State Representative Janel
The Wisconsin State Senate
introduced their preliminary budget this week.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and other top
Senate Republicans held a news conference introducing their
page proposal. The senate version eliminates prevailing
wage, protects most of the Governors education increases
and increases bonding for roads. The budget also
eliminates personal property tax, the forestry mill tax
and the alternative minimum tax. Senator Fitzgerald also
pointed out that the senate was "just not comfortable"
raising taxes to fund DOT because there are still too
many reforms that need to come first. I think the move
by the senate is a positive step towards getting a
budget that moves us in the right direction even if it is
just inches right now.
Shortly after the Senate proposal
was unveiled, Governor Walker met with Speaker Vos and
Senate Leader Fitzgerald. Although right now the
still evolving, it appears that there has
been a tentative proposal to trade $200 million of
proposed income tax cuts for less bonding for road
projects. The Assembly leadership team has
accepted that proposal. Read the letter
I will continue to fight for a
more responsible budget that cuts more waste and
unneeded spending, decreases the tax burden on working
families and entrepreneurs, with as little bonding as
protect future generations.
News For Workers
The economy is doing
well and that means more and more jobs are being
created. Not only are there more jobs available, but
employers find themselves competing for needed workers.
This competition has resulted in increased wages for low
level employees. A rising tide lifts all shifts
and lower income workers are feeling the benefits.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that lower income
wages are rising faster than other income levels due to
simple supply and demand. Sorry Seattle, economic
growth Trumps artificial wage mandates.
Wisconsin is in the
running to land the highly publicized Foxconn deal. The
7 billion dollar
investment could mean up to 10,000 jobs
Oshkosh, Inc is also gearing up for a 165 million dollar
contract from the US Army and is in the running for a
one billion dollar contract from the UK. Keep your fingers
crossed, but things are looking up.
Every year I send out
a survey to my constituents (postal logistics and
economic considerations prevent the survey from reaching
everyone). Although we must realize that such surveys
are unscientific, they serve as a sounding board for
citizens and assist me in representing the 22nd Assembly
District. The survey input comes from duel
sources, the paper survey that was mailed and the online
survey available on my website.
1. How do you think
Wisconsin is doing as a state?
266 respondents were pleased with the direction we are
headed while 137 were unhappy.
2. Our top 2017 budget
priorities should be... The top answer was
cutting taxes, followed by reducing crime and funding
3. UW - Madison is
ranked 7th in the Big Ten for tuition. 163 people want
tuition to increase at the rate of inflation, 155 people
support a freeze while 133 want a tuition cut.
4. To reduce fraud in
the welfare system we should... 334 want photo ID
cards for food stamps, 307 support drug testing, 298
feel work should be required and 284 would support
restrictions on junk food.
203 respondents feel that abortion should be illegal in
most cases while 127 feel it should illegal in all
cases. 30 people said abortion should be legal in
God Bless Wisconsin!
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