Senator Mary Felzkowski named 2023 WCA Friend of County Government
Co-named with Representative Kurtz for work on shared revenue bill
The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has named Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Representative Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc) as co-recipients of their “2023 WCA Friend of County Government” designation. The two were honored for their work on the shared revenue bill.
The award is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual or individuals who have performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity. The award was presented at the 2023 WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.
Assembly Bill 245, the shared revenue bill, was 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.
“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 & 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.”
“This was a bipartisan effort of the Legislature and the Governor, where both sides of the aisle worked together to find common ground,” he said. “Plain and simple, without the leadership of Senator Felzkowski and Representative Kurtz, we would not have Act 12. 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,” O’Connell said. “We are incredibly proud to present them both with this award and name them our ‘2023 WCA Friend of County Government.’”