[vendtalk] Letter to Wisconsin Legislature from Gov. Walker

Kevan Worley kevanworley at blindmerchants.org
Fri Apr 26 16:29:25 UTC 2013


Our friends in Wisconsin dodged another bullet. With thanks to the members of the National Federation of the Blind of Wisconsin, we were able to bring the matter of commercializing rest areas to the Governor's attention. Thanks to National Association of Blind Merchants Board Member John Fritz for his leadership. John also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Federation of the Blind. When blind vendors across this nation ask us why they should be involved in NABM and NFB, they only need to look at the work we have done to protect the livelihoods of blind vendors in places like Wisconsin. Here's what the letter from Governor Walker's staff says:

"The budget bill (AB 40) includes a provision allowing the Department of Transportation to enter into sponsorship agreements with businesses allowing the placement of signs and and other advertisements in state-owned rest areas and highway right of ways.  One portion of this provision can be interpreted to allow the operation of commercial activities at rest stops, which was not the Governor's intent.  To better reflect the Governor's intent the statutory language creating the possibility for commercial operations at rest stops (s.84.01 (36) (c)) should be removed from the budget bill."

At your service,

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Kevan Worley
Executive Director
National Association of Blind Merchants
kevanworley at blindmerchants.org<mailto:kevanworley at blindmerchants.org>

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