Governor Walker joined Vice President Pence this week to highlight Wisconsin's $8 billion in cumulative tax relief. He also met with local officials in Superior following the Husky Energy Oil Refinery explosion as well as with families from Northeast Wisconsin who were impacted by the recent string of destructive blizzards. More than $500,000 in Fab Lab grants were announced to help Wisconsin school districts prepare their students for jobs of the future.
1. Talking Tax Relief with Vice President Pence
Governor Walker joined Vice President Pence at the America First Policies 'Tax Cuts to Put America First' panel in Milwaukee to discuss the positive impact that state and federal tax relief initiatives are having on Wisconsin families.
“Since 2011, we have provided more than $8 billion in cumulative tax relief at the state level for Wisconsin’s hardworking families,” said Governor Walker. “This includes our $100-Per-Child Tax Rebate, the August Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday, and the elimination of Wisconsin’s state property tax. And now, thanks to the federal government’s largest tax overhaul in a generation, the typical Wisconsin family of four is set to save an additional $2,508 annually. That’s real money for real people.”
Through the end of the 2017-19 state budget, the cumulative impact of savings to Wisconsin taxpayers will exceed $8 billion. Plus, for the first time since 1931, there is no Wisconsin state property tax: 100% of Wisconsin’s property taxpayers saw a 100% reduction in their state property tax bill. According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, both property and income taxes will be lower in 2018 than they were in 2010.
According to analysis by the @WI_Revenue, the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will result in a $2,508 tax cut for a typical family of four in Wisconsin. That’s $200 a month more in the pockets of the typical Wisconsin family. #WIWorking pic.twitter.com/fNnMkd18ct
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) April 26, 2018
2. Meeting with Local Officials Following Superior Refinery Explosion
Following an explosion at Husky Energy Oil Refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, Governor Walker met with and thanked local, county, state & federal agencies and officials as well as volunteers.
3. Visiting Farmers Impacted by April Blizzard in Northeast Wisconsin
Visited with Cindy Birling & her family in Black Creek to hear how the recent blizzard impacted their farm. Many farmers suffered damage from collapsed roofs and lost livestock in some cases. We are encouraging these farmers to document and report damages to their local @usdagov Farm Services Agency office.
Governor Walker visited Birlings Bovines in Black Creek and Sievert Farms in Sobieski to hear from farmers who were impacted by the strong blizzard that covered much of the state with heavy snow from April 13 – 16, 2018. The storm caused property damage, including barn roof collapses that resulted in the loss of livestock in some cases.
In a statement, Governor Walker advised:
“Farmers were hit hard by the recent blizzard, and we want all farmers impacted to know that we hear you. On top of reporting losses to their insurance companies, we encourage farmers who suffered damage from the blizzard to document it and report it to their local FSA office as they could be eligible for certain federal disaster assistance.”
4. Awarding More Than $500,000 in Fab Lab Grants Throughout Wisconsin
22 WI school districts have been awarded $500,000+ in total grants to establish or expand local Fab Labs. Great to visit Ashwaubenon H.S. to tour their Fab Lab facility & discuss how these labs are helping develop WI’s future workforce. #StudentSuccess @WEDCNews pic.twitter.com/fcjG4hMJaZ
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) May 1, 2018
More than 20 public schools were awarded a total of over $500,000 in grants that will enable them to start or expand local fabrication laboratories (fab labs).
“Fab labs provide students with hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, art and math, and are a key part of the state’s wide-ranging efforts to provide students with the skills and training they need to type of skills they will need to compete in an ever-changing global economy. Fab Lab Day will honor not only those schools receiving grants this year but also the countless teachers, students, community members and other partners who recognize the importance of this program and have contributed to making our fab lab network so successful.” – Governor Walker
Fab labs are high-tech workshops with the latest industry equipment used in a wide range of manufacturing facilities. WEDC will provide grants of up to $25,000 to individual school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more districts, for the creation and/or expansion of fab labs. The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior high, or high school students. Applicants must match the amount of funding provided by WEDC.
5. Unemployment Drops in All 72 Wisconsin Counties