September 19, 2014
New Report Shows Big Gains in Economic Impact of Agriculture
Exciting news! Wisconsin’s farms and agricultural
businesses generate $88.3 billion in economic activity
and 413,500 jobs, based on data for 2012, according to a
new study from University of Wisconsin-Extension and the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Here’s how agriculture’s impact increased:
The full report “Contribution of Agriculture
to the Wisconsin Economy: Updated for 2012” is online and can be found
Enjoying Wisconsin's Fall Color
The Department of Tourism has launched it's fall color report!
If you want to take a nice fall drive where the colors are the best, this is just the tool you need. Visit: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/fall-color-report
The Department of Tourism has also launched it's fall marketing campaign, including a new TV spot staring Airplane! actors Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays and Wisconsin’s beautiful fall color. The spot features aerial footage of Wisconsin’s famous fall color and playfully addresses Abdul-Jabbar’s career with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Camp Wisconsin campaign continues with a fall theme, encouraging viewers, listeners and users to plan their getaway at TravelWisconsin.com.
Watch the new add here: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/experience-fun/wisconsin-tourism-commercials
News from the Department of Revenue
DOR's Anti-Fraud Initiatives Saved Taxpayers $134 Million over Four Years
Over the last four years, the DOR has strengthened its anti-fraud initiatives, most notably by implementing identity verification in the last tax season. These anti-fraud initiatives have resulted in a 122% increase in taxpayer savings compared to the prior four years, a $74 million benefit to Wisconsin.
With the help of the legislature in the last budget, DOR implemented the Identity Verification Quiz and a Fraud Manager system. In fiscal year 2014, ID Verification and other department initiatives have reduced or denied improper refunds by over $49.6 million.You can learn more about the ID Verification program at DOR here: http://www.revenue.wi.gov/individuals/id_verification.html
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regarding the subject of this E-Update, please feel free to contact me.