State Representative Janel
Budget Madness: How We Fix the Mess We Made
Earlier this week, after 12 hours
of debate, I decided to vote against the Republican-led
budget. This wasn’t an easy vote to take, largely in
part because there are a few good portions; repeal of
prevailing wage, elimination of three separate taxes,
and an audit of the UW-System. Sadly, I do not believe
that these reforms are enough. I stand beside Senator
Stroebel and others who want to implement more
conservative reforms before final passage.
Some of those reforms being asked for in the Senate
would save taxpayers millions of dollars and help local
governments spend money more wisely. Those reforms
Fed-Swap bill, and creating a more transparent way local
governments tax their citizens.
In the budget that the Assembly passed, there are far
too many reforms not implemented, while increasing
the amount of money being spent. Why give the UW-System
more money while enrollment is decreasing? Why increase
K-12 spending when the DPI has never been audited? Why
is a Republican-led government funding Circus World
Museum? How do any of these fall within the mantra of
There is no reason any Republicans should be
compromising with themselves on these issues. We were
sent to Madison to implement smaller government, no matter
what it takes. I applaud Sen. Stroebel and others for
doing everything they can to make this budget better.
FOXCONN Heads To The Governor's Desk
The Foxconn investment
package has passed both houses and the Governor is
expected to sign it into law on Monday. Since there
continues to be some confusion on the merits of the
deal, let me defuse some of the misconceptions.
1. The proposal passed
by the Legislature does NOT remove any environmental
protections. It simply streamlines the permit
2. The state will
require that the Foxconn investment comes BEFORE the
state allows the investment tax credits.
3. The proposal
requires that Foxconn produces quality jobs BEFORE the
state allows the jobs tax credits.
I believe that the
incentive package is a great deal for Wisconsin and will
have an extremely positive impact on our state for years
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