State Budget Passes Assembly

 

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In This Issue

  1. State Budget Passes Assembly 
  2. Governor Signs Riparian Rights Bill into Law
  3. In the District - Muskego Girls Track Team
  4. Contacting My Office

State Budget Passes Assembly 

On Tuesday, I voted yes to an $87.5 billion, two-year state spending plan. This is a bi-partisan state budget. In fact, it is the first budget with bi-partisan support since 2007. 

I voted yes because of the $3.4 billion tax cut that we will provide to the middle class via income and property tax reductions. The typical Wisconsin family will save $1,200 in income and property tax relief and $200 million is being invested to eliminate the personal property tax – helping businesses around the state. 

I voted yes because of our record investments in K-12 education, where state spending in the budget will devote 68% our states' dollars to K-12 education in the second year of the biennium. 

Our transportation needs will be met and we have increased spending in significant areas for our health care facilities. 

Finally, I voted yes because of an increased investment to the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission (SEWFRC.) The commission undertakes vital environmental projects to preserve our great natural resource, the Fox River, in the 83rd Assembly District. 

I want to highlight the graph above because it reemphasizes the prudential judgment of the state legislature. When Republicans took control of the Assembly and the Senate in 2011 our state's finances were abysmal. Now, our finances are in much better shape and we will continue to be good stewards of the people's money. 

Below, I want to highlight additional investments this budget makes in response to the hundreds of emails my office received about the programs that matter to the constituents of the 83rd Assembly District. 

* Nurse Educator program. The budget provides $5 million for a program that provides fellowships to nursing students, educational loan repayment assistance to recruit and retain nursing faculty, and postdoctoral fellowships or loan repayment help under the program for students who make a commitment to teach nursing for three years at a Wisconsin college.

* Knowles-Nelson Stewardship. The program will be renewed for four years at more than $33 million per year. This action ensures the program will continue to set aside the most pristine pieces of nature in Wisconsin for public use.

* Health Services. The will be $803 million more in the Medical Assistance trust fund, an important step to preserve the fiscal stability of the program.

* Dental services. Reimbursement increases for dentists under the Medical Assistance program will be $46 million more, an increase of 40%.

* Elder care. The budget increases nursing home reimbursement rates by $252 million. In addition, it funds 18 more dementia care specialists in the counties and tribes that do not currently have one. It also increases funding for the Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program by $500,000.

* Support for caregivers. The budget invests a total of $104 million more on the Direct Care workforce, who provide long-term care for disabled individuals. It also increases support for Personal Care workers, who also provide front-line caregiving for the elderly and disabled, by $78 million.

* Community clinics. The budget increases the Community Health Center state grant by $1 million per year, increasing support for safety net clinics that provide care to Wisconsin residents statewide. The budget also allocates another $1 million to a grant program for Free and Charitable Clinics.


Governor Signs Riparian Rights into Law

Governor Evers signed Senate Bill 46 into law earlier this month, re-establishing the rights of "landowners, whose property abuts a flowage or artificial waterway, be afforded the ability to exercise all riparian rights established under law, unless the deed to the property states otherwise."

Simply stated, this law ensures that property owners whose land abuts a lake, river or stream have the right to erect a pier. I co-sponsored this legislation and am pleased that the governor signed it. 

The law is 2021 Wisconsin Act 47. The state's Legislative Council wrote a memo describing the law here


In the District

Last weekend, the Muskego High School Girls Track Team won their second consecutive team state championship. The team is led by their new head coach Jerome Missiaen. Congratulations to all of the athletes, their coaches, and their families!



Contacting My Office

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