Gov. Presents a Buyer's Remorse Budget Right now, the Legislature is in the budget-writing process and is reviewing Governor Evers’ buyer’s remorse budget. I could give you a mind-numbing list of the insane, record spending and tax hikes in his budget, but in the context of this column, I think the most important thing to share with ...
"Friends of Grocers" Award “Friend of Grocers” Award from the Wisconsin Grocers Association
Introduces COVID-19 “Safe Harbor” Liability Reform Legislation The bill would give a “safe harbor” liability exemption to owners, lessees, occupants, or individuals/entities in control of a premises as long as they follow public health orders and take reasonable precautions to protect the public.
Governor Evers Sides with Agitators, Blocking Board of Regents Free Speech Policy Governor Evers will kill a plan by UW-System Regents that would ensure free speech rights are protected on college campuses across Wisconsin.
Bartender’s License Bill Passes State Senate This bill would give local governments an option to reduce that time frame to just a day or two, meaning employees can get to work faster and employers can fill open positions.
Legislators' Letter to WisDOT - Road Reconstruction Delays Letter to WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson from concerned legislators regarding issues with a number of delays in road reconstruction projects in southeastern Wisconsin.
Request for Audit of Public Finance Authority An audit conducted by the Legislative Audit Bureau is now appropriate to evaluate the financial and organizational structure of the PFA.
Applications Being Accepted For 2020 Senate Scholar Program Senator Chris Kapenga and the Wisconsin State Senate are now accepting applications for the 2020 Senate Scholar Program, where high school juniors and seniors from around the state participate in a week-long, intensive program at the State Capitol.
Waukesha Area Legislators Introduce Bill to Lower Water Bills for Ratepayers It is estimated that a change from a 20-year to a 30-year repayment could save the average Waukesha residential ratepayer up to $56 a year.
Pewaukee Listening Session State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will host a listening session with State Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) at the Pewaukee Public Library on Wednesday, April 24th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Sussex Listening Session Listening session at Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Listening Sessions Announced Listening sessions are a great opportunity for constituents of the 33rd Senate District to stay informed on legislative topics, share ideas, and voice their opinion. I look forward to meeting and hearing from constituents on the issues that are important to them.
Senate Passes Income Tax Cut We have passed a tax cut plan that reduces income taxes on the middle class by using state surplus revenues. Thanks to eight years of sound fiscal planning by Republicans, our state is in a great place economically.
The State of our State is Strong Wisconsin is in great shape with the help of reforms that the Republican legislature and Governor Walker have made over the past eight years.
Senator Kapenga Sworn in for Second Senate Term “As we begin this new legislative session, I am committed to continuing moving Wisconsin forward along the path of prosperity. During my time in the legislature, I have worked hard to improve how government operates and ensure it moves to be more limited...
Senator Kapenga Named To Standing Committees Senator Chris Kapenga (R - Delafield) will serve as Vice Chairman of the Committee on Government Operations, Technology & Consumer Protection. He has also been reappointed as a member of the Committee on Labor & Regulatory Reform as well as the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Senator Kapenga Named Chair of Public Benefits, Licensing & State-Federal Relations Committee “I am excited to get back to serving as the chairman of the Public Benefits, Licensing & State-Federal Relations Committee, and want to thank Senator Fitzgerald for reappointing me as chairman for the upcoming legislative session.”
Sanfelippo and Kapenga Pleased with Endorsement of Direct Primary Care After the conclusion of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Direct Primary Care, State Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Senator Chris Kapenga expressed their appreciation for the committee’s efforts.
Senator Kapenga Statement on Paul Ryan Retirement from Congress Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following statement on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to retire from Congress.
State Senate Passes Wisconsin Works for Everyone Welfare Reform Package “Today we moved one step closer to making meaningful and effective changes that will transform the lives of those stuck in the generational cycle of poverty
Electric Vehicle Freedom Act Rep. Brooks and Sen. Kapenga release their new bill
Kapenga Statement on Vos "Terrorist" Comment Senator Kapenga's Statement concerning Robin Vos "Terrorist" comments
Foxconn Press Release Senator Kapenga Statement on Foxconn Vote
Op-Ed: Lowering Apprentice Ratio Good for Industry Wisconsin faces an impending shortage of workers in the skilled trades, which is why I introduced a bill that will ensure that Wisconsin contractors will have the ability to hire additional apprentices and fill open positions, while maintaining a safety standard that is recognized by many states across the nation.
Senators Stand in Opposition to New Trucking Taxes Wisconsin State Senators reiterated their continued opposition to raising taxes for the WisDOT.
