Rep. Rob Swearingen http://wxpr.org en New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime http://wxpr.org/post/new-law-allows-use-state-trails-anytime <p>One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.</p><p>One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17155 at http://wxpr.org New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime Legislature Considering More Arts Funding http://wxpr.org/post/legislature-considering-more-arts-funding <p>ArtStart Rhinelander was among the groups appearing before the Assembly Tourism committee this week supporting a bill providing arts grant funding as part of economic development.</p><p>AB 760 would provide grants up to $40,000, with an annual cap of $250,000 total per year.</p><p>Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander is a member of the Tourism committee..</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....we heard a lot of testimony from group like ArtStart in Rhinelander, for instance...."</u></i></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:02:23 +0000 Ken Krall 14650 at http://wxpr.org Legislature Considering More Arts Funding Rural Schools Task Force Makes Progress http://wxpr.org/post/rural-schools-task-force-makes-progress <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The rural schools </span>taskforce<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has just two public hearings left before it begins to compile its report.&nbsp; Assembly Speaker Robin </span>Vos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> put the task force together to help get a handle on the problems faced by rural school districts.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:54:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 13200 at http://wxpr.org Rural Schools Task Force Makes Progress Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday http://wxpr.org/post/task-force-coming-antigo-elcho-wednesday <p>The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools is holding its fourth public hearing Wednesday afternoon(Jan. 8) at the Antigo high school.</p><p>Task Force Chair, Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, says they wanted to start with a meeting in Rhinelander. He says after going to other parts of the state, they come back to this region...</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Ken Krall 12748 at http://wxpr.org Task Force Coming To Antigo, Elcho This Wednesday Governor Signs Bill Extending Boulder Shooting Range Lease http://wxpr.org/post/governor-signs-bill-extending-boulder-shooting-range-lease <p><font size="2">&nbsp;&nbsp;</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">One of the bills signed by Governor Walker last week allows the Boulder Junction Shooting Range to extend it's use of state land to 30 years from the current 15.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">State Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Rob Swearingen authored the bills in each chamber in Madison to make the change.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman">Swearingen says he and Tiffany were approached by the club to help them out of a possible problem...</font></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:39:00 +0000 Ken Krall 11952 at http://wxpr.org Governor Signs Bill Extending Boulder Shooting Range Lease Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible http://wxpr.org/post/another-northwoods-schools-task-force-meeting-possible <p>The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools has had two meetings to date, including one in Rhinelander. The task force has a way for those interested in the issue to follow what is happening.</p><p>Task Force Chair Rob Swearingen from Rhinelander said they recently had their second meeting in Elroy, not far from Wisconsin Dells. Swearingen says they heard similar concerns there as the first session in Rhinelander, but some differences as well. He says they've found a way to let the public know what's going on...</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Ken Krall 10781 at http://wxpr.org Another Northwoods Schools Task Force Meeting Possible More Phy. Ed. Means Less Foreign Language? http://wxpr.org/post/more-phy-ed-means-less-foreign-language <p></p><p>The state is hoping to mandate more physical education in schools. Area school leaders last week said it's a worthy goal, but it places cash-strapped districts into a bind.</p><p>The Speakers Task Force On Rural Schools met in Rhinelander last week.</p><p>Task Force member, Representative Stephen Nass asked Rhinelander School Superintendent Kelli Jacobi about unfunded mandates. She mentioned the possible new phy ed requirement...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 21:49:00 +0000 Ken Krall 9824 at http://wxpr.org More Phy. Ed. Means Less Foreign Language? Dems and GOP Differ On Walker Tax Relief Plan http://wxpr.org/post/dems-and-gop-differ-walker-tax-relief-plan <p>Different views of the property tax relief claimed by the Walker administration last week. Governor Walker announced $100 million dollars from surplus revenue would be funneled back to taxpayers. A Northwoods Republican said about $80,000 was coming to all the schools in his district...</p><p>34th Assembly Republican Rob Swearingen...</p><p><i><u> </u></i></p><blockquote><p><i><u>"....the money was injected into the state equalization aid in terms of the school funding formula. It does do what it's supposed to do.Crandon in the (34th) does about the best...</u></i></p> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:14:00 +0000 Ken Krall 9496 at http://wxpr.org Dems and GOP Differ On Walker Tax Relief Plan Rural School Task Force Meets First In Rhinelander http://wxpr.org/post/rural-school-task-force-meets-first-rhinelander <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhinelander &nbsp;will host the first of four statewide public hearings on the future of rural schools.</p><p>Chaired by state Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander, the task force was called by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to look at challenges unique to rural education.</p><p>Swearingen says the Task Force is the result of a visit to the Capitol by Rhinelander school district representatives. He said the visit made an impression on Voss...</p><p> </p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:31:13 +0000 Ken Krall 9082 at http://wxpr.org Rural School Task Force Meets First In Rhinelander Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools http://wxpr.org/post/swearingen-chair-legislative-panel-rural-schools <P>State Representative Rob Swearingen has been asked to Chair the Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Rural Schools.</P> <P>The Rhinelander Republican was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos to study issues like schools financial stability, declining enrollment and transportation needs that are unique to most rural school districts.</P> <P>He says he went along with a group of Rhinelander school officials to Madison several weeks ago to talk to legislators and officials about rural school problems...</P> <P><I><U> </U></I></P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P><I><U>"....we discussed at that time specifically i Sat, 14 Sep 2013 09:02:00 +0000 Ken Krall 7949 at http://wxpr.org Swearingen To Chair Legislative Panel On Rural Schools