Finance, Appropriations Finish Budgets

May 3, 2019

This has been an exciting week at the Capitol, as the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee and the Appropriations Committee have finished their budgets. All committees have now completed their work, and their bills will be taken up in the House and Senate.

Some highlights of the legislation include measures to support our seniors. The Meals on Wheels budget has been increased, and the proposal to means-test the Medicare Savings Program was defeated. In addition, Social Security benefits and pensions will not be taxed. Cars will not be double-taxed on resale, and veterinary services remain tax-free.

Legislation promoting workforce development is also going forward, including broadening apprenticeship opportunities. Additionally, we are working to connect job seekers with employers with the manufacturing pipeline initiative.

I have been monitoring the progress of the legislation to increase the fee from 5 to 10 cents on returnable containers. I am very interested on your opinions on this topic in particular, and I encourage you to share your thoughts with me. And if there are any bills that have come out of Finance or Appropriations that you have questions or concerns about, please contact my office.

My Facebook Live on Thursday generated a lot of positive feedback.

I plan to do more Facebook Live Q&A’s periodically over the coming weeks to keep you informed about how legislation is progressing. I would love to hear from you, so please send your questions to

Finally, Polish Day at the Capitol was Thursday and I was proud to participate in this wonderful celebration and congratulate the five women who were honored for exceptional contributions to their communities.