7-12-21
Last week was a very busy week at the Capitol and in the District. Thank you for taking the time to read my E-Update. 
The Governor Signed the Legislature's Budget

I'm glad to see Governor Evers sign the budget. However, he did propose a budget 6 months ago that would have increased taxes, expanded welfare, and repealed successful conservative reforms. Governor Evers had no choice but to sign our budget because it funded our priorities, cut taxes and guaranteed billions of Federal funds for our schools.

You can read the full budget, as partially vetoed, here (note that text in red has been removed by the governor with his partial veto power.) You can take a look at last week's E-update for a condensed version of the budget.

 

What did he veto? 

Governor Evers did end up vetoing some items in the budget. These are the bigger items Governor Evers vetoed.

Long-term funding stability for our roads - The Republican budget invested an additional $160 million in local roads and state highways while bonding less than the Governor's. Republicans enacted a long-term plan for revenue increase for the transportation fund. The Governor unfortunately vetoed $50 million for our state’s transportation funds. 

Changes to the income tax withholding tables - The Governor continues to take $700 million away from hardworking Wisconsinites to instead provide interest free loans to the government. This veto ultimately allows the state to continue taking more from your paycheck than you owe.  

Personal Property Tax - The Governor has also pledged to veto one of the budget package bills - the supplemental budget bill which would cut $200 million in small business taxes. Currently this tax creates a lot of administrative work for businesses and makes them pay tax over and over again, year after year, for the same items, tools and fixtures.

Decrease Funding for Agriculture - Multiple agriculture items in the budget were partially vetoed. The major one is Wisconsin Initiative for Agricultural Exports which will get about half of the funding the legislature budget passed.

Rainy Day Fund - The Governor vetoed all of the $550 million we wanted to transfer to the state's Rainy Day Fund.

Despite the changes Governor Evers made, this is a solid budget. This budget benefits everyone in Wisconsin because we are sending $3.4 billion back to you while still funding all of our priorities – education, roads, health care, broadband and more!

2nd Amendment Sanctuary Bill Vetoed

The 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Bill passed both the Assembly and Senate last month. Assembly Bill (AB) 293 would restrict on enforcing federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition and the use of public resources to confiscate firearms. AB 293 would defy any new federal gun control laws. Late last Friday afternoon, Governor Evers vetoed this bill.

UW Tuition Remains Frozen

Last week, UW System Board of Regents voted to continue the undergraduate tuition freeze for Wisconsin residents. While the state budget did not extend the tuition freeze, the regents are demonstrating their responsibility to approve tuition levels that do not exceed what Wisconsin families are able to pay.

Committee on Forestry, Park and Outdoor Recreation

Last Wednesday, the committee on Forestry, Park and Outdoor Recreation had a hearing for AB 269 and AB 375. AB 269 would waive admission fees to state parks on Earth Day. AB 375 waives fees for 4th graders and their family for state park admission. 

FFA Members Visit Capitol

On Thursday, some members of the Menomonie FFA Chapter stopped by for a Capitol Tour. They were in Madison for the week for State FFA Convention. We had some very good conversations about environmental and agriculture issues facing our area. I also want to congratulate Ben Styer, Menomonie Area High School Alum, on being elected Wisconsin State FFA President.

Out in the District

I had a great time at Fun Fest in New Richmond. It was awesome to see so many people enjoying the parade.

I was back up in LE Phillips Scout Reservation this past weekend to award another outstanding youth, Josh Madsen, a state citation in recognition of his Eagle Scout Project.

Upcoming Events

St. Croix County Fair -July 14-18

Dunn County Fair -July 21-25

Ren in the Glen -July 31 and Aug 1

 

Have a great week,

Rep. Moses
29th District
State Representative


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Rep. Moses
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