employment at All-Time High

This past Monday, I had the opportunity to tour HUSCO International, a manufacturing business that is contributing to Waukesha's strong economy. It is great to witness the positive impact that job growth is having on the 33rd Senate District and on the state as a whole. Austin Ramirez, CEO of HUSCO, walked Representative Neylon and myself through the plant and explained that there is a high demand for workers.

Related to this, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) issued a press release showing that Wisconsin has record job growth and employment is at an all-time high. The numbers show the largest three-month job gain on record for Wisconsin in the Current Employment Statistics Program. To read an article detailing this job growth, click here.

I bring this up because we need to celebrate wins, and we can see that Wisconsin is making progress in the midst of a tumultuous national economy that continues to be strangled by destructive policies coming out of Washington, D.C.

This also highlights where there are opportunities for improvement. Right now, Waukesha County is statistically fully employed, yet right down the road in Milwaukee, we have serious challenges. Milwaukee has one of the highest Black unemployment rates in the nation, a debilitating poverty rate, and a crumbling educational system. Why the paradox?

I believe it is another glaring example of how the welfare system traps individuals in poverty instead of helping them rise up the ladder of economic opportunity. It decimates the family structure and incentivizes government dependence instead of simply connecting people to useful resources to help them through a tough time. As more programs are put in place to "help," more barriers are put in place to keep people from becoming independent and having a sense of purpose.

Over the next several months, my office will continue to work on fundamental changes to how government works. The primary principle driving our work is to transition government from being a provider of fundamentals to a facilitator of fundamentals. Keep reading future e-updates for more of what this means and looks like. Until then, please let me know if you have ideas and examples that would help us in this pursuit.

Town Hall Meeting Next Week

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.
School Groups Visit the Capitol
Thank you to groups from Horizon Elementary, Bethesda Elementary, WCTC, and Arrowhead High 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

1854 - Ashmun Institute (now Lincoln University), the first college for African American students, is established in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
1898 - The first American cancer lab is established at the University of Buffalo.
1913 - Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, New Jersey, patents the first modern zipper.
1945 - U.S. troops liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
1975 - American officials evacuate Saigon as North Vietnamese troops close in on South Vietnam's capital.
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33rd Senate District
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Madison, WI 53708
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