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A Note from Rep. Edming

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Thank you for reading my e-update this week. I am looking forward to sharing this update with you on what's happening at the Capitol in Madison and around the 87th Assembly District.

As many of you are likely aware, last Sunday, August 11th, was the Green Bay Packers' 100th Anniversary. Since they formed in 1919, they have won 13 world championships, which is more than any other NFL team. I am proud to have co-sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 8, congratulating the Packers on their 100 years and declaring August 11th, 2019 as Green Bay Packers Day.

As always, if you would like to share your thoughts or concerns on any state issues, please contact my office and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you. 


Working for Our Farmers 

Wisconsin's Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit (MAC) provides a credit to farmers based on the profit they gain from selling their crops. Eligibility for the MAC credit is calculated using "production gross receipts." Crop insurance is a support the federal government has in place for farmers who have damaged or unplanted crops. Crop insurance is considered taxable income, and the proceeds from it are currently not considered in determining the production gross receipts. 

All this means is that a farmer who recouped part of his losses through crop insurance payments might have to pay income taxes on that reduced profit. On the other hand, a farmer who plants, harvests, and sells their crop would be able to include proceeds for claiming the MAC credit.

This year especially has been tough on Wisconsin farmers due to unusual weather and delayed planting. A concern I often hear in the 87th District, however, is about the crop damage caused by bears. Because of the concerns I have heard, I have co-authored a bipartisan bill, LRB-3922, which is currently circulating the legislature for support. This bill will help offset the losses farmers have, not only due to weather, but also bears.

LRB-3922 includes crop insurance in the definition of production gross receipts so that the proceeds from crop insurance payments will no longer be excluded from calculating a farmer's MAC credit eligibility. Helping our farmers is something all my colleagues, no matter which party, can agree on. I look forward to helping out our farmers where we can and seeing bipartisan support for this bill.    

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First Responder Recognition

Between now and Friday, September 6th, I am pleased to be seeking nominations for the First Responder of the Year in the 87th Assembly District. Nominations could include anyone who is a police officer, fire-fighter, or EMS personnel. The nomination can be based on a specific heroic action, a significant professional achievement, the person's body of work over time, something special they do for the community relating to their work, and/or their length of service. 

The winner of this award will be selected later in September and he or she will be invited to a Hometown Heroes recognition in the State Assembly this October. If you have someone in mind you would like to nominate, click here to print out the nomination form. If you have any questions about this award, feel free to contact me.  


Under the Dome

My Intern's Last Day

Since May, my office has had an extra set of hands helping out with constituent work, organizing my committee binders for meetings, and other day-to-day office tasks. Luke Sturzl from Bruce has been an excellent addition to our office and we're sorry to see him go. Luke attends UW-Madison, plans to graduate this December, and is involved with the marching band. I appreciate all of his hard work and dedication in serving the people of the 87th District. A big thank you to Luke, and I wish him the best of luck in the future.

If you know of a college student who would be interested in interning in my office in Madison, please have him or her contact my office by phone at (888) 534-0087 or by email at Rep.Edming@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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Investiture of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian K. Hagedorn

I attended the investiture ceremony of recently-elected Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn on Wednesday along with several of my colleagues. The speakers talked about Justice Hagedorn's integrity and his impartiality as a judge. His five young kids even spoke about their dad's character. I believe Wisconsin picked a great judge to sit on our state's highest court.

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Health Committee Meeting

The Assembly Health Committee met for a public hearing on Wednesday morning to listen to testimony on Assembly Bill (AB) 258 and AB 304. We also heard an update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on 2017 WI Act 279, the Medical Assistance Intensive Care Coordination Program, a bill I co-sponsored last session. Click here to watch the committee hearing.

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Click on the picture above to watch the hearing

Around the 87th 

Rusk County Fair

Last weekend, I attended the annual Rusk County Fair. I had a great time supporting some of the great community organizations throughout the county. The best part, though, is seeing all the folks from around my home county coming out to the fair.

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Upcoming Events Around the 87th

Check out the following events happening around the district:

Do you know of any events in the district that I missed? Contact my office and let me know, so I can include it in a future e-update and try to attend myself.

Stay Up to Date

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