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Rep. Marklein and Rep. Kooyenga's Statement on the Release of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Madison – Rep. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) released the following statement regarding the release of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) by the State Controller’s Office...
Rep. Kooyenga's Statement on the Release of the Annual Fiscal Report
Madison - Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) released the following statement regarding the release of the Annual Fiscal Report (AFR) by the State Controller’s Office.
Now Who is Paying for the Trolley
Last budget cycle, Wisconsin’s Republicans made clear in statute that Milwaukee could not indirectly force all Wisconsin residents to pay for the Milwaukee streetcar by forcing utilities...
New Fiscal Report Shows Wisconsin is in Better Shape by Every Metric
The Annual Fiscal Report, which reports Wisconsin actual, not forecasted financial performance, reflects continued good stewardship of Wisconsin’s finances.
6 Things the Media Won't Tell You About the Structural Deficit
This budget which extends through June 30, 2015 is still projected to end with a healthy cash balance.
Wisconsin State Legislature
New Opportunities for Milwaukee and Wauwatosa West High School Wins State We The People Competition
More news came out of the Governor's office this week regarding the two-year state budget. Details include:
Assembly Joint Resolution 1, Assembly Bill 8, Tours and Visits
The Assembly is back in session and progress is being made on a number of fronts.
Inauguration Day and Start of a Third Term in the Wisconsin State Assembly
It is an honor to represent the 14th Assembly District for my third term.
Merry Christmas from the Kooyenga Family!
End of the 2013-14 Session
The legislature has officially completed the 2013-2014 session.
Bipartisan Efforts in the Legislature
The impression of the general public is that Democrats and Republicans fight like cats and dogs and nothing is ever accomplished.
Addressing Wisconsin's Structural Deficit
The concern about the structural deficit is one of the primary concerns for those in opposition to the Governor’s Blue Print for Prosperity.
2014 State of the State Address
Tonight Governor Walker addressed the Joint Legislature and the residents of Wisconsin in the State of the State Address.
New Revenue Numbers, Shot Spotter and H.O.P.E. Legislation
Last week brought remarkable news.
Charter Schools, CAFR and Tax Foundation Award
Happy New Year. The State Assembly is back in session and our office is busy.
Merry Christmas and Charter School Legislation
The Christmas tree is up in the Capital and everyone is anxious to take some time off.
Affordable Care Act and Milwaukee's War on Milwaukee
I hope you and your family had a blessed Thanksgiving.
Veterans Day, Legislation, Reforms, and Breaking News
This week I had the honor of celebrating Veterans Day at several events throughout the Milwaukee area.
Wisconsin Tax Rankings, Property Tax Relief, Jobs Legislation, and A New Addition to the Kooyenga Family
We’ve come a long way since January 2011.
Federal Government Shutdown, Property Taxes and Economic Outlook
The State Legislature was busy this week with dozens of public hearings.
New Health Insurance Rates, Blue Books, Capitol Visits, and Cell Phones for Soldiers Drive
I had the pleasure of attending the Milwaukee County 9-11 Memorial ceremony this past Wednesday.
Survey Results and New Legislation
It has been a busy summer attending events in the district and meeting with constituents.
Governor Signs 2013-15 Budget and 4th of July Events
"The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of this army." General George Washington July 2, 1776
Assembly Passage of the State Budget
I always enjoy books about the history of America and our founding fathers.
Joint Finance Committee Wrap Up
The hard work is paying off.
Wisconsin residents are no longer surprised to hear that Wisconsin is ranked among the top ten states in overall tax burden.
JFC Budget Executive Sessions
It has been an effective two weeks in the capitol and we are moving the ball down the field.
Governor Walker Budget Highlight - Education
This week the Joint Finance Committee met and made progress on a number of transportation and veteran related issues.
UW System Discovery
This week the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began the process of amending the budget introduced by Governor Walker.
