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The Year in Review
With the end of another year upon us, now is
the perfect time to reflect on what a great year 2017 has been.
When the budget was unveiled this spring, Assembly Republicans made it clear
K-12 funding was a top priority. The 2017-2019 budget included a historic
level of funding for our K-12 schools, more funding for the UW System and
technical colleges, and another two year tuition freeze to help Wisconsin
students save money on their college education.
The biennial budget also included more investment in worker training to help
prepare people for jobs of the future. The budget included $11.5 million in
grants for the Fast Forward program and another $1 million for career and
technical education training.
To help small businesses in our community and throughout the state, I
proposed a budget motion that required the Department of Revenue to use
statistical sampling when conducting audits on businesses with sales below a
certain threshold. This provision creates certainty for small businesses and
prevents DOR from dragging out audits that are costly, time consuming and
Aside from the budget, my colleagues and I have continued to push bold
reforms that have paved the way for a strong state economy. By continuing to
eliminate overly burdensome regulations and government red tape that stifle
job growth, more businesses are coming to Wisconsin, and southeastern
Wisconsin continues to be an attractive location for manufacturers and
companies of all sizes providing good-paying jobs.
Reflecting on this past year, we have so much to be thankful for and I’m
looking forward to another great year in 2018.
Have a terrific New Year!