Dear Friends,

For the third month in a row, Wisconsin has the strongest economic growth in the Midwest.   According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Wisconsin topped the five state region again.  The word is out on Wisconsin's success story. That's why our state ranks so high in many important categories.  You can read more about that below. 

Your property tax bill will soon be missing something - and that's a good thing for all of us.   Republicans are committed to Governor Walker's plan to eliminate the  Forestry Mill Tax.  The move will save taxpayers $90 million. I have to say, it's exciting to be eliminating an entire tax. 

As always, if you have any ideas on how to improve our great state, including how to improve the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me at  Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov or 608-266-5830.   

On Wisconsin!

Budget Update


This week, the Joint Committee on Finance took major steps to addressing our state's skilled labor shortage. There are currently 98,000 openings on the state's job website.  At the same time, unemployment in Wisconsin is at a 17-year low of 3.2%.  Our goal this week was to prepare more workers for the jobs that are available.  I believe we took some major steps toward this goal in the state budget.

To help fill some of those 98,000 vacant jobs, we are investing in skills training. This week, we put more money into the Fast Forward Program to train and retain highly skilled workers in high demand areas such as teacher development, nursing training, youth apprenticeships, and technical college workforce training.  We are continuing to build a bridge between the needs of the private sector and the classroom.  

We also invested in training for prisoners, so they will have marketable skills when they finish their sentences and quickly become productive members of society. 

Also the budget committee:
  • Committed to eliminating the Forestry Mill Tax - no more state property taxes!
  • Funded programs to help eliminate homelessness
  • Saved the Natural Resources magazine
  • Invested in modernizing state campsites
  • Cut 244 positions in state government
I will continue to look for ways to make government more efficient and deliver for you, the taxpayer.  
Darling Honored by Catholic Conference

Thanks to Kim Wadas and Larry Haas of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference for honoring me with an award this week!
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This Weekend!



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County Line Elementary School in Germantown visited the State Capitol this week!
Senator Alberta Darling | Sen.Darling@legis.wi.gov | 1-800-863-1113| http://darling.senate.wisconsin.gov
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