District Spring Survey
Thank you to all who responded to my Spring 2013 Survey by mail,
email, online or phone. I received over 500 survey responses,
and a few more trickle in each week. I appreciated hearing from
you! This was an informal way to get some feedback from you on a variety of
issues and hear about your concerns.
Please note: This was not a scientific, independently
conducted survey, so the numbers below are a close approximation
based on the surveys returned. Some people only answered a few
questions, some completed the entire survey, and some wrote
comments, especially if the answer options didn't represent their
views. Some people told me they thought the questions were
biased, but my only purpose was to get feedback from you and
encourage interaction between us, so I believe it served its
purpose. A big part of democracy is feedback, and I always enjoy
listening to my constituents.
- Over 73% of you said the appropriate role of state
government is to limits its interaction with us and allow for
more individual freedoms.
- About half of respondents support decreasing the lower
three income tax brackets for middle class tax relief.
- Just over half of you support rewarding high performing
teachers, but nearly that many oppose this.
- Parental choice and voucher programs were almost evenly
split between support and opposition.
- 70% think FoodShare recipients shouldn't be allowed to
use their benefits on soda and candy.
- 68% said they want the state to reform laws that drive
up the cost of goods and services due to lawsuits.
- 63% want to eliminate voter fraud by making laws that
reduce the chance of fraud.
- 60% want to eliminate beautification elements on DOT
projects, 23% support increasing taxes for transportation
needs and 19% think the state should cut transportation
- 53% oppose toll ways to pay for our transportation projects.
- 69% believe gun owner rights are more important than gun
- Virtually all respondents support eliminating outdated
and unnecessary rules in the state's administrative code.
- Half of the replies on unemployment assistance said
benefits are too easy to get, and half said they are just
about right the way they are. 27 people indicated benefits
are too difficult to get.
Those of you who ordered maps and other publications should
have received them by now. If not, let me know and I'll send
another out to you. Please note that if you requested
publications but did not let me know your name and address, I
wasn't able to mail them to you.
I have 4 bills in the works right now. Please feel free to let
me know your thoughts on these initiatives, or ask any questions
about the bills or the legislative process.
Assembly Bill 288: Library reimbursements. You may have
read about this in the news. I read about it back in
February, and approached the libraries to fix what
I saw as an unfair system. Right now, consolidated county
libraries (such as Brown County) can request compensation
from adjacent counties for services provided to residents of
those counties, and those counties are required to pay.
Adjacent libraries (such as Outagamie Waupaca Library
system) can bill their adjacent county library, but in that
case, the other library is exempt from paying. My bill
would require that these types of counties
pay each other upon request and/or negotiate equitable
inter-county service agreements.
Assembly Bill 286: Landfill finance management. Landfill
owners have the financial responsibility to cover the costs
of closing a landfill and maintaining the property after it
closes. This bill would allow additional types of investments
to save money for landfill owners
Assembly Bill 287: Allowing the sale of raw milk in Wisconsin.
This would allow the sale of raw milk only
on site at a participating farm that has a sign stating raw
milk is sold there. Also, the milk must be in a clean
container, labeled as raw with the producer's name, in
compliance with the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
Protection (DATCP) rules for Grade A milk, and with a water
supply compliant with DATCP rules for dairy operations. The
raw milk could not be transported by the farmer and sold to
a farmer's market or store; interested consumers would have
to buy it at the farm.
- LRB 1591/2: (not yet introduced) This will help builders and developers
know what their requirements are at the front end of a
project by locking them into existing requirements at the
time of their application for approval.
Affordable Care Act:
Statewide public meetings
The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in Wisconsin is
offering town hall meetings throughout the state to explain and
answer questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act (PPACA). I strongly encourage you to attend one of
these meetings to clarify the changes to health insurance that
are approaching. I'm listing all the meetings, so if you are
traveling and still want to attend, you can find a location near
you. Due to a family commitment, I am unable to attend the
- Tuesday, Sept. 3rd: Oneida County Sheriff's Dept.
Training Ctr, 2000 East Winnebago St, Rhinelander.
- Tuesday, Sept. 3rd: North Central Technical College,
1000 W Campus Dr, Wausau. 3:00pm-4:30pm
- Tuesday, Sept. 3rd: LE Phillips Memorial Library, 400
Eau Claire St, Eau Claire. 10:00am-11:30am
- Tuesday, Sept. 3rd: La Crosse Public Library, 800 Main
St, La Crosse. 3:00pm-4:30pm
- Wed, Sept. 4th: West Allis Public Library, 7421 W
National Ave, West Allis. 11:00am-12:30pm
- Wed, Sept. 4th: Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St,
- Thurs, Sept. 5th: Kenosha Public Library, 7979 39th Ave,
- Thurs, Sept. 5th: Northeastern Technical College, 2740
West Mason St, Green Bay. 10:00am-11:30am
- Thurs, Sept. 5th: Appleton Public Library, 225 N Oneida
St, Appleton. 2:00pm-3:30pm
- Fri, Sept. 6th: American Family Insurance Training Ctr,
6000 American Family Dr, Madison. 2:00pm-3:30pm
- Fri, Sept. 6th: Lakeshore Technical College, 1290 North
Ave, Cleveland, WI. 3:00pm-4:30pm
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