State Representative Janel Brandtjen
Assembly addresses crime,
schools and gun rights:
The Wisconsin State Assembly convened on Tuesday for a
floor session and we passed a few bills that should not
go unnoted. We all have heard about liberal judges in
Milwaukee handing down light sentences to dangerous
criminals who commit crimes while using guns.
220 passed the assembly with bi-partisan support. The
measure requires mandatory minimum sentences for those
who commit dangerous crimes while using a gun.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Ed Flynn
both supported the measure.
AB 49 removes the 48 hour
waiting period to purchase a handgun. Modern
technology allows a gun shop to conduct a background
check virtually within hours rendering the 48 hour
wait needless. Finally
AB 46 allows off duty and
retired police officers to carry their weapons on school
grounds. Good guys with guns is always a plus and
this is a nice first step.
Budget Battles Ahead!
Although the media seems focused on the
Bucks arena deal
and conservatives are focused on repealing prevailing
wage, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is focused on
the transportation budget. They need to find a way
to fund $1.3 Billion in road projects to "fully fund" the
Wisconsin DOT. The Governor has suggested bonding the
money and is opposed to any kind of tax hike. The
Assembly leaders want to significantly reduce if not
eliminate bonding for transportation projects and many
legislators in Madison feel there is plenty of room for
cuts within the DOT and proposed projects. The fact that
we are talking about bonding and/or raising taxes to pay
for road projects demands that we address the prevailing
I cannot see a path to support the budget without a full
repeal of the prevailing wage law.
God Bless Wisconsin!
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Thank you Pilgrim Lutheran and Ben