JANUARY 22, 2016

Back In Session

I am pleased to report that three bills that I authored have passed both the Senate and the Assembly during the January floor period and are now ready to be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.  

Two of the bills will bring Wisconsin into compliance with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 and improve a variety of policies related to children in out-of-home care. 
Please read my press release or watch my media availability video for more information. 

The other bill requires the Family Care benefit and self-directed services option to be provided in Rock County before July 1, 2016.  Family Care provides long-term care services to qualifying low-income individuals who are elderly, physically disabled, or developmentally disabled, and who are eligible for medical assistance. Please read my press release or watch my media availability video for more information.


2015-2017 Budget Update

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released its most recent estimate of Wisconsin's general fund for the 2015-2017 biennium. In the updated estimate, LFB projects an expected gross balance of $135.2 million at the end of the biennium (June 30, 2017). By law, the state must keep $65 million in reserve, meaning the net balance is expected to be $70.2 million at the end of the biennium.  For more information, read the LFB memo 


State of the State Address

On Tuesday January 19, Governor Scott Walker presented the State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Wisconsin State Legislature.  After the session, I released the following statement -

“The Wisconsin comeback is real. Labor statistics are very strong, with more people working now than in the last 20 years. Wisconsin student achievement, including high school graduation rates and ACT scores, is among the best in the nation.

“I welcome Governor Walker’s commitment to preparing for Wisconsin’s future. Assembly Republicans are currently contemplating initiatives to address challenges such as opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s and dementia, college affordability, workforce readiness, and lean government. These challenges affect many Wisconsin families and it is important for us to be thoughtful and inclusive when crafting public policy. I am pleased to see the Governor will be visiting communities throughout Wisconsin during his upcoming listening sessions.”


DOR Tips

Income Tax Filing Season Begins Today

DOR began processing Wisconsin tax returns on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The IRS also opened the 2016 federal tax filing season on Tuesday. E-filed tax returns including both federal and state returns will not be received by DOR until the return is processed by the IRS. Wisconsin taxpayers can still use Wisconsin e-file to file their Wisconsin tax returns directly with DOR beginning yesterday.

The Income Tax customer service number at DOR is (608)266-2772.

 

Form 1099-G Available Online – Use If Itemizing Your Federal Tax Return

Taxpayers can now access their 2015 Form 1099-G form on the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website. This form provides information about your state tax refund, which you must include as income on your federal tax return if you itemize deductions. Taxpayers can view or print their Form 1099-G on the Department's secure and confidential 1099-G Lookup. If you use a tax preparer, give the form to that person with the rest of your tax documents.
 

Constituent Corner

DOR Forms Available Online: Forms and instructions for individuals, local governments, and businesses are always available on DOR’s website. Visit DOR’s “Forms” page for more information by clicking here.

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