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Increased State Funding for Tourism Promotion

The maintenance of the tourism industry and its continued growth is extremely important to the vitality and well-being of the Wisconsin economy. In 1984, the Hospitality-Recreation-Tourism industry in Wisconsin accounted for 9.1 percent of the employment in the state of Wisconsin and 15.7 percent of the employment in Douglas County. The continued growth of this […]

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Assistance in the Establishment of Business Incubators

The importance of small businesses to economic development, be it at the national or local level, has attracted increasing attention during recent years.  An influential study in 1981 by David Birch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that as many as two-thirds of the new jobs in U.S. cities during the 1969-76 period were […]

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Wetlands Designation/Preservation Management

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has classified substantial areas within the City of Superior, Douglas County, and Northwest Wisconsin as wetlands. Under the current DNR wetlands classification system, Superior has 3,500 acres of wetlands (37 percent of the city’s total land area), Douglas County has 150,000 acres of wetlands (18 percent of the county’s […]

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U.S. Highway 53 Expansion

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature provide funding for needed highway improvements in Northwest Wisconsin, specifically funds sufficient to complete the widening of U.S. Highway 53 from Lampson to Solon Springs. Eleven years ago, the first Superior Days group focused on one main issue: the completion of U.S. Highway 53 from Superior […]

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The Richard I. Bong Heritage Center

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature support Governor Thompson’s 1999 funding request for a state matching grant to help build the Richard I. Bong Heritage Center in Superior, Wisconsin The Board of Trustees plans to build the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center on the City of Superior’s waterfront overlooking the harbor. […]

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University of Wisconsin-Superior Health & Wellness Center

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature support the State Building Commission in allocating funds in the next biennial budget for remodeling and construction an addition to the Gates Physical Education Building at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The State Building Commission allocated planning dollars toward a building addition and for renovating the Gates […]

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University of Wisconsin-Superior Improvements for Clough Gates Physical Education Building

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature include construction funds of approximately $13.3 million in the 2001-2003 biennial budget for remodeling and building an addition to the Clough Gates Physical Education Building at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In the state’s 1999-2001 biennial budget, the State Building Commission allocated planning dollars toward an addition […]

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Premier Resort Area Designation for Bayfield

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature adopt SB 411, which would allow the City of Bayfield to be declared a Premier Resort Area (and be able to levy a 0.5% sales tax) notwithstanding the fact that it does not qualify for this designation under current statutes. This bill is sponsored by Senator […]

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State Shared Revenue Program

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the Legislature: Maintain funding to the State Shared Revenue Program and fund annual increases to keep pace with inflation until a new and better system can be implemented. The State of Wisconsin, through the State Shared Revenue Program, has cut funding for Wisconsin municipalities by nearly 6.4% since […]

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Soo Replacement Lock Project

The Citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the Legislature: That the Legislature formally commit and allocate funding Wisconsin’s share toward the Soo Replacement Lock Project, as all Great Lakes States are being asked to do. Background: Since 1855, the Soo Locks have provided an indispensable shipping link between Northern Wisconsin, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence […]

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University of Wisconsin-Superior New Academic Building

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin wish to request the assurance of capital support for planning and construction of a new academic building at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. University of Wisconsin-Superior students have high expectations for their education.  It is the goal of the University to fulfill those expectations and to set a high standard of […]

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State of Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request that the legislature provide increased funding for the Harbor Assistance Program, provide consideration or designation of funds to two major Superior harbor projects and provide funding for research related to accelerated freshwater corrosion. Superior is Wisconsin’s largest port.  The port of Superior-Duluth ships the most tonnage of any port […]

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Propose 2.5% Gross Receipts Fee on Petroleum Sales

While we applaud the efforts of the Governor to fully fund Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure, we are concerned with the proposed 2.5% gross receipts fee on petroleum sales. Superior is home to Murphy Oil who is a major employer and economic driver in this community. Murphy is the only oil refinery and fuel manufacturer in the […]

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Potential Oil Tax Impacts in Northwest Wisconsin

The petroleum industry is a major part of our economy in Northwest Wisconsin and provides many good paying jobs; Superior is home to the only fuel manufacturer within the State, and the Superior Refinery struggles to compete against much larger out of State rivals; Fuel manufacturers and distributors operating in Wisconsin, and providing jobs to […]

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Prohibit Transportation of Aquatic Invasive Species

The Citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request: That the Wisconsin Legislature pass a comprehensive law similar to the one in Minnesota that would make it unlawful both to transport on public roads (except to a nearby cleaning station) and launch into public waters any recreational boat, boat trailer or other recreational watercraft, if it has any […]

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Regional Transit Authority Enabling Legislation

The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin request: Wisconsin’s legislators support enabling legislation necessary to form Regional Transportation Authorities or RTAs in order to provide increased public transportation options for our region. Background: For many Northwest Wisconsin rural and small town residents, access to public transportation services to travel to work, to shop, to needed medical services […]

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University of Wisconsin-Superior New Academic Building

University of Wisconsin-Superior New Academic Building The citizens of Northwest Wisconsin wish to request the assurance of capital support for planning and construction of a new academic building at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. University of Wisconsin-Superior students have high expectations for their education.  It is the goal of the University to fulfill those expectations and […]

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