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In the District

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Great to meet with Franklin High School student Brooklyn Runte during her experience at the Capitol. Congratulations on completing the  2019 Senate Scholar Program, Brooklyn!

Governor Evers' Budget Pot-Pourri

A budget BY government, FOR government.
Built on California values and Illinois accounting.

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• Decriminalize Marijuana: While I can understand that some legitimate medical uses for marijuana may exist, I do not support Governor Evers' proposal to decriminalize the manufacturing, distribution, and/or possession of marijuana for recreational purposes. Governor Evers’ proposal would allow the possession of up to twelve marijuana plants per person which, according to the DEA, is up to forty-eight pounds of marijuana per year, equating to roughly sixty joints per day!

• In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants: In-state tuition is a tremendous benefit that is reserved for Wisconsin residents because they live and pay taxes (which support the university system) in Wisconsin. For non-residents or non-citizens to receive this benefit, is an irresponsible and inequitable policy for the hardworking taxpayers of the state and the hardworking students seeking to earn a spot in one of our state universities.

• Driver's Licenses for Illegal Immigrants: Providing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants is another example of misplaced priorities in Governor Evers' budget and a gross misuse of limited public resources. We simply cannot allow the price tag and burden of policies catering to illegal immigrants. We are a nation of laws and borders. State policies which undermine that are irresponsible.

• Expanding Welfare Programs: Instead of continuing the positive economic trends our state has experienced and leveraging our 2.9% unemployment to lift people into the middle class, Governor Evers' seeks to expand welfare rolls and incentivize working less. His budget would provide welfare recipients with free internet, remove drug testing requirements for welfare, expand refundable credits for those who do not pay taxes, and increase the time that an individual can stay on welfare by 25%.

• 25% Gas Tax Increase: A recent audit showed the DOT wasted almost $300 million in taxpayer funds because they did not follow state law, internal policy, and their own performance standards. We cannot further burden drivers with a tax increase to put more money into a leaky system. Governor Evers’ 25% gas tax increase means more pain at the pump and would put Wisconsin into the top ten for highest gas taxes in the nation. $.41 of taxes for every gallon of gas!

• Increase State Spending by $7 Billion: Adding over $7 Billion in new spending and bonding amounts to over $1,200 for every man, woman, and child in the state. I don’t know about you, but my family can’t afford that big of a hit to our household budget.

• 701 New State Government Jobs: This is an unprecedented explosion of government growth. More government jobs mean bigger government, more government spending, and more government intrusion into your life. As you know, once these jobs are filled, they are unlikely to go away. The truth is, this is Governor Evers’ way to guarantee that the government will continue to grow in the future.

"Spoof" Busting Telemarketers

telemarketers.pngEven with the inception of State & National Do Not Call Registries and Caller-ID, for many, telemarketers remain a daily nuisance and one of the biggest complaints I receive from people in the 28th Senate District. With recent advancements in how scofflaws attempt to trick you into answering, telemarketers will now "spoof" real phone numbers, making it seem like a local number is calling. These solicitations are not only inconvenient, but also often linked to scams, fraud, and identity theft schemes. 
 
That's why I have signed on to legislation (LRB 1615 and 2256) that would make it easier for telecommunications providers to block known telemarketers, and prohibit robocalls from spoofing telephone numbers for any reason. It's time to end this deceptive and predatory practice.

Town Hall Meetings

Town hall meetings are a great opportunity to hear concerns directly from citizens in the 28th Senate District. I look forward to speaking with constituents about state issues that are impacting them.

Residents of the 28th Senate District are welcome to attend any or all of the town hall meetings regardless of the specific community in which the listening session is being held.

I will be at the following locations from March 25th – 26th:

WAUKESHA COUNTY
• Monday, March 25th 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM| Town of Waukesha
Waukesha Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road

• Monday, March 25th | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Muskego
Muskego Public Library, S73 W16663 W Janesville Road

• Monday, March 25th | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Town of Vernon
Vernon Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Drive

• Tuesday, March 26th | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | New Berlin
New Berlin Public Library, 15105 Library Lane

MILWAUKEE COUNTY
• Monday 25th | 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM | Greendale
Greendale Village Hall, 6500 Northway

• Monday 25th | 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM | Hales Corners
Hales Corners Village Hall, 5635 S New Berlin Road

• Monday 25th | 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM | Greenfield
Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W Forest Home Avenue

• Tuesday, March 26th | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Franklin
Franklin Library, 9151 W Loomis Road

RACINE COUNTY
• Tuesday, March 26th | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Waterford
Waterford Village Library, 101 N River Street

WALWORTH COUNTY
• Tuesday, March 26th | 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM | Town of East Troy
East Troy Town Hall, N9330 Stewart School Road