Dear Friends,

Congratulations to Children's Hospital of Wisconsin! They are ranked #1 in the state and #11 in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report's Best Children's Hospitals for 2022-23! They also are nationally ranked in 8 Children's Specialties.

Also, I'd like to congratulate Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld who is now the president-elect of the American Medication Association. Dr. Ehrehfield is an anesthesiologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Congratulations!

Finally, congratulations to the Whitefish Bay Girls' Soccer Team! They defeated Sauk Prairie 1-0 today to move on to the Division 2 Championship game of the WIAA 2022 State Girls Soccer Tournament on Saturday! Saturday's game starts at 11:00 am at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Good Luck!

Happy Father's Day and Happy Juneteenth to all who are celebrating this weekend!

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!
Inflation Is Rising, Taxes Are Dropping
With inflation running rampant and gas prices soaring, everything is costing a lot more. I'm happy to report that one thing that is going down is the state tax burden. But it almost wasn't like this.
 
The budget proposed by Governor Evers would have raised taxes by $1 billion during a pandemic. We rejected his plan and instead turned one of the largest tax hikes in state history into the largest tax cut in state history! 
 
Even with the Governor's vetoes that hurt small businesses, our plan still reduces net taxes by more than $2 billion. Our plan was so good that Governor Evers is now trying to take credit for it.
 
The budget also reduced the third individual income tax bracket from 6.27% to 5.30%. That change will save Wisconsinites $2,013,500,00 in individual income taxes. We also created a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for household and dependent care expenses, which is expected to save working families $9,800,000. And 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!
 
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. The Legislature delivered a budget that is good for taxpayers, workers, and families.
 
Thanks to careful budgeting, common-sense reforms, and preventing Governor Evers from raising taxes during the pandemic, Wisconsin's tax burden continues to drop. According to the Tax Foundation, our property tax ranking improved to the 16th best in the country. We are significantly more competitive than our neighbors Michigan (21), Minnesota (32), Iowa (39), and Illinois (48).

Since 2011, Republicans have saved taxpayers $22 billion and it's paying off. Wisconsin’s tax burden dropped more than any other state over the last 20 years. Back in 1999, state and local taxes took up 12.2% of personal income. That was the fourth-highest in the nation. By 2019, the percentage dropped to 10.3%. Now, we are ranked 23rd in the country. I will continue to look for ways to lower your tax burden and make our state more competitive.
Protecting Wisconsin's Elections
I have a high standard for our elections. It should be easy to vote and hard to cheat. Unfortunately, that's not always the case in our state.
 
That's why I co-authored Senate Bill 938 with Representative Dan Knodl after the Mequon City Clerk raised a concern. During a recent local election, someone tried to register to vote when they were asked if they were a citizen, they said “no,” and were turned away. 
 
The clerk is concerned that a less honest person would have received a ballot due to a lack of verification procedures. Senate Bill 938 requires non-resident driver’s licenses to indicate “Not Valid for Voting Purposes.” It also will confirm the citizenship of people on the voter registration list.
 
Unfortunately, Governor Evers vetoed the bill. He claimed that "there is no evidence of non-residents voting in Wisconsin." That’s not true.
 
I authored this bill because local officials informed me that someone did try to vote illegally and another person was successful in illegally voting in Mequon. This bill only makes it harder to cheat.
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