State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2018
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 Projected Budget Surplus Grows To Almost $400 Million
Rainy Day Fund Projected to Top $300 Million

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau conducts a review of the status of the state's general fund and presents its findings to the Legislature.  Based on this year's analysis, it is projected that the net general fund balance at the end of this biennium (June 30, 2019) will be $385.2 million.  This is an increase of $137.5 million from the original estimation during the enactment of the  2017-19 Biennial budget.  That is great news for Wisconsin.

The full report can be found here: Click.

Unemployment Ties the Lowest Rate on Record

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of individuals employed in Wisconsin's private sector reached another all-time high and the state's unemployment rate dropped to 3 percent.

For more information: Click.

Wanggaard Bills Tackling Crime Advance

Prioritizing Public Safety, PTSD for Cops and Romeo & Juliet

Several bills I have been working on have advanced in committee during the past week.  Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Assembly Bill 414 - Nicknamed the "Romeo & Juliet" bill, AB 414 will make it possible so that teenagers who willingly have sex are not necessarily branded as felons and sex offenders. 
  • Senate Bill 564  - This bill will recognize the incredible stress our first responders face, and allow them to be eligible to receive worker's compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Assembly Bill 601- This bill will save the state money by allowing longer contracts for GPS monitoring services and devices used for tracking sex offenders and persons who have violated injunctions.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 93  -  With public safety a priority, we have watched judges set low bail for violent offenders, often to see the criminal reoffend before trial. This resolution will allow judges to prioritize public safety instead of flight risk when setting bail.

$118 Million to Local Governments
Local governments will receive $40 million more than last year

Wisconsin's 1,925 local units of government received quarterly payments totaling $118,205,118 from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids and Expressway Policing Aids. 

General Transportation Aids help pay for construction, maintenance and operating local roads.  Connecting Highway Aids pay for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways.  Communities also receive state transportation fund revenues for public transit, transportation for the elderly and disabled and airport and harbor development.

For a list of local payments: Click.

Public Meeting: Wisconsin DOT
Open House to discuss WIS 11 reconstruction in Racine County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a public involvement meeting to discuss the reconstruction of WIS 11 (Durand Avenue), from Kearney Avenue to WIS 32, in Racine County.

Tuesday, January 23
4:30 - 6:30pm
St. Lucy Catholic Church
3035 Drexel Avenue
Racine, WI 53403

Proposed Improvements to be discussed:

  • Reconstruct 0.4 miles of roadway
  • Improve Durand Avenue/Memorial Drive intersection with traffic signals
  • Add sidewalk on south side of Durand Avenue
  • Repair storm sewer
  • Provide on-street bicycle accommodations

In District

On Friday, January 12th I visited Pepsi Beverages Company in Pleasant Prairie to discuss legislation which directly effects the company. Great visit with great people.  (Photo Left to Right) Armando Saleh, Noel Rodriguez, Kelly Kline and Emanuel Preciado.

I met two Meadowbrook employees during a recent meeting with Racine Unified School Board Member, Bob Wittke at Meadowbrook Country Club.  What a wonderful lunch.  Thanks, Meadowbrook.

On Friday, January 12th Representative Robin Vos and I presented legislative citations to Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty and Love Inc. recognizing their response to the 2017 floods which devastated the area.  There were many individuals, businesses and organizations that stepped up during the flooding, but we wanted to specifically honor the efforts of the Mayor, for her strong leadership and Love Inc. for going above and beyond during a very tough time for the community.  Love Inc. provided basic necessities to those most effected.  Keep up the good work!

On Monday, January 15th Representative Samantha Kerkman and I met with New Carthage College President John Swallow to discuss higher education opportunities and needs for Wisconsin's changing workforce.
Issue 101
Friday, January 18, 2018

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21st Senate District 

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Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Hot ChocolateFest
Echo Lake, Burlington
January 19-21st

Free Fishing Weekend
January 20-21st

Racine Cty UW-Extension 100th Anniversary
Ives Grove, Sturtevant
January 22nd

Healing Lights: Giving Hope Fundraiser
Fountain Hall, Sturtevant
January 26th

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics
Brat Stop, Kenosha
February 3rd
Plunge at noon

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