AUGUST 14, 2015
Rep. Loudenbeck Introduces Bill to Protect Personal Privacy
I am pleased to report that I recently introduced a bill which prohibits the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) from requiring a Social Security Number to search for jobs at the Job Center of Wisconsin website (JCW).
Social Security Numbers are universally considered to be the most sensitive piece of personal information. When it comes using JCW to search for jobs, we should not be requiring our citizens to furnish their Social Security Numbers except in cases of Unemployment Insurance tracking purposes. Large amounts of personal information, including tax information, credit information, school records, and medical records, is keyed to a person’s SSN. This data is often sensitive and it should be kept private.
Assembly Bill 303 (AB 303) has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development with a public hearing on the bill expected to be scheduled early this fall. The bill has already generated strong bipartisan support with 29 Senators and Representatives cosponsoring the bill.
Milwaukee Sports & Entertainment Arena Bill Signed into Law
The passage of the arena deal shows that legislators from both sides of the aisle can come together to make the right decisions for Wisconsin. I have found that once people know that the total state investment of $70 million over 20 years will be more than offset by the income tax revenue that is currently generated by the Milwaukee Bucks and visiting teams they agree it is the right decision. In addition, NBA salaries and media rights revenues are rising along with the league’s market share in the international entertainment industry. Wisconsin taxpayers would actually be in worse shape if we were to lose the Milwaukee Bucks.
As we developed the legislation, we kept the taxpayers best interests in mind. That's why there isn't a long-term financial commitment from the state to operate and maintain the arena. That's why any cost overruns will be paid by other sources, and not the state. And that's why there are provisions to get taxpayer dollars back if the team is sold or moved out of Wisconsin.
We know that that the new arena will boost development and rehabilitation in a major economic driver in Wisconsin that will create thousands of jobs. It is important to note that basketball isn’t the only activity that will be happening at the new arena. This new venue will provide a vibrant and diverse entertainment destination for residents and visitors to experience and help us grow our workforce and our economy.
Wisconsin Travel Resources & Links
Wisconsin is the place to visit for fun. With so much to see and do, it would be impossible to highlight each and every place worth visiting. From how to get to where you’re going, to where to eat, play, and stay once you arrive, you can find resources and people ready to help you get the most out of your trip wherever you plan to travel.
TravelWisconsin.com provides some of the best that Wisconsin has to offer, but there are many other great resources that will help you get to know Wisconsin better and plan a great trip. At TravelWisconsin.com you can order print Wisconsin travel guides, sign up for e-newsletters, find contact information for our tourism and travel partners around the state and much more.
Start planning your vacation today at http://www.travelwisconsin.com/travel-resources.
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Tax Provisions in 2015-2017 Budget
The Governor signed 2015 Act 55 into law on July 12. Several provisions of the budget bill made property, income, and sales tax changes. These provisions will continue to reduce the tax burden on Wisconsin taxpayers and simplify the tax paying process.
Check out the latest information on the upcoming work, lane/ramp closures, and associated traffic impacts for the construction projects listed below. Most notably, I-39/90 will be closed for two nights next week at the County S (Shopiere Road) interchange, north of Beloit, as crews set the new bridge girders. Interstate traffic will use interchange ramps to bypass the closure. Plan ahead with the information provided below.
This information is also posted on the News tab of the I-39/90 Expansion Project website. In addition, you can read the list of 2015 construction projects related to the I-39/90 Expansion Project. You can also receive this information directly each week – just sign up for project email updates!
for August 17-21
I-39/90 and County S (Shopiere Road) interchange, north of Beloit
County G (Prairie
Avenue) and County BT (Inman Parkway extension), near Beloit
US 14 and US 51
improvements, Janesville to Edgerton
I-39/90 and WIS 73/US 51 interchange, near Edgerton
WIS 73 and US 12/18 intersection, near Cambridge and Deerfield
You can follow the construction schedule and sign up for updates here: http://projects.511wi.gov/i-39-90/
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