Organizers of the next Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days event are seeking public input about state issues impacting Door and Kewaunee counties.

Every two years, business owners, interested citizens, and local students make a trip to Madison for the lobbying effort that calls attention to local issues. More than 125 people participated in the 2017 event.

A survey has been established at this link asking the public’s opinion regarding this year’s package of issues.

Past Legislative Days agendas have been credited with advancing the highway 42/57 four-lane improvement project, Wisconsin harbor assistance funding, expansion of the state family care program, and regulation supporting EMS budgets. The Kewaunee Harbor seawall replacement project, financed by a $4.2 million state grant, was one of the Legislative Days highlights in recent years.

“Over the years, this collaborative effort between Door and Kewaunee Counties has helped call attention to issues specific to our region, and has helped impact projects and policy that have made a difference to the people that live and work here,” said Jim Schuessler, executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corp. “We are pleased to be working with Rob Burke at UW-Extension to help us complete this survey and maximize the opportunity to engage the elected officials that can make a difference regarding the issues that will ultimately be presented.”

Kim Larson, interim executive director of the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp., is on the steering committee.

“I look forward to working with county leadership, businesses, teachers and students to develop a strong case for state support on a range of issues. This survey makes it possible for everyone to participate,” Larson said.

Issues for Legislative Days should be local, with specific implications for Door and/or Kewaunee Counties, should be non-controversial, and should be focused upon issues that exceed our local capacity to solve the challenge. All are welcome to submit issues for consideration. The final selection of topics for 2019 Legislative Days will be made by the Steering Committee.

The specific Madison dates will not be established until the state’s legislative schedule has been established, but people interested in suggesting ideas for Door and/or Kewaunee County are encouraged to submit their recommendations by Friday, Jan. 25. Multiple suggestions can be provided, but each completed online form should be limited to one topic.

Photo: 2017 Door-Kewaunee Legislative Days participants pose for a group photo at the state Capitol. (KCEDC photo)