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The Week in Review
The Budget Begins
This week, Gov. Walker unveiled his recommendations for
the 2017-19 biennial budget. Members of the Legislature will begin analyzing
the two-year spending plan to find ways to improve the budget before it goes
back to the governor for his signature later this year.
In his address, the governor highlighted aspects of his recommendations that
are in-line with the
Assembly Republican Forward Agenda released last year.
In the recommendations, Gov. Walker included significant funding increases
for K-12 education and the UW System.
Included in the funding for K-12 education are additional funds for mental
health resources and Fab Labs. Many schools throughout the state are
struggling to properly address mental health concerns with students. The
additional funding will allow schools to address these concerns and provide
Last year, I had the opportunity to tour the Fab Lab at South Milwaukee High
School. Fabrication Laboratories, often referred to as Fab Labs, expose high
school students to careers in engineering, skilled manufacturing and
technology related fields by working with equipment common in those
industries, including 3D printers, laser engravers and milling machines
among others. The increased funding will provide more opportunities for
students to be exposed to jobs of the future.
Perhaps most importantly, taxpayers were not forgotten in the address; the
governor’s recommendations include tax cuts in state property tax and income
tax. Assembly Republicans are committed to reducing taxes for hardworking
Fiscally responsible budgeting by Gov. Walker and Assembly Republicans in
the past three sessions have made it possible to continue growing our
economy, reducing taxes, and shrinking the size of government while
providing more funding in crucially important areas.
This spring, I will be holding listening sessions in Oak Creek and South
Milwaukee to discuss the budget, my legislative priorities, and to hear your
input on issues that are important for our district and the state of
Wisconsin. I’m confident we can improve on the governor’s proposal and
create a budget that continues moving Wisconsin Forward.
Have a great week!