January 19, 2016

Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2418

Rep. Steineke Statement on 2016 State of the State Address

Madison . . . Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) issued the following statement in response to Governor Walker’s 2016 State of the State Address: 

 “The Governor’s State of the State address is an opportunity to evaluate the accomplishments of the past year and look ahead to future goals. There are many accomplishments from 2015 – we passed a state budget with no tax increases, invested more money in public schools, froze tuition for in-state college students, preserved long-term care programs and SeniorCare, held the line on property taxes, eliminated fraud, waste and abuse in public benefit programs and passed laws to combat heroin and opiate addiction. These are just some of the many highlights that are positively impacting families all across our state.

“In 2016, Assembly Republicans will continue the work that the people of Wisconsin elected us to do. Top on our priority list is the HOPE agenda, a bi-partisan effort to combat Wisconsin’s heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic. The Speaker’s Task force on Alzheimer and Dementia will be introducing measures to help fight these diseases. Members of the Taskforce have held public hearings throughout the state and have compiled some good solutions to the problems caused by Alzheimer's and Dementia.

 “Most importantly, Assembly Republicans will work tirelessly to meet all of the expectations that the people of Wisconsin have for their state government. Based on the feedback I hear from my constituents, I know that Wisconsinites want to see more of their hard-earned money stay in their pocket; and they want to know that their tax dollars are being spent in common-sense ways – like protecting SeniorCare, improving education, and strengthening workforce training.

 “The State of Wisconsin is strong. Our unemployment rate is at a 14-year low. The rate of our labor force is growing well above the national average and was ninth highest nationally in 2014. Our per capita income growth since 2007 has exceeded the nation's and the region's growth. 

“I’m proud of the work that we’ve been able to accomplish with Governor Walker, and I’m optimistic about the direction our state is headed as we keep Wisconsin a state of abundant opportunity and prosperity for all.”