This week, the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance focused on creating opportunities for success for everyone in our state.
During the budget, Republicans made a historic $11.5 billion investment in K-12 education funding. This week, the Joint Committee on Finance followed up that investment with another $6.45 million to make sure low-spending and rural districts aren't left behind. The bill now heads to the floors of both the Senate and Assembly.
We also took up several bills that reform our foster care system to give foster children have a better chance at success. We passed bills to help foster kids have more stability in their life and continue their education past high school. These bills can have a real impact on their future.
To encourage more employers to hire our nation's veterans, we approved a bill to create the Hire Heroes program. This bill connects unemployed veterans with jobs and supplements their wages for up to six months. It is our duty to make sure the brave men and women who defend our freedoms are given every opportunity to succeed when they come home.
Another vote I am proud of is to restore funding for the Historic Tax Credit to make sure more communities have the opportunity to revitalize their communities. Many downtowns throughout Wisconsin owe their revitalization to the Historic Tax Credit.
It's a low risk - high return program because the state doesn't pay until the project is complete. Studies show the Historic Tax Credit delivers $8 for every $1 invested. Instead of being an eyesore, these rehabilitated historic buildings are getting a new life and are popular destinations.
That's just a quick summary. If you click on the video below, I have more highlights from this week.
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