Rep. Wittke's E-Update
Balancing Dollars and Sense
State Biennial Budget
The state budget process came to an end this week as the State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 68. This bill is the 2021-23 Wisconsin State Budget, and passed with bi-partisan support. I voted for the budget because it gives $3.4 billion back to Wisconsin taxpayers, it keeps education a top priority, and invests $100 million in local road aids and state highways. Education is a priority in this budget. I’m pleased with the historic increases for schools. This budget funds 2/3rds education costs. While keeping in mind the massive influx of federal dollars that have been poured in to Wisconsin for education this year. The Wisconsin State Budget set aside $350 million for when these federal funds run out. Did you know that on average, school districts in Wisconsin received $2,898 per pupil from federal ESSER funds alone this year? This budget allocates an increase in special education funding to 30%, an increase in student mental health aid grants, and it also allocates $31 million more in federal earmark funds for after school and summer programs to address learning loss. The budget also increases public library system aid by $6.5 million, and provides $6.4 million to school library aids. Education is a priority and the bipartisan legislators who supported passage of Assembly Bill 68 agree. Wisconsin has a budget surplus and I believe surplus funds should be returned to taxpayers. This budget cuts taxes by over $3.4 billion which includes $650 million in property tax relief and a $2.3 billion cut to state income tax. Along with this tax relief, the budget we passed will help people with child care expenses by creating a nonrefundable tax credit for child and dependent care expenses beginning tax year 2022. We’ve increased the refundable portion of the research and development tax credit to help keep high-paying research jobs here in Wisconsin. The budget also established an exemption for all active-duty military income which brings us in line with our neighboring states. This budget also invests in infrastructure - including roads, vertical projects, and critical public safety systems while directing $100 million into local road aids and state highways. As a Commissioner on the State Building Commission, I am pleased our capital budget established a reasonable $1 billion level in bonding. We’ve invested in our university system’s classrooms, health and safety projects, and we provided much needed funding for workforce drivers like the Beyond Vision VisABILITY Center. The state budget passed this week is good for Wisconsin taxpayers. I appreciate the input provided by area residents expressing either your support or concern with various provisions proposed. The budget passed was crafted to save more for the state rainy day, fulfill our obligation to fund education, send money back to taxpayers and provide a positive ending balance to the budget to give taxpayers a more stable financial outcome. Today, it was a pleasure to join my colleagues to urge Governor Evers to sign the state budget. This budget bill is a bi-partisan win for Wisconsin. It’s reasonable, responsible, and realistic!
July 3rd Festival including 6th Annual Car/Truck/Bike/Tractor show! Enjoy food drinks and music with family and friends. Head to Festival Grounds behind Raymond School, 2659 S. 76th St., Franksville.
July 4th Activities, including parade and fireworks!
City of Racine
4th Fest Party on the Square – July 3rd: 6 to 9 p.m. July 3, Monument Square
2021 4th Fest Parade: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, July 5, Downtown Racine
4th Fest Fireworks: 9 p.m.