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Right to Life Picnic

Right to Life Picnic.jpgOn Tuesday, I attended the Wisconsin Right to Life - Fond du Lac Chapter summer picnic. I spoke at the event regarding the great work that they do for the state and for life. All human life is important (born and unborn).

Historic Rainy Day Fund

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Tax revenue for 2018-19 was about $76 million higher than the most recent estimate. Under s. 16.518 of the statutes, half of any excess of actual general fund tax collections in a fiscal year over the amount estimated at the time of enactment of the biennial budget must be deposited into the budget stabilization fund/rainy day fund at the close of the fiscal year. Additionally, 2017 Act 368 directed that the amount of sales and use taxes collected in 2018-19 under the Wayfair decision be excluded from the calculation. Under these provisions, it is estimated that, for 2018-19, $321.7 million will be transferred to the budget stabilization fund, making it the largest in Wisconsin history at $649 million.

To illustrate the concept of a rainy day fund, it is one of the most common tools for a state to soften the negative effects of an economic downturn or a budget shortfall. Since Wisconsin's economy and state finances are currently at a healthy state, the rainy day fund increased.

Human Trafficking Bill

Tuesday, a human trafficking bill I introduced, AB 22, which relates to driver education instruction on human trafficking, passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families. Now, it is off to the Senate floor for a future vote. Due to its bipartisan support, I am hopeful that AB 22 will pass the Senate soon!

Reminder: First Responder of the Year

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Speaker Vos is encouraging each office to identify a deserving person in their district for a First Responder of the Year recognition. Each district recipient will be invited to a Hometown Hero recognition during the October floor period as part of First Responders Appreciation Month. My office is accepting potential recipients until September 6. A person will be chosen by September 13. If you know someone that is worthy to be a potential recipient, please fill out the form on my website that is linked below.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/52/thiesfeldt/first-responder-of-the-year/

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, August 30 – College Colors Day
  • Saturday, August 31 – International Bacon Day
  • Sunday, September 1 – American Chess Day
  • Monday, September 2 – Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 3 – National Skyscraper Day
  • Wednesday, September 4 – National Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Thursday, September 5 – National Shrink Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - August 30
  • 1682 – William Penn left England to sail to the New World.
  • 1791 – Thomas Jefferson responded to Benjamin Banneker's letter on the issue of slavery.
  • 1862 – The second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia ended with a Confederate victory over Union forces.
  • 1905 – Baseball legend Ty Cobb made his debut for the Tigers.
  • 1941 – The Siege of Leningrad by German troops began during WWII.
  • 2006 - Greg Maddux won his 330th career game.
  • 2017 - Hurricane Irma formed near Cape Verde Islands. It would go on to become a category 5 hurricane.