Joe Sanfelippo: Tax cuts have small businesses booming This month, the Labor Department announced the national unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent. And last month, the Commerce Department announced the economy is growing at 4.2 percent. This is the first time since 2000 that the unemployment rate has been below 4 % and economic growth above it.
Rep. Kleefisch Receives Prestigious Award Representative Joel Kleefisch received the prestigious ‘Award for Conservative Excellence.’ This recognition from the national American Conservative Union Foundation highlights Rep. Kleefisch’s outstanding success in conservative achievements in Wisconsin.
Rep. Petryk: Healthcare Stability Plan Brings Optimism to Wisconsin The Healthcare Stability Plan is a $200 million reinsurance program with a purpose of providing stability in the individual health insurance market.
Ballweg: Efforts to Alleviate Burdensome Regulations Continues What has more than five times as many words as the King James Bible, Harry Potter series, and the Lord of the Rings combined? The Wisconsin Administrative Code, which contains around 12 million words.
Ed Brooks: Rural Wisconsin's best days are still ahead It isn’t easy, but after 10 years representing the 50th Assembly District in Richland, Sauk, Juneau and Monroe counties, I’ve decided to step aside.
Study Committee on Minor Guardianship Aims to Advocate for Vulnerable Kids Not long ago, a constituent came to me with a problem regarding her niece, our state’s minor guardianship laws and statutes, and the potential for this child to be put back into an abusive and neglectful situation.
Welfare Reform Package Becomes Law We’re helping move more people off of government assistance and into the world of work. These new laws promote accountability, encourage personal responsibility and prevent fraud and abuse.
Signing of School Safety Bills The School Safety package invests $100 million in grants for schools to upgrade building security, creates an Office of School Safety within the Wisconsin Department of Justice, allows grant funding to implement Trauma-Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences in Schools and requires reporting.
Assembly Republicans Reform Correctional System This legislation is common sense, as it incentivizes people to cooperate with the parole agents and regulations, as an avenue for potential expungement. This type of criminal justice modernization and reform is exactly what Wisconsin needs.
2018 Assembly Republican Legislative Agenda Our focus in 2018 is on continued economic growth, supporting our school systems, reforming welfare, and promoting healthy families.
Gov. Walker Invited to Give State of the State Address to Legislature on January 24th, 2018 Gov. Walker is invited to present his State of the State address to the Wisconsin State Legislature on January 24th, 2018.
The Wisconsin Legislature Celebrates Employment of People with Disabilities Reps John Macco and Jim Edming held a conference celebrating Wisconsin’s commitment to helping people with disabilities find and keep jobs.
Legislative Leaders Announce Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding The leaders of the State Legislature are creating the first ever legislative commission, the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding.
Task Force Unveils Foster Forward Legislative Package The Foster Forward initiatives are a positive step forward in addressing the issues within the foster care system
Kleefisch’s Game-Changing Fentanyl Bill Passes State Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk The state Assembly voted unanimously on a voice vote to pass Assembly Bill 335, Representative Joel Kleefisch’s bill stopping deadly fentanyl drugs.
Speaker Vos Announces Restructuring of Committee on Ways and Means The committee has been tasked with undertaking comprehensive tax reform. Under the leadership of Rep. John Macco (R-Ledgeview), the legislative committee will be the first ever in Wisconsin with subcommittees.
Speaker Vos Statement on Passing of Rep. Bob Gannon Speaker Robin Vos made the following statement regarding the passing of former Rep. Bob Gannon (R-West Bend) who died unexpectedly of natural causes.
Natural Resources Chair Kleefisch Applauds DNR Secretary Appointment Congratulations to Dan Meyer on his appointment as the next Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Governor Walker hit a home run by appointing Dan to this post. Dan Meyer has an extensive history and breadth of knowledge of Wisconsin’s amazing outdoor heritage.
