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  • Proposed Adoption Bills

  • Tax Cut in the Works

  • American Heart Month

  • Tax Assistance Programs 

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Ron's Recap: February 7, 2020

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This week, the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means heard testimony on my bill, Assembly Bill 821, which will both bolster Wisconsin’s dairy industry and have a direct, positive impact on Wisconsin businesses and workers.  

This bill paves the way for an expansion of the Agropur Inc. cheese-making facility in Little Chute. Currently, the majority of the milk used at the Little Chute facility is sourced from within a 40-mile radius of the plant, which is good news for dairy farmers in the 3rd Assembly District and greater Fox Valley! The expansion is expected to have a $40 million impact on the Little Chute area and other Wisconsin farmers, a $1.5 million impact on local businesses involved in facility business operations, and create 40 new full-time positions. I expect this bill to continue to move through the legislative process and be voted on by the Assembly soon!

 Proposed Adoption Bills

I believe every child deserves a safe and loving home and that is why the bills put forth by the Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption are a great start to tackle the difficult issues impacting adoption. Our children deserve the best possible care. By reforming our adoption laws, we can get kids into permanent and stable homes without wasting precious time. 

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Tax Cut in the Works for Wisconsin

Because our economy is so strong, Wisconsin exceeded $400 million in extra tax revenue. It is only right that this money be returned to the taxpayers of Wisconsin. I am hopeful Legislative Republicans can pass a tax cut before the end of session!

 

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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and it is a good time for all of us to focus on our hearts and encourage our families, friends, and communities to make heart health a priority. #WIHearts

 

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Tax Assistance Programs

As you may know, tax season started on January 27, 2020. As of this past Monday, you can start filing your tax returns with both the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR).

Depending on several factors, you or someone you know may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance. 

There are two programs individuals may be eligible for: the first program is the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and the second is the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. Both programs are operated in partnership with the IRS, and the TCE is also operated in conjunction with the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation.

The eligibility guideline for VITA is generally persons with income of $56,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. The (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly for those that are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Find out more information about these programs by clicking here or on the image below. 

 

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