Monday, April 19, 2021
Thank you for reading my weekly e-update. Last week was another busy week in Madison with Assembly Floor Session. I'm looking forward to sharing what I've been up to this week with you.
April Floor Session

With the state budget process underway, the main focus of April's Floor Session was on the one-time federal funds coming from Washington to Wisconsin. During the passage of bills at the Assembly floor session on Tuesday, I gave my maiden speech. Click here to watch my first speech in the State Assembly Chambers on AB 233 relating to small business grants.

As you know, Congress passed the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan of 2021,” which among other things, allocated billions for the states. Wisconsin is set to receive around $5.7 billion, with about $3.2 billion being discretionary funding. Unfortunately, Governor Evers continues to have a go-it-alone strategy, and vetoed legislation we sent him that would have guaranteed legislative oversight of these funds. Therefore, the legislature convened to allocate funding for priorities that benefit Wisconsinites.

Below are the areas we prioritized to allocate this one-time federal funding:

The package of bills above passed both the Assembly and Senate and now waiting for Governor Evers' approval.

 

Summer Sales Tax Holiday

AB 242 would create a one-time Summer Sales Tax Holiday to help jump-start the tourism this summer. Specifically, the bill would exempt certain establishments like restaurants, taverns, and other institutions in the hospitality industry from sales tax from June 1 to August 31, 2021. After passing the State Assembly on Tuesday on a bipartisan vote, it heads to the State Senate for their consideration. I hope to see it pass soon.

 

Visit with UW-River Falls

Interim Chancellor Foster from UW-River Falls stopped in for a visit last week. We talked about how important STEM education is for college students. Many businesses in Western Wisconsin are looking for employees with science and engineering degrees.

 

Wisconsin Trail Report Now Available

In the past, you may have visited TravelWisconsin.com to view the Wisconsin Tourism Department's popular Snow Report or Fall Color Report. The department has added the Wisconsin Trail Report, which shows the conditions for hiking and biking trail networks around the state. If you're looking to get out and about in Wisconsin's state park system this spring and summer, this looks like it will be a great resource.

If you haven't purchased your annual state park vehicle admission sticker, required for entry into Wisconsin's state parks, you can now purchase them online by filling out the form located here. Daily admission passes currently cannot be purchased online. If you'd prefer, admission stickers can also be purchased in-person at state park locations. Click here for more information on vehicle admission stickers.

 

 Joint Finance Committee Hearing this week

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will be visiting Menomonie this Thursday, April 22. The JFC hearing will be at the Great Hall in the Memorial Student Center at UW-Stout from 10am-5pm. All attendees will be directed to park in Parking Lot #29. Hope to see you there!

For more information on UW-Stout’s COVID-19 policies and guide to visiting campus, please visit https://www.uwstout.edu/community-visitors-0.

 

In the coming weeks, my spring budget survey will be mailed out around the district and many of you may be receiving one. A big part of the budget review process is hearing from my constituents about their priorities. If you have five minutes to spare and would like to take my survey online, please click here. If you encounter any issues with the online survey, please let my office know. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Have a great week,

Rep. Moses
29th District
State Representative


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