Budget Update and 4th of July events

 

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In This Issue

  1. Budget Update 
  2. 4th of July Parades
  3. In the District - 2021 Racine County Fairest of the Fair
  4. Contacting My Office

Budget Update 

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) finished its work on the state budget last Thursday. Now the budget will be voted on by the State Assembly and State Senate. No date has been set yet, but the state's fiscal year ends on June 30th and a vote will be taken before then.

Tax Relief

The tax cuts total $3.4 billion and are a combination of income, property, and business taxes. This is possible because last week the Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated that Wisconsin will collect $4.4 billion more in revenue than previously expected.

* $900 income tax relief for the typical family

* $300 property tax relief for a typical home

Additionally, over $200 million was invested to eliminate the personal property tax, saving businesses time and money from this burdensome tax. I'm also pleased that this budget will eliminate the income tax for all active duty military - a long overdue policy for our service men and women.

Transportation

Republicans on the budget-writing committee proposed a transportation budget that continues investing in local roads and state highways, while avoiding borrowing large amounts of money. The committee allocated funds for body-worn cameras and other personal protective gear for State Patrol, and also voted for funds that update critical emergency response and public safety infrastructure - WISCOM and NG-911. These systems are vital for our first responders and need to be replaced. 

Education

Wisconsin received nearly $2.5 billion in federal funding for K-12 schools, and the committee approved an historic increase in per pupil spending which ensures a minimum of $781 per pupil for in-person schools. An additional $12 million for mental health aid doubled that program, and $7 million in school based mental health services collaboration grants were added. These programs were created by Republicans and continue to see increased funding. Special Education categorical aids were also increased by $86 million - the highest level ever, and finally, the committee increased funding for Wisconsin's Technical College System.

Long-Term Care

I appreciate hearing from you on the budget issues that are important to all of us and will continue to keep you updated.


4th of July Parades


Independence Day will see a host of festivities to celebrate our nation's independence, with parades and firework displays in and around the 83rd Assembly District. Get a head start on holiday plans! It's great to be able to get together after so many cancelled events last year.

Hales Corners Park
Sunday, July 4

Parade and Fireworks
Where: Hales Corners Park - 5765 New Berlin Rd.
Fireworks Time: 9:15 p.m. (Dusk)
Parade: 9 a.m. (children’s parade), 1:30 p.m. (bed races) at Hales Corner Elementary, 4 p.m. (main parade) at Charles Avenue and Forest Home Avenue

Big Bend Village Park
Sunday, July 4

Fireworks
Where: Riverside Drive
Fireworks Time: 8 p.m.

East Troy

Thursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2

Fireworks and Parade

Where: 3090 Graydon Ave.
Parade time: 1 p.m. (July 2)
Fireworks time: 9:30 p.m. (July 1)

Muskego

Fireworks

Saturday, July 3 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Idle Isle with fireworks at dusk.

Come out and celebrate Independence Day with the Water Bugs. The Muskego Water Bugs will be hosting an awesome firework display. For more information, click here.

Waterford

Fireworks
50th Annual Tichigan Fireworks Display
Saturday, July 3, 2021

Lions Parade

July 4th at 11 a.m.

Click here for more details on the Tichigan fireworks display. Click here for the parade route and details on the parade.

For more information on Fourth of July events around the area, click here.


In the District

The newly crowned Racine County Fairest of the Fair is Kynzi Cole, a 2020 Muskego High School graduate who earned the crown after a three-way competition and challenging interview process. In addition to representing the Racine County Fair, Kynzi won a $1,000 scholarship. Kynzi, who is studying Animal Science at Iowa State University, has shown projects at the Racine County Fair for nearly nine years.

The Racine County Fair will run from July 28th through August 1st at the Racine County Fairgrounds in Union Grove. Congratulations, Kynzi!


Contacting My Office

My Capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.