Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

Updates on state and federal issues relating to the UW System.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Governor Walker Calls a Special Session

Governor Walker released an Executive Order calling the State Legislature into a special session beginning at 10:00 a.m on Tuesday, January 4.

The five following bills have been drafted and are currently circulating for co-sponsorship:
-Tort reform.
-Tax incentives for both new and existing businesses in Wisconsin.
-Eliminating the state tax on Health Savings Accounts.
-Requiring a supermajority for a tax increase.

The two remaining proposals have yet to be released:
-Creating the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to replace the Department of Commerce.
-Changes to the administrative rules process.

Please see the links above or Governor Walker’s website for further information.

Governor Walker also released an Executive Order that will create a commission that will report biannually on waste, fraud and abuse.

The regular session is set to begin on Tuesday January 11, 2011. For further planned floor periods please see the 2011-2012 Legislative Session Schedule.