Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe, but summer break is almost in its last month and kids will soon be heading back to school. I am disturbed by recent comments from the head of the national teachers' union that they might not allow schools to reopen this fall. The union already has had too much influence on guidance for reopening schools from the Center for Disease Control.

As the Senate Education Committee chair, it's my hope kids will be headed back into the classroom and without masks. Our kids must get back to a normal and consistent school setting.

It can be done. A study from Sweden published in the New England Journal of Medicine found schools were not a major source for COVID-19 transmission. Nearly two million children under the age of 16 attended school without masks in the spring of 2020. Only 15 students developed severe cases and without casualties. Also, a study from Germany showed kids do not drive COVID-19 cases in schools.

The lockdowns had a devastating effect on children's mental health and academic success. Students are falling behind and school children who were struggling before the pandemic are struggling even more. We can't let our children's future continue to be a victim of the pandemic.

As always, if you have any concerns or ideas on how to improve our great state, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 608-266-5830 or by email at Sen.Darling@legis.wisconsin.gov.

On, Wisconsin!
Saving Taxpayers More than $2 Billion
Thanks to the budget Republicans put together, your taxes will be going down instead of up. Before he tried to take credit for our tax cuts, Governor Evers tried to raise your taxes by more than $1 billion during a pandemic.

We turned the largest tax hike in state history into the largest tax cut in state history! Even with the Governor's vetoes that hurt small businesses, our plan reduces net taxes by $2,085,672,000!

Here's where you will be seeing savings from our budget.

  • The budget reduces the third individual income tax bracket from 6.27% to 5.30% beginning this year. That change will save Wisconsinites $2,013,500,00 individual income taxes. 
  • We also created a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for household and dependent care expenses. This is expected to save working families $9,800,000.
  • To honor and help those that defend our freedoms, the budget exempts all federal income for active-duty military personnel. That will save our military families $40,400,000!

You can see why Governor Evers was so eager to take credit for these savings, but don't be fooled. Our budget funds our shared priorities like health care, schools, and infrastructure. We restored 2/3rds funding for public education and invested in health care workers, nursing homes, and caregivers. Republicans delivered a budget that is good for taxpayers, workers, and families. 
Be Prepared for Severe Weather
Our state experienced severe weather this week, including at least two tornadoes in southeast Wisconsin. It's important to be prepared and have a plan before the next storm strikes.

ReadyWisconsin, a part of the state Department of Military Affairs, has a handy 20-page guide to help keep you and your loved ones safe. You can download the free severe thunderstorm and tornado guidebook here.
Please Donate Blood, Plasma
One way you can help is by donating blood. If you have recovered from COVID-19, please especially consider donating your plasma.

You can find out where to donate here and here.
COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing Information
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