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Mill Bill, regarding paper mill in Wisconsin Rapids

posted on July 2, 2021

Yesterday the Mill Bill passed the second of the two houses in the legislature; it’s now been passed by the State Assembly and concurred in by the State Senate, and it is headed to Governor Evers for the Governor to either sign it into law, or to veto it.

The bill would use ARPA (stimulus money) to help make part of the loans in support of the mill purchases. I’ve looked at the guidelines on using this money (which are issued by the US Department of the Treasury). I’ve gotten a memo on the idea from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. No where do I see any reason we cannot do this. Davy Crockett is credited with the saying, “Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.” We think we are right; and even people who did not vote for this bill, cannot point to anything that says otherwise. So:

Would you do two things to help us try to convince the Governor to sign the Mill Bill?

  1. We have set up a web page you can visit that will allow you to send an email to Governor Evers asking him to please sign this very important bill. It is on our web page for the Rapids Together task force, and the web page can be found here. All you have to do is fill in your name and some basic information, and hit “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
    The page is Express your Support for the Mill Bill (wisconsin.gov)
  2. Share this email with ANYONE in Wisconsin who you think would be willing to email the Governor as well. ANYONE. This is a matter of statewide importance; anyone in Wisconsin is a constituent of Governor Evers; anyone in the state has an interest in seeing the mills in Wisconsin Rapids and in Park Falls re-open. We want the Governor to know that many, many of us want a solution here. We welcome any and all help we can get in sending that message.

Many people have worked very hard to get us this far. I thank all of them – and all of YOU who are receiving this message from me, are part of that group. THANK YOU. Thank you very much. Please let’s all show the Governor how important this is to us, and to our state.

Whatever the outcome on this bill, I look forward to continuing to work with anyone and everyone to help re-open these mills. I know you feel the same way. I know there is a solution here. We will keep you informed. Thank you once again for your help.

Rep. Scott Krug