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Happy Holidays!

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Legislation Update

Community EMS

At the end of November, Governor Walker signed 2017 Wisconsin Act 66 into law. The bill passed both legislative chambers with unanimous bipartisan support. The Act defines community paramedics (CPs) and community emergency medical technicians (CEMTs) and creates a framework allowing hospitals, private ambulance companies, and municipal EMS providers to develop new strategies for delivering quality care, in the right place, at the right time. Pilot programs have already demonstrated that community-based, mobile integrated health produces improvements in health outcomes and medical cost savings. I hope to continue to hear stories about the life-changing impacts on CEMS in the communities across the state Read more here.

Below: Rep. Loudenbeck is joined by stakeholders who support Community EMS.

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TIF Bill

Current law creates a significant disincentive for municipalities to use a subtraction amendment to remove territory from a Tax Incremental District (TID) prior to termination, because all taxing districts lose the levy increase that they would realize at the TID’s termination. Assembly Bill 659 removes the current disincentive for municipalities to use a subtraction amendment to remove territory from a TID prior to termination by allowing the same levy limit adjustment to be made for TID territory subtractions as allowed under current law for TID terminations. If AB 659 is passed, it is expected that TID subtractions would be used more frequently, resulting in property taxpayer relief and additional revenue for local units of government in all of the underlying taxing jurisdictions. AB 659 has been voted out of committee in the Assembly, and is waiting for a vote on the floor, and has also had a public hearing in the Senate.   

DOR Bill

Assembly Bill 735 was introduced at the request of the Department of Revenue (DOR) and makes several minor policy changes and corrections to tax law that protect taxpayers and make tax administration more efficient. The changes made in this bill will ensure that DOR is working with Wisconsin’s taxpayers in a modern, secure and efficient manner. One of these changes will allow for optional electronic notifications giving taxpayers the choice to receive electronic notifications via the department's My Tax Account portal. Another important change will be to allow truncated social security numbers on information returns provided to payees- meaning instead of your entire social security number being listed, only the last four digits would be displayed. AB 735 has received a public hearing in the Assembly and is still awaiting action in the Senate.

WHEDA

The Wisconsin Legislature created the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in 1972 to meet an increasing need for affordable housing financing. WHEDA works closely with lenders, developers, local government, nonprofits, community groups, and others to implement its low-cost financing programs. Since 1972, WHEDA has financed more than 77,000 affordable rental units and has helped more than 118,000 families purchase a home. WHEDA is an independent authority, not a state agency, and receives no tax dollars for its programs and operations. As a lender, WHEDA has over $3 billion in assets. At the request of WHEDA, my office is working with a bipartisan group of legislators on a bill to address three priority issues for WHEDA. Click here for a copy of the co-sponsor memo.

Visit the Capitol Christmas Tree

This holiday season, it is my sincere hope that across Wisconsin families and friends will get together to share stories, enjoy special meals, worship, relax, and spend quality time together. If you are looking for a short day trip, consider visiting Madison to see the 2017 State Capitol Christmas Tree - The 40-foot balsam fir was harvested in the Town of Emery and donated by Jim Ryf- decorated in a "Centennial" theme for the Capitol's 100th Anniversary. The Capitol is open 365 days a year and tours are offered most days, but not on Christmas Day. Get more information here!
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There are many other interesting places to visit within walking distance of the Capitol.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Madison Children's Museum

For more information about events happening locally or statewide, visit Travel Wisconsin!

Traveling During the Holidays

Keep your holiday travel safe and on schedule by using 511 Wisconsin! 511 Wisconsin alerts travelers to free, real-time Wisconsin traveler information including access to traffic and road conditions, road construction and lane closures, travel times, traffic incidents and other delays, as well as information on roadside services such as rest area locations. 511 Wisconsin Travel Information system is accessible on the web by visiting www.511wi.gov AND on your phone by calling 511 when in Wisconsin.

 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Assembly Bill 118: Click here to read the Beloit Daily News Article

Community EMS: Click here to read the Beloit Daily News Article

                          Click here for the story from WMTV 

                          Click here for the story from WEAU 

My capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.

 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Update, please feel free to contact me.   


Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov| |