WEDA Legislative Spotlight

We may still be in the dog days of summer, but January will be here before we know it, and with it the beginning of a new legislative session.

While WEDA’s Legislative Committee has determined the broad issue areas we will advocate for at the State Capitol next year, the committee continues to discuss and identify specific legislative proposals for potential inclusion in WEDA’s 2019-20 Legislative Agenda. WEDA would also like to provide all association members the same opportunity to weigh-in on our Legislative Agenda.

Outside of a handful of miscellaneous issues, such as efforts to close the dark store property tax loophole in Wisconsin, WEDA’s legislative priorities for next session will fall into one of the following general issue categories:

  • Workforce Development – Talent attraction and retention; workforce training; and workforce housing policies and legislation.
  • Tax Incremental Financing – Reforms to Wisconsin TIF law to increase the effectiveness of TIF and provide communities greater flexibility in utilizing the most important local economic development tool in Wisconsin.
  • Rural Economic Development – This category includes, but is not limited to proposals to enhance and create programs to drive economic prosperity in rural Wisconsin, such as broadband expansion, operational funding for locals EDOs, and support for local revolving loan funds.

If you have any ideas for a legislative or regulatory proposal (that fits into one of the issue categories listed above) for potential inclusion in WEDA’s 2019-20 Legislative Agenda, please contact the WEDA office at