Rep. Mark Spreitzer E-Update

March 18, 2015

MAIDEN SPEECH AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE

During the Assembly debate on SB 44, the so-called "Right to Work" bill, I gave my first speech as a State Representative. This is commonly called a "maiden speech."

You can watch a video clip of the speech by clicking here. You can also read the full text of my speech here, or read my press release here. Please write or email me with your thoughts!

As always, please take a look at my legislative homepage, my website, and follow me on Twitter, @RepSpreitzer, and like my Facebook page.

Giving my maiden speech on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly on March 5, 2015

BUDGET LISTENING SESSIONS

Throughout April, Senator Janis Ringhand and I will be holding budget listening sessions across the 45th Assembly District. The object of these listening sessions is to give people an opportunity to come and speak directly to their elected officials. Please come out and let us know what questions or concerns you have about the Governor's budget proposal.

Our tentative schedule is as follows:

April 8 – Orfordville Public Library 5:00 – 6:00 PM
April 8 – Albany Village Hall 7:00 – 8:00 PM
April 13 – Brodhead Public Library 5:30 – 6:30 PM
April 15 – Evansville Public Library 5:00 – 6:00 PM
April 22 – Beloit Public Library 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Please let us know how this budget proposal would affect you and your family. You can look through the entire 2015-17 budget proposal here, or read the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's summary here.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Wisconsin, will be offering free income tax assistance around the area. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) prepare basic income tax returns for free. Most VITA sites offer free electronic filing. VITA income tax assistance is available for:

  • Low-to-moderate income individuals

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Non-English speaking taxpayers

  • Military personnel

  • Elderly individuals

  • Individuals who qualify for the homestead credit or the earned income credit

You can learn more about the program on the DOR website, as well as the IRS website. You can click this link to find the nearest VITA site. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these free resources prior to April 15th.

Residents of Green County can also take advantage of the Tax Aide program hosted at Brodhead Public Library on Mondays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and at Albany Village Hall on Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

SCHOOL TOURS

On March 10, I had the opportunity to visit the school districts of Albany and Juda and see first-hand the great work being done. I toured schools, spoke to several classes, and had lunch with a number of teachers. I was very impressed with the quality of education students are receiving, and the creative efforts, like the forgiveness curriculum in Albany and distance learning in both districts, aimed at giving students access to more learning opportunities in a small school environment.

 

I believe strongly that Wisconsin should be investing in our children’s future, and that public education is a core pillar of that investment. I am hopeful that as the budget process continues, the Governor and my colleagues in the State Legislature will take steps to ensure a quality public education system for years to come.

Speaking with students in a Spanish class at Juda High School

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