Rob Swearingin

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State Representative Rob Swearingin accepted an award in Rhinelander Tuesday. 

The pro-business group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, or WMC…gives out the Working for Wisconsin award…to legislators that vote with what the group calls the pro-jobs position. 

Jason Culotta, Director of Tax and Transportation Policy, explains that WMC looked at votes on 33 pieces of legislation.

Jason Woodhead

Families and individuals struggling to pay high heat bills may be able to get help.  Northwoods state lawmakers stopped in Rhinelander today to spread the word about the nonprofit Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.

That program has expanded its income limits to 80 percent of the state median income…to try and help more working households who may be feeling the pinch. 

Senator Tom Tiffany, and Representatives Rob Swearingin, Jeff Mursau and Mary Czaja each donated a hundred dollars to the fund.  Tiffany noted donations can be routed to aid whichever county you choose.  

US Forest Service

Some Northwoods school districts could be getting a financial boost next year, thanks to a proposal included the state budget.

The version of the budget passed by the joint finance committee would send 25 percent of timber sales from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest to local schools.  School districts would receive different amounts based on how much forest acreage falls within their district.  Republican State Representative Rob Swearingin describes the proposal as a shot in the arm for rural schools.