• 65 Years of Volk Field
  • Podcast
  • A Look at Legislation
  • Blue Book Blitz
  • Spotlight on Service


65 Years of Volk Field


"As 2019 draws to a close, so too does Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center’s (CRTC) commemoration of its 65th year as an air base. But Volk Field, and the military reservation that surrounds it dates back to 1888 when the Wisconsin National Guard first took ownership of the land that today houses one of the premier training facilities in America." 

The above picture is of 1st. Lt. Jerome Volk, seen at his F-80 Shooting Star fighter jet in October 1951 while deployed in support of the Korean War. Volk, the first Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot to die in the line of duty during the Korean conflict. He was shot down Nov. 7, 1951, and his remains have never been recovered. In 1957, the Wisconsin legislature renamed the portion of Camp Williams used by the Wisconsin Air National Guard as Volk Field (Wisconsin National Guard file photo).

You can read more about the press release from the Department of Military Affairs, here



"But Wait, There's Myrrh" - Looking Back on A Year in Politics with Speaker Vos and Leader Steineke. Click on the graphic to listen! 

As Santa reviews his naughty and nice list, Majority Leader Steinke sits down with Speaker Vos to talk about the year that was in Wisconsin politics. 

A Look at Legislation

This week I would like to highlight a bill that recently was heard in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, Assembly Bill 430 (AB 430). AB 430 is relating to: including crop insurance proceeds in the manufacturing and agricultural tax credit. This is a bipartisan bill, authored by Sen. Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Vruwink (D-Beloit), and I am a co sponsor of the bill. This bill has also passed out of the Senate Committee.

This bill includes crop insurance proceeds in a person's production gross receipts for purposes of the manufacturing and agricultural tax credit. Currently, a person may claim a tax credit on the basis of the person's income from manufacturing or agriculture. The starting point for calculating the credit is determining the person's production gross receipts, which are the gross receipts from the lease, rental, license, sale, exchange, or other disposition of tangible personal property that is either manufactured by the claimant on property assessed as manufacturing property or produced, grown, or extracted by the claimant on or from property assessed as agricultural property. Under the bill, insurance proceeds that are received by a person due to the destruction of, or damage to, crops are included in the person's production gross receipts and, therefore, included in the calculation of the credit's value.

If you like to learn more you can find a copy of the bill text, testimony (from the companion as the Assembly version is not online yet) and other documents here.


Blue Book Blitz


As you are aware, the 2019-20 Wisconsin Blue Book is out! My office received 350 copies of the book and numerous requests. I apologize that it is taking some time to get them distributed, but I am hand delivering the books, which provides me an opportunity to meet every requester and learn about the issues important to them. We still have few copies left, if you would like one for yourself, you can request one here

Spotlight on Service

Late in August I began asking folks around the 50th Assembly District for nominations for the First Responder of the Year Award. My office was pleasantly surprised by the number of individuals being nominated. I was blown away by the many selfless individuals who volunteer their time and talents in order to serve our communities. I would like to introduce you to more of the outstanding First Responders we have in our District.


This week meet: 

Meet Robert “Bob” Dwyer from the Kendall Fire Department. Bob serves as a firefighter as well as treasurer of the Kendall Fire Department. He is a lifelong resident of the Town of Glendale and has offered countless hours of his own time fighting fires, responding to vehicle accidents, along with managing the Department’s finances.