FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 13, 2017
Contact: Representative Ron Tusler (608) 266-5831
Third Assembly District Wins Big in State Budget
Kimberly Authorized to Kick-Start Development Along Fox River
MADISON, WI – Tonight State Representative Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) voted to approve the state’s biennial budget. This budget makes a $639 million investment in K-12 education, provides funding for quality rural healthcare, and cuts taxes. The bill passed the Assembly on a vote of 57-39.
“We are investing in our students, cutting taxes, auditing the Department of Transportation, and freezing UW tuition,” said Rep. Tusler. “I’m excited to have voted for a budget that will improve the quality of life for people throughout Wisconsin’s Third Assembly District and bring more money into our schools.”
The budget prioritizes students and schools throughout the state with a record $639 million investments in K-12 education. School districts will see $200 more per pupil this year and $204 in the second year of the biennium, ensuring tax dollars are being used on students rather than bureaucracy. All school districts in the Third Assembly District will see increased funding from the last state budget. Brillion’s school district will receive $706,435, Kimberly $2,782,628, Little Chute $989,261, and Stockbridge $95,356 more than the 2015-17 budget.
Rep. Tusler secured help for the Village of Kimberly by getting permission to kick-start development at the TIF 6 site along the Fox River sooner than expected. This area includes the New Page Mill site which Kimberly was forced to purchase after the site was stripped of all value.
Other investments that will directly benefit Third District communities include a $6.7 million investment in Next Generation 911 technology which will enhance Wisconsin’s emergency services technology. Rep. Tusler also secured funding to expand services for dementia care specialists and the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program. These investments address the needs of individuals and families who need quality healthcare and will help ensure access to medical resources in Wisconsin’s rural areas. Finally, Rep. Tusler addressed the needs of Wisconsin’s criminal justice system by creating a board of state prosecutors and incentivizing qualified individuals to serve as judges. The prosecutor board will represent the 72 district attorneys across the state and serve as a forum to suggest best practices.
“It was important to me to make sure that issues important to my constituents were front and center in this budget,” said Rep. Tusler. “I ran for office to make the Third District a better place to live, work, and play. That is what this budget accomplishes all while keeping property taxes lower than 2010, 2014, and today.”
After tonight’s vote, the state budget now goes before the state Senate for consideration. A video of Rep. Tusler’s reaction to the Assembly’s passage of the budget can be found here.