State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Foxconn Bill Heads to Governor's Desk
Passes Senate with 20 -13 vote

The Foxconn legislation has passed both houses of the legislature and is now heading to the Governor’s office to be signed into law.  The $3 billion tax incentive package helps to secure the electronics manufacturer to locate in Wisconsin.  The proposed $10 billion Foxconn campus, which is rumored to be setting up shop in Racine County, will bring 13,000 new jobs and $7 billion in minimum expected annual economic impact.  Foxconn is already working with Gateway Technical College, UW-Parkside and Community Action Programs to help ensure local folks get the job training they need to meet the requirements for the new jobs. 

I’m excited to see the positive changes that will come along with having an engineering giant like Foxconn invest in the area.  Welcome, Foxconn!

Budget Update

On Wednesday, the State Assembly passed the state budget, forwarding the bill to the State Senate. I'm proud of the work we did in the state budget. We spent almost half-a-billion dollars less than Governor Walker, while maintaining his investment in schools, health care and broadband access. We're completely eliminating 2 entire taxes - the state forestry property tax and alternative minimum tax and we begin the process of phasing out a third - the personal property tax.  In fact, property taxes for the average homeowner will be lower over the next two years than in 2014 and in 2010!
Between the budget and the Foxconn bill, I'm happy to report that I succeeded in most of my advocacy for Racine and Kenosha counties. Among the priorities for this budget were:
  • Restarting the I-94 North-South Corridor - Finish the Job!
  • Lower Property Taxes that in 2014 & 2010!
  • Eliminating the state property tax!
  • Renovation and Expansions at UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College!
  • Expanding Educational Opportunities for Children!
There is always more work to do to keep Wisconsin on the right path. With this budget, we continue steering the ship in the right direction.

DATCP Consumer Alert: Equifax Data Breach
Phone scams are the next risk

Earlier this month, Equifax announced there was a cyber security breach which potentially impacted 143 million U.S. customers.  The information which was accessed included: names, social security numbers, and addresses and in some instances, driver’s license numbers.  Credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U. S. customers were also accessed.

Equifax has established a dedicated website,, to help consumers determine if their information has been potentially impacted and to sign up for credit file monitoring and identity theft protection. The offering, called TrustedID Premier, includes 3-Bureau credit monitoring of Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports; copies of Equifax credit reports; the ability to lock and unlock Equifax credit reports; identity theft insurance; and Internet scanning for Social Security numbers - all complimentary to U.S. consumers for one year.

Equifax has established a dedicated call center to answer consumers’ questions about the breach.  The call center can be reached at: (866) 447-7559.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers the following resources for those who think they may have been affected by the data breach:
  • Download a copy of the DATCP fact sheet "Data Breach: What to do if it happens to you."
  • Consider placing a free 90-day (renewable) fraud alert on your credit reports by contacting another credit reporting bureau: Experian (888-397-3742) or TransUnion (800-680-7289. When you place a fraud alert with one bureau, that bureau will relay the request to the other two companies on your behalf. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name is actually you.
  • For an even higher level of protection, you may wish to place a security freeze on your credit reports. A freeze bars access to your reports to almost anyone without your express permission. Additional information about freezes is available in DATCP's credit report security freeze fact sheet.
  • Request a free credit report from the three credit bureaus by visiting or calling (877) 322-8228. Check your report for irregularities.
  • If you have additional questions about identity theft or wish to file an identity theft complaint with DATCP, visit or contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection by phone at (800) 422-7128 or by email:
In the aftermath of the recent Equifax data breach, the DATCP asks Wisconsin residents to be on the lookout for unsolicited calls requesting sensitive personal or financial information.

An event of this scale is sure to bring scammers out of the woodwork, and one of the potential risks at this point is con artists preying on consumers through misinformation. Neither Equifax nor any bank will call you and request your Social Security number or other sensitive details. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone who claims that they can verify whether your information was affected in the breach or that they provide services to affected consumers, hang up the phone. Do not engage with the caller and do not provide any information.

Be wary of a call from someone claiming to be from your lending institution. Hang up and call the institution back at a number listed in the phone book, in one of your statements, or on the business’s website. Never return a call on the number provided to you in an unsolicited call, and do not trust that the information on your caller ID is accurate.

Fall Turkey Season
2017 Fall Turkey Season starts this weekend

Saturday, September 16th marks the start of Wisconsin's 2017 archery and crossbow deer season, as well as the fall turkey season.  The fall turkey season runs from Sept. 16 to Nov. 17 statewide, with an extended fall season in Turkey Management Zones 1-5 continuing through Dec. 31.  More information regarding these hunts can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource (DNR) website: Click here.

Due to ongoing technical difficulties resulting in users being provided inaccurate information, the DNR has terminated its relationship with the developer of the Pocket Ranger mobile apps.  Customers who have already downloaded the Wisconsin Fishing Hunting & Wildlife Guide Pocket Ranger or the Wisconsin State Parks & Forests Guide Pocket Ranger mobile apps are encouraged to discontinue use.  The Department is committed to finding a replacement for these popular apps that will meet customer needs and expectations.  In the meantime, people are encouraged to visit the DNR’s mobile-friendly website at to access current information on hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation opportunities in Wisconsin.

At the Capitol

This week the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families visited the Capitol as part of their Legislative Day.  I enjoyed catching up with Laurie and Joel from Paddock Lake during their visit.
Issue 85
Thursday, September 14, 2017
After a break for summer, intern Kevin returned to my office this week.  Welcome back Kevin!

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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Burlington Farmers Market
Wehmhoff Square Park on Washington and Pine Streets
3-7pm every Thursday

Mount Pleasant Day
Mount Pleasant Civic Campus

September 16th

Westosha Senior Center Wellness Walk
Westosha Senior Center
September 16th
Starts at 10am

Pancake Breakfast
Wind Lake Fire Department
Sunday, September 18th

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
Daily, 9 am - 4:30 pm

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