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Operation We Love Our Troops

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Assembly Republicans are conducting an effort to collect and ship care packages to Wisconsin troops stationed overseas. On Monday, I asked (without forewarning) the Fond du Lac Noon Rotary during our weekly meeting to contribute to the cause by dropping a few dollars in a basket as they exited. As you can see from the photo, they were quite generous--nearly $400 was contributed to the cause! Thanks to my fellow Rotarians for exemplifying the benevolence of the community in which I am blessed to live and serve, but most of all thanks to our armed forces who sacrifice much to protect and advance the cause of freedom!

Session Success

I am proud of the Assembly’s accomplishments that focused on creating a better future for Wisconsin. From prioritizing our kids, seniors, and most vulnerable Wisconsinites, to paving the way for our middle class and rural areas to continue to grow and thrive, the commitment to conservative values has resulted in a Wisconsin that continues moving forward.

Even in divided government, we were able to keep moving the needle and delivering on the promises and goals we set forth at the beginning of 2019. By passing a conservative budget and focusing on key legislative initiatives, kids, farmers, taxpayers, seniors, and future Wisconsinites can be certain that we will continue lowering taxes to drive low unemployment, maintaining the level of prosperity in our state. With water quality being an  especially important issue, I worked diligently to advance the bipartisan task force’s recommendations and authored a bill to remove lead from our drinking water in our schools. We are investing in clean water for future generations.

During our final regular floor session, the Assembly approved a plan to provide short-term and long-term relief to farmers and the agricultural industry. Those bills received bipartisan support similar to roughly 90% of the bills and resolutions that have received during this floor session.

Tax Plan Vetoed

For the 2nd time as Governor, Tony Evers vetoed a tax cut. Because of this, the budget surplus that you have produced is likely to stay in the hands of the state until the next budget rather than being returned to you for your use. The Governor's reasoning for his veto was that none of the money would have gone to public schools. His reasoning was that none of the money would have gone to public schools. The chart below shows healthy increases to schools in the last 5 state budgets. The problems in Wisconsin's public schools are not a consequence of a lack of funding. It is a lack of a coherent focus on proven, science-based methodology in reading instruction impacting nearly every aspect of the student learning. It is poor student behavioral management policies empowered by administrators/school boards and lack of support for teachers who attempt to initiate appropriate discipline. It is a cross-curricular focus on social justice issues rather than academics, even though our state has the worst racial achievement gap in the nation. No amount of money will improve our schools' outcomes if we don't address these issues.

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Authored Legislation Highlights - February Floor Session

The following pieces of legislation are bills I authored that passed the Assembly during our last two scheduled floor sessions on February 18th and 20th. Please feel free to click on the bill links to analyze further. If you are supportive of any of these bills, please call the Governor's office at (608) 266-1212 and urge him to sign them!

AB 459 - Cursive Writing - Awaiting Governor's signature

AB 476 - School lead bill (Attached as Amendment 2 to AB 797) - Awaiting vote in Senate

AB 660 - Complex Rehabilitative Technology - Awaiting Governor's signature

AB 662 - Kindergarten Readiness - Awaiting Governor's signature

AB 674 - License Fee Waivers for Vet' Spouses - Awaiting vote in Senate

AB 849 - Course Choice - Awaiting Senate vote

Spring Newsletter

As always, in the even year of every legislative session, I will be sending out my spring newsletter via mail in the coming weeks. It will summarize my term for this session. Anyone who is a constituent of the 52nd District in my database (which already includes every constituent that receives an E-Update) will get one. Keep an eye out towards the end of March. I value your feedback after you receive it!

Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, February 28 – National Science Day
  • Saturday, February 29 – Leap Day
  • Sunday, March 1 – National Pig Day
  • Monday, March 2 – National Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Tuesday, March 3 – National Anthem Day
  • Wednesday, March 4 – National Sons Day
  • Thursday, March 5 – National Cheese Doodle Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - February 28
  • 1784 – John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church.
  • 1878 – Congress overrode US President Rutherford B. Hayes' veto of the Bland-Allison Act, requiring the Treasury to buy a certain amount of silver and put it into circulation as silver dollars.
  • 1933 – German President Paul von Hindenburg abolished free expression of opinion.
  • 1960 – The United States won its first Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Squaw Valley with a 9-4 win over Czechoslovakia.
  • 2005 – Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister, Omar Karami, resigned amid large anti-Syria street demonstrations in Beirut.