March 18, 2022

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$22 Billion

...that's the total amount of tax relief that Wisconsin taxpayers have received since 2011, according to this memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Cutting taxes stimulates investment, which grows the economy, which results in greater revenues to the state. Let's keep this going! Reforms such as these have put our state in a strong fiscal position to turn a $3.6 billion deficit into a strong surplus, invest in our priorities, cut taxes, and have funds available for emergencies.

Then there is the expenditure side of the equation. Another recent report took a look back at the savings from Act 10, which was passed eleven years ago. Overall, that landmark legislation has saved our state $15.3 billion, a gift which keeps on giving with each year, as shown by the chart below.

As these dividends continue to pay off, I am working hard to push for the next generation of common-sense reforms. These include finally eliminating the personal property tax, simplifying the income tax code, and making the sales tax fairer for all Wisconsinites.

Investigative Hearing on Licensing Crisis

On Wednesday, my colleagues and I on the Regulatory Licensing Reform Committee held a hearing to get to the bottom of the crisis currently engulfing the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). As I have mentioned before in my e-update, several professions are experiencing unacceptable delays in the licensing approval process.

Our committee heard testimony from licensees across the state who have had appalling experiences working with DSPS. Alarmingly, some individuals have actually picked up and moved to other states with more streamlined and functional approval processes.

Wisconsin has 280 credential types, which ultimately cover one in five workers in the state. The ever-growing scope of professional licensure and credentialing is a problem in itself. Either way, the department should have been prepared to live up to their regulatory ambitions.

Ultimately, there appears to me to be a lack of initiative in addressing these issues. While I am still reviewing the feedback from the hearing, I certainly think that many of the problems could be resolved by upgrading software using funds that are already available to DSPS. They also should reconsider their remote work policy, as 70% of their employees continue to work from home.

New School Data Dashboard

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has produced an interactive dashboard which compiles publicly-available data on each school district's finances and performance outcomes. Overall, the school districts in the 24th Assembly District outperform the state at large in many key metrics.

You can access the dashboard at KnowMySchoolWI.com.

Community Events

Germantown

Event: Mad Science Schools Out Classes for Youth ages 5-12 Be A Rocket Scientist
Date and Time: March 24th, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: Dept. of Public Works Building N122 W17177 Fond du Lac Ave.

Description: This is your chance to be a rocket scientist! Become an aerospace engineer as we work in teams to build a real rocket! We’ll learn about the amazing forces that effect flight, then put these forces to the test as we watch our rockets blast off high into the air. Kids will build their very own propeller powered Shuttle Copter to continue the high-flying fun at home! FEES: $78 resident $82 school district & non-resident. Register at https://gtownrec.com with activity #314101

Menomonee Falls

Event: Kelly's Pot Pies @ Menomonee Falls Village Market 
Date and Time: March 19th, 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: North Middle School, N88 W16801 Main St.

River Hills

Event: Dog Days at Lynden Sculpture Garden 
Date and Time: March 19th, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 West Brown Deer Road

Description: Bring your canine friends for an afternoon of romping in the garden.

 

 
 

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