Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration! I was grateful to see so many of you during the parades. Thank you for saying hello!

Despite threatening to veto the entire budget, Governor Evers signed the Republican budget today. The plan that the Legislature sent him was a vast improvement of his budget. The governor wanted to hike taxes by more than $1 billion during a pandemic and he also tried to remove important reforms like school choice, right to work, and Act 10.

The Republican plan cut taxes by $3.4 billion - the largest tax cut in state history! Instead of raising taxes, overspending, and over-borrowing, the Republican budget cuts taxes, spends within our means and doesn’t max out our credit cards. You can tell how much better the Republican budget is by how quickly Governor Evers tried to take credit for it! Read more about it below.

Finally, good luck to our Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals!

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!
Budget with Largest Tax Cut in State History Signed
Wisconsin’s taxpayers will soon see the largest tax cut in the state’s history. I am glad everyone in Wisconsin will see tax relief after a difficult year. On Thursday, Governor Evers signed the two-year state budget which was passed last week. 

In taking credit for the budget, Governor Evers is trying to re-write history. The plan the governor sent us was unworkable. It spent too much, taxed too much, and removed reforms that led our state’s turnaround. In fact, both of the governor’s budget plans would have sent the state in the wrong direction.  

Republicans put working families first. Instead of the governor’s proposed plan with more than $1 billion in tax hikes and massive spending increases during a pandemic, Republicans cut taxes by $3.4 billion – the largest tax cut in state history. 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. 

Wisconsin families have been through a lot in the past year, the Republican budget provides real tax relief for everyone in the state.

In addition, the two-year budget included provisions that I fought for including:
  • An additional $586 million in health care
  • Increased investments in health care workers, nursing homes, and caregivers
  • Doubling funding for school mental health
  • Statewide expansion of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Program which connects primary care doctors with child psychiatrists so they can adequately treat the kids in their care.
  • Increase funding for TAD (Treatment Alternatives and Diversion) recovery programs
  • Enumerate funding for I-94 East/West project
  • Funding for the nationally renowned Milwaukee Public Museum

Budgets are never perfect, but this plan received the most bipartisan votes since 2007!
Fox6 Features Early Childhood Education Program
This week, Fox6 did a story on an exciting program that I helped create to help low-income kids be better prepared for school. The program grew out of legislation I authored last session to create a grant to fund online early childhood education.

The most recent State of Wisconsin report cards showed over 60% of our students are not proficient in reading or math. Our kids are falling behind. The achievement gap in too many school districts is appalling.

Research consistently shows that making sure our youngest children arrive in kindergarten ready to learn will greatly increase the chances that they will succeed in school. Innovative programs like Waterford Upstart will help us close the achievement gap and help provide a solid base for children to show up ready to learn when they reach kindergarten.

Especially during these times, it’s important to have online learning options with proven methods that lead to future success. If you know of a family that could benefit from Waterford Upstart, click 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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