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Farm Bureau: Ag
Day at the Capitol
This week members of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau had their
legislative day at the State Capitol. I had the opportunity to
meet with members from the Sauk, Iowa, Grant, Juneau, Green and
Lafayette County Farm Bureau organizations. As someone who grew
up on a dairy farm, the state of agriculture in Wisconsin is
very important to me. I am glad that I received feedback about
agricultural issues in our community. Thanks for stopping by!
In the District
Business and School Tours throughout Juneau County
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to visit with WM Sprinkman
Corporation in Elroy, WI. I was able to get a tour of the
facility and learn about their manufacturing operation. Like
many of our employers, Sprinkman Corp is hiring employees. They
need welders, like many of our manufacturers in the 17th Senate
I enjoyed having lunch with the 7th and 8th grade leaders at
Olson Middle School in Mauston. I had the opportunity to view
the welding program at Mauston High School, which is a
cooperative effort with Western Technical College. Thank you for
the opportunity to meet with you and learn about your facility
Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings
The Joint Finance Committee announced that there will be four
public hearings scheduled around the state as the next step in
the budget process. I want to remind my constituents that the
proposals in the Governor’s budget are not set in stone. I
encourage my constituents to attend the hearings if they are
able, and continue to share their opinions regarding the budget
with me as we continue the process towards a final budget.
I am happy to say that for only the second time in 25 years the
Joint Finance Committee will hold one of the public hearings in
the 17th Senate District.
On Thursday, March 26 from 9:30am-4:00pm, we will be holding a
public hearing at Reedsburg High School. We are fortunate to
have a wonderful facility at the CAL center at Reedsburg High
School. This is a perfect venue for one of the four statewide
Congratulations to the Sports Teams in the District
The 17th Senate District is proving to be filled with a number
of all-stars! I want to send out my congratulations to the Cuba
City Girls Basketball team (26-0) as they took to the Resch
Center floor in Ashwaubenon for a state semifinal against Fond
du Lac St. Mary’s Springs (24-2) yesterday! The Cuba City Girls
Basketball team locked in a victory over Fond du Lac
St. Mary's Springs, 62-56. They will be going for their 11th
State Championship on Saturday. Good luck, girls!
I also want to send my congratulations to a number of wrestlers
from the 17th Senate District that competed in the State
tournament last weekend. Taking first place in the Division
3-120 weight class, Alston Nutter (Fennimore); the Division
3-145 weight class, Cole Martin (Lancaster); and the Division
3-195 weight class, David Chadd (Lancaster). Congrats to all of
the wrestlers that competed at state.
to all of our winter sport athletes!
Tax Season Reminder: Pay the Tax on Internet Purchases
As we approach tax season, I would like to include a friendly
reminder to pay the Wisconsin use tax. The Wisconsin use tax is
a counterpart to the sales tax. All goods and services that are
subject to sales tax are subject to the use tax. These goods and
services can include out-of-state, online, or catalog purchases.
If the retailer does not collect a Wisconsin sales tax, you owe
The use tax rate is 5% and if you live in a county that imposes
a separate county tax, it would be in addition to the 5% tax. If
you owe use tax and are filing as an individual, you can pay
your use tax on your Wisconsin income tax return.
The payment of the 5% use tax levels the playing field with our
traditional “brick and mortar” retailers and our in-state
on-line businesses, like Lands’ End.
For more information, please visit the Department of Revenue
The Governor’s Transportation Budget does not include any tax or
fee increases. Instead, the Governor is proposing, that we bond
(borrow) $1.3 billion to meet our transportation needs.
The amount of bonding and debt service has been increasing in
the last dozen years or so. Consequently, the percent of our
transportation revenue going to debt service has risen from the
7% range to almost 20% this year. The following table summarizes
the impact of the growing transportation debt, as well as the
projection of debt service under the Governor’s proposed budget.
in Transportation Fund Revenues and Transportation Debt Service
($ In Millions)
||Transportation Debt Service Amount
||Debt Service as a % of Revenue
Source: Legislative Fiscal Bureau
*Estimated amounts from the Department's 2015-17 budget request
**Estimated amounts under Governor's budget proposal
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