State Budget Signed, Medical Freedom in Wisconsin

 

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In This Issue

  1. State Budget Signed  
  2. Medical Freedom in Wisconsin
  3. In the District - Hales Corners Park & Pool 
  4. In the District - MHS Robotics Team Wins 
  5. Contacting My Office

Governor Takes Credit Where Credit Isn't Due 

Governor Evers signed the 2021-2023 biennial budget – an $87.5 billion, two-year state spending plan.

The state budget consumes most of the state legislature’s attention after an election year and rightly so. It touches nearly every point of contact with Wisconsin residents from driving on the roads (Department of Transportation), to going to the store (Department of Revenue), to home, school (Department of Public Instruction), work (Department of Safety and Professional Services), and even vacation (Travel Wisconsin and Department of Natural Resources).

With so many state agencies, it is easy to see how government can keep growing bigger. I believe part of my job here in Madison is to make sure government stays out of your pockets. When Governor Evers introduced the budget, it raised taxes by over $1 billion. That is a far cry from his promise to cut taxes by 10%. After the legislature removed hundreds of policy items and expenditures to grow state bureaucracy, a budget was passed that cut taxes by more than $3.4 billion. Legislative Republicans kept the governor’s campaign promise.

While still fully funding the state's commitment of 2/3 education costs, increases in healthcare, including nearly $170 million in long-term care, the budget that Governor Evers signed still contained a tax cut that sends $3.4 billion back to the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

The governor took credit for the tax cuts in this budget, but it’s disingenuous. I’m proud that we have a good budget thanks to the Republican majority in the legislature, to move Wisconsin forward out of a pandemic and into the future.


Medical Freedom in Wisconsin 

I recently had the opportunity to address the topic of medical freedom in Wisconsin.

We need to ensure medical privacy in our travels and personal experiences. The types of government intrusion we are seeing in our country, including from President Biden who wants to send out his "volunteers" to go door-to-door to take note of who has or hasn't gotten a vaccine is totalitarian.

Our liberties are under attack in the name of the "greater good." We need to pray and to continue to recruit and encourage others to stand together to fight and protect religious exemptions, medical exemptions, and personal exemptions - in the workplace, and public and private locations.

Below is in an update of legislation introduced this session: 

Assembly Bill 1 - "COVID Package" - created immunity from civil liability for a COVID-19-related injury or death in the workplace; prohibited COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers, the Department of Health Services (DHS), and local health officers. 

Governor Evers vetoed on February 5, 2021. 

AB 23 - prohibits DHS and local health officers from requiring individuals to receive a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and any variant or mutation of said virus. 

Governor Evers vetoed on April 23, 2021.

AB 25 - prohibits employers from requiring employees or prospective employees to receive a COVID vaccine or any variant or mutation of said vaccine as a condition of employment. 

Passed the Assembly on March 23, 2021; not taken up by the Senate to date. 

AB 132 - protecting one's privacy in regard to immunization-related mail. 

Passed the Assembly on June 22, 2021; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 299 - "Vaccine Passport" - prohibiting proof of vaccination for COVID-19 as a condition of receiving business and government services. 

Passed the Assembly on June 16, 2021; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 303 - prohibits any business or legal entity in any enterprise in the state from discriminating against any customer, client, or potential customer or client based on that person's vaccination record. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 309 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of vaccination status. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 316 - "Vaccine Passport" - forbids the state and any governmental entity from discriminating against any person based on whether the person has received a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or is able to show proof of having received such a vaccine. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 

AB 347 - prohibits UW System institutions and tech colleges from requiring testing for, or vaccination against, the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

Passed in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics on June 9, 2021; awaiting a full vote in the Assembly; awaiting a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Health. 


In the District

 

 

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of volunteering at the Hales Corners Park and Pool community fundraiser at Festival Foods. It was an awesome day. The funds are used to keep the Hales Corners Park and Pool open and operating. Funds are also being raised for the ice rink and Veterans shelter projects. The next community fundraiser will be July 31 from 10 AM to 5 PM. You can sign up to help by visiting the Hales Corners Park and Pool Facebook page

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Congratulations to the WarriorBots #6421 for winning the Lakeshore Scrimmages. The 2021 Muskego High School robotics team competed in the FIRST competition, worked hard and persevered to claim this. Congratulations to everyone involved!

 



Contacting My Office

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