Felzkowski named ‘2023 WCA Friend of County Government’
For the Tomahawk Leader
WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) recently named State Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Tomahawk) as its “2023 WCA Friend of County Government.”
Felzkowski was co-named with State Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc).
WCA, which works to represent the interests of county governments and the state and federal levels, said in a release that the award is the highest honor given by WCA to an individual or individuals who have “performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity.”
Felzkowski was honored at the 2023 WCA Annual Conference, held in Sauk County last month, for her leadership on Assembly Bill 245, also known as the shared revenue bill.
“Signed into law June 20, 2023 as Wisconsin Act 12, the legislation was crafted and led through the legislative process by both Felzkowski and Representative Kurtz,” WCA stated.
“Senator Felzkowski, alongside Representative Kurtz, spearheaded what could be described as the most important piece of legislation in generations here in Wisconsin,” said WCA President and CEO Mark D. O’Connell. “Because of their efforts working alongside local governments, as well as our team, this new law will provide much needed funding to counties and other local units of government.”
O’Connell said the passage of the shared revenue bill was a “bipartisan effort of the Legislature and the Governor, where both sides of the aisle worked together to find common ground.”
“Plain and simple, without the leadership of Senator Felzkowski and Representative Kurtz, we would not have Act 12,” he stated. “We would not have a sustainable funding source tied directly to the economic success of our state and our communities. Their leadership will have a profound impact on Wisconsin for generations to come. We are grateful for Senator Felzkowski for her work, vision and commitment to getting this legislation across the finish line.”