Representative Scott Krug's E-Update
October 28, 2011
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Bull’s Eye Credit Union and State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Wisconsin Rapids) will be collecting cell phones throughout the month of October. The cell phone recycling program supports Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charity that uses recycling proceeds to buy and send free phone cards to military members stationed away from home.
“This program is a very easy way for us to show our gratitude toward our service men and women who are serving away from their homes,” Rep. Krug said. “Keeping the lines of communication open between our service personnel and their loved ones is so important for morale and the emotional health of our troops.”
Area residents are encouraged to recycle their old wireless phones at either of the following Bull’s Eye Credit Unions from October 3-31:
· 3316 Business Park Drive, Stevens Point
· 1930 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids
Creating Jobs Through Transportation Legislation
The State Assembly reconvened last week to approve a package of bills that will expand the state’s Jobs Tax Credit program and several transportation-related items aimed at making Wisconsin more competitive in the global marketplace. Under the Jobs Tax Credit Program, employers may claim a 10% tax credit for wages paid to new workers and for training costs. Assembly Bill 1 will raise the annual cap from $5 million to $10 million.
“This money will be used by businesses to hire additional employees, pay higher wages, expand research and development and reduce debt,” states Krug Assembly Bill 252, which Representative Krug co-sponsored, allows farmers to reduce transportation costs and increase efficiency by extending the time period in which heavier loads may be transported without a permit. The bill also gives farmers the flexibility to harvest later in the season when needed.
“It is absolutely imperative that we start working towards lowering the costs of transporting goods and services across the state of Wisconsin,” said Krug. “Whether its cranberries, corn, beans or hay the demand for our goods is skyrocketing, by reducing transportation costs for farmers and small businesses, we are allowing them to expand their business through job creation.”
“This is the start of many improvements to our transportation system in Wisconsin. We have to make sure that goods and services are moving in order to attract new businesses and new jobs, we need to make sure Wisconsin stays competitive,” said Krug. “Nobody is going to invest in Wisconsin if we don’t first invest in ourselves.”
All transportation bills and the Job Tax Credit program passed with bipartisan support.