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West Waukesha Bypass Project Update:  The County X/Saylesville Road South connection to WIS 59 is set to open Friday, August 23.  Details below...

2019 Spring Survey Results, Part I:  What's important to your friends and neighbors in the 97th Assembly District?  Data always tells a story, and here's our take...

 

 

West Waukesha Bypass Project Update
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The County X/Saylesville Road south connection to WIS 59 (shown in the map above) is scheduled to open by Friday, August 23.  The Bypass connection to the north (HWY 18) is anticipated to open in fall 2019.

You can get all the construction updates, maps, closures and more information for this project by clicking on this link.

Spring Survey Results

You may have received a Spring Survey from my office at the end of March and beginning of April.  As of today, we have received a total of 674 responses, both in the hard copies and the online edition we published on the website.  That data tells a few clear stories.  Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing the results.  The Spring Survey helps me to be responsive to your needs and serve you.  Thank you to those who participated!

 

Part I: Self-Determination

 

Self-determination is one of the fundamental ideas behind the American experiment.  At the foundation of individual success is the ability to make choices free of government interference.  The phrase "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" in the Declaration of Independence is not a description of a government utopia, but a nation of individuals charting their own course.

Of course, self-determination necessitates a population which can be largely self-sufficient and does not need to rely on the government for basic needs like food, clothing, or medical care.  Welfare needs to be a trampoline, not a hammock.  Getting people back into the workforce is important not just for Wisconsin's economy, but because of the inherent dignity of work.

I asked: More than 1 in 5 people in Wisconsin receive welfare benefits.  Governor Evers' budget puts more people on welfare, spends more dollars on welfare programs, and eliminates drug screening and work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.  Which of the following best represents your views?

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81.7% of respondents said welfare recipients should work or get job training and/or be drug screened.  Just 8.4% thought welfare should be expanded outright.  Through a line-item budget veto, Gov. Evers reduced funding to implement work requirements and drug screenings.  This will make it more difficult for Wisconsin to implement the law.

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In general, lower taxes means smaller government and more economic liberty.  Key findings from the survey results demonstrated a desire for lower taxes more than increased government spending.

 

I asked: The state of Wisconsin has a $600 million budget surplus AND will see revenue growth of nearly $1.8 billion in the coming budget.  How would you like your elected representatives to prioritize spending in the coming budget?

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More than 54% of district residents believed cutting taxes for middle-class families should be a high or top priority.  The 2019-20 budget (Act 9) provides an income tax cut of $315 million over the biennium.

 

This is a sharp contrast with option 1d.  Since gas taxes are dedicated to transportation alone, it's fair to say that an increase in the gas tax translates to a call for increased transportation spending:

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75.7% of residents believed increasing the gas tax should not be prioritized, wasn't really a priority, or was their lowest priority.  Gov. Evers budget proposed an 8-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, but ultimately, the 2019-20 budget did not increase the gas tax.

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Political self-determination is just as important as economic self-determination.  Americans deserve an election system they can trust.  No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, clean, honest, transparent elections are important.

I asked: Wisconsin requires voters show a photo ID to vote, and 2018 saw record-setting midterm election turnout.  Do you support our voter ID law?

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An overwhelming majority of respondents said they support Wisconsin's voter ID law.  I will continue to support and defend this important election safeguard.

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Medical and recreational use of cannabis is becoming more prevalent throughout the country.  States are breaking from the lead of the federal government and charting their own regulatory paths.

 I asked: Legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes has been proposed.  Law enforcement, educators, and the medical community oppose legalization.  Which best describes your views on marijuana legalization?

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Most respondents believed Wisconsin should adjust laws to allow for medicinal use of marijuana and/or conduct further research and testing for medical use.  About 35% believed it should be legalized for medicinal and recreational use.  Just 20.7% of respondents believed we should continue to prohibit all forms of marijuana usage.

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Next week

Part II: Fiscal Responsibility