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Superior Days 2020 Focusing on Mental Health and Better City

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: February 11, 2020 10:46 PM

Hundreds of delegates from northwestern Wisconsin made their way to Madison Tuesday to talk with lawmakers about what matters to them for the 35th annual Superior Days.

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City leaders from the four northernmost counties say that although this year's priorities have been brought up in the past, they hope this time they are actually considered.

Delegates plan to ask legislators to vote on the Better City Superior development plan. It would help the city create an exposition district, which would be allowed to collect its own taxes on tourism-related spending. The money is then used to fund projects that increase visitors and spending in the city.

Other important topic include an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates and improving access to mental health services.

"The drug and mental health crisis is more pronounced in Superior, Douglas county, Ashland and Bayfield county than it is in other parts of the state. These are unique to northwestern Wisconsin and despite our best efforts and our willingness to work hard, we can't solve these problems on our own. We absolutely need help from Madison," said Superior Mayor Jim Paine.

Access to mental health services in rural communities has been an issue for many years. Mayor Paine said Superior Days is unique because it specifically focuses on issues in Superior, since other parts of the state don't deal with these issues the same way.

Mayor Paine also said they are meeting with multiple cabinet level secretaries to build a relationship with the administration. This is in hopes of getting help from them in a variety of smaller goals.

Superior Days continues Wednesday.

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