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  • Budget Listening Sessions This Weekend

  • Non-Partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau Forecasts $2 Billion Structural Deficit

  • Statewide Tornado Drill Rescheduled

  • Little Chute Featured in Documentary

  • NEW! Assembly GOP Podcast

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Ron's Recap: April 12, 2019  

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On Saturday, I presented Jack with a congratulatory citation for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Keep up the great work, Jack! You are a role model for the community. 

Do you know of anyone who has recently become an Eagle Scout? Do you know someone deserving of a WI State Assembly Citation? If so, please contact my office. I love to recognize and congratulate outstanding individuals and groups in the Third Assembly District! 

 Budget Listening Sessions 

Don't forget! I will be hosting three listening sessions for the 2019-21 State Budget tomorrow, Saturday, April 13th. I hope you'll be able to join me. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions! 

 

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For more information, or to let us know you will be in attendance, click here (No RSVP is required to attend). 

 Non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau Forecasts $2 Billion Structural Deficit

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has analyzed  Governor Evers' proposed budget and now it is the Legislature's turn to work on the two-year spending plan. The Joint Committee on Finance began the budget process last week with agency briefings. The bipartisan committee of 16 members heard from secretaries from the Departments of Public Instruction, Transportation, Health Services, Workforce Development, Corrections and Natural Resources. For the next few weeks, the committee and individual legislators will hold public hearings around the state.

 

As I have said all along, Evers' proposal is a liberal wish list. By looking at the overall numbers, you'll see the drastic change from Republicans' conservative and prudent budgeting practices of the past eight years. Recently, the LFB announced the governor's budget has a $2 billion structural deficit. That's the amount needed after the end of the biennium to continue funding the budget at the same level. The size of the structural deficit hasn't been that large since Democrat Governor Jim Doyle.

 

Governor Evers wants to spend more money than the state can generate. He wants to wipe out the budget surplus, and raise taxes by $1.2 billion. Keep in mind, Republicans cut taxes by more than $8 billion since 2011 and state revenues continued to grow. The state of the Wisconsin economy is strong and keeps growing. Still, the Governor's budget proposes an 8.3 percent increase in spending and increases the size of government by 700 more bureaucrats. That is $1000 in spending for every individual in the state!

Assembly Republicans have made it clear to the governor and the citizens of the state: we won't support a budget that raises taxes or expands welfare. Wisconsinites need less government in their lives, not more. While I know there are areas where we can and will find common ground, we will work hard to protect taxpayers and keep our conservative reforms in place. We promised our constituents we will continue to move Wisconsin forward. We are not going to break that promise.

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Statewide Tornado Drill Rescheduled

Last edition, I told you about the upcoming statewide tornado drills. Due to the threat of severe weather, the statewide tornado drills have been rescheduled for TODAY, Friday, April 12. The times for the tornado drills will remain the same, with a mock tornado watch issued at 1:00 p.m., followed by a statewide mock tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. and a second mock tornado warning at 6:45 p.m. For more information, click here.   

Little Chute Featured in Documentary

Little Chute is currently being featured in a documentary showing the significance of cultural history. 

The documentary titled, "From Houdoe to How do?" shows the importance of your roots "because they accompany you everywhere you are in the world." 

I encourage you to check out the progress of the documentary and stay tuned for the final product! Click here or on the image below to watch see more. 

 

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The Right Angle Podcast

The Right Angle is a new podcast spotlighting the policies that keep Wisconsin moving forward. Each episode will feature a conversation between a legislator and a policy expert – whether that’s someone working for a Washington, DC think-tank or a local activist working on an issue that needs to be highlighted. This podcast will highlight different policies and provide a different perspective on what we do here in the Capitol.

 

The first episode is live now, featuring Rep Summerfield (R - Bloomer) discussing health care costs with Ben Ippolito of the American Enterprise Institute. You can find it at https://anchor.fm/rightanglepod.

 

If you have an idea for a topic or guest, please let me know by replying to this email.