October 29, 2021

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First Responder of the Year

The beginning of our Tuesday floor session featured a ceremony recognizing the First Responder of the Year from each Assembly district.

It was my privilege to present the 24th Assembly District award to Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Harris for his decades of dedication to the Brown Deer and North Shore communities. Chief Harris will be retiring at the end of this year following a 29 year career. Thank you for your many years of service!

Wisconsin Property Taxpayers Award

This week, Wisconsin Property Taxpayers Inc. recognized my efforts to eliminate the personal property tax (PPT) by awarding me the 2021 Property Taxpayer Champion Award. It has been an honor to advance this important reform which will help both our small businesses and municipalities.

We are very close to ending this tax in Wisconsin once and for all. It is complicated to comply with and a hassle to assess and collect. Frankly, it should have been eliminated over a century ago.

Unfortunately, the governor vetoed my bill to enact a clean repeal of the PPT. Rest assured, I will continue to fight for a full and lasting repeal of this reprehensible tax.

Redistricting Hearing

Yesterday, I sat on the Joint Committee on Government Operations and State Affairs in hearing over 8 hours of testimony on Assembly Bill 624 and 625, which provide for our state's legislative redistricting after the 2020 census.

You can view the proposed maps here.

The next step is for the committee to consider any amendments and vote to recommend passage or not. I anticipate this will happen in the coming weeks, and will keep you up to speed on any further developments.

Racine County Voter Fraud Revelations

Last week, the Legislative Audit Bureau released a report outlining multiple areas where the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) violated state law and overstepped its authority. In particular, WEC issued guidance to clerks which did not go through appropriate review channels.

WEC is responsible for administering our election laws, not rewriting them unilaterally.

Yesterday, the Racine County Sheriff's Office released their report of an investigation they conducted into complaints that nursing home staff may have used this flawed guidance from WEC to cast fraudulent ballots for vulnerable residents. You can view their presentation here.

This never should have happened. It has become clear that WEC needs new leadership, and I joined many of my colleagues in calling for WEC Administrator Meagan Wolfe's resignation and for the Attorney General to prosecute those responsible.

Below is a timeline of the investigation as well as WEC's relevant actions before and after the election. In particular, their guidance effectively suspended SVDs (Special Voting Deputies) who are responsible for helping people vote in long term care facilities. Sadly, it appears that this opened the door to exploitation of vulnerable voters.

Community Trick or Treat Times

Sunday, October 31st

Germantown - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Menomonee Falls - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Mequon - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Brown Deer - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Glendale - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
River Hills - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 
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