Welcome to my E-update!
to my first e-update! This e-newsletter will be a periodic communication
sent to you, often on Friday afternoons, recapping important legislative
events and relaying information of importance to you.
submit your feedback on what you would like to see included in these
communications. I hope this will be a helpful, informative way for me to
stay in touch with you.
2/12 Assembly Floor Session
Assembly took up and passed eight bills: Assembly Bills (AB) 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19 and Senate Bill (SB)
6/AB 9. All were passed via voice vote and now await Senate action.
Two bills that I
believe are particularly significant are AB 10 and AB 19, relating to
protecting victims of domestic abuse and harassment from out of state
abusers, and preventing the placement of a GPS tracking device on a vehicle
without prior consent of the individual being tracked (with the exception
for law enforcement, parents tracking minor children, lien holders and
businesses tracking their property). As an original co-sponsor of both
bills, I was happy to support them on the floor of the Assembly with my
vote. To view my press release on these bills, please click here.
2015-17 Biennial Budget
February 3, Governor Scott Walker gave his biennial budget address before a
joint session of the Legislature in the Assembly chamber. In his address,
he laid out his vision and plans for the state's two year budget. The
Governor's proposed budget includes investments in worker training, a plan
for the UW System, support for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and rural
initiatives. While you may have strong feelings about some or all of the
Governor's proposed budget, please know that this is only the beginning of
The Assembly and
Senate are now beginning to dissect AB/SB 21,
the massive budget bill (1,839 pages!) that will likely continue to grow in
size as it moves through the process. Both legislative bodies will work
with the Joint Finance Committee to hold hearings around the state, giving
Wisconsinites a chance to have their opinions heard.
The graphic below
is a helpful tool to picture where the budget is currently located in the
covers a two-year period from July 1st of an odd numbered year through June
30 of the next odd-numbered year. The budget process is usually a year-long
process, beginning in the fall of the even numbered year when state
agencies submit their requests to the Department of Administration (DOA).
These requests are compiled and sent to the Governor for review. The
Governor's proposed budget is then submitted to the Joint Finance Committee
for review. Once passed by the Committee, it moves on to the Senate and
Assembly for final passage.
In order to keep
things running smoothly, the budget should be signed and effective by July
1st of the odd-numbered year (July 1, 2015). If the legislature
fails to pass the bill by this deadline, all state agencies will continue
to operate at their previous appropriation amounts from the prior budget
until the new budget is passed.
use the following links if you are interested in learning more about the
About the Biennial Budget
Miller Park Stadium District Audit
Thomas Weatherston (R-62) recently circulated a
letter for legislative support, urging the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to perform an audit
on the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District, also known
as the Miller Park Stadium District. As a representative of a portion of
Washington County, one of the counties affected by the tax, I was happy to
sign this letter in support of this audit.
As many of you
are likely aware, the Miller Park stadium tax was set to expire in 2014.
The current forecast now shows it could continue as far into the future as
2020! I and my legislative colleagues agree that this is unacceptable, and
are requesting this audit to determine the reason for the continuation of
Please be assured
that I will keep you updated on the status of this audit. If you wish to
read the letter, please click here.
Website is Up and Running!
I know many of you have wondered where my
website was the first few weeks of January. I'm pleased to say that while
there were some technical glitches in the beginning, everything is now up
and running smoothly!
On my website you
will find links to all of my press releases, archives of past e-updates,
letters I've signed (such as the Miller Park Stadium District audit
request), editorials ("In Jesse's Opinion"), district
information, links to helpful state websites and much more.
Please bear with
us while we continue to work at optimizing the layout and adding new
content. My website will be one of the best ways to stay up to date with
what is going on in Madison, so please check in regularly!
To visit my
website, go to www.RepKremer.com.
Assembly Republicans Forward Agenda
To help prepare for the upcoming
session and enable the legislature to hit the ground running, Wisconsin
Assembly Republicans unveiled the Forward
Agenda. It focuses on making Wisconsin a better place to work,
raise a family, and retire. The agenda has five areas of reform:
building a stronger economy, improving education, creating stronger
families and safer neighborhoods, promoting self-sufficiency and responding
to changing technology.
The Forward Agenda is a broad
outline of ideas. We are focused on not just the next two years, but also
the entire next decade and next generation. These proactive ideas and
big-picture visions can help lay the groundwork for a better and more
secure future for our kids and grandkids.
To learn more, you can view the
entire agenda here.
your ideas at www.WisconsinAssemblyRepublicans.com
, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WisconsinAssemblyRepublicans
Your Feedback is Important!
This concludes my
first e-update. I hope this information is helpful to you. I welcome your
feedback, questions or concerns. To contact me, you can call my office
toll-free at (888) 534-0059, or email me at Rep.Kremer@legis.wisconsin.gov.
I look forward to hearing from you!