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December 3rd, 2021


This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Main St. Darlington Ribbon Cutting
  • Territorial Legislature Anniversary Presentation
  • Advertiser Tax Credit Bill Introduced
  • Capitol Christmas Tree Returns
  • Bluebooks Still Available
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Main St. Darlington Ribbon Cutting

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend and participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed Main Street/Highway 23 in Darlington. It was great to catch up with local officials and residents. Thank you to the Darlington Chamber Main Street for organizing the event and the invite!


Territorial Legislature Anniversary Resolution Presentation
This week, I presented Lafayette County Clerk Carla Jacobson, accepting on behalf of the County Board, with a Joint Resolution passed unanimously by the state Senate and Assembly. The resolution commemorates the 185th anniversary of the first meeting of Wisconsin’s Territorial Legislature in Belmont. An additional copy will be sent to the Town of Belmont and the State Historical Society.

The Joint Resolution was drafted and introduced in coordination with Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). The 185th anniversary occurred on Monday, October 25, 2021.  

I am proud of our history here in Southwest Wisconsin and was happy to see so many of my fellow lawmakers join to sponsor the resolutions on a bipartisan basis and then vote for adoption in both the Assembly and the Senate.

In 1836, the Wisconsin territory was formed by an act of Congress. President Andrew Jackson appointed Henry Dodge as the first territorial Governor who then subsequently selected Belmont to be the first meeting place for the territory’s first legislature. Many important decisions were made during that first meeting including the formation of a judicial system, designation of a permanent capitol in Madison, the establishment of a university, identification of various infrastructure projects, and outlining the internal workings of the newly formed government.


Advertiser Tax Credit Bill Introduced

Last week, Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and I introduced legislation that creates a franchise tax credit for businesses to place ads in local media outlets. We worked closely with stakeholders from The Wisconsin Newspaper Association to craft this bill. The bill establishes a 50 percent tax credit for small businesses to purchase advertising in local media outlets. The credit would be capped at $5,000 and sunset after five years. Qualifying advertising would have to be placed in Wisconsin-based media outlets including newspapers, radio stations, television stations, and internet news sites.

I drafted this bill as a solution to help businesses and local media outlets rebound from the negative impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.
The dual blows of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worker shortage have taken an incredible toll on many small businesses in our state. Main street businesses in all sectors across Wisconsin have faced challenges on a level never seen before.

Our local media outlets have not been immune to the negative impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent workforce challenges. Community focused family-run businesses, including newspapers and radio stations, are in the same perilous position as many retail, hospitality, and small manufacturers.

The advertising incentive creates a win-win scenario for small businesses that want to advertise, customers and workers, and for local media. Similar legislation has been introduced on the federal level with bipartisan support.

Capitol Christmas Tree Returns

This Friday in the Capitol Rotunda, the annual Christmas tree was lit. The 32-foot balsam fir tree was donated to the state by the Menominee Nation, and the decoration theme is “hometown for the holidays.” Wisconsin's century-old tradition of the Capitol tree brightens the rotunda and sparks holiday joy. The 2021 Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament celebrates the tree’s return. If you’d like one for your home, visit shop.wisconsinhistory.org/2021-commemorative-capitol-ornament.


Blue Books Still Available!

The 2021-22 Wisconsin Blue Books are now available! These books contain important facts about our state as well as contact information for state government agencies and elected officials.

If you'd like a copy, my office will send you one free of charge!

Please email my office at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or call (608)-266-7502 and provide your full name and address and I will send you a copy.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For all full list of COVID-19 vaccine sites statewide please click the vaccine finder link here.

For booster eligibility and general COVID-19 vaccine information please click the link here.


Have a Great Weekend!!


As always, please do not hesitate to follow up with any additional questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 237-9151.