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March 1, 2019
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)
  • Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (Vice-Chair)
  • Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
  • Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
Governor Evers Introduces Budget Bill

Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers delivered his state budget address. Following the address, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) met to introduced his $83.5 billion proposal for the next state budget.

There may be a few areas where Governor Evers and I can find common ground, but the level of spending he has proposed is not good for Wisconsin. His budget would increase spending $6.2 billion over two years which is an almost 10 percent increase! The new spending would require an extra $1,000 per person in Wisconsin to pay for it.

Despite claiming he was planning to raise no taxes while campaigning, the Governor raises several of them in his proposed budget. This includes property tax, the gas tax, capital gains tax, taxes on manufacturing companies, and more. The total tax increases total just over $1 billion.

If you would like to take a look at what is in the budget, please click here.

You can also view the Governor's budget address here.

My staff and I will be combing through the budget for the next few weeks. I will keep you updated on what we find. The next step in the budget process will be to have the JFC briefed by cabinet secretaries who will answer questions about the budget provisions that impact their state agencies. After that, the JFC members will travel across the state to host listening sessions.  During these sessions, the Committee will hear input from the public on the budget.
My response to Governor Evers' budget address
Big Salary Bump
 
Earlier this week, the MacIver institute released the salary information for all of the Governor's department heads. When comparing the salaries to the salaries of the previous administration, there is a 15 to 20 percent increase in compensation.

If you'd like to read more, click here.
Credit: MacIver Institute
Central Wisconsin Days

On Wednesday, I joined Representative Mary Felzkowski and other lawmakers on a panel to discuss broadband, the state budget, and rural initiatives at the Central Wisconsin Days event in Madison.

Thank you so much for the invite!
Senator Tiffany and Representative Felzkowski at Central Wisconsin Days
Gary Hartl
 
This afternoon, I was told that Antigo's Gary Hartl suffered a heart attack and is in the ICU. For those of you who may not know Gary, he is a wonderful radio personality. It is always a pleasure to interview with him and I wish him a speedy recovery. 
Veterans Town Hall
 
There will be a veteran town hall next Tuesday night in Niagara. Staff from the VA Medical Center, the WI Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Marinette County Veteran Service Office will be there. See the flyer below for details. 

There will be more events in the near future.

March 13
Mercer, WI – 10 am CT, Mercer Town Hall
Minocqua, WI – 2 pm, American Legion Post 89
Rhinelander, WI – 5 pm CT, AMVETS
 
March 14
Laona, WI – 10 am CT, Community Center
Pembine, WI – 2 pm CT, Pembine Town Hall
Wisconsin Sheriffs

This week, I met with several sheriffs from across the 12th Senate District. We had great discussions on law enforcement issues and criminal justice reform. It was excellent to hear their feedback in response to marijuana legalization. Thank you to all the sheriffs who made it down this week. I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me. I'm sorry I forgot to get a picture with everyone!
Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Suave, Senator Tiffany, and Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban
District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
March 2 Winterfest at Keyes Peak Ski Hill Florence
March 2 Ice Golf Tournament Minocqua
March 3 Lion's Club Kids Fisheree Conover
March 3 Winter Park Bark Skijor Race Minocqua
March 5 Hazelhurst Lions Club Pill Bottle Recycling Hazelhurst
March 9 Post 44 Gunless Poultry Shoot Townsend
March 16 OF Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner Oconto Falls
March 16 Taste of Tomahawk Tomahawk
March 16 Pickerel-Pearson St. Patrick's Day Parade Pickerel
March 20 Artrageous Minocqua
March 21-24 On Golden Pond Wabeno
April 6 Phelps Maple Syrup Fest Phelps
April 26 Veterans Benefits Expo Rhinelander
April 28 St. Germain Fire Department Fish Fry St. Germain
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
Copyright © 2019 Office of State Senator Tom Tiffany, All rights reserved.


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