Upcoming Town Hall and Milwaukee County Referendum Public Hearing
I would like to begin this week's newsletter by extending my sympathy and prayers for all of those affected by this week's tragedies in Boston and Texas.
Town Hall Meetings
The Assembly is back in session today to vote on two joint resolutions (AJR 7, AJR 14) and two Assembly bills (AB39, AB 58).
Health Care and Medicaid
Yesterday the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held the first public hearing on the budget (AB40) at Greendale High School.
Joint Finance Committee Agency Briefings
Today we completed our state agency briefings.
Mining, Tax Reform, and Education
The mining bill passed the Assembly yesterday on a vote of 58-39. The bill is now headed to Governor Walker and will be signed into law on Monday.
The 2013-14 Budget Process
Governor Walker delivered his budget address to the Joint Legislature this past Wednesday.
Legislative Initiatives and the Upcoming Budget
Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Assembly adjourned for the 3rd time this year. The Legislature passed six resolutions and two bills.
Mining Reform and Righting the Rules
Last week my colleagues and I introduced legislation that will allow the mining industry to return to Wisconsin.
Thank You For Letting Me Serve You For A 2nd Term!
My family was able to join me for the start of 101st Legislature. Grant (4), Taylor (3) and Quin (10 months) are a big reason why I am focused on making sure our great state is financially secure...
Final E-Update of the Legislative Session
I regret to announce that our office will be unable to send out anymore E-Updates until after the election in November. State law (s. 11.33) says a Representative who becomes a candidate for office...
End of Legislative Session
The 2011-2012 legislative session closed at 7PM on Friday (note: we started our floor period at 10AM on Thursday morning). It has been a historic session with...
On Tuesday, with a bipartisan vote of 69-25, AJR 100 passed the Assembly. AJR 100 is a constitutional amendment that will require generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)...
Several weeks ago my colleagues and I took action in the State Assembly to pass a bill to reintroduce mining in Wisconsin. The Senate Committee on mining drafted their own mining bill...
State of the State Address
After a long holiday the halls of the Capitol are once again bustling with activity. It is unfortunate that the distractions by the recall efforts are affecting important policy decisions...
Christmas and New Year's Message
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It has been a remarkable year in Wisconsin. I feel truly blessed to serve the 14th Assembly District and I am proud of all our accomplishments in this historic year...
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I, like many of you, am thankful for a loving family, good health, and the distinction of living in the greatest country in the world...
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all our veterans and their families for their dedication to this great country! This week I had the pleasure to meet a 14th District local entrepreneur...
Safe Families Bill and Introduction of Milwaukee County Comptroller
On Tuesday, the State Senate passed AB 30, the "Safe Families Bill" with a vote of 33-0. I authored the bill after becoming acquainted with the Safe Families organization...
Passage of the State Budget
The Assembly and Senate passed Wisconsin's 2011-2013 biannual budget and it is now awaiting the signature of the Governor. All Republicans, and one independent, made an historic vote to bring common sense, honest accounting...
State Biennium Budget
Greetings everyone. I hope you are enjoying the warm weather. It feels like the temperature is also rising rapidly here in Madison as we make difficult decisions necessary to jump start our economy and deal with the budget mess...
I want to wish everyone a pleasant Memorial Day weekend. This Monday we should all take a moment to reflect on those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect, defend and promote liberty, freedom and justice...
This Week in the Legislature
This week in the legislature the Assembly moved forward on several fronts...
We are certainly witness to historic times here in Wisconsin. There has been considerable attention given to the recent Supreme Court race and the continuing court drama surrounding the budget repair bill...
Statement on the Passage of the Budget Repair Bill
We saved 1,500 middle-class jobs yesterday by moving forward with the budget repair bill. The state will now be able to realize $30 million in savings and allows 1,500 state employees to keep their jobs...
Rep. Kooyenga's Statement on the Budget Repair Bill
We’re broke. After decades of reckless spending and politics as usual, true leadership was on display today in Madison. Wisconsin voters sent a clear message in November – solve our budget issues without raising taxes...