Event Program

Agenda

Wed, Apr 14 at 1:00 pm CDT
Welcome

Wed, Apr 14 at 1:15 pm CDT
Governor Tony Evers Address

Wed, Apr 14 at 1:35 pm CDT
Key Issues Briefing

Legislator Breakout Groups starting at 2:20PM CDT


Breakout Group 1



Lake Superior Association
REALTORS® Association of 
Northwestern Wisconsin 
Western Wisconsin Association
 
Bruce KingENTER SESSION
Breakout Group 2



Central Wisconsin Board 
Northwoods Association

Paula Hall & Matt SeegertENTER SESSION
Breakout Group 3



Door County Board 
REALTORS® Association of 
Northeast Wisconsin
Manitowoc Board  
Marinette Board
  
Jennifer Sunstrom ENTER SESSION
Breakout Group 4



Jefferson Board 
Rock Green Association 
REALTORS® Association of
South Central Wisconsin
Individuals
 
Robert Procter ENTER SESSION
Breakout Group 5



Commercial Association of Wisconsin
Milwaukee Association 
Ozaukee Association
Sheboygan Board
 
Marne Stuck ENTER SESSION

Breakout Group 6



Lakes Area Association 
Southshore Association

Doug WheatonENTER SESSION

Breakout Group 7



La Crosse Association

Mike Pietrek & Char GlockeENTER SESSION

Closing Remarks

Wed, Apr 14 at 2:55 pm CDT
Closing


Priority Issues

The following real estate issues, laws and regulations will be discussed at 2021 RGD. Check this page often as more priorities are introduced. 

  • Broadband expansion: Broadband expansion for unserved and underserved areas is a top priority for the WRA. The 2019 Wisconsin state budget included the largest appropriation for broadband expansion grants in state history: $44 million over two years. The broadband program awards funding for critical infrastructure projects to deliver high-speed internet service to Wisconsin’s rural communities. This session, Gov. Tony Evers and the legislature must work to build on this investment and dramatically expand broadband internet access in areas of critical need in the Badger State. 
  • Workforce housing: Wisconsin has a serious shortage of workforce housing, and workforce housing is another top priority for the WRA. The state is not building enough housing to keep up with demand for its growing workforce and its needs. The WRA and interested allies are working on a number of legislative proposals to address the workforce housing shortage. These proposals will focus on issues such as lack of inventory, construction costs, land use regulations and affordability.
  • Property taxes: Wisconsin property owners pay among the highest property taxes in the country. In 2018, Wisconsin’s property tax rate was the fifth highest in the country, according to thebalance.com. Among Midwestern states, Wisconsin has the second-highest percentage of homeowners across all income levels who are “extremely cost-burdened,” paying more than 50% of their income on housing. The WRA supports the property tax caps and finding alternative revenue sources to fund local government and schools.
  • COVID-19 losses for landlords: The current eviction moratorium will leave many housing providers and renters alike struggling. During the moratorium, property owners will struggle to meet their payment obligations for mortgage, insurance, taxes, property maintenance, utilities and staff. When the moratorium expires, renters will struggle to make up massive amounts of back rent, which could amount to over a years’ worth of rent. This could turn into a significant housing crisis in 2021 and beyond.