April 4, 2013

Working for you!

I need your help: Unemployment System Reform Survey

A group of legislators and I have been working informally on unemployment reform ideas. I'd like to hear about your thoughts on this program. Your input will be valuable as we continue working on this issue. Please take my April 2013 Wisconsin Unemployment Program Survey on my office webpage.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Joint Finance Committee: Budget public hearings

The legislature's work on the biennial budget is now in progress. While I don't serve on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), I am monitoring their briefings, reviewing the governor's budget, and discussing the budget with my constituents and colleagues. I work with JFC Co-Chair John Nygren on a weekly basis to stay informed and offer perspectives from my district. Ultimately, the Assembly and Senate each will take one vote on the entire budget. Here are the dates:

Public Hearings on the State Budget

Today, April 4, 2013   10am-6pm

Greendale High School Auditorium, 5801 Southway, Greendale


Monday, April 8, 2013   10am-5pm

Lambeau Field, Legends Club Room 4th Level, 1265 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay

I will attend this hearing.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013    10am-5pm

Kalahari Resort, Suites 2 and 7 (Main Level), 1305 Kalahari Drive, Wisconsin Dells


Thursday, April 18, 2013    10am-5pm

Baldwin-Woodville High School, 1000 13th Avenue, Baldwin

Remember: You don't have to attend a hearing to be heard. You can contact me, or submit your budget views to the Finance Committee directly at: budgetcomments@legis.wi.gov.

A note on the structural deficit: Last session's responsible budgeting closed our $3.6 billion deficit, leaving Wisconsin with a budget surplus. The governor invested that surplus in taxpayers, not more government programs. Revised revenue estimates will be out in May, and are very likely to show Wisconsin in an even more financially stable situation. In fact, if the governor's budget passed as written, Wisconsin would have the second lowest structural deficit in the last 10 budget cycles. To review the 2013-15 General Fund Budget information from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, go here.


My Madison Office

I live in Greenville, but have an office at the State Capitol in Madison. If you are in downtown Madison, please feel free to stop by and say hello! Just go to the information desk in the rotunda, and they can direct you on how to find my office, 304 North. At the bottom of each e-news, you'll see my office contact information.

If your school is touring the Capitol building this spring, please let me know. I'd love to visit with you for a few minutes and take a group photo.

Remember, anyone can watch the Assembly in session (and many committee meetings, as well) through WisconsinEye.

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