Rep. Nygren Statement on Budget Passage I was happy to attend today’s budget bill signing today with Governor Walker and colleagues from both the Assembly and Senate. The last nine months were a long, intense process, but have resulted in a budget bill that makes me proud and represents the families and taxpayers of Wisconsin well.
Speaker Vos Statement: Foxconn Bill Signed into Law “Today Wisconsin is officially saying yes to a $10 billion development project, 13,000 careers and new opportunities throughout Wisconsin."
Speaker Vos Statement on Assembly Passage of 2017-2019 Budget The Assembly has concluded its work on the state budget, which delivers on our promise to Wisconsin taxpayers. We’re setting the right priorities and making government more accountable
Joint Committee on Finance Passes Budget Bill On Wednesday, the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved the 2017-2019 State Budget. JFC Co-chairs State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) and State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) released the following statement regarding passage of the budget.
Joint Finance Committee Passes Momentous Education Package Republicans Invest More Money Directly into the Classroom
Assembly Republicans Approve Historic Investments in Education The Joint Finance Committee approved the education budget, which will bring the largest investment in K-12 education in Wisconsin’s history.
Speaker Vos Statement on Assembly Passage of Special Session Assembly Bill 1 “Foxconn’s selection of Wisconsin for its first LCD plant in North America is a testament to the amazing workers we have here and our successful efforts to make our state open for business."
Speaker Vos Statement on Foxconn Announcement “This is a day to remember in Wisconsin; this is a huge opportunity for our state."
Assembly Republicans Unveil Education Budget Package Assembly Republicans unveiled their education proposal that would give K-12 schools a record amount of funding and more money to the classroom over the budget recommendations from Governor Walker. The plan targets state aid to low-spending districts to address funding inequities and reduces property taxes.
Assembly Republicans Unveil Road to a Flat Tax Plan The Road to a Flat Tax proposal is the comprehensive package of ideas to help address the transportation funding crisis and reduce the tax burden on Wisconsin families.
Rep. Steineke Column: A focus on ending homelessness In the 2017-18 legislative session, we in the Assembly have clear steps that can begin to take on the issue of homelessness head-on. Exploring the possibilities of no-cost legislation in tandem with measured government spending, we can move the state forward in achieving a goal of every person in Wisconsin having a place to call home.
Assembly Republicans Call on Congress to Treat Wisconsin Fairly “We are calling on Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation to amend the American Health Care Act (AHCA) released earlier this week,” said Rep. Nygren. “This amendment would correct a policy established by the Obama Administration that created a “false choice” for states looking to reform their Medicaid programs.”
State Legislature Receives NCSL Award for Communications National Conference of State Legislatures presented the 2016 Kevin B. Harrington Award for Excellence in Democracy Education to the Wisconsin State Legislature at a ceremony at the Capitol.
Assembly Welcomes Mexican Consulate to Capitol The Wisconsin State Assembly officially welcomed the newest consulate office to the state at the beginning of its legislative session on Tuesday. Mexican Consul Julián Adem came to the Capitol at the invitation of Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Jessie Rodriguez.
Auditors Identify Potential Savings in the State Highway Program “These findings are a roadmap for improvement,” said Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem). “The potential savings were significant and a missed opportunity. Going forward, the DOT must prioritize giving taxpayers the biggest bang for our transportation buck.”
Assembly Republicans Join the Fight against Unfunded Federal Mandates “Our goal is to plainly illustrate that these widespread mandates run up a huge tab on local governments and the private sector,” said Speaker Vos. “Unfortunately, taxpayers end up footing the bill.”
United Assembly Republican Caucus Announces Framework for a Transportation Solution and Tax Relief "The GOP legislators are calling for at least $300 million in tax relief and reforms coupled with transportation cost savings, reforms and a corresponding increase in transportation revenue to address the long-term solvency in the transportation fund."
Speaker Statement on the State of the State Address “The state of the state is great and should make everyone proud. We have so much to brag about: our economy is strong, more people are working than ever before, we have excellent schools and Wisconsin is simply an amazing place to call home."
