MARCH 5, 2015
Budget Listening Session

I would like to hear your views on the proposed state budget at a public listening session with local legislators:

 Monday, March 9, 2015

5:30 pm

UW-Rock County

2909 Kellogg Avenue, Janesville
Room 130 Williams Hall


This Week: JFC Agency Budget Briefings

As a member of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), I have been listening to testimony from agency heads on how the budget will affect their departments. The agency briefings are an opportunity for members of the Joint Finance Committee to ask questions and learn more about the specific budget proposals.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch did not submit written testimony.

Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall's testimony can be read here.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson's testimony can be read here.

Department of Justice Attorney General Brad Schimel's testimony can be read here.

 Department of Natural Resources Secretary Kathy Stepp's testimony can be read here.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson's testimony can be read here.

UW System President Ray Cross' testimony can be read here.

Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers' testimony can be read here.

Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades' testimony can be read here.

Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb's testimony can be read here.

Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler's testimony can be read here.

Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson's testimony can be read here.

Department of Financial Institutions Secretary Ray Allen's testimony can be read here.

Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary David Ross' testimony can be read here.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Reed Hall's testimony can be read here.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Executive Director Wyman Winston's testimony can be read here.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Wisconsin. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) prepare basic income tax returns for free. Most VITA sites also offer free electronic filing.

VITA income tax assistance is available for:
• Low-to-moderate income individuals (Generally, income of $53,000 or less)
• Individuals with disabilities
• Non-English speaking taxpayers
• Military personnel
• Elderly individuals
• Individuals who qualify for the homestead credit or the earned income credit

DOR sponsors five sites and there are dozens of other sites throughout the state. Constituents can search for a VITA site near them and see the hours of operation. Many sites require an appointment, and constituents should contact the site directly to schedule an appointment. More information about the VITA program is available here.


Spring Forward and Be Safe

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday as we “spring forward’ and set clocks ahead one hour. Daylight Saving Time is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies. Go to ReadyWisconsin for tips on emergency readiness.


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