State Representative Janel
Thank you for your support:
Now that the election is over I am
able to resume my newsletters to my constituents, friends
and fellow Americans. I would like to start out by
saying thank you to all who took the time to show your
support for the work I have done on behalf of the 22nd
Assembly District. I did receive over 98% of the vote in
which I am truly humbled.
Time for reflection:
Certainly none us of can remember
any election that comes close to the turmoil, division
and twists than this past election. Both parties had candidates
that were less than perfect. We had
media bias. We had FBI probes. Emails from WikiLeaks
and 11 year old tapes of stupid talk.
The election was a referendum on
Obamaís healthcare plan, Hillaryís email server and
Trumpís arrogant playboy persona. Trump campaigned on
borders, healthcare, ISIS and bringing back jobs.
Hillaryís campaign concentrated on negative Trump ads. I
wrote a column on Trumps jobs initiative.
The Supreme Court was the ultimate
The choice of
Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for four years is
oversimplifying the situation. The next president will
appoint at least two members of the Supreme Court and
the consequences will be felt for the next generation.
Many of us who expect the court to give a traditional
interpretation of the constitution and rule accordingly
underestimate the damage that a liberal court can do.
Liberal judges do not limit themselves to the
constitution, they legislate from the bench. They rule
in favor of their own desires and beliefs giving no
weight to actual law. They have overturned Wisconsinís
photo ID laws and a federal judge ruled that limiting early
voting to two weeks created a hardship for the African-
American community. In addition that same judge ruled
the republicans did it on purpose. So a liberal federal
judge ruled that Wisconsin is required to allow
unlimited early voting; this year the City of Milwaukee
had six weeks of early voting. We up until now have had
a Supreme Court that has upheld many laws we have passed
on the state level. If the liberals ever gain control of
the Supreme Court the concept of stateís rights as we
know it will be eliminated.
The opportunities are endless.
Having served in the state legislature for
the past few years I can tell you that the federal
government has usurped a lot of power from the states.
One of these areas is welfare and welfare reform. There
is no doubt in my mind that our present system punishes
work and rewards inactivity. Welfare needs to be a
temporary assistance program that provides basic needs
for a short period of time. Every measure possible
should be taken to eliminate fraud as well.
Another state issue that needs to
be addressed is the UW System. I do realize that
universities across the country have been led by
liberals for decades. Traditionally, going back many
years, colleges were places to share ideas and learn
alternative philosophies, all in the spirit of higher
education. That spirit, Iím afraid, no longer exists.
Students on the right of the political spectrum are
shouted down, intimidated through threats of violence,
social isolation and repercussions from professors and
other school officials. The PC environment has run
amuck and it is time we reigned it in. Certainly both
sides must be willing to share ideas in a thoughtful and
respectful way. Right now the liberal left demands
complete control over all information on campus.
The upcoming budget is exciting.
Last session we repealed the
prevailing wage law, reduced bonding by hundreds of
millions of dollars and set a foundation to put
Wisconsin in a strong financial position going forward.
Not only do we now have a fully funded retirement system
and a healthy rainy day fund, we were able to add $200
million to K12 education. We now have an opportunity to
provide for our infrastructure, reduce taxes and take
another giant step towards zero bonding. While states
across the country are headed toward financial crisis,
Wisconsin is in a unique position.
2017 -18 Legislative session.
There are many things that will
require our attention moving forward. The state of
Wisconsin has its share of problems and opportunities
for improvement. Legislation that I will consider
Adding an additional step for medical
providers to help identify victims of human trafficking.
Expand the use of dogs to detect heroin
and other drugs in our schools.
Eliminate sanctuary cities in Wisconsin.
Limit school referendums that raise taxes
Lower the corporate tax rate to attract
new businesses to the state as well as to provide
incentive for existing companies to stay and expand.
I am extremely excited and looking forward to the
God Bless Wisconsin!
our Intern: Jared Heckman