April Floor Session
This past week, both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature convened to focus on several of Wisconsin residents' top priorities and advance responsible spending measures. As you may know, Congress recently passed the $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan of 2021,” which allocated $5.7 billion to Wisconsin.
In response to this unprecedented federal funding, the Legislature proposed a package of bills to extend legislative oversight to billions of federal dollars, as well as offer up smart investments that would provide a long term payoff to Wisconsinites, such as property tax relief and the summer sales tax holiday.
"I was thankful to be a part of Assembly Bill 232, which would provide assistance to property taxpayers across Wisconsin. It is important that we as legislators have feedback in these investments. Allocating this money wisely will ensure long term payoffs to our state," said Rep. Wittke.
Below are the areas being prioritized to allocate this one-time federal funding:
Aid to Households: $1 billion to provide a 10 percent payment to all property taxpayers
Small Business Assistance: $200 million for small business grants
Tourism Assistance: $50 million for tourism grants to revitalize the industry
Debt Repayment: $250 million to pay down state debt and $250 million to pay off transportation revenue bonds
Local Road Funding: $308 million to give $2 million per county and $2,000 per road mile to cities, villages and towns for road improvements
Long-term Care Assistance: $150 million for grants for nursing homes and assisted living facilities and worker bonuses
Rural Economic Development & Farmer Assistance: $50 million for rural economic development grants and $50 million for farmer support funds
Strengthen Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund: Requires the use of recovery funds to keep UI taxes at lowest tax schedule
Broadband Expansion: $500 million in broadband expansion grants
EMS and Mental Health: $68.2 million for EMS technology upgrades and a psychiatric hospital in Eau Claire
Clean Water Investments: $61 million for water infrastructure projects
The package of bills above passed both the Assembly and Senate and now go to Governor Evers for his approval.
Assembly Bill 164
Yesterday, Rep. Wittke testified on Assembly Bill 164, relating to the tax incremental district (TID) in Mount Pleasant. This legislation would extend the timeframe for Mount Pleasant to evaluate police, fire and public safety needs as a result of economic growth. Since this bill unanimously passed both the Assembly Ways and Means Committee and the State Assembly last session, Rep. Wittke is hopeful for smooth sailing on this important Racine County legislation.
62nd Assembly District
Upcoming Budget Listening Sessions
Village of Caledonia - Monday, April 19, 2021, from 4-5pm
5043 Chester Ln, Racine, WI 53402
Village of Raymond - Monday, April 26, 2021, from 6-7pm
2255 76th Street, Franksville, WI 53126
Budget Road Show
The Joint Committee on Finance announced the dates and locations of State Budget Public Hearings. It was an honor to join my colleagues at the most recent hearing on April 9, 2021 at UW-Whitewater.
The upcoming hearing schedule is:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
Thursday, April 22, 2021 UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Virtual