State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Joint Finance: Approves Foxconn Package
$3 billion incentive package heads to the Senate

On Tuesday this week, the Joint Finance Committee approved the $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn to locate in Wisconsin. The deal is expected to result in an economic boom in our area and nearly 13,000 jobs.  The Finance Committee improved the bill by requiring the tax credits be audited, strengthening environmental protections, and providing additional funding for local entities to meet the local needs. The bill also contains funding for the expansion of I-94 in Racine and Kenosha counties. 

The Senate will vote on the bill next Tuesday, and the Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday or Friday next week. 

Drunk Driving Legislation 

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety, which I Chair, held a hearing on anti-drunk driving legislation this week.

These are some of the bills we heard testimony on:

Senate Bill 135, a bill I authored, would permanently revoke the drivers license of offenders who commit at least four OWI offenses. Under current law, if a person's operating privilege is suspended or revoked, the person may apply for an occupational license.  In most cases, the person is eligible for an occupational license 15 days after the date of the suspension or revocation.

Assembly Bill 98, would make changes to ignition interlock device requirements by requiring operating restrictions take effect immediately, instead of when the offenders license is reinstated.  Some drivers choose not to wait until their license is reinstated which meant if the offender was stopped for a traffic violation, they would only be penalized for driving without a license, not penalized for driving without the interlock device.

Senate Bill 73, would require a five year minimum sentence for killing someone while drunk driving.

Senate Bill 72, would increase minimum jail time for fifth and sixth time OWI offenders.  Under current law, a person who commits a fifth or sixth OWI offense must be fined at least $600 and imprisoned for at least six months.  This bill increases the minimum jail time to 18 months.

Budget Update

The Joint Finance Committee wrapped up their discussion on the state budget this week, approving a $76 billion Wisconsin budget. The proposal provides $639 million in additional funding for K-12 schools, freezes tuition at University of Wisconsin schools for another two years, eliminates the waiting list for long-term care for children, and eliminates the prevailing wage law.  It also eliminates the state portion of the property tax, saving the average homeowner $50 over the next 2 years and includes more drug testing requirements on public benefit recipients.

Some of the changes that were made from the Governors proposed budget include:
  • reducing borrowing for road funding
  • impose a new $75 fee on hybrid vehicles
  • reduces the taxes paid by non-manufacturing businesses by more than $74 million per year
  • allows 250 more disabled students to more easily receive vouchers for private school
  • restores the Department of Natural Resources magazine to a quarterly magazine, instead of being eliminated
The Assembly is set to vote on the package next week Wednesday.  The Senate will deliberate soon afterwards.

Fundraiser: Register Roundup
Benefiting the Kenosha Achievement Center


For the entire month of September, Stinebrink's Piggly Wiggly in Kenosha is hosting a 'Register Round Up" fundraiser which benefits the Kenosha Achievement Center.
Issue 84
Friday, September 8, 2017
Recent ribbon cutting at Willcomm's on Spring.

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State Senator Van
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

Super Saturday
Downtown Union Grove
Saturday, September 9th

Heritage Festival
Caledonia Historical Village
September 9-10th

Mount Pleasant Day
Mount Pleasant Civic Campus

September 16th

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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