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March 2014 Legislative Update

Saturday, March 22, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The recent passage of the Tax Credit Transferability and TIF Enhancement bills are excellent examples of how your engagement makes a difference and portrays WEDA members as a valued voice on economic development issues. Events like WEDA’s annual Legislative Day help to build relationships with legislators and advance important pieces of economic development legislation. As the latest legislative session comes to a close, it is important to highlight WEDA’s accomplishments and refocus on future opportunities.

WEDA Legislative Day

Economic development specialists from all around the state attended WEDA’s annual Legislative Day on Tuesday, February 11, to discuss Capital Lending, TIF Enhancement, Tax Credit Transferability, Workforce Training and other initiatives on WEDA’s 2014 Legislative Agenda. Legislative Day attendees heard from Jeff Mayers, President of WisPolitics, about the 2014 election prior to visiting legislators and from the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Eric Schutt, during an end-of-the-day debriefing.

If you attended Legislative Day, please fill out this short survey and consider sending a thank-you note to the Representatives and Senators you met with.


WEDA members discuss the day’s meetings while waiting to meet with more state senators and representatives.
Patrick Schloss, President of WEDA, meets with State Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) in the State Assembly parlor.

Nearly 50 other members of WEDA met with state senators and representatives throughout the afternoon

Tax Credit Transferability

The Senate and Assembly approved SB 449, which authorizes the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to approve transfers of economic development tax credits between eligible taxpayers. The bill moves on to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. To maintain relationships and show your appreciation, consider sending a thank-you note to your local representatives for voting for this key piece of legislation.

TIF Enhancement Bill

Senate Bill 252, including an Assembly amendment, passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 11. The bill moves on to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

DWD Fast Forward Roundtable

WEDA continues to work with agency personnel and the legislature to implement a workforce training account concept. To promote these ongoing discussions, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is hosting a roundtable for WEDA members to discuss the Fast Forward program. This is an excellent opportunity to provide your Fast Forward program feedback to DWD directly. If you have any questions, need more information or wish to participate in the roundtable, please contact Rebecca Hogan, WEDA’s chief lobbyist at the Hamilton Consulting Group at or 608.258.9506.

End of Legislative Session

The first week of April marks the end of a successful legislative session and the beginning of WEDA’s legislative priority identification for the next session. If you have input for future WEDA legislative priorities, please contact Rebecca Hogan at or 608.258.9506.

Hamilton Consulting: Your Government Relations Easy Button

As the 2013-14 Legislative Session progresses, the Hamilton team is working to make sure WEDA members have the tools necessary to accomplish their government relations goals. We encourage you to remember to make use of all the many services we provide:

  • WEDA’s Legislative Tracking Report - WEDA’s Tracking Report provides timely, in-depth coverage of bills WEDA is monitoring. If you have a question or comment about the report please contact Rebecca Hogan or Bob Fassbender, WEDA’s lobbyists on the Hamilton Consulting team.
  • News Clips - President Harry Truman once wrote that you can't get all the facts from just one newspaper, and without the facts, "you cannot make proper judgments about what is going on." The side column of Political Tidbits contains a selection of the most important news stories, but did you know you can always get the latest news sorted by subject on the Hamilton Consulting website?
  • Political Fundraising Calendar - Hamilton's political fundraising calendar allows you to see all of the upcoming fundraising events and import them to your own calendar.

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