Capitol Week-in-Review – August 4, 2016

Partisan Primary Election – Tuesday, August 9

Next Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will choose the nominees for the fall General Election. We encourage you to exercise your right to vote.
While there is only one statewide primary election – the Democrat primary for U.S. Senate between former Senator Russ Feingold (D-Janesville) and Scott Harbach (D-Kenosha) – there are contested primaries in 6 congressional districts; 4 state senate districts; and 23 state assembly districts. At the county level, there may be contested primaries for District Attorney, Clerk and Treasurer.

If you have voting-related questions, please visit MyVote Wisconsin – the state’s official source for voting information. At MyVote Wisconsin, you can register to vote, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, see what’s on your ballot and request an absentee ballot (military and permanent overseas voters only).

Good News on Worker’s Compensation

The Wisconsin Commissioner of Insurance has approved a 3.19% rate reduction for worker’s compensation insurance rates effective October 1, 2016 for Wisconsin employers. In addition, manufacturing as an industry group will see a reduction of 5%. The lower rates are attributed to the ongoing commitment by Wisconsin employers to operate safe workplaces.

The rate decrease reflects overall rates, but not all industries may see a rate decrease in their premiums. Members should contact their worker’s compensation carrier or agent to determine the impact of this rate reduction on their premiums.

Registration Open for Governor’s 2016 Small Business Summit

Registration is now open for the Governor’s 2016 Small Business Summit. This day-long annual event provides Wisconsin small business owners with the opportunity to discuss topics of interest and concern with Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and state government agency leaders.

The event details are as follows:

When: Monday, September 19, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
333 West College Avenue
Appleton, Wisconsin

The event registration deadline is September 9, 2016 and seating is limited. Interested members can go here to learn more about the meeting as well as register for the event.