Rep. Steffen: Legislature approves tax-free retirement

Madison, Wis. — Today, a proposal to create a tax-free retirement in Wisconsin was adopted by the Wisconsin Legislature. State Representative David Steffen (R – Howard) and State Senator Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R – Appleton) authored the bill, which will exempt certain retirement earnings from state income tax. The bill now lands on Governor Evers’ desk, where he will have the opportunity to sign or veto the measure aimed at keeping grandparents and other retirees in Wisconsin. The legislation exempts $75,000 of retirement income for single filers and $150,000 for married-joint filers from being subject to state income tax. Currently, 13 states,

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Dept. of Health Services: New Office of Children’s Mental Health fact sheet emphasizes importance of infant and toddler mental health

Everyone has thoughts, emotions, and behaviors – what we know as mental health – and infants and toddlers are no different. Positive mental health and responsive relationships in early childhood are critical to a child’s health.  The vast majority (90%) of brain development occurs before a child enters kindergarten, so the first five years of a child’s life impacts that child’s well-being for the rest of their life. This is when the foundation for mental health is established – when we teach our youngest children about positive behavior, healthy communication, and conflict resolution. Infants who receive responsive, nurturing care are

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Sen. Smith: Flawed HSHS bill clears State Senate

MADISON – Today, senate bills 1014 (SB 1014) and 1015 (SB 1015) were passed during the senate session floor period. These bill are aimed at alleviating the health care crisis in the Chippewa Valley area after HSHS decided to close area hospitals and clinics by April 21st, 2024. In the 2021-23 Biennial State Budget, the legislature approved $15 million for capital improvements at Sacred Heart Hospital for their behavioral health department to increase psychiatric mental health bed capacity. HSHS did not use the funding to expand their behavioral health services. Under current law, the $15 million funding cannot be used for any

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: Statement on Wisconsin Supreme Court filing  

Madison, Wis. – Today Sheboygan County District Attorney Joel Urmanski filed a petition to bypass the appeals court and has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide whether Dane County Circuit Court Judge Diane Schlipper’s ruling from December 2023 that statute 940.04 does not apply to consensual abortion care should stand.   The following is a statement from Michelle Velasquez, Chief Strategy Officer, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.  “December’s circuit court ruling was an important step forward in our fight to restore, protect and expand access to abortion in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin vehemently opposes DA Urmanski’s view that the

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Rep. O’Connor: On UW System guaranteed admissions bill signed into law

MADISON –  Representative Jerry O’Connor (R- Fond du Lac) released the following statement after Governor Evers signed his Guaranteed Admissions Bill into law. “I am pleased that Gov. Evers signed SB 367, my bill to guarantee admission to UW System institutions and technical colleges for Wisconsin’s “best and brightest High School graduates. A number of our students, families, High School Principals, and School Administrators have shared disappointing reports of how a number of our top-performing High School graduates – those who would rank at the top of their classes – could not gain admission to one of our UW System schools.

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Sen. Larson: Senate Republican bullies take out their frustrations on appointees

MADISON, WI – Fresh off the knowledge that their reign as the gerrymandered kings of the Wisconsin legislature may soon be over with the signing of fair maps, Senate Republicans decided to take out their frustrations today on four immensely qualified appointees of Governor Tony Evers, including three women. Today’s action makes 14 executive appointments to date that Senate Republicans have rejected in just 5 short years. The previous three decades saw just four such rejections.  It’d be like if you and the high school bully are both going for the last slice of pizza at a party, only he decides

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Sen. Jacque: Bill relieving local taxpayers from burden of unequal landfill regulation heads to governor

MADISON, WI…  Local taxpayers would be freed from the burden of higher costs for unreasonable financial standards for municipal landfills, compared to private facilities, under legislation on its way to the Governor’s desk after passing both Houses of the Legislature today.  Sen. André Jacque, co-author of the measure along with Rep. Jeff Mursau, said the provisions address an inequity in current state law requiring municipal solid waste facilities to meet proof of financial responsibility requirements that exceed those of privately-owned landfills and public utilities. “Municipal landfills currently must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds for closure, long-term care, and spill remediation

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Bipartisan Coalition of Local Legislators: Celebrate Legislature passing the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway bill

Bipartisan Coalition of Local Legislators Celebrate Legislature Passing the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway Bill MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill authored by a bipartisan coalition of local legislators to designate Highway 11 between Orfordville and Footville as the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway. After graduating from Parkview High School in 2009, Corporal Benjamin Neal joined the U.S. Army and was on his second deployment when he was killed in action in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province on April 25, 2012.  2023 Senate Bill 223 was previously passed by the State Senate in November 2023, and

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Rep. Steffen: Legislature approves tax-free retirement

Madison, Wis. — Today, a proposal to create a tax-free retirement in Wisconsin was adopted by the Wisconsin Legislature. State Representative David Steffen (R – Howard) and State Senator Rachael Cabral-Guevara (R – Appleton) authored the bill, which will exempt certain retirement earnings from state income tax. The bill now lands

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Sen. Smith: Flawed HSHS bill clears State Senate

MADISON – Today, senate bills 1014 (SB 1014) and 1015 (SB 1015) were passed during the senate session floor period. These bill are aimed at alleviating the health care crisis in the Chippewa Valley area after HSHS decided to close area hospitals and clinics by April 21st, 2024. In the 2021-23 Biennial

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Rep. O’Connor: On UW System guaranteed admissions bill signed into law

MADISON –  Representative Jerry O’Connor (R- Fond du Lac) released the following statement after Governor Evers signed his Guaranteed Admissions Bill into law. “I am pleased that Gov. Evers signed SB 367, my bill to guarantee admission to UW System institutions and technical colleges for Wisconsin’s “best and brightest High School

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Bipartisan Coalition of Local Legislators: Celebrate Legislature passing the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway bill

Bipartisan Coalition of Local Legislators Celebrate Legislature Passing the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway Bill MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill authored by a bipartisan coalition of local legislators to designate Highway 11 between Orfordville and Footville as the Corporal Benjamin H. Neal Memorial Highway.

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