Friday, July 31, 2015

New Arena for Milwaukee Bucks

This week the State Assembly passed SB 209, 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:

"The '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.

"This is 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."

Planned 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, click here to be taken to the Center for Medical Progress' YouTube channel. Click the picture above to see the latest video.

WARNING - 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.

Forbes 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 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.

Click here to read a follow up article from the Wisconsin Technical College System.

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