WLA Close the Gap Fund ... Government Relations Services for 2016

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on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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If you believe that effective legislative lobbying is important for Wisconsin libraries, please contribute by clicking on this LINK.    The WLA Board needs your immediate assistance in determining the level of funding support for professional government relations services in 2016.  The WLA lobbyist team facilitates timely and effective meetings with key legislative leaders, state agency officials and the Governor’s policy staff.   A year ago the WLA Board increased our service contract with DeWitt Ross & Stevens more than threefold and then developed a tool and process to assess the return on investment.  Using the evaluation tool at their October 2 meeting, the LD&L Committee assessed the performance of DeWitt Associates as very strong in all 22 performance measures, and recommended to the WLA Board that the contract be renewed at the same level as 2015: $30,000.   In previous years, the government relations services was only funded at $7,000 annually.  The...
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TIME SENSITIVE Legislative Action Needed – Support change to minimum public library system board size

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on Friday, September 11, 2015 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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DEADLINE Sept. 18: Contact Your Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bill Regarding Minimum Number of Public Library System Board Members  Proposal would change minimum requirement from 15 to 11 members to allow systems with two or more counties smaller system boards. Read More ...
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Library Legislative Day is February 11

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on Friday, January 24, 2014 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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  Library Legislative Day is the most important library advocacy event of 2014!   Please join the Wisconsin Library Association and Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association on Tuesday, February 11, at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.  This is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators! Whether your constituent community is an academic campus, a K-12 school, a municipality, or museum, law firm or hospital, your legislators need to hear from you about important library issues.  WLA and WEMTA are particularly interested in recruiting library trustees, school board members, volunteers from friends/foundation groups and other citizen library supporters to add to our delegation.   Participate in Library Legislative Day to learn what is important to public officials and, in the process, position yourself as a resource on library issues. Appointments will be made for you and others from your legislative...
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2014 Library Legislative Day

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on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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Register online or complete the PDF and submit to the WLA office. Library Legislative Day...the most important advocacy event of 2014. This is your chance to promote the value of libraries and build relationships with your state legislators. Join WLA and WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association) on Tuesday, February 11, at the Best Western Inn on the Park in Madison.    The day begins with registration and continental breakfast at 7:30 AM followed by program speakers and a legislative briefing panel before visits to legislative offices begin at 10:30 AM and continue through early afternoon. Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander), Senator Jennifer Schilling (D-La Crosse) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers have accepted our invitation to participate in the program. Whether your constituent community is an academic campus, a K-12 school, a municipality, or museum, law firm or hospital, your legislators need to hear from you about important library issues.  WLA and WEMTA...
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State Superintendent Reintroduces "Fair Funding for Our Future"

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on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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State Superintendent Tony Evers reintroduced his “Fair Funding for Our Future” school finance reform plan to reinvest in public schools and fix the state’s school finance system while protecting property taxpayers. “We can do right for our kids,” Evers said. “This Fair Funding plan is a realistic and ready first step that provides solutions that are good for education and our economic future.” Although the plan has received bipartisan accolades, “the last budget obviously went in a different direction,” noted Evers during an event Monday at Irving Elementary School in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. Part of the Department of Public Instruction’s 2013-15 budget request, Fair Funding for Our Future would increase general and categorical school aid (see next article). This, together with measures for predictable growth in state aid, creates a pathway to restoring the state’s two-thirds funding commitment to education by 2017. Districts could also depend on a...
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