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Capital City Sunday: AG industry, WMC, WEDC, and Dementia crisis

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Evers ordered lawmakers to convene for a special session to vote on a package of bills to address the state's dairy crisis.

Republican leaders support finding ways to help farmers, but they doubt they'll convene stating the timeline to review the bills is too short.

The governors initiatives include; creating a Wisconsin initiative for dairy exports with a goal increasing dairy exports to 20% of the country’s milk supply by 2024, provide research assistance to farmers at no cost, providing mental health services to support farmers, giving small dairy processing plants priority when issuing state grants, and a new program to connect local farms with more businesses to purchase their food.

WISCONSIN MANUFACTURERS:

The state's largest business association is concerned lawmakers are not addressing a workforce shortage.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce CEO Kurt Bauer was disappointed Governor Evers did not discuss solutions on how to bring more workers to the state during his state of the state address Wednesday.

WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION:

The Foxconn project has been placed under scrutiny since the state struck the deal with the company in 2017. Since then, the company has downsized what they’ll make while doubts continue to emerge if the company will reach its commitment to create 13,000 jobs.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes explains how they're making sure your tax dollars are not spent rewarding the company for jobs created out of state.

DEMENTIA CRISIS

Wisconsin is facing a dementia crisis. About 120,000 residents have Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia. State officials say within two decades the number of people with the disease will double to 240,000. 

Wisconsin State Journal reporter David Wahlberg discusses his series Fading Away: Wisconsin’s Dementia Crisis with Joy Schmidt, a Dementia Care Specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center.

We discuss the exhausting realities families face when caring for their loved ones and how a shortage of caregivers is creating new challenges.

If you need assistance for someone with dementia, more information here.

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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