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WH&LA has joined a coalition of over 40 business organizations seeking to repeal local personal property taxes, an annual municipal tax in many communities on business supplies & equipment that were already taxed when purchased, while also exploring methods to minimize the impact on current municipal budgets. Wisconsin is one of the only midwest states that still enables this tax.

The Personal Property Tax is an outmoded and unfair source of revenue in Wisconsin. Its origins pre-date both the income and sales tax, in the days when all property was taxed, and was the sole source of revenue for the government.

Today, the Personal Property Tax remains in effect on small businesses. With some industries completely exempted, and others still required to foot the bill, this is the very definition of government picking winners and losers in our economy, and the exact opposite of uniformity.

The PPT represents about 3% of the total of property taxes. By having that sum of cash returned to Main Street small businesses, our state’s economy could realize more job creation and increased reinvestment in the private sector. (http://www.wptonline.org/repeal-ppt)

 

 

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On July 8 of this year, Governor Scott Walker signed into law new legislation (Wisconsin Act 35) permitting licensed individuals to carry concealed weapons, with some exceptions, as of November 1, 2011. Currently, 48 other states allow “Concealed Carry;” however, there are differences between states in the laws and requirements that apply, so what applies in one state may not apply in Wisconsin.

While the law may appear simple, there are a number of considerations and conditions that lodging properties should be aware of. The full text of today’s Capitol Insider (available here by clicking the October 21 link) features highlights of what you should know and resources to assist you, including sample signage for those wishing to prohibit concealed carry at their lodging properties.

The full text of the WH&LA Capitol Insider is password protected for lodging members only. If you need help logging in, email Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851.

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Last December the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission passed a new crib standard that will go into effect for lodging properties on December 28, 2012. More details, including a link to the new CPSC Crib Standard Poster can be found at the link below.

Full text of this Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the July 19 “New Federal Crib Standards” link. This link is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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In our January 10 WH&LA Capitol Insider (“Key Federal Issues Update”), we announced primary changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) impacting lodging properties around the country. At the time, we also cautioned members about outside sources that try to outline a “one-size-fits-all” resolution to all the changes for all properties, due to the complexities of the changes.

Included in today’s Capitol Insider is a simplified summarty of ADA changes that will impact lodging properties, as well as additional topic-focused and broad-based resources. AH&LA is also hosting a webinar on July 27 – more details on the webinar can be found here.

Full text of this Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the July 19 “ADA Changes for Lodging Properties” link. This link is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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Today’s Capitol Insider summarizes state Senate recall elections; concealed carry legislation signed by Governor Scott Walker on July 11, 2011; and online travel company issues regarding room tax.

Full text of this Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the July 12 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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Sunday afternoon Governor Scott Walker signed the State Budget into law (Wisconsin Act 40). Our state historically grapples with the budget until well after the July 1 intended implementation date, and it was reported that this was the earliest signing date since 1967.

Today’s Capitol Insider summarizes state budget highlights for Wisconsin’s lodging industry, including state tourism budget increase, tourism earmarks, film tax credits, Arts Board reduction in funding and shift to Tourism, increase in small claims limits, new state campgrounds, travel by UW employees and more.

Full text of this Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the June 29 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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Yesterday afternoon, the state Joint Finance Committee considered and passed a revised version of SB 93 Concealed Carry proposed legislation. “Concealed Carry” is the practice of carrying concealed weapons, firearms, bows, crossbows, and in this legislation electric weapons (such as Tasers).

Today’s Capitol Insider provides a summary of a few points of the “Substitute Amendment” (revised legislation) from the lodging industry perspective, including licenses, clarification on tasers, a property owner’s rights to prohibit concealed carry on their property, details on concealed carry at special events and more.

Full text of this Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the June 10 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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This morning the State Bureau of Procurement publicly released an announcement affecting the State Lodging Contract program and all of the contracts entered into with lodging properties on a voluntary basis since July 1, 2008.

More details on the announcement and the full text of today’s Capitol Insider can be found here by clicking the the June 3 link. This links is password protected for lodging members only. Contact Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851 if you need help logging in.

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The May 26 WH&LA Capitol Insider provided a round-up review of several issues relevant to the lodging industry, including:

- SB 93 regarding concealed carry of firearms, bows or crossbows in Wisconsin under certain circumstances;

- SJR 23/AJR 31 regarding a Constitutional amendment protecting the state transportation fund;

- SB 85 regarding theft of spa services;

- SB 59/AB 73 which extends the deadline for registration of a grandfathered pier from April 1, 2011 (already passed!) to April 1, 2012;

- SB 12/AB 31 which would allow lodging properties and other retailers to offer a discount to the public equal to the amount of sales tax, requiring the retailer still submits the required taxes;

- SB 62/AB 106 regarding culling of bass at fishing tournaments;

- meetings regarding room tax reform progress; and

- the state Tourism budget.

The entire Capitol Insider can be accessed here by clicking on the May 26 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only – contact Michelle in the WH&LA office if you need access to your password or help logging in.

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The May 5 WH&LA Capitol Insider provided a round-up review of several issues relevant to the lodging industry, including:

- Passage by the Joint Finance Committee of the proposed increases in Tourism Marketing Funding over the next two years;

- Reductions in funding and realignment of the Arts Board;

- SB 59, which would extends the deadline for registration with the DNR of a grandfathered pier from April 1, 2011, to April 1, 2012;

- Wisconsin Act 16, which prevents local ordinances from exceeding the state family and medical leave act relating to employer requirements on paid or unpaid leave; and

- SB 85, which would treat lack of payment for services rendered by a service provider the same as retail theft, which would be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the service.

The entire Capitol Insider can be accessed here by clicking on the May 5 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only – contact Michelle in the WH&LA office if you need access to your password or help logging in.

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