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JFC Passes Biennial Budget 

Today, the Joint Finance Committee passed the 2019-2021 biennial budget out of committee. Over the last several months members of the committee have listened to people across Wisconsin and made necessary changes to invest in priority issues without massive tax increases.

Some key areas of investment include:

  • Over $500 million in tax relief including keeping property taxes lower than Governor Evers’ proposal, and reducing income tax rates in the lowest two brackets
  • The largest increase of new transportation revenues in a generation, paired with the lowest bonding levels in 20 years, keeping more transportation dollars going towards infrastructure projects and not just debt service
  • Investing $500 million in education, including an additional $200/$404 per pupil and $96 million in new funding for special education
  • Providing access to affordable, high quality healthcare by investing over $150 million in caregiver wages
  • Increasing aids to the counties for child welfare by $30 million, as well as increasing Wisconsin Shares childcare subsidies by $77 million
  • Providing additional funds for worker training programs like youth apprenticeship and career technical education grants to schools
  • Increasing private bar rate for State Public Defender cases as well as funding pay progression and additional positions for District Attorneys
  • Protecting the environment through additional DNR positions and increased funding for environmental quality and water resource initiatives

I’d like to thank my colleagues on Joint Finance for all of their hard work on this budget. We set out to improve upon what was proposed by Governor Evers and reflect the priorities of the Legislature as a whole as well as the unique needs of individual districts served by our members. This is a great budget for Wisconsin. It invests in people not programs, and focuses on areas of agreement that benefit all of our citizens.

 

Over the next several weeks we'll include more details on the various budget areas and the decisions that were made. 

100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

 This week, Wisconsin celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment! I am so honored to have wonderful women in my office to share this historic event with! 


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June Dairy Month 

 June is National Dairy Month and Wisconsin Dairy contributes 43.4 billion dollars to Wisconsin's economy annually. Join me this Saturday for the Walworth County Dairy Breakfast at the Walworth County Fairgrounds from 6-10:30am!

 
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Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
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