We heartily endorse Nancy VanderMeer for a third term as our representative for Wisconsin’s 70th Assembly District. Nancy has numerous accomplishments in her first two terms, serving on five legislative committees, including agriculture, consumer protection, mental health, and veterans and military affairs. She was chair of the Rural Development Committee this past session.

Nancy VanderMeer joined fellow legislators to promote the Rural Wisconsin Initiative. The initiative focuses on improving education, health care and technology in small towns and rural areas. She is a strong advocate of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs that prepare young people for careers in those fields.

These are the kinds of programs that steer young people to jobs that are high tech and high paying and occupations that are in demand and often lack qualified and trained people. The graduates enter the workforce quickly and hence are unencumbered by crushing student debt.

Nancy authored the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, Assembly Bill 235, which allows doctors already licensed in a compact state that help create, maintain and enhance access to quality healthcare in our rural communities. The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) allows nurses in Wisconsin to cross state lines and provide care, the nurses in surrounding states to practice in Wisconsin. It’s a common-sense approach that is sure to help rural hospitals and clinics.

Nancy VanderMeer was a leading proponent of the 2017-19 budget bill that witnessed the largest investment ever in Wisconsin K-12 education. It increased state aid to school districts by $639 million and directed additional monies for classrooms.

Two new programs were part of the historic investment in education. The School Mental Health Aid program reimburses schools for the costs related to providing mental health services to students. The Community and School Mental Health Collaboration grants help schools connect health providers to students.

The state budget increased transportation aid for towns by over eight percent and increased local bridge funding by $7.5 million each year.

Nancy VandeMeer has been a leading proponent of the HOPE (Heroin, Opiate Prevent, and Education) program that she helped pass in her first term in office. Enhancements to the bill provide funds for addiction medication fellowships to better assist with the increased case workload, provide a doctor-to-doctor consultation program to act a resource for doctors who aren’t well versed in addiction medicine and fund new state Department of Justice positions to stop drug trafficking into Wisconsin.

Nancy VanderMeer is a hard worker and a good listener. She works well with colleagues on both sides of the political spectrum. Witness that over 90 percent of new laws had bipartisan support in the state Assembly.

Nancy and her husband, David Hall, are part of a 200-cow dairy farm operation northwest of Tomah. She understands the needs of her constituents in the 70th Assembly District. We enthusiastically endorse Nancy for a third term in Madison.

Larry and Ann Scheckel,

Tomah

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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