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July 1, 2021

Legislature Passes Budget

This week the Wisconsin State Legislature passed the 2021-2023 Biennial Budget (AB 68/SB 111). I want to take a moment to thank all the constituents who reached out to me and my office to share their thoughts on the budget. Below you will find some highlights that show our commitment to deliver a reasonable, responsible, and realistic budget.

Taxes

Our budget provides an historic $3.4 billion in tax relief to Wisconsin individuals, families, and businesses. This includes a $2.3 billion income tax cut, $646 million in property tax relief, and $200 million in relief for our main street businesses. This budget is a continuation of my commitment to support tax relief for the constituents of the 33rd Assembly District.  Statewide, Legislative Republicans have provided nearly $9 billion in relief since 2013-2014.

Broadband Expansion

Broadband is critical to our families, communities, and businesses. I have heard from constituents across my district about the importance of broadband for our citizens. We are continuing to support broadband expansion and this budget provides nearly $130 million additional investment in this effort. 

Active Duty Military Pay Exemption

Currently, Wisconsin is in the minority of states that provide no income tax exemption for active duty military pay. This budget provides an exemption for this income. We join Midwest neighbors who provide this exemption as well as support our men and women in uniform who protect and serve the families of Wisconsin.

In addition to the above items, we also fund our K-12 education system, reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, and maintain a healthy amount in our “rainy day fund”. While Governor Evers proposed a tax and spend budget filled with big government programs, my Republican colleagues and I stood firm to protect taxpayers and reduce the size of government here in Wisconsin.

Personal Property Tax Repeal

In addition to the 2021-2021 Biennial Budget that we passed this week we also passed AB 191, a bill that eliminates the personal property tax. This will help businesses reduce regulatory compliance costs and support our main street communities. I am proud to support this commonsense reform and I look forward to Governor Evers signing this bipartisan bill into law.

Happy 4th of July!