Fiscal Bureau Estimates Significant Tax-Break for 2019

This week the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau announced there will be an estimated $144.9 million tax reduction as result of Wisconsin Act 9, legislation I authored with my colleague Sen. Dale Kooyenga.

The legislation effectively lowered the income tax rates for the two lowest tax brackets from 4 % to 3.86 % and 5.21% to 5.04%. Combine that reduction with the additional reduction engineered by Legislative Republicans in the state budget, taxpayers will experience an estimated $222.3 million tax reduction for 2019.

I’m proud of our ability to continue to reduce the tax burden on the hardworking taxpayers in our district and across the state.

Suicide Prevention the Focus of Session Day

The Assembly met this week to take up a variety of bills aimed at reducing and preventing suicide in Wisconsin. The package of bills was brought forward by the Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention, a bipartisan group of lawmakers that held public hearings in every corner of the state. Each hearing included testimony from experts, survivors and suicide prevention advocates.

The package of bills includes grants for peer support groups in schools, funding for the suicide prevention hotline along with increased grant funding to grow mental health organizations that specialize in mental health and assist those with thoughts of suicide. The package included several other bills based on the task force recommendations.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Wisconsin and accounted for 887 deaths in 2018. Suicide impacts every community; the suburbs, cities and even rural areas.

We know more work is needed, but this is the first step on the path to reducing and preventing suicide in Wisconsin.

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November In-District Office Hours

This month, I'll be holding in-district office hours. More details are included below!

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