Rep. Steffen Introduces Blue Lives Matter Legislation "I am excited to begin this new session by introducing a proposal that strongly echoes Wisconsin’s dedication to protecting and supporting our law enforcement officers. I am confident that this proposal, which has garnered bipartisan support in other states, will similarly resonate with residents across our state."
Assembly Republicans Release Inauguration Video "To kick off the new legislative session with their historic majority, Assembly Republicans released a video showing just how big their majority is"
Agency Wish Lists and Our Biennial Tradition Unfortunately we also have to humor another tiresome tradition around this time every two years: the unfounded worry that Wisconsin is running out of money.
Assembly Republican Leadership Team Selected The Assembly majority leadership team has been selected by the 64 members of the Assembly Republican caucus.
Assembly Republicans Gain Historic Majority The Wisconsin Assembly Republicans strengthened their majority in the chamber. Assembly leadership are proud to increase the majority to 64 seats.
Assembly Republicans Unveil Forward Agenda Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Jim Steineke along with members of the Assembly Republican majority unveiled their Forward Agenda, a broad outline of goals for next session and the future of Wisconsin.
Speaker's Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness Report Released Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) released the report from the Speaker’s Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness. The report includes recommendations to help encourage Wisconsin youth to enter careers in the trades, manufacturing industry and technical fields.
Rep. Kleefisch Hosts Coalition to Combat Heroin "This addiction affects people of all status, race, region, and age. It does not discriminate and it is everywhere. If we can find ways to keep people informed, keep children from accessing it and keep it regulated, we might have a fighting chance at slowing this fatal epidemic.” Kleefisch said.
Rep. Steffen Unveils “Blue Lives Matter” “I am overwhelmed by the level of support I have already received for this proposal from members of law enforcement as well as residents from across our state. I know that this initiative is an important step forward to expanding the protections and support that we have for our law enforcement officers."
Rep. Loudenbeck Applauds I-39/90 FASTLANE Grant “As a strong advocate for the I-39/90 expansion project, I’m thrilled that significant federal funds will be invested in this section of the National Highway System."
Rep. Kremer Statement on the Release of the 2016 Family Prosperity Index “As an entrepreneur myself, I know what kind of impact state and local policies can have on a person's ability to turn an idea into a small business."
Speaker Vos Statement on Passing of DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement regarding the passing of Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary Kitty Rhoades.
Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education Releases Final Report “These recommendations should be seen as a reflection of our commitment to improve student outcomes in urban schools,” said Rep. Rodriguez. “I personally want to thank the district officials, principals and teachers for their cooperation and thank the members for sharing their passion for education.”
Rep. Rohrkaste Presents Final Report from Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah), Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, released the task force’s final report.
Steineke: Fixing Transportation Funding is the Conservative Choice From 2010 until now, this Governor and Legislature have faced problems head on and dealt with them in the most fiscally responsible way we could. In Governor Walker’s words, we have put “the next generation ahead of the next election.” Going forward, I hope the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature will join together and continue to prove that we are willing to do the right thing regardless of the consequences.
Steineke Introduce Plan to Modernize Civil Service System Madison –State Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) have unveiled legislation to reform Wisconsin’s civil service system. Their proposal contains reforms in four areas: the hiring process, job performance evaluation, “just cause” definition, and the appeals process.
Rep. Mary Czaja takes you on a tour of Tomahawk Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma) takes you on a tour of Tomahawk, WI.
Rep. Loudenbeck, JFC Vote to Support Adult Literacy Madison – Today, Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton), along with her colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee, voted in favor of two budget amendments which invest in adult literacy services.
Rep. Steineke Calls on Menominee Leaders to “Say No to Drugs” Madison . . . Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna) today responded to a recent referendum of the Menominee Tribe that paves the way towards legalizing marijuana on the group’s reservation.