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

Find travel deals at http://www.travelwisconsin.com/deals 

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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.

  • Property taxes on the median value home are reduced for the fifth and sixth year in a row
  • Reduces the marriage penalty by increasing the standard deduction for married filers
  • Allows an income tax deduction for teachers' purchases of school supplies for their classrooms
  • Allows income tax deductions for contributions to and interest earnings from ABLE accounts, allowing families with disabled children to save for future expenses
  • Adopted 13 provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), including ABLE accounts, educator expenses deduction, and treatment of the alternative minimum tax. Including changes in this budget, the legislature has federalized Wisconsin's tax code by adopting a total of 95 IRC provisions since 2011
  • Simplified the calculation for the research credit
     

I-39/90 Update

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!

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Construction update for August 17-21
All lane restrictions and work operations are weather dependent and subject to change.

I-39/90 and County S (Shopiere Road) interchange, north of Beloit

County G (Prairie Avenue) and County BT (Inman Parkway extension), near Beloit
Huebbe Parkway north to WIS 11 West | County G east to County S (Shopiere Road)

  • Updated: Construction activities and traffic impacts on County G, between Huebbe Parkway and WIS 11, and the new County BT roadway.
  • Bridge on County G, between Sunny Lane and WIS 11, REMOVED until late September. Alternate routes are required.
  • Updated: One lane CLOSED (in each direction) on WIS 11 West, between US 51 and Reed Road, through Thursday (Aug. 20).
    • Delays are expected in the area; plan ahead.
  • Updated: Nightly lane closure on the north leg of County G at the County G/WIS 11 intersection.
    •  8 p.m. - 6 a.m. (Aug. 19-21)
  • County G (Prairie Avenue) CLOSED to through traffic from Huebbe Parkway to WIS 11 West.
    • County G remains open for local traffic to area businesses and residences. Please continue to patronize the area businesses!
    • Signed detour route: Cranston Road and US 51.

US 14 and US 51 improvements, Janesville to Edgerton
US 14, Racine Street to US 51 | US 51, US 14 north to I-39/90

  • Work nearly finished on US 51, north and south of Edgerton. View remaining work and traffic impacts.
  • US 14 (Humes Road) and Pontiac Drive intersection improvements almost complete.
  • Updated: Grading and storm sewer work underway on the I-39/90 and US 14 interchange ramps. View traffic impacts.
  • Work ongoing at the WIS 11 (Racine Street) and US 14 intersection. View work and traffic impacts.
  • Updated: Landscaping, guard rail installation, pavement markings and final restoration to occur at the US 14/Ruger Avenue (County MM) intersection. Minor traffic impacts anticipated.
  • Updated: US 14 and Milwaukee Street intersection improvements are ongoing. View work and traffic impacts.

I-39/90 and WIS 73/US 51 interchange, near Edgerton

  • Updated: Work operations at the WIS 73/US 51 interchange.
    • Drive with caution and be alert for construction equipment entering and exiting the highways.
  • WIS 73 CLOSED from I-39/90 north to the WIS 106 intersection until mid-September.
    • Alternate routes required, such as the signed detour route: I-39/90 and US 12/18.
  • Traffic signals temporarily removed at US 51 and Albion Road. Learn more.
  • US 51 northbound and southbound shifted to the north side of the highway, near the interchange.
    • One lane remains open in each direction. Slow down and be alert through this area.
  • Updated: Nightly single lane closures to occur on I-39/90 northbound and southbound at the WIS 73/US 51 interchange.
    • Minor delays may occur during these lane closures.
  • Nightly ramp closure scheduled for week of August 24-28 to complete temporary ramp connection.
    • More info to be provided in next week's update.
  • Two lanes remain open to traffic on I-39/90 (in each direction) during daytime hours.

WIS 73 and US 12/18 intersection, near Cambridge and Deerfield

  • Updated: Construction activities and traffic impacts.
    • Drive with caution and be alert for construction equipment entering and exiting the highways.
  • Access to Fadness Road permanently CLOSED from US 12/18, but remains open from WIS 73.
  • The south section of WIS 73 at the US 12/18 intersection CLOSED until mid-September.
    • Alternate routes required, such as the signed detour route: I-39/90 and US 12/18.
  • US 12/18 to remain open to one lane of traffic (in each direction) at all times. 
    • Periodic daytime and nighttime flagging operations will occur on US 12/18.

You can follow the construction schedule and sign up for updates here: http://projects.511wi.gov/i-39-90/


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