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Evers Takes Credit for Republican Written Budget

After spending the last several months disparaging Republican policies at every chance he got, Governor Evers has now nearly wholesale embraced the Republican written budgetand signed it yesterday.

In particular, Governor Evers proposed raising taxes by $1 billion in his original budget wish list. He now gets to reverse course and take credit for the Republican budget which will cut taxes by over $3 billion.

Governor Evers says he supports tax cuts, but he always waits for the Republicans to do it for him.

But even as he takes credit for these tax cuts, he can’t resist keeping higher taxes on small businesses by announcing his veto of the elimination of personal property tax. This continues his clear attack on those who employ people. By vetoing the tax cut and our bill to end the federal UI benefits, he’s making it difficult for businesses to fill open positions and causing businesses to lose desperately needed revenue to keep the doors open.

Does the Governor really think he’s helping small businesses “Bounceback” by kicking them while they’re down?

Important Bills Gov. Evers Disregarded

Let’s review some of the important bills that the Governor recently vetoed. These are good bills that are being blocked by a partisan Governor who only listens to Madison's elites.

AB-191: Repealing of the personal property tax for businesses

I’ve heard from business owners since before I was even in the Legislature about how onerous this tax is on small businesses. Often, it causes more paperwork than the tax is even worth. Evers vetoed doing away with this outdated tax, despite wide support, including Republicans and Democrats alike. 

AB-336: Ending enhanced unemployment benefits

Business owners are eager to get people back to work, but the enhanced UI benefit to the unemployed collecting benefits is one of the roadblocks to hiring. This bill would have suspend the enhanced federal benefits, encouraging people to return to the workforce.

AB-173: Stopping “Zuckerbucks” private money from influencing local elections

This bill would have prohibited private funds from going directly to hand-picked communities to disproportionately impact voting. It’s a fact that millions of dollars in private funds were funneled to targeted municipalities in Wisconsion and across the nation during the last election. This bill could have been a step forward to restore trust in the election process, but we have a Governor who vetoed the bill and is likely to veto more of the 12 election integrity bills passed by the legislature.

AB-383: Allowing students who transferred schools during the pandemic shutdown to participate in sports

This bill would have prevented students from being punished for making the decision to best help them learn during the pandemic by keeping them eligible for sports. This temporary rule change would allow them to remain eligible to participate in sports this year as outlined by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Upcoming July 20 Listening Session in Sussex

Here’s your chance to have the floor and share your thoughts about the State of Wisconsin and issues of concern.

Please join me at my next listening session:

Tuesday, July 20, 7-8:00 pm, Pauline Haas Public Library, N64W23820 Main Street, Sussex

If you’re unable attend, please email your comments to: Sen.Kapenga@legis.wisconsin.gov

Today in History | July 9, 2021 from The American Patriot’s Almanac

1846 - During the Mexican-American War, American troops under Commodore John Montgomery raise an American flag in Yerba Buena, later renamed San Francisco.

1850 - Zachary Taylor, the twelfth U.S. president, dies after serving only sixteen months in office.

1868 - The Fourteenth Amendment, designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves, is ratified.

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