As 1 of 3 members of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, I am pleased to join Governor Walker, as well as the Governors of 26 other states, in acknowledging that tomorrow, September 24th, is National Public Lands Day.
(View Governor Walker’s proclamation here).
Our state has many fine wildlife refuges and state parks, and Wisconsinites should take the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful state in these settings. Additionally, I encourage everyone to take advantage of public lands that are a little more off the beaten path.
The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands administers a little less than 78,000 acres in the state of Wisconsin. This land is what remains of the Trust Lands, the majority of which were sold more than 100 years ago. This map shows how many acres of public land still exist in each of the state’s counties – most of the land is situated in the northern and western parts of the state.
Wisconsinites can hunt, fish, trap, and engage in other recreational activities on these properties. If you’d like to utilize public land in your area, please contact BCPL’s Forest Supervisor. He can help you identify the easiest access points to the land that you want to use.
Whether you decided to visit BCPL administered lands, a state park, or a wildlife refuge, I encourage everyone to enjoy the natural beauty of Wisconsin.
This month’s issue includes:
*Why the Legislature should leave the Wisconsin College Savings Plan and Local Government Investment Pool in the OST Budget rather than the follow the Governor’s Proposal
*Why the Wisconsin College Savings Plan is #1 in the country
*How to avoid having your money sent to our office as Unclaimed Property
Amid the high passions and frayed emotions surrounding Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, there are two critical reasons why this bill must become law.
First, contrary to what they have been saying, not all unions have agreed to pension and health care concessions. At the local level, many unions and municipalities have been scrambling to approve their contracts before passage of the budget repair bill, and these contracts do not reflect the concessions that the union leaders claim to be offering.
Keep in mind that this bill does not prevent municipalities or school boards from raising benefits or handing out raises, should they decide to do so. What it will do is lessen the burden on our state government, while providing local governments with the flexibility necessary to address their own financial interests.
Second, and most importantly, we set a dangerous precedent if we allow the 14 Democratic State Senators to continue to use their current tactics. What kind of democracy do we have if a minority is able to overturn the results of our elections simply by hopping into their cars and driving south?
I urge everyone to put their differences aside and help move our state forward by supporting this repair bill. Wisconsin’s fiscal health is at risk, and with it, the quality of life of current and future generations. We cannot let partisan bickering prevent us from doing what is best for Wisconsin in these difficult times. Failure is not an option.