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First Public Listening Session Held : On Tuesday, January 29th,epresentative Allen and citizens braved the cold and snow for the first Public Listen...

Art & Community: This legislative session the Wisconsin State Assembly created the Committee on...

Middle Class Tax Cut Update: Earlier this week the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means held a public hearing on the proposed Middle Class Tax Cut. The...

 

 

First Public Listening Session Held

On Tuesday, January 29th, Representative Allen and citizens braved the cold and snow for the first Public Listening Session of 2019. Constituents asked about the Blue Ribbon Commission on Public Education, Education Funding for local schools such as the Kettle Moraine School District, and legislative district boundaries among other issues. Representative Allen is planning to hold another public listening session in March after the State Budget has been introduced.

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Art & Community

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This legislative session the Wisconsin State Assembly created the Committee on Community Development and Representative Allen was appointed as the Chair. The committee will explore ways the state can help communities sustain long term economic growth and help Wisconsin attract the talented workforce of tomorrow.

The committee will hold its first hearing on March 12 in in conjunction with Arts Wisconsin for Arts Day 2019 in Madison. Details for the event and committee are being finalized, so stay tuned for more details.

For more information about Arts Day 2019 click here!

You will notice that we've provided a different set of links in the upper left corner of this E-Update. These are some of Waukesha's art organizations. Enjoy!

Middle Class Tax Cut Update

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Earlier this week the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means held a public hearing on the proposed Middle Class Tax Cut. The committee voted to send the bill to the Joint Finance Committee for final review.

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 without increasing 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.

This tax cut would be effective in the second year of this upcoming biennium. In the short term it would be funded by the surplus revenue that we have been blessed with from our growing economy. Economists have long noted the powerful growth impact that strategic tax cuts like the one proposed can have on an economy. Putting more money in the hands of our hardest working taxpayers will help our economy continue to grow.

The Assembly plans to hold a vote on the Middle Class Tax Cut next week Tuesday February 12. You can watch it live here starting at 1:00p.m.