May 17, 2019

Strong Financial Shape

Wisconsin's projected revenues will be $753 million higher than previously thought according to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

These new projections reflect a strong economy and the impact of the reforms made over the past eight years by Republicans.

My Republican colleagues and I in the Assembly intend to use this money in a fiscally responsible manner by growing the rainy day fund, providing tax relief or paying down debt.

By refusing to spend in a way that we can't afford, you can be confident that we'll continue to be good stewards of your tax dollars.

As we progress through the budget process, we're committed to supporting priorities that will continue to grow and move the state forward.

Just this past week, I voted in the Joint Finance Committee to approve $25 million in new money for Wisconsin Technical Colleges to help train Wisconsin's future workforce, while also providing funding for numerous workforce development programs.

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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A Vote to Protect Life

I have always been a passionate advocate for protecting life here in Wisconsin; in fact, my passion on this issue is part of why I decided to enter public service. Then in February, my Republican colleagues and I reaffirmed this commitment. This week the Assembly Republicans fulfilled this promise by passing a package of four bills in response to disturbing rise in efforts from around the nation to make late-term abortions legal up to the moment of birth. 

Among the provisions in this package are the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, which requires a provider present at the time of a failed abortion to provide the same level of professional care to the surviving child as they would to any other child; and the Sex Selective, Genetic Disorder Abortion Ban which bans abortions from being performed solely due to the race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or potential diagnosis of a congenital disability of the unborn child. 

In 2017, the number of induced abortions went up in Wisconsin for the first time since 2009. Before this increase, Wisconsin had seen seven consecutive years of falling numbers of abortions. 

In addition to the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Act, and the Sex Selective, Genetic Disorder Abortion Ban, the package also contained the Woman’s Right to Know Act to ensure that any woman who is prescribed an abortion pill regimen understands that she may still be able to save her baby, and a guarantee that taxpayer funds will not subsidize abortion providers in any way.


Record Unemployment in Wisconsin Continues

Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 2.8% in April. This marks the 15th consecutive month of unemployment at or below 3%!


2019 Spring Survey

In the coming days you should be receiving my 2019 Spring Survey in the mail. This is a chance for you to tell me what issues are important to you and where you think Wisconsin is heading. So make sure to lookout for the budget survey in the mail or save a stamp and fill it out online here

Office of Rep. Terry Katsma
State Capitol, Room 306 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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