Senator Kapenga Introduces Financial Literacy Bills State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), in conjunction with “Money Smart Week” in Wisconsin is introducing two bi-partisan bills aimed at improving financial literacy and allowing the promotion of better savings habits. Wisconsin joins a national effort during the week of April 23rd to further the goal of educating children and consumers on how to effectively and intelligently manage their personal finances.
Craig, Kapenga, Sanfelippo and Hutton Seek Greater Transparency on State Leases during Sunshine Week Senators David Craig, R-Town of Vernon, and Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, and Representatives Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, and Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, are celebrating sunshine week by introducing two bills that would bring greater transparency to government leasing practices.
Senator Kapenga Applauds Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty for Report on Occupational Licensing State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations released the following statement after the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) produced its second report highlighting how burdensome occupational licensing requirements restrain job growth, reduce mobility, and make it harder for people to find work.
Rep. Hutton & Sen. Kapenga Introduce Bill to Provide Accountability in Government Leasing Contracts This bill provides a tool for legislators and the public to better understand the state’s physical footprint costs. It’s a common sense approach used in the business sector that will translate well into the public sector, ensuring a more efficient and effective government.
Senator Kapenga Statement on WisDOT Audit Hearing Today’s hearing revealed that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of the problems at the DOT. We must further investigate practices at DOT ranging from how they select projects for construction to ensuring they have a competitive bidding process.
Senator Kapenga Statement on WisDOT Audit State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following statement after the Legislative Audit Bureau released its long-awaited audit of the State Highway Program within the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Senators David Craig & Chris Kapenga Send Letter to Congress on Federalism On Friday, Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) sent a letter to Congressman Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Chairman – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to request relief from Federal Regulations and Unfunded Mandates.
Kapenga Statement on Governor Walker’s Welfare Reform Proposal Governor Walker announced his welfare reform budget initiative, “Wisconsin Works for Everyone.” Following the announcement, Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), chair of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations, made the following statement.
Senator Kapenga Appointed Chairman of Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, & State-Federal Relations Senator Chris Kapenga was appointed to chair the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, & State-Federal Relations for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.
Some Madison politicians and special interests could double the gas tax on Wisconsinites A new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo states Wisconsinites would see a 28.1 cent per gallon gas tax increase if this effort had its way.
Letter to agency heads regarding budget requests On July 25th, Governor Walker delivered his budget instructions to your respective agency. Within those instructions he outlined new requirements, per 2015 Wisconsin Act 201 (the BASE Act), of all agencies to review the state operations portion of their base budget and submit a proposal that keeps spending flat and reduces spending by five percent for the forthcoming biennium.
Kapenga Statement on Right to Work Ruling "It's disappointing to see another activist Dane County judge play politics on the bench and throw out a law that has ultimately been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court."
Governor Walker Signs Four Kapenga Bills On Tuesday, Governor Walker signed four bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) into law. These bills addressed a number of issues ranging from property rights to budget reform.
State Senate Passes BASE Act On Tuesday, the state Senate passed the Budgetary Accountability for State Expenditures (BASE) Act.
Three Kapenga Bills Pass the Senate On Tuesday, three bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) passed the state Senate and are now waiting for passage in the state Assembly.
State Senate Votes to Protect the Right to Life and Human Decency On Wednesday, Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) led Senate Republicans in voting to protect the right to life and basic human decency during a regular session of the state Senate. Assembly Bill 310 and Senate Bill 238, co-authored by Kapenga and Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere), redirect funding that is currently sent to abortion providers.
Hutton and Kapenga Introduce Alternative Budgeting Proposal The legislation would require state agencies to submit to the legislature, in addition to their current biennial budget request, a proposal to reduce agency spending by 5% and a proposal based on 0% growth of current funding.
Statement on Syrian Refugee Crisis After contacting Governor Walker’s office on Saturday, I applaud his quick action in joining with fellow governors in calling on President Obama to not resettle additional Syrian refugees in Wisconsin.
Kapenga Statement on Passage of GAB and Campaign Finance Reform Bills Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement after the state Senate passed two bills aimed at protecting the integrity of elections and reforming campaign finance laws in Wisconsin.
Kapenga Introduces GAAP Constitutional Amendment State Senators Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and State Representatives Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and John Macco (R-Ledgeview) introduced legislation this week that would require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for state finances.
Kapenga to Serve as Chair of Senate Committee I look forward to serving as the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Benefit and Regulatory Reform, and working with my colleagues to find solutions to reform our public assistance programs and improve our regulatory environment.