State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2021
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What Evers Didn't Tell You

Connecting the Dots On Why Evers Raises Local Taxes

Until the Joint Finance Committee starts to amend and remove things from the budget, I will highlight items in Governor Evers’ budget that he didn’t tell you about. This week, I connect the dots on why Governor Evers proposed raising local taxes (which he did tell you about).
Although the Governor highlighted that he was seeking a local tax increase – up to 20% for some localities, he hasn’t said why. It’s really quite simple – Governor Evers’s dramatically drives up local labor costs in the budget.
Among Evers’ cost drivers on local government are:

  • Repeal of Act 10
  • Repeal of prevailing wage
  • Raising the minimum wage
  • Repealing right-to-work
  • Repealing Project-Labor Agreements

All told, these provisions would cause local budgets and property taxes to skyrocket. Governor Evers knows this, and knows our already high property taxes would also go through the roof. No one can afford that so, - connecting the dots here - he allows local governments to raise the sales tax instead.

Police Accountability, Community Involvement and Transparency
Funding the Police and Investigating Use of Force

On Thursday, I held the first of at least two public hearings on Police Reform. To rebuild the relationship between communities and law enforcement, we must first restore a sense of trust between the two. I believe that through accountability, transparency, and more community involvement, we can reform the police for the better.
Defunding the police, no matter how you define “defund” is the definition of misplaced priorities. My Senate Bill 119 is the “Fund the Police” bill. The bill states that if a local government cuts its police service, it would also lose a corresponding amount of state aid, known as Shared Revenue. If a community decides that it needs less of the most essential service (police, fire, ems), it only make sense that they also need less Shared Revenue.
The committee also heard my bill, Senate Bill 118. Our current methods to investigate use-of-force incidents seek to determine potential civil or criminal liability. This bill creates a new approach to evaluate these incidents. Like the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this board would study the incident to determine root causes and recommend changes focused on preventing future similar incidents. The hearing was positive, and the bill has received bi-partisan support. I hope to have it pass the Senate soon.
We also heard Senator Testin’s bill, that I am a co-sponsor of, which will reform how law enforcement background checks occur.

Green Bay Election Concerns


You may have heard this week about the Facebook-led takeover of the presidential election in Green Bay. What we’ve already learned stinks to high heaven – and may be illegal. I join my colleagues in calling for an investigation.
I’ll have more on this next week, but know that I am following this very closely, and will be taking steps to find out how deep this apparent corruption goes.

Issue 216
March 12, 2021

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