Capitol Week-in-Review – June 8, 2017

Repeal of Personal Property Tax Gains Steam in State Legislature

That was the headline of an article published by Wisconsin Public Radio earlier today. Within the story, there are several noteworthy passages and quotes….

“Several GOP lawmakers are now pushing to repeal the tax as part of the state budget.”

“Locked myself in the office this evening to develop a plan to eliminate the state’s personal property tax,” Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, tweeted on Tuesday night.”

Representative Kooyenga is the State Assembly Vice-Chair on the legislature’s budget-writing committee.

On Monday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article about the ongoing budget negotiations. In this story, State Senate Majority Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) was quoted as saying the personal property tax is “unjust, overburdensome and has way too much paperwork”

We are encouraged by these statements from legislative leaders. They definitely help our lobbying efforts to end this unfair and antiquated tax.

Budget Committee Leaders Pledge to End State Property Tax

Last week, the leaders of the legislature’s budget-writing committee announced that the committee will support the Governor’s plan to end the forestry mill tax – the only property tax levied by the State of Wisconsin – as of January 1, 2017 (property taxes levied in 2017, for payment in 2018).

By way of background, Wisconsin’s Constitution authorizes a state forestry tax of up to 0.2 mills for the purpose of acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of the state. The forestry mill tax is currently 16.97¢ per $1,000. According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), ending the forestry mill tax will reduce statewide property tax collections by roughly $90 million per year.

The most recent data from the United States Census Bureau indicates that Wisconsin’s property tax burden is among the highest in the nation and 17.3% above the national average. As such, we support the Governor’s plan to end the state’s forestry mill tax.

Scam Alert: Fake DATCP Email Circulating

A “phishing” email is making the rounds, pretending to be from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Department is warning consumers not to click on any links in the email.

The email says:

“Wisconsin DATCP has sent you a PDF via Adobe® Cloud. Kindly read through and respond with the required details. Open in Adobe®.”

This message is not from DATCP and consumers should not click on the “Open in Adobe®” box or anything else in the email. The scammers may be trying to collect credit card information or personal data.

For more information or to file a complaint, members should visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an email to, or call 1-800-422-7128.