State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2017
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Update: More Local Town Hall Meetings

Last night Representative Thomas Weatherston and I hosted two Town Halls in Racine County.  Members of the community came to share their thoughts on issues ranging from transportation funding to reforming regulations on businesses.  It was my pleasure to hear these concerns and answer questions from my constituents.
The budget-writing arm of the legislature, the Joint Finance Committee, will begin voting on various budget proposals on Monday, May 1st. 

If you would like to share your comments on the state budget, please see the above graphic below which includes information regarding my upcoming Town Halls with Representative Samantha Kerkman.

Boy Scout License Plates are Now Available

New specialty license plates are now available.  Last session I introduced SB 388, which allowed the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create motor vehicle special registration plates expressing support, and providing funding, for the Boy Scouts of America if the cost of initial production of these plates is covered by donations.  Ultimately, the legislation was rolled into a larger bill which included: Whitetails Unlimited, Wisconsin Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and childhood cancer.  The new plates were approved in March of 2016 and are now available for purchase on the Wisconsin DOT website.  Any Wisconsin resident may apply for specialty license plates. 

Individual decals are available for Boy Scout or Eagle Scout. The plate fees include an issuance fee of $15 plus an annual $25 tax-deductible contribution in addition to the regular registration fee. These contributions go to the non-profit Boy Scouts of America National Foundation and are distributed to local Wisconsin councils.  Currently, there are around 50 license plates available in Wisconsin.  Click here to apply for new plates, or to see a list of specialty plates currently available.

Tax Freedom Day

Tax Freedom Day is the day when taxpayers have earned enough money to pay off their tax bill for the year. Each year, the national Tax Foundation releases its Tax Freedom Day report, listing the dates for both the nation and each individual state.  On the national level, Tax Freedom Day this year is April 23rd, meaning it will take 113 days for taxpayers to earn enough income to pay their taxes for the year.  
In Wisconsin, Tax Freedom Day is April 27th. Although this is still too late, we're making progress compared to our Midwestern neighbors.  Minnesota and Illinois have Tax Freedom Day on April 30th. There's more work to do!  Click here to read to full report.

102nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

On April 25, I co-hosted the annual reception at the Capitol commemorating the Armenian Genocide.  Each year we remember from 1915-1923 the Ottoman Turkish government attempted to rid Ottoman Turkey of their Armenian, or non-Turkic, population which resulted in the deaths of 1,500,000 Armenians.  In 2015, we passed AJR 23 commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Visiting Madison

A small business owner and his family stopped by to chat during their visit to the Capitol.  Thanks for visiting!
Issue 68
Friday, April 28, 2017
Van with family member Carla Boho during a recent visit to the Capitol.

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21st Senate District 

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

Clean Sweep 2017
Burlington Wastewater Treatment Facility
2100 S. Pine St
Burlington, WI 53105
April 29th, 8am-noon

Burlington Farmers Market Opens
Wehmhoff Square Park on Washington and Pine Streets
May 4th- 3-7pm every Thursday

Open House Racine County
Free admission throughout Racine County
May 6th

ChocolateFest 2017
ChocolateFest Grounds
May 25-29th

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

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