MADISON, WI -- Today the State Senate passed legislation authored by Senator Romaine Robert Quinn (R-Cameron) to expand the child tax exemption for all families.
Under Senate Bill 344, the individual income tax exemption is increased to $1,000 for each child and extends the definition of dependent to include children before birth.
“This proposal acknowledges the importance of all children and provides additional financial relief to parents,” Quinn said. “We know expenses for families expecting a baby begin long before birth. New parents will receive the benefit that much sooner and all parents will receive a greater benefit to help with the rising costs of raising children.”
The bill is one in a package of bills known as “Embrace Them Both,” all authored by Quinn, aimed at supporting parents and their children. The other measures, which passed the Senate in October, include funding for pregnancy resource centers, defraying adoption expenses, and clarifying Wisconsin law to ensure physicians can confidentially work to protect both the life of the mother and baby whenever possible.
“All of these supports will assist new families in providing what is needed for both mother and baby,” Quinn said. “It is my hope these reasonable measures which embrace life at all stages will receive bipartisan support and are signed into law by Governor Evers.”
Romaine Robert Quinn (R-Cameron) represents the 25th Senate District, which includes all of Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Burnett, Washburn, Barron, and Price Counties, and significant portions of Sawyer County.