Robin Vos Weekly E-Update for April 12, 2019


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The Fine Print - Gov. Evers' Tax Increases


With the income tax deadline on Monday, April 15th, I feel it's important to point out the tax policy differences between the past several state budgets and Governor Tony Evers' proposal. In his request to the legislature, Gov. Evers is looking to increase taxes by $1.2 billion. The largest increase would be on Wisconsin manufacturers who employ one-sixth of the state's workforce. He increases taxes these companies by capping the important Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit, which has been an effective tool in attracting and retaining businesses in our state. 

Evers' proposal serves as a stark contrast to the positive, pro-growth reforms made by Republicans over the last eight years in Wisconsin. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, we've cut taxes by more than $8 billion since Republicans took the legislative majority in 2011. Reducing the tax burden on Wisconsin families has been a top priority for us.  Here are a few of the important policy changes that we made: reduced all the income tax rates as well as the number of rates, eliminated the state property tax (the forestry mill tax), and decreased the state's personal property tax. In fact, the tax burden in our state is now at its lowest level in nearly 50 years.

Having a favorable tax climate has made a difference in the state's bottom line. As we provided more tax relief over the last eight years, income and franchise tax collections have increased by 24 percent and overall state tax revenues have increased 25 percent. During that same time, Republicans have expanded the state's rainy day fund to $320 million. We're now seeing historically low unemployment rates and more people are working than ever before. I'm proud that our economic policies have benefited the state and its hardworking families and small business owners.

As you file your tax return, ask yourself, do I really want to pay more to the state of Wisconsin next year? I think we all agree on the answer: no.

Hometown Heroes

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On Tuesday, the Assembly honored members of the Wisconsin National Guard who participated in the Southwest Border Mission in New Mexico and Arizona. The guard members received the Assembly’s highest award, the Hometown Hero Award, for their service to the state and nation. I had the opportunity to personally thank Burlington native Cody Biedrzycki, who is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

There were 188 soldiers and airmen who volunteered for the mission, which included training guard units from other states. The Wisconsin National Guard contributed to more than 12,516 apprehensions and 1,425 turn backs while seizing thousands of pounds of drugs.

The Wisconsin State Assembly has a long-standing tradition of recognizing hometown heroes. These are individuals who exemplify the very best traits of Wisconsinites: service, volunteerism and bravery. I can’t see anyone more deserving of this award than the men and women of the Wisconsin National Guard.


The Real Numbers on School Choice


In case you missed it, I set the record straight on the taxpayer savings associated with parental choice programs in a commentary that was published Sunday in the Racine Journal Times. My column also corrected the inaccurate numbers on school choice that were part of an insert in December’s property tax bills in Racine. Democrats, including those in the Racine Unified School District, have taken their opposition of school choice to a new level by using tax dollars to create and mail false information to taxpayers.

Governor Tony Evers is proposing a freeze on the state’s three parental choice programs in his budget request. He also specifically calls for this misleading information to be included in property tax bills in areas where school choice programs are present.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports it costs less to educate a school choice student. In addition, the academic results of choice students are the same or better than their public school peers.  

Thanks for Visiting


Thanks to Dave and Vicki Flannery of Apple Holler and Danielle Baerwald from Erv's Mug for visiting the Speaker's Office this week. It's always a pleasure to hear from business owners about their experiences and concerns.  


If there ever was a day to job shadow at the Wisconsin State Capitol, this past Tuesday was that day.  Freshman Emily Winkler of Racine tagged along with me around during our Assembly floor session day. Our busy schedule included a State of the Tribes address, press conference, a legislative session that included the passage of many resolutions and bills, and several meetings. I hope she enjoyed learning about the legislative process. At the end of the day, Emily told my staff she's still interested into going into politics, so I think the day went well!  

 In the 63rd Assembly District

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I had the honor of surprising Melanie Smith, D.O. with a legislative citation from Senator Van Wanggaard and me. We're honoring her groundbreaking work in combating childhood obesity. She was recently recognized at the 16th annual Crystal Ball for her research as well as the development of the Obesity Medicine Program, which treats childhood obesity in the Burlington area. Her career began as a nurse working in emergency medicine. She then went on to medical school. She's known for her strong work ethic and passion for helping others. Thank you Melanie for all that you do to help people live healthier lives. 

Calendar of Events

Bunny Trail 5K & Easter Egg Hunt, Boy Scout Troop 239, 6495 State Road 50, Lake Geneva, April 14, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8th Annual Inspired by Ryan Arts Fair, Union Grove Elementary School, Union Grove, April 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

4th Annual Family Empowerment Day, Case High School, Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

K-9 5K, 7320 Michna Rd, Cliffside Park, Racine, April 20, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

17th Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Roma Lodge, Mount Pleasant, April 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Annual Clean Sweep & National Drug Take Back Day, City & Town of Burlington and other locations, April 27, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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The Fine Print - Evers' Tax Increases