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Leadership Fond du Lac

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On Wednesday, I welcomed the Envision Greater Fond du Lac's leadership program class to the Capitol for their annual visit. I discussed with the group what life is like serving in the legislature, and examined the process of passing a bill into a law using a few of my current pieces of legislation. One example is AB 660. They are a fantastic group of future leaders that does excellent work for the Fond du Lac community. For more information about them, visit their website.

Tax Plan Package

In the Assembly's final scheduled floor session, we passed a tax cut package that will now be sent to the Governor for his signature. The Senate passed the identical package on February 19th. Thanks in part to a 65% increase in corporate revenues and good budgeting, the state is enjoying a healthy surplus that will now be returned to Wisconsin taxpayers. The Legislature's Tax Cut Package puts $250 million toward the reduction of middle class income taxes by changing the standard deduction tables. Roughly $45 million would go to decrease personal property taxes and $100 million would pay off general fund supported borrowing. Millions will continue to go to the rainy day fund, which is already at a historic level. The tax cuts would start in the 2020 tax year and the average income tax filer would see a $105 tax reduction, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The income tax cut is targeted to lower income brackets and would constitute the second income tax cut for taxpayers during the current legislative session. Since 2013, Legislative Republicans have returned a surplus to taxpayers three other times. The Wisconsin Policy Forum reported the tax burden for Wisconsin families is at the lowest level in nearly 50 years. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates the GOP tax cuts since 2011 have amounted to a cumulative savings for Wisconsin taxpayers of more than $13 billion over ten years. The proposal would leave a surplus of more than $350 million at the end of the biennium and a rainy day fund of more than $950 million.

Please call Governor Evers' office at (608) 266-1212 and encourage him to sign this tax cut into law.

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WI Public Libraries News

The Department of Public Instruction announced on February 13th that Wisconsin recently received a multi-million dollar federal grant to aid in improving access and collaboration in its public libraries. As part of the Library Services and Technology Act’s 2020 Grants to States program, Wisconsin received a $3,011,929 allocation to achieve goals prioritized in the 2018-22 Five-Year Plan. For more information, click here.

National Desert Storm War Memorial

The National Desert Storm War Memorial is a federally recognized non-profit organization. Their mission is to construct the memorial in Washington D.C. by 2021 - the 30th anniversary of the war. No government funds will be used to build the memorial. If you would like to be involved, donate, or learn more about the project, visit their website.

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Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, February 21 – Card Reading Day
  • Saturday, February 22 – Be Humble Day
  • Sunday, February 23 – Diesel Engine Day
  • Monday, February 24 – National Trading Card Day
  • Tuesday, February 25 – International Pancake Day
  • Wednesday, February 26 – Ash Wednesday
  • Thursday, February 27 – International Polar Bear Day

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

Today in History - February 21
  • 1431 – This day was Joan of Arc's first day of interrogation during her trial for heresy.
  • 1848 – Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published "The Communist Manifesto" in London.
  • 1947 – The 1st instant developing camera was demonstrated by Edwin Land in NYC.
  • 1972 – Richard Nixon became the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing.
  • 2018 – Laykyun Sekkya, the world's third tallest statue at 116 meters (381 ft) depicting Gautama Buddha, was completed in Khatakan Taung, Myanmar.