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The Joint Finance Committee is busy working this month and the next in crafting a state budget that will represent the interests of all Wisconsinites.

Governor Evers initially introduced a budget proposal filled to the brim with policy and tax raises.

The introduction of tax increases and divisive policy was to build the budget on a foundation of sand. Due to this, Joint Finance Committee stripped the budget to "base", so they are now working off of the old budget.

The Legislature now has the job of building a budget that reflects the needs of everyday Wisconsinites.

I sent out a budget survey to nearly 20,000 homes, asking for your thoughts on different provisions. Those that did not receive one can fill one out online.

Fill out your budget survey here. 

While the results are not yet fully tallied, I do have a handful of priorities that I'm confident reflect the needs of Northwestern Wisconsin.

I'm advocating for the lowest tax burden possible. I understand COVID-19 changed some state government priorities, but Wisconsin citizens are struggling. The state budget shouldn't make living here harder. 

The state should also be spending billions of dollars in new federal funding in a smart way instead of handing it out in a politically advantageous way. The extra federal government money should be used partly to help the state save money in our rainy day fund.

This weekend marks the beginning of the St. Croix Falls Farmers Market. On Saturday, May 22nd, you can pick up fresh veggies, honey, and so much more in front of the St. Croix Falls library. For more information, you can follow the Farmers Market's Facebook.

If you'd like to connect with me and stay up to date with what I'm doing in the Capitol, I suggest following my Facebook. It's the most up-to-date resource for constituents, and a great way to connect. 

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