June 12, 2014
Remembering D-Day and Honoring Wisconsin's Veterans

June 6, 2014 marked the 70th Anniversary of the World War II invasion in Normandy. Commonly referred to as D-Day, it marked the end of the war in Europe.  There was a ceremony held at the Capitol to honor the approximately 330,000 Wisconsinites who served during WWII and the 8,390 men and women who lost their lives during the war.

VetsRoll brought a bus full of Veterans and their loved ones from Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to the Capitol for the ceremony. Below are a couple of pictures from the ceremony.


Above: Mark Finnegan, Co-Founder of VetsRoll, Rick Nelson, son of 1st Sgt. Ray Nelson of Beloit, 401st GIR, 101st Airborne, 325 GIR who fought in the invasion of Normandy, and Rep. Loudenbeck.


Above: The group of Veterans from VetsRoll that served in various branches of the military on D-Day.


Above: Honoring all World War II Veterans from VetsRoll

 


TIF Committee Update

Rep. Loudenbeck is serving as the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Council Special Committee on the Review of Tax Incremental Financing (TIF).

Tax Incremental Financing is one the most powerful economic development tools in Wisconsin. It allows municipalities to invest in infrastructure and other improvements, and pay for these investments by capturing  property tax revenue from the newly developed property.

The committee is tasked with reviewing TIF laws and how they are utilized by cities, villages, towns, and counties in Wisconsin. The committee will also study the impact of TIF on property taxes, economic and community development, and job growth.

The committee will be meeting for the first time on July 17, 2014.  The committee will provide an important opportunity for stakeholders to evaluate the existing law and contemplate potential modifications.


Universal Transfer Agreement

Last week, the UW-System and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) signed an agreement that allows students to transfer certain core general education credits between the two systems.

This agreement will provide flexibility for students who transfer between WTCS and the UW-System, without having to worry about falling behind. It allows students to continue on their degree path instead of being delayed and forced to retake classes that didn't transfer between the institutions. It's a great step forward for allowing students to reach their goals.

The agreement starts July 1, 2014. Students will be allowed to transfer up to 48 core credits in identified general education courses.

 


Safe Summer Travel
Everyone knows Wisconsin has two seasons, winter, and road construction. It's always a great idea to check and make sure your summer travel plans won't be affected by the construction projects going on throughout the state.

 Below are a couple of websites that will be able to provide you with updated information on projects, as well as traffic conditions.

http://www.511wi.gov/Web/

http://projects.511wi.gov/

http://www.dot.state.wi.us/projects/index.htm

Happy and Safe Traveling!

 


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