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December 10, 2018
Wisconsin's 12th Senate District contains communities in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas Counties.

Committee Assignments:
  • Joint Committee on Finance
  • Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • Revenue, Financial Institutions, and Rural Issues Committee
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
**Correction**

In last week's e-update, the photo in the section about Mayor Bousley had a caption with the incorrect name of his wife, Rose. The mistake has been fixed. My apology to the Bousley family. 
Extraordinary Session

This week, the legislature met in extraordinary session to pass a series of bills to close out this legislative session.  The theme of the session was accountability, transparency and certainty.  Many of the bills take existing law and codify those laws -- in other words put them in statute.  

For example, we passed welfare reform over the last two sessions.  Many of the changes appear in administrative rules and are the result of waivers from the federal government.  They require those who qualify for some benefits to not use drugs and to work if able-bodied.  I strongly support ensuring public assistance only goes to those in need.  We codified those reforms.

We changed how federal transportation funding is allocated.  The federal process costs more to build roads than the state process.  Therefore, we voted to concentrate federal DOT dollars in fewer projects.  By concentrating federal DOT dollars in fewer projects we will spend more money on actual road construction rather than administrative overhead. This helps us stretch our dollars further and fix more roads. 

We voted to lower your income taxes.  As a result of a Supreme Court decision, taxpayers now have to pay on-line, out-of-state companies sales tax.  Currently, it is estimated Wisconsinites will pay an additional $60 million in sales taxes.  We can not stop the additional sales tax because it is federal law but we can return the $60 million via tax relief.  I supported the tax relief.

State agencies establish administrative rules and guidance documents to implement the laws we pass.  We passed additional requirements for those documents to receive greater scrutiny by you and the legislature to ensure the guidance matches up to the laws we passed.  It is important for the public to see behind the curtain of how state government works and how much arcane rules cost all of us.

There were a number of items in the original list of proposals before us that did not pass into law.  One had to do with changing the 2020 Presidential primary.  Thank you to all of the clerks who contacted my office pointing out their concerns.  We in the senate heard you loud and clear.  One election law change was enacted.  We standardized the early in-person absentee voting period to two weeks.  Some municipalities, in particular Madison and Milwaukee, have started early voting as much as six weeks before an election.  Many of our small towns do not have that luxury putting us at a disadvantage.  I believe a two week window is sufficient for in-person early voting.  This provision does not affect absentee voting by mail.

I want to thank the many constituents who have contacted me this week to share their input.  As we close out the final days of the Walker Administration I want to thank Governor Walker for his service to our state.  Very difficult decisions were made over the last eight years to turn around a state with a big budget deficit, a terrible business climate and high taxes.  Eight years later if you want a good job, you can have a good job.  We are no longer in the top-ten taxed states and state government is more accountable to you.  The changes enacted this week by the legislature will help protect the reforms that have led to a stronger Wisconsin.
Eagle Scout Celebration
 
Last weekend, I attended a Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Caleb DeJong at St. Francis Xavier Church in Merrill. I presented Caleb with a citation on behalf of Representative Felzkowski and myself. Congratulations to Caleb!
Caleb and Senator Tiffany
Property Tax Season

One of the ways we know it is the Christmas season---property tax bills!  Sorry to throw cold water on your Christmas cheer.  We have kept property taxes frozen for the last eight years yet some of you contact my office and ask why your property tax bills are up.  Most often it is because of local referendums.  If you check underneath the box headed "Taxing Jurisdiction" you will see a line entitled, "For Informational Purposes Only."  It will say, "Voter Approved Temporary Tax Increases."  If there has been a local referendum you will find how much total additional taxes are applied to your property.

Mayor George Bousley

Today, Governor Walker, Rep. Mursau and I honored Mayor George Bousley for his years of service to the City of Niagara. Thank you to George and his wife, Rose, for their dedication to making Niagara a better place to live. 
Rep. Mursau, Governor Walker, George and Rose Bousley, and Senator Tiffany
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
Email: sen.tiffany@legis.wisconsin.gov
As always, if you have any events for our calendar, comments or thoughts regarding the subjects of this newsletter, please feel free to contact me.
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