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2019 Public Listening Session: The first public listening session of 2019 is just around the corner! Please join Representative Allen next week on January 29th at...

State of the State Response: On Tuesday Governor Evers delivered his first State of the State Address. Governor Evers sent mixed messages in his speech.  He expects bipartisan support yet plans to raise taxes, and....

Middle Class Tax Cut: Last week Assembly Republicans announced a new initiative to help reduce the tax burden on hardworking Wisconsinites. The proposal uses the GOP surplus of nearly $600 million...

2019 Public Listening Session

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The first public listening session of 2019 is just around the corner! Please join Representative Allen next week on January 29th at the Genesee Town Hall at 6:00p.m. Wisconsin Blue Books will be provided.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Genesee Town Hall
S43W31391 Hwy 83
Genesee Depot, WI 53127
6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

State of The State Response

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On Tuesday Governor Evers delivered his first State of the State Address. Governor Evers sent mixed messages in his speech.  He expects bipartisan support yet plans to raise taxes, and increase state spending.
 
He spoke about fixing Wisconsin’s economy, yet in Wisconsin, poverty is down, incomes are up, exports are up, tourism is up, and we’ve been a national leader in manufacturing job growth.  It felt a little like Governor Evers threw a wet blanket on Wisconsin.  Wisconsin’s economy doesn’t need to be fixed, it needs to continue growing and moving forward.

Governor Evers also said Wisconsin is the “worst state” to raise a black family. Changing that reality is one way to grow our economy and move forward. Supporting efforts to close the achievement gap is something everyone can work on together, and we look forward to hearing more about his plans.

The governor also proposed targeting early childhood education and summer school grant programs. He is correct that these programs can make a difference and Representative Allen applauds him for initiating this policy conversation.  

Middle Class Tax Cut

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Last week Assembly Republicans announced a new initiative to help reduce the tax burden on hardworking Wisconsinites. The proposal uses the GOP surplus of nearly $600 million dollars to cut taxes on the middle class and helps to fulfill Governor Tony Evers’ promise to the people of Wisconsin.

The proposal provides $340 million in tax relief through a targeted cut for individuals making less than $100,000, and families making $150,000 or less. This plan would benefit nearly 2 million tax filers in Wisconsin and does not increase taxes on farmers or manufacturers. The median income family filing jointly will see a $310 reduction in net taxes. That's a 10.6 percent reduction in their tax liability.

The targeted cuts will be made through an increase in the standard deduction or tax-free income on state tax returns. With this change, Wisconsin will have one of the most generous standard deductions in the country, which may help our talent attraction efforts. If passed, the tax cut is intended to take effect in 2020.