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Revenue: Refund Interceptions
Each year, people owe
money to the state. Examples include unpaid parking tickets,
unpaid child support, and/or unpaid federal taxes. When that
happens, the Department of Revenue will intercept your tax
refund and apply it to any outstanding balance owed.
The Department of Revenue is authorized to intercept any state
refund and refundable credit to pay debts owed to other
government agencies. In total, the Department of Revenue has
collected $87.6 million in refunds.
There are 1,068
government agencies that are active participants. Some examples
of partners and types of debts that are included are:
municipalities, which include delinquent parking tickets and
municipal fines; counties, which include delinquent child
support costs and county court fees; state agencies, which
include DNR (Department of Natural Resources) forfeitures and
overpayments of employment; the IRS (Internal Revenue Service),
which includes delinquent federal taxes; and other partnering
states, which include delinquent child support for children in
The following chart shows the number (in millions) of refunds in
state agencies, counties & municipalities, IRS (Internal Revenue
Service), federal and other, for the past 5 fiscal years.
Refund Intercept (TRIP) Collections
*Source: Department of Revenue
In the District
Tours with Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to travel with Lieutenant
Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative Travis Tranel to a
number of different local businesses within Grant County. We
were able to tour the Emmi-Roth Cheese Plant in Platteville, 1Up
USA in Dickeyville and the New Potosi Brewery in Potosi.
*Pictured are: Dave & Lois Fritz,
Representative Travis Tranel, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca
Kleefisch, myself, and Sue & Bruce Fritz in the New Potosi
Brewery in Potosi
Department of Corrections Incarceration Rates in the
The Department of Corrections has a nearly $1.3 billion budget
for the 2014-15 fiscal year. They provide over 10,000 jobs, with
two facilities that are located within the 17th Senate District:
Wisconsin Secure Program Facility in Boscobel and New Lisbon
Correctional Institution in New Lisbon.
As I begin to analyze the Department of Corrections budget
request for the next biennium, I was interested to find out how
Wisconsin’s incarceration rate compares to other states in the
Midwest. The table below identifies the prison population, total
state population, and incarceration rate for Midwestern states
2013 Midwest States Incarceration Rates
*Source: US Census Bureau and the US Department
of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice
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