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This is the in-development Roku channel of Wis.Community. The Roku app is being developed, and we hope that it will go live and appear in the channel store for Roku by late April. 

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

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Just in time for Tax Day, the for-profit tax preparation industry is about to realize one of its long-sought goals. Congressional Democrats and Republicans are moving to permanently bar the IRS from creating a free electronic tax filing system.

Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee, led by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass.passed the Taxpayer First Act, a wide-ranging bill making several administrative changes to the IRS that is sponsored by Reps. John Lewis, D-Ga., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa.

In one of its provisions, the bill makes it illegal for the IRS to create its own online system of tax filing. Companies like Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, and H&R Block have lobbied for years to block the IRS from creating such a system. If the tax agency created its own program, which would be similar to programs other developed countries have, it would threaten the industry’s profits.

JFC Oak Creek Hearing Press Conference

News Conference: JFC Oak Creek Budget Hearing

Thanks to Wisconsin Eye for this video of today's press conference at the Oak Creek JFC hearing. 

7 Trends That Explain The Contours Of Wisconsin's Deepening Dairy Crisis

A maelstrom of economic and demographic forces are hammering Wisconsin's dairy farmers. But what's causing such exceptional distress in one of the state's iconic industries? Here are six charts — and a map — that can help make sense of these complex trends.

The Road to Change: Farmers rally in Iowa for Farmer Bill of Rights

Farmers Union Members by Bus

STORM LAKE, Iowa – “When family farms prosper, everyone prospers.” Scribed on the back of their shirts, that was the message that Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) members carried to the inaugural Heartland Forum in Iowa on March 30.

Don't put away the snowblower yet

April often brings a late snowstorm to this part of the world. Starting Wednesday evening we will have what I hope is a last blast of snow in the Chippewa Valley. The weather service is being somewhat cagey on the total amount of snow to hit our area tonight and through Friday morning, but it appears likely we will receive up to 12" of heavy wet snow, mixed with rain and some ice. 

Lisa Neubauer concedes Supreme Court race to Brian Hagedorn

This morning Lisa Neubauer called Brian Hagedorn and conceded the Supreme Court race. The vote in this race was very close, falling within .5%. Many of Neubauer's supporters had hoped that a recount would be held, but in an email to supporters this morning Neubauer thanked those who worked on the campaign, and stated

Our courts are strongest when politics are set aside and we follow the law regardless of personal views.

Paying Again Through Referendum

Senator Jeff Smith

Last Tuesday was a big election day for Wisconsin. It was an even bigger election day for public education. Many Wisconsin school districts were able to pass crucial referenda to keep operating, some weren’t so lucky.

Menomonie School Board - new staff, new technology, same old ethics tussle

Menomonie School Board 4/08/2019

This was a complex and contentious meeting - please watch the upcoming video for details of the discussion. 

Revenue and Expenditure Reports for Month Ended March 2019

Reports were read. Funds are on schedule in general. 

Board Member/Superintendent Communications

Board member Jim Swanson reported on spoken word event at the Tainter

Wisconsin Democrats to hold Medicaid Expansion town halls

The state Democrats have just announced a series of town halls to discuss Medicaid Expansion, to be held April 16-30 in Green Bay, Madison, Brookfield, Chippewa Falls, Viroqua, and Beloit. Details are in the attached press release.

Sarah Godlewski speaks at Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative Annual Meeting

Sarah Godlewskie

Sarah Godlewski speaks about the Wisconsin Treasurer's Office

Sarah Godlewski spoke to the Citizen Action Organizing Co-op of Western Wisconsin at their annual meeting Saturday. In her informal talk she spoke about what it was like to take over the neglected office of State Treasurer, what the functions of the treasurer are, and her accomplishments and hopes for the office.

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