Legislative Update

December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Click the video above for a Christmas Greeting from Rep. Steffen.

Dark Store Day

I recently gathered with local leaders at the Ashwaubenon Community Center to participate in an event focused on bringing attention and growing support for pending legislation that seeks to close a tax loophole available to commercial retailers relating to their property tax assessments. While this is a complex issue, simply put, this legislation seeks to ensure that property taxes are administered fairly across sectors and that best practices for property tax assessments are being utilized. One such issue this legislation seeks to address is what's commonly been referred to as the "dark store loophole," in which a retailer's property assessment is based on the value of a "dark property" (in other words, vacant property), thereby resulting in a lower assessment. This legislation clarifies that in regards to assessments, assessors must use similar/comparable properties when making those assessments--meaning a dark property cannot be used to determine the assessment for an occupied/active commercial retail property. I am a co-sponsor to each of these bills and will remain engaged on this issue to help ensure that taxes are administered fairly and accurately in Wisconsin. For more information on Dark Store Day, check out some of the local media coverage here.

Pictured Above: Rep. Steffen speaking with Channel 5 during Dark Store Day.

Computer Science Education Week

I recently had the unique opportunity to stop by Lincoln Elementary School and visit with lots of super smart students during their "Hour of Code" event which was hosted by Microsoft. During this event, high school students from the local 4-H club stopped by to teach elementary students all about computer coding and help foster many of the important skills needed to land a future career in the computer science profession. This event was part of Computer Science Education Week, which is focused on introducing students to the field of computer science and finding ways to grow their computer skills from an early age. As the world we live in becomes more and more computer oriented, nurturing these types of skills in our students is absolutely critical. I was certainly impressed by all of the students who displayed such eagerness to learn--they definitely taught me a thing or two as well!

Pictured Left: Rep. Steffen with all students and teachers participating in "Hour of Code."

Pictured Right: Rep. Steffen gets a coding lesson from a Lincoln Elementary student.

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