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Letter from Rep. Petryk: More jobs coming to Prescott!

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

More Jobs Coming to Prescott!

 

United Natural Foods Inc. just announced that they will be expanding their operations to Prescott. With this expansion comes the construction of a $37.8 million distribution center that will create up to 314 new jobs in our area over the next three years. This is tremendous news for the 93rd Assembly District. 

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United Natural Foods Inc. distributes more than 65,000 products to more than 31,000 customers across the country, including supermarkets, natural product stores, and independent retail operators. United Natural Foods Inc. is planning to build a 300,000 square foot facility located in the Eagle Ridge Business Park in Prescott. 

Officials stated that this company chose Prescott because of its close proximity to the Twin Cities, the willingness of the state and city to work together to offer incentives, and the competitive cost of doing business here in Wisconsin. Due in part to the hard work of the Legislature and the Governor to create a pro-business climate here in Wisconsin, we are privileged that the 2012 “Most Admired Company” by Fortune chose to locate here in western Wisconsin. 

United Natural Foods Inc. is eligible for up to $3.5 million in state tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). On top of this funding, the city of Prescott itself developed a $6 million incentive package that included the land for the distribution center, site preparation, and infrastructure improvements. 

My congratulations go out to Mayor Mark Huber, the Prescott City Council, Governor Walker, United Natural Foods Inc., and the WEDC for working together to bring jobs to our area of the state. It is collaborations such as this that show how well the reforms that Wisconsin is making are luring more businesses to our state.

Tax Cuts Pass the Assembly

On Tuesday, the state Assembly approved Special Session bills that will return $800 million of the state’s $912 million surplus to you, the taxpayer. Due to overpayments by our state’s hard-working taxpayers, the Governor and the Assembly agreed that the money rightfully belongs back in your pocketbooks. 

This legislation cuts the first income tax bracket and ensures that everyone who pays taxes will receive a 10 percent cut on their first $10,750 of income. This means that you will be able to keep more of your hard earned money from your paychecks. An average family will see a $231 in income tax relief each year under this plan. 

Due to our prudent budgeting plans and balanced state budget, the state was able to come out of a fiscal deficit created during past Administrations. Because of this, we felt it necessary to get the money out of Madison and back to its rightful owners. We are able to keep the promise that we made which is to hold the line on taxes in Wisconsin. 

Since the beginning of the 2013-14 Legislative Session, this is the third time that the Legislature has approved tax cuts. Last year, the Legislature approved $650 million in income tax relief and reformed the state’s tax code. We have also controlled the cost of property taxes and in December, the Legislature approved $100 million in additional property tax relief. 

With bipartisan support, the Assembly passed our new initiatives to return tax money to you and now the legislation moves on to the Senate. I am hopeful that the Senate will approve these changes as well and soon this money will be back where it belongs. We will continue to be prudent stewards of the state’s taxes and will continue our efforts to improve our state’s economy.

Meet “Falcon”: The WI National Guard’s Service Dog

This week, the Committee on Veterans, of which I am the Chair, had the opportunity to meet “Falcon,” the Wisconsin National Guard’s service dog that is an integral part of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program (SAPR). With the help of Custom Canines, a Madison-based, non-profit that trains service dogs and provides them at no cost to people in need, the Wisconsin National Guard is able to use Falcon to help those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). 

Falcon is a 2-year-old black lab whose presence in the SAPR puts him in daily contact with our state’s service men and women, victims of sexual assault, and those with PTSD. Falcon will also help to raise awareness of service dogs and the tremendous benefits they can bring to those who are suffering. 

The Committee had the pleasure to meet Falcon, experience the wonderful therapeutic presence he brings to those he helps, and to meet his trainer, Lieutenant Garfoot. I commend Lieutenant Garfoot and the entire Wisconsin National Guard on their work to help those who suffer PTSD and MST. Congratulations to you all!

 

(Rep. Petryk with Falcon, Captain Robert Brania, and Lieutenant Amber Garfoot)

Public Service Commission Now Accepting Applications for Broadband Expansion Grants

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has announced it is now accepting applications for Broadband Expansion Grants for Fiscal Year 2014. This is a new grant program proposed by Governor Walker for the first time in the recent state budget, 2013 Wis. Act 20. Under this authority, the Commission may award up to $500,000 in grants during Fiscal Year 2014 to improve broadband communications services in Wisconsin.

The Commission expects this grant program will provide a significant step toward addressing the demand for high speed Internet and IP-enabled telecommunications services in areas of the state that are currently unserved or have limited Internet provider options. 

Applications are due March 21, 2014.

Application instructions and additional information may be found at: http://psc.wi.gov/utilityInfo/tele/broadband/grants/bbGrantJan2014.htm.

 

Upcoming Events in the 93rd Assembly District

13th Annual Spring Valley Lion's Ice Fishing Derby

February 22nd, 2014, 9:00-2:00 p.m.

http://www.springvalleywisconsin.org/iceFishing.html

Ellsworth's 7th Annual Spring Fever Expo

March 9th, 9:00-1:00 p.m.

www.ellsworthchamber.com/spring-fever-expo.html 

Chicken Dinner Sponsored by the Pepin Lions

March 15 at 5:00 p.m.

The Lions Club Building, 300 8th St, Pepin

2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 10-1:30 p.m.

National Guard Armory

1730 North Lane, Eau Claire

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