Wisconsin’s workforce is definitely flourishing with the
unemployment rate at a 16 year low. 2016 saw the highest level of
employment in state history and 2015 and 2016 were the best back-to-back
years of average weekly wage growth
in over a decade.
More people are working than ever before.
The percentage of personal income spent
on property taxes is the lowest it has been since World War II.
During 2013-2014 alone Wisconsinites saw a $423.6 million reduction in
income taxes. Property taxes have been frozen or limited to the rate
of inflation since July of 2011.
The last time the percentage of personal income spent on property
taxes was this low!!
to the Governor’s speech, I am proud to say
The governor understands that
Wisconsinites want the same things, they all want Wisconsin to be a
great place to live, work, play, have kids, go to school, open a
business, and retire. The governor’s budget allows families to keep more
money in their pockets,
so they can spend it the way they want instead of the government
spending it for them.
proposed budget increases funding for K-12 schools to its highest level
ever for our public schools with the single largest increase in funding
in over a decade. The proposed $629 million increase over the biennium
includes a $200 per student increase for 2017-18 school year and a $204
per student increase for 2018-19 school year. However, throwing money at
K-12 schools doesn’t automatically make students smarter. We need more
fantastic educators to do that. This budget creates the “Grow your Own”
Teacher program to help K-12 staff members already working in schools to
become educators and allows school districts to share specialized
teachers freeing up more money and resources for school districts.
Giving school districts not only
more money but the tools and resources for students to get the best
education possible is something that Wisconsin has been doing since 2011
and continues to do through 2019 in this state budget.
Speaking of 2011,
the 2017-19 proposed state
budget eliminates the state portion of the property tax levy
while investing more money into the general School Levy Property Tax
Credit. This change coupled with
the property tax cuts since 2011 will lead to a $706 savings for
property tax owners since 2010. Sometimes people say, "Well, that
isn’t very much over the years." Yet we were so used to our property
taxes going up and up and up.
The Governor’s proposed
2017-2019 budget contains nearly $600 million in tax and fee reductions
and lets more Wisconsinites keep their hard-earned money while
investing in schools and the people of our great state. As the
proposed budget makes its way through the legislature’s Joint Finance
Committee (JFC), Assembly, State Senate, and is signed into law by
Governor Walker, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments.