March 15, 2019
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Reading the Fine Print

As I mentioned in a previous e-update, I am hard at work reading and analyzing the proposed budget that Governor Tony Evers announced late last month. While reading the fine print, I noticed some interesting details that contradict what I believe Wisconsin stands for and what the Governor himself promised during his campaign.

One of the policy proposals that the Governor announced that really stood out to me was his plan for a tuition break at Wisconsin colleges and universities for undocumented immigrants. A deeper dive into this policy shows that he only requires them to meet very few criteria to be eligible. To receive the proposed tuition break, a student would only need to graduate or get a GED from a Wisconsin high school, have three years of continuous presence in the state and proof of application or intent to apply for a permanent resident visa.

It also seems as though the Governor plans to break a major campaign promise. This fall at a campaign stop, Governor Evers announced that he was 'planning to raise no taxes', and I was hopeful that he would keep this promise. However, after digging deeper into the budget, I noticed that the Governor has proposed increasing taxes by OVER $1 billion. Over the past eight years Republicans have reduced your taxes by $8 billion, and the Governor already wants to undo the progress that has been made. The state has $1.8 billion in new revenues available for the next budget which is the most in at least the last 20 years. There is no need to raise your tax burden.

As I continue my reading of the Governor's budget proposals I will make sure to keep you informed on the areas that I agree and disagree with Governor Evers. As always, I encourage you to follow my updates on social media or contact my office directly with your questions.  Best wishes on your weekend!


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Congratulation Susie Patterson from Al & Al’s Stein Haus

Susie Patterson, owner of Al & Al’s Stein Haus in Sheboygan, was honored as the Restaurateur of the Year by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. The industry’s top honor, the Restaurateur of the Year award is given to an owner who demonstrates participation and service to the restaurant association, success within their own restaurant and contributions to their community. Congratulations Susie!


American Legion Turns 100

The American Legion turns 100 years old this week. The organization has a commitment to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and devotion to fellow service members and veterans. To read more about the beginnings of the American Legion, click here.

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