Janesville students meet with Gov. Evers for project on state governmental issues

10 other students to head to Washington, D.C.
Janesville students meet with Gov. Evers for project on state governmental issues

Three students from Parker High School in Janesville had the chance to learn about state governmental issues Wednesday from the head of Wisconsin government.

The students, who are Madison Seminar scholars, met with Gov. Tony Evers in his Capitol office Wednesday and had the chance to ask him about issues as part of a project for their Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics class.

“It’s really interesting for me because I want to go into the teaching of history profession, so that’ll help me out later in life,” said senior Shea Burke.

Burke’s project is centered on veterans’ disability compensation, an issue that hits home for her, as her father is a veteran. She asked Evers about his plans to address the issue Wednesday.

“Several parts of our state budget that we have proposed — hopefully to get approved — will increase all services to all veterans, especially in the health care area and especially in the area of housing,” Evers said.

The two other students in the program are focusing on veterans’ homelessness and the environmental impact of the Foxconn project in Racine County.

Evers told the students it is difficult to figure out what the environmental impact of the project will be because the Taiwanese tech giant has shifted focus a number of times.

“Foxconn has kind of changed their kind of footprint of what they want to do in southeast Wisconsin,” Evers said.

The Madison Seminar scholars also met with Rep. Deb Kolste, who represents Janesville, and Analiese Eicher, the executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

“Right now, we’re doing the interview section, so we’re going around and interviewing the governor, the representatives and everything else for our relevant topics,” Burke explained.

The AP government class at Parker High School also has 10 students who are Washington Seminar scholars. Those students will go to Washington, D.C., to meet with national leaders and focus on national issues.

Evers’ policy director, Jenni Dye, is a Parker High School graduate and an alumna of the Washington Seminar program.

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