November 10, 2010
Voters Make Changes in State Leadership
Wisconsin voters went to the polls last week to decide a number of federal, state, and local races in the midterm election. The results showed a strong desire to change direction in public policy both in Madison and Washington D.C. towards initiatives that will have a direct impact on promoting job growth.
Voters chose Scott Walker to be Wisconsin’s new governor, while Ron Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate. Two new U.S. Representatives were elected, Sean Duffy and Reid Ribble, in northern Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the State Legislature changed from Democratic to Republican control, with Republican majorities in the State Senate of 19-14 and in the State Assembly of 60-38-1.
Following the election last week, Senate Republicans met to elect new leadership for the 2011-12 legislative session that will begin in January. Governor-elect Walker stopped by our meeting to discuss his plans and priorities for the session, including calling the Legislature into emergency session after he is sworn in to pass legislation to promote job growth. The message sent by voters that jobs and the economy must be job one was heard by those that were elected on November 2. Enacting policies to encourage job creators to expand and locate in Wisconsin is the top priority of the State Legislature and Governor-elect Walker.
The State Legislature will also be charged with addressing the state’s budget deficit, which is currently estimated to be nearly $3 billion. After years of raiding funds, federal bailouts, and shifting spending to balance the state budget, there are no more easy fixes. While the solutions will be difficult, we must take action to address our budget shortfall head-on and not push the tough choices onto future generations. Your input on how to shape the state budget will be helpful as the budget is considered by the State Legislature
What are your thoughts on what the top priorities should be for the new State Legislature? Do you have suggestions on addressing the state budget? You can contact me through www.harsdorfsenate.com or by calling 1-800-862-1092.