Special Legislative Session Aims To Spur Job Creation

Last week, Governor Walker called a special legislative session to promote job growth in Wisconsin.  Now, the Legislature is actively considering several proposals put forward by the Governor in an effort to change the way our state government approaches job creation.  Below is a snapshot of each proposal and how it relates to creating and retaining jobs for Wisconsin workers.  Legislative committees are currently holding public hearings, considering amendments and voting on these proposals.

Re-Organization the Department of Commerce:  This proposal would turn our current Department of Commerce into a public/private partnership called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation or WEDC.  The WEDC’s exclusive purpose would be to help create jobs for Wisconsin workers. This proposal intends to encourage companies to bring jobs to Wisconsin by promoting a positive relationship between the state and businesses.

Tax Credits for Health Savings Accounts:  Under this proposal, individuals would receive a state tax credit for contributions made to a Health Savings Account (HSA).  By encouraging the use of HSAs, the proposal aims to assist businesses in providing affordable health care to their employees.

Regulatory Reform: This proposal would create a tighter system of checks and balances on the agency rule-making process and would require the Governor to approve all new agency rules. This proposal is an effort to ensure that elected representatives have appropriate oversight over the rules that affect job creation in this state. 

Creating a More Job-Friendly Legal Environment: Commonly referred to as “tort reform,” this proposal creates a balance between protecting consumers and protecting the businesses that employ Wisconsin workers.

Tax Relief for Small Businesses: The Governor proposed that small businesses with gross annual receipts of $500,000 or less per year would receive a tax credit. The Legislature is considering modifications that would instead provide a tax credit based on actual jobs created.

Tax Relief for Businesses Relocating to Wisconsin:  This proposal would create a tax credit for businesses that relocate to Wisconsin in an effort to persuade companies to bring jobs to our state.

Increasing the Amount Available for Economic Development Tax Credits:  This proposal would increase the amount of tax credits available to companies creating jobs in Wisconsin by $25 million.

More Accountability for Increasing Taxes: This proposal would require a two-thirds vote by the Legislature in order to increase taxes in an effort to ensure that the potential impact of a tax increase on job creation is taken into full consideration.

I encourage you to keep in touch and stay updated on the special session to create jobs by visiting my Web site, HarsdorfSenate.com, or by visiting my facebook page at facebook.com/harsdorf.sheila.

5 Responses

  1. Sheila
    “Tort Reform” sounds good, but it seems like Senate Bill 1 specifically picks out nursing homes for special protection and removes rights seniors now have to take action in the event of nursing home abuse. There have been way too many examples of nursing home abuse, and we seniors need this protection.
    The bill covers many topics, but there are nursing home provisions included that make it significantly harder to hold nursing homes accountable. The bill restricts the ability of the residents of nursing home and other long-term care facilities to obtain appropriate compensation for injures, neglect and abuse. It also denies families access to reports that show a pattern of abuse or mistreatment.
    Do you really want to support this , at the expense of Wisconsin’s seniors??

  2. James P.

    Shelia, this list looks like it came right from the Wisconsin Manufactures Commerce legislative wish list. It’s no wonder they gave you a 100 percent on their legislative ratings list.

    Sponsoring the Voter ID legislation should help you with the TEA Party people in the next election. They seem to be a little upset with your stands lately.

  3. Eric

    Why do we need a special legislative session to spur job creation? Where have you guys been the last 3 years! All I see are the same tired old ideas. Tax cut here, tax credit there. I am tired of this panhandling! We are become really good at giving away the farm to people who don’t need it. Real income is down and so are the state’s revenue. I am afraid that Gov. Walker is going to use the Tim Pawlenty plan and raise property taxes and user fees. The state government is going to push its responsibilities onto the local government and make them the bad guys. Our state motto is “Forward” but all I see is the state going backwards. We have a “vision deficit” ala the lost federal money for rail service between Madison and Milwaukee. We are most likely going to lose jobs with Talgo planning on leaving the state. This was all done before the new governor had been given the oath of office. Not a very good start.

    1. Wilber

      Eric, you make a good point about the costs being pushed down to the local taxpayers. From what I hear and read about the Voter ID bill which Senator Harsdorf is sponsoring, it is going to cost the local governments more. Training poll workers cost money. Likewise, it will cost the DMV more to provide free state ID’s to people who want them. St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell points some of these things out in an article in RF Journal posted on the web version.

      It’s interest to see that Gov. Walker is opening the state for business. Perhaps he can get rid of the filters on the smokestacks and cut local waste treatment costs by letting the crap go straight into the Kinni. In fact, the woman who Walker picked to head the DNR has a high school diploma. Her qualifications for the job are the fact the she was one of the most vocal opponents of the DNR while see was in the state legislature.

  4. Gov Walker now seems to be pushing a jobs reduction plan to go along with his job creation plans.
    The new bill effectively banning new wind power projects by making the rules unacceptably tough will force the shutdown of 11 new wind projects currently planned in the state.
    Meanwhile Iowa and Illinois are welcoming all wind projects with very easy installation and siting rules.
    Maybe Gov Walker should send around another team of folks to put up Closed for Wind Business signs on all the Welcome Wisconsin signs.

    Please Sheila, if you want jobs in Wisconsin, get him to withdraw this bill.

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