April 6, 2017
Lasee's Notes is a way for me to
communicate directly with you on key issues of our day
and to champion limited government, lower taxes, and individual liberty. How
to these issues today, will affect the direction of our state
and nation tomorrow.
I look forward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you. Please feel free to contact me,
Sen.Lasee@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-3512. If you are planning to be
in Madison, please visit, I look forward to seeing you at the Capitol.
Everything is coming up
go back to January 2011. The Packers are starting their playoff run as a
sixth seed, gas is $3.07 a gallon, people are paying between 4.6% and 7.75%
in taxes on their incomes, and Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 7.7%. On
January 3, 2011, Scott Walker and Republican majorities in the State Senate
and State Assembly take the oath of office.
let’s fast forward to April of 2017. The Packers are still a NFL
playoff staple, but everything else has changed! Gas is as low as $2.05
in Wisconsin, people are paying between 4% and 7.65% in taxes on their
unemployment rate is 3.7%
according to the
Bureau of Labor
Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is 3.7%. That’s a drop of 4% since
January of 2011 and the lowest Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has been
since 2000. The last time it was this low, ‘N Sync topped the musical
Whenever there’s a drop in the unemployment rate, a skeptic will say, “Of
course the unemployment rate is down. People are working three jobs to make
ends meet.” While it’s true that some people do work more than one job for
many different reasons, Wisconsin is seeing an increase in private sector
pay, eliminating the need for many to have to have that second or third
job. Wisconsin’s average private sector wages grew by 5% percent! More
people are working and those workers are making more money. What a great
good news for Wisconsin’s labor force doesn’t end there. Wisconsin has
seen an increase of 200,000 private sector jobs since 2011. Our state’s
labor force participation rate is the ninth highest in country.
Statistics show that over 68% of our state’s population is working.
Millennials in Wisconsin are getting jobs at a higher rate than the
national average. There are an average of 81% of Wisconsin Millennials
between the ages of 20-34 years old in the labor force. The national
average for that age group is 72%. More Wisconsinites are working than
German candy company
just announced the building of the company’s first factory in the United
States and it’s in Kenosha County! The new factory will bring 400 jobs
to Wisconsin by 2020. While this announcement was one heard all over
Wisconsin as evidence of Wisconsin’s improving economic environment,
small businesses should not be for forgotten.
Over 440,763 Wisconsin small businesses employ just over 1.2 million
people. Small businesses are the backbone of our state and continue to
flourish with a 3.1% annual rate of growth, well above the 1.9% national
The number one thing
that people in politics hear regardless of location, party affiliation,
or the state of affairs are questions about jobs and the economy.
Regardless of socio-economic status, people want to know what the
government is doing to get people back to work and to stimulate the
economy. I am proud to share with you that here in Wisconsin, our
businesses, and economy are in great shape and getting better!
Spring Wildlife and Fisheries Hearing
On Monday, April 10,
2017, at 7:00 PM the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold the
annual spring wildlife and fisheries hearings in all 72 counties. These
hearings allow the public to testify and vote on many issues before the DNR,
the Natural Resources Board, and the Conservation Congress.
Click here for hearing
locations and non-binding ballot questions.