for Milwaukee Bucks
This week the
State Assembly passed
the bill granting the Milwaukee Bucks a new arena and entertainment
district. I voted in favor of this bill because I believe that the benefits
of keeping the Bucks in Wisconsin far outweigh the costs of constructing an
arena. Below is an op-ed I published this week explaining my vote:
'Bucks arena deal' has been the source of much debate over the past six
months. The original request proposed by Governor Walker included a whopping
$220 million in state support. There was absolutely no way that I could
support this package on any level. Is it moral for a large corporation to
throw a 'hissy fit' and hold the state hostage if hard-earned
taxpayer dollars are not dropped at their feet? Absolutely not! I am
ideologically opposed to doling out money for a few wealthy individuals who
can altogether afford to pay the bill themselves without so much as batting
an eye. I am certain this tactic would not work for any other small
business. It is important to note, however, that the state is currently in
the arena business. We own the Bradley Center. As such, over $100 million in
repairs will be needed within the next decade. The current deal will
eliminate this obligation.
not 'Miller Park 2.0'. There is an end date - 20 years; there is a minimal
state taxpayer investment - $70-80 million; and there is a guaranty that if
the Bucks pack up and leave, they will be on the hook for making the state
whole again. In addition, generated tax revenue will be a minimum of $6.7
million per year. A $6.7 million dollar return on a less than $4 million
dollar annual investment is nothing to balk at. Although our area businesses
may not see the immediate economic impact of hotel room bookings and
restaurants abuzz from a game at the complex, the overall tax burden for all
of you, my constituents, will be impactful. In the end, I will do what is in
the best interest of the 59th Assembly District, hold my nose as a fiscal,
ideological conservative and vote yes for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena."
Parenthood Fetal Body Parts Scandal
By now, you have probably seen the heartbreaking, stomach-turning videos
released over the past month by the Center for Medical Progress. The four
videos released to date reveal Planned Parenthood doctors and top officials
discussing and scheming
over the transfer of body parts from aborted babies.
Federal law prohibits any person from knowingly acquiring, receiving or
otherwise transferring any human fetal tissue for valuable consideration.
While it is yet unknown if Planned Parenthood is indeed profiting from the
transfer of the bodies of aborted babies in other states or here in
Wisconsin, please know that I will do whatever I can to support, investigate
and continue advocating on behalf of our precious unborn children.
For those of you who have emailed this week asking me to sponsor the
bills recently released by Rep. Andre Jacque, please know that I was one
of the first to sign on as a co-sponsor and will gladly support additional
legislation to this end. I hope and pray that we will all see a day when the
evil practice of dismembering babies is finally stopped, and those who
advance this ghastly agenda are brought to justice.
To see all videos released to date,
here to be taken to the Center for Medical Progress' YouTube channel.
Click the picture above to see the latest video.
- while these videos are vital to drawing attention to the gruesome
realities of the abortion industry, some images contained in the videos are
graphic and are not suitable for young children, or those who prefer not to
view images of an aborted child.
Ranks Wisconsin "Top-tier" in Job-ready Education
As a proud 1997 graduate
of Wisconsin's Fox Valley Technical College and a strong supporter of the
technical college system, I am pleased to see Wisconsin garnering national
attention for our innovative technical colleges. A
July article from Forbes.com focuses on a trend of manufacturers
"re-homing" their operations back to the U.S. While this is a wonderful
start to more goods being "made in the USA," the downside is that companies
are continuously coming up short when seeking skilled workers, such as
welders, electricians, robotic technicians, hydraulic specialists,
carpenters and machinists.
Tradesmen in these fields typically receive their training in a technical
college setting. Luckily for Wisconsin, we've been able to stay ahead of the
curve, beating out other states when it comes to matching employers' needs
with technical college programs.
The time is now for us to continue this exciting trend of bringing our
companies home to manufacture their products and hire our workers.
here to read a follow up article from the Wisconsin Technical College
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