October 19, 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
State Ends Fiscal Year with $588.5 M

Wisconsin ended the most recent state fiscal year with a positive balance of $588.5 million and grew the Rainy Day Fund to a record-high $320.1 million, according to the new Annual Fiscal Report which was released yesterday by the state Department of Administration (DOA).

Highlights from the state's FY 2018 Annual Fiscal Report include:
  • The undesignated general fund balance at the close of fiscal 2018 was $588.5 million, slightly higher than the previous fiscal year's balance of $579 million. The balance is $41.2 million more than was estimated when the 2017-19 legislative session ended.
  • The state deposited $33.1 million into the state Budget Stabilization Fund. The balance is now $320.1 million. This is the largest balance in state history and 190 times larger than the balance in fiscal year 2010.
  • General fund tax collections were $18.4 million above estimates. The growth was $626 million or 4 percent over last year. Individual income taxes were $99.2 million higher than estimated.
  • State expenditures were $174 million less than budgeted in 2018.
  • Individual tax relief jumped 34.2 percent from the prior fiscal year in part due to the Child Sales Tax Rebate which totaled $93.6 million in fiscal year 2018.
The full report is available online.
Weekly Radio
Every month, I do a variety of radio shows to discuss what is going on in the Capitol and around the district. I want to thank Gary Hartl and WATK for having me on the air this week.
Gary Hartl and Senator Tiffany
Photo credit: Justin Wadsworth
Celebrate Wisconsin's Working Forests

Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed the third week in October (October 21-27, 2018) as Forest Products Week. The week recognizes the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that create forest products and the many ways forest products contribute to our lives.

In addition to recognizing the myriad of forest products ingrained in our daily lives, Forest Products Week celebrates the positive impact of Wisconsin's forest products sector on the state's economy.

The forest products sector contributes $24.1 billion a year to the state’s economy and remains a staple industry in Northern Wisconsin. There are over 1,200 companies related to the industry that employ more than 60,000 people. Fourteen percent of all manufacturing jobs are forest product-related jobs
Photo Credit: Kristen Held, DNR
You can read more about the forest products industry on the DNR's website and you can view the Governor's proclamation here.
Fab Lab Applications
The application period has opened for the fourth round of Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program funding. This program prepares students for the jobs of the 21st century by helping public school districts provide equipment for students to learn and practice science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) skills.

The purpose of the Fab Labs Grant Program is to help Wisconsin public school districts create or expand fab labs, which are high-technology workshops equipped with computer-controlled additive and subtractive manufacturing components, such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and/or plasma cutters.

Under the program, individual public school districts may apply for up to $25,000 per district or up to $50,000 for consortiums of two or more districts. Consortium applications may be submitted by a lead public school district or a cooperative education service agency (CESA). The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instruction and education purposes by elementary, middle, junior high or high school students. A match of 1:1 is required. For FY19, WEDC is placing a moratorium on applicants that have already received three Fab Labs grants.

Applications are now available and must be submitted by Dec. 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. to be considered. Find program information and request an application at

A total of $500,000 is available for the FY19 competition. WEDC will evaluate applications based on evidence of readiness and long-range planning, curriculum, business and community partnerships, financial need and previous awards.

Small Business Round Table

There will be a small business round table on October 24th hosted by the Park City Credit Union in Merrill. If you are interested in attending, please contact Representative Mary Felzkowski at

District 12 Events
Start Date Upcoming Event Location
October 20 LDF Lions "Food for Kidz" Minocqua
October 20 Junior Women's Craft Fair Antigo
October 20 Athelstane Fire Open House Athelstane
October 24 Free CPR Class Crivitz
October 27 Zombie Crawl Land O'Lakes
October 27 Harvest Dinner & Raffle Brantwood
October 31 Spooktacular Halloween & Haunted Shantytown Presque Isle
November 2 FCS Chili Cook-Off Coleman
November 3 Lioness Christmas In November Presque Isle
November 2-4 Over the River and Through the Woods Rhinelander
November 3-4 Dirty Dog Dryland Derby Pearson
November 4 Fall Harvest Unity Dinner Crivitz
November 10 Christmas Bazaar St. Germain
November 10 WBA Christmas in the Park Wausaukee
November 10 Old Fashioneds Up North Eagle River
November 16 Venison Feed Tomahawk
November 17 Santa's Workshop Craft Show Tomahawk
November 23 Christmas Walk Boulder Junction
November 23 Santa Comes to Town Land O'Lakes
Novemer 24 Christmas in Minocqua Minocqua
Contact Me:
Mail: Senator Tom Tiffany, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI, 53707
Phone: (608) 266-2509  Fax: (608) 282-3552
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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