Legislative Summary

2013-2014 Legislative Session

The strength of the Tavern League comes from its Membership and their willingness to get involved in legislative issues. TLW Legislative Day is one of the biggest in Madison each year and our continued legislative success is a reflection of the Membership, making the reputation as one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Madison well deserved.

ďWhen the Wisconsin State Senate adjourned on April 1st, it marked the end of general business for the 2013-14 Legislative Session.  While it is possible that the Legislature could return to deal with the issue of expulsion of former Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer, who has subsequently been charged with a criminal offense after he was removed from his leadership position, or the issue of Voter ID, should either the State Supreme Court or a federal court rule Wisconsinís law unconstitutional, for all intents and purposes, the Legislature has completed its work until January 2015.
The 2013-14 Session was by all accounts less contentious than the previous two year session, however, partisan rancor was still widespread.  Republicans used their majorities to return money to taxpayers through tax cuts, providing a $650 million income tax cut in the 2013-15 budget last June, followed-up by Governor Walker calling the Legislature into special session last fall to provide a $100 million property tax cut and again this spring to provide nearly $1 billion in additional property and income tax reductions.  Meanwhile, Democrats argue the Republicans didnít do enough to foster economic development to help the state recover from the economic downturn it has been in since 2008.  Arguably, these will be the two main themes of the campaign this coming fall.

This coming fall, Governor Walker is up for election, and there will be an open election to fill the Attorney Generalís post after JB Van Hollen has decided not to run for re-election.  Legislatively, all 99 seats in the State Assembly are up for election, as well as 17 of the 33 Senate seats.  Republicans currently have a 60-39 majority in the State Assembly, and an 18-15 majority in the State Senate."