State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2021
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The Governor's 2021-23 Budget Introduced

Increasing sales tax, legalizing drug use, and releasing prisoners

On Tuesday, Governor Evers introduced his budget proposal. Incredibly, it is more of a liberal wish list than the one he introduced two years ago. These are tired, old, rejected, and downright dangerous ideas that have no business being including in a budget and no chance of becoming law.
In most budgets, the “devil is in the details,” but with this budget, the devils are in plain sight. We already know that he is proposing doubling or tripling local sales taxes, legalizing drug use, and letting criminals out of jail. That’s what he’s highlighting as the “good things” in the budget!
There are some good things in the budget, but they’re few and far between. As I go through the budget, I will be highlighting different items every week indicating where the Governor wants to take us as a state. For the most part, it’s the wrong direction.

You can see the Governor's proposal here: Click

Cutting Taxes and Fixing Unemployment

This week, the Senate was in session two days, passing over a dozen bills.
Tuesday’s highlight was providing almost $500 million in state tax savings to match federal tax changes over the last year. Among the tax changes in this bill were exempting both PPP loans and “We’re All In” grants from the income tax, helping small and large businesses alike.
Also on Tuesday, the Senate took action on bills that prohibit the government from mandating a vaccine, and allow police/fire to qualify for PTSD under workers’ compensation. We also approved my bill, which prohibits prisoners from being prioritized outside of their priority group for vaccine distribution. 
On Thursday, the Senate met for the Governor’s unemployment insurance Special Session. We passed a bill that requires the Governor to begin the upgrade of our long-outdated computer system, allows schools, non-profits and small businesses to open without fear of being sued, and captures additional federal money for unemployment benefits.

Ice Shanty Removal Dates Approaching 


Removal Deadlines Apply To All Boundary Waters


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds anglers that ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching.

Permanent ice shanties, or those not removed daily, must be removed from all state waters by March 15. Early deadlines such as those for inland and boundary waters are:

  • Wisconsin – Iowa boundary waters by Feb. 20
  • Wisconsin – Minnesota boundary waters by March 1
  • Inland waters south of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 1
  • Lake Michigan, Green Bay, Lake Superior and inland waters north of Highway 64 by the first Sunday following March 12
  • Wisconsin – Michigan boundary waters by March 15

Anglers can continue to use portable ice shanties after these dates, so long as they are removed from the ice when they are not actively in use and at the end of each day.

As these deadlines approach, it’s important to remember that no ice is ever 100% safe. The DNR does not monitor ice conditions, so anglers should check with local fishing clubs and bait shops for current ice conditions.

Owners having difficulties removing their shanty should seek help from their local fishing club, vendors and other anglers.

The DNR asks the public to report any shanty owners not taking responsibility for removing their shanty to the DNR Violation Hotline by calling or texting 1-800-TIP-WNDR or 1-800-847-9367.

Virtual Meeting with Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)


On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet virtually with a few of my constituents during the annual Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Legislative Day.  I met with Joey Kositzke from DECA, Anna Becker from HOSA and Ethan Armstrong from FBLA.

Once a year, WI CTSO Legislative Day gives State Officers of CTSO (High School Level) a chance to meet with their respective Senator and Representative.  During this time, they ask questions pertaining to the state's Career and Technical Education along with student organizations.  In years past, this event occurs in the State Capitol.  Due to COVID, it was held as a virtual event through Zoom. 

Keep up the great work Joey, Anna and Ethan!

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites 2021

Updates on Kenosha County Testing can be found here: Click.
Issue 213
February 19th, 2021

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21st Senate District 

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