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Letters to the editor for March 17, 2021

Fix is simple: Limit presidents to one term

It kind of surprises me how the Washington folks can’t seem to conquer how to stop the fiasco we had at the Capitol in 2020.

Make it a law: You only run one term at a time will help a lot. Then he’ll be able to take care of business for four years.

It seems the first 1½ years the new one tries to correct what ain’t liked and start to accomplish what he’s wanting done. The next year and a half visits countries abroad and continues his accomplishments.

Last year a little vacation and starts his reelection process. On one term, he’d do business to end of term.

I can’t see where you really have to go to college to figure it out. Members of government have been there way too long to get it accomplished. I’ll wait for yours!



Exempt AmeriCorps education award from taxes

AmeriCorps members make a difference in Janesville and communities throughout Wisconsin, and we can make a difference for them by exempting the AmeriCorps education award from state income tax.

Each year, over 1,200 AmeriCorps members serve 1 million hours at nearly 350 service sites across Wisconsin. AmeriCorps members with numerous programs serve in Janesville, including Beloit Fresh Start YouthBuild AmeriCorps Program, Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services, and Wisconsin Association of Free & Charitable Clinics.

Our state’s AmeriCorps members positively impact Wisconsinites by providing educational programming, supporting citizens with disabilities, assisting homeless youth, constructing housing, completing conservation and disaster recovery projects, helping people lead healthier lives and in numerous other ways.

Additionally, they stepped up to assist local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic by helping students during remote learning and at reopened schools and by supporting food banks, school meal programs, 211 call lines, contact tracing and other relief efforts.

Following their service, AmeriCorps members earn a federal education award that can be used for tuition or to pay back student loan debt. Unlike other scholarships, the education award is subject to state income taxes that increase their tax bills while students attending college or starting a new job with limited incomes.

Recognizing this issue, Gov. Evers proposed exempting the education award from taxation in the 2021-23 budget.

Eliminating the state income tax on the AmeriCorps Education Award is a wonderful way to recognize and thank AmeriCorps members for their contributions to Wisconsin.