a State Tax
The Joint Finance Committee returned to
Executive Session on the state budget this week, taking up Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection, Natural Resources, State Public Defender,
Revenue, and Corrections.
You can watch the whole hearing
on Wisconsin Eye.
Department of Ag,
Trade, and Consumer Protection Omnibus Motion
Maintain Wisconsinís Farm-to-School program connecting schools to local
farmers to procure locally produced food.
the June 30, 2016 sunset of the Farmland Preservation Planning Grants
program and provide $210,000 annually. Adopt Governorís recommendation
to revamp Agricultural Chemicals program licenses and surcharges with a
modification to charge a flat fee mid $500 per pesticide product (an
increase of $20 compared to the Governorís bill). Recommendations were
the result of a task force that examined agricultural chemicals licenses
and surcharges with the intent of reducing the fee burden and fund
balance that has accumulated over time.
Increase funding for livestock registration to help DATCP better respond
to disease outbreaks on farms.
Department of Natural Resources - Reorganization
Department of Natural Resources - Environmental Quality
Increased funding for county conservation staffing and soil and water
resource management. This helps local governments manage land and water
use and protections more effectively.
fund a Central Sands Hydrology study as required in 2017 Act 10
(High-Capacity Wells bill).
for a study of the Little Plover River Grant to increase the flow of the
DNR to study the introduction of nutrients into streams and watersheds
in Door, Kewaunee, and Ozaukee Counties.
$14.6M in bonding to address flooding issues in the Arcadia area which
have negatively affected major employers in the area.
$500,000 in one-time funds to aquatic invasive education and control
Department of Natural Resources - Forestry Mill Tax Repeal
Committee took a historic vote to repeal an entire tax: the stateís
Provided forestry account funding from general fund so there will be no
reduction in services and activities funded by the forestry mill tax.
Provided additional funds for forest fire prevention.
$5M in a forestry emergency account for wildfire, disease, and natural
an audit of the forestry account to further ensure the most efficient
and effective uses of the funds.
Converted State Public Defender to a block grant appropriation, creating
the opportunity for a more innovative, streamlined approach to agency
management. The Committee also voted to provide over $3 million in pay
progression for State Public Defenders, helping ensure Wisconsinites
receive their Constitutional right to legal representation.
On Tuesday, the Joint Finance Committee
headed to Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant for a public hearing on
the proposed Foxconn legislation.
Check out the hearing in full by clicking on
Root Beer Bash - Police Department Charity
Date and Time:
26th at 9:30 AM
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park
Check out the website for more details
Date and Time:
September 23 from Noon - 11:00 PM, September 24 from Noon - 7:00 PM
Location: Dheinsville Historic Park -
information available on the Germantown Historical Society
Casting a Spell on Literacy - Adult Spelling
Date and Time:
September 9th from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Reuter Pavilion - Mequon Rotary Park 4100
Casting a Spell on Literacy is an adult
spelling bee fundraiser. All proceeds go to support ALC educational
programming and services. For more info checkout their