I am proud to have the honor of representing the residents of Northeast Wisconsin in the State Assembly. While doing so, I have put your needs ahead of those of government. I have worked to promote economic growth, invest in our children’s future, reduce your taxes and protected our seniors.
As the Assembly Chair of the Joint Finance Committee my team and I worked diligently. We committed an additional 300 million dollars to public education, reinvested in our workforce, provided parents additional educational choice and for the first time ever frooze college tuition at the UW System. Thru financial restraint, prudent fiscal management and government reform we were able to turn what was a 3.6 billion dollar deficit in 2011, into nearly a billion dollar surplus today.
In the not so recent past a surplus would have meant a spending spree for state government and a financial burden for future generations. Todays legislature choose a different path, we except the fact that it is your money not ours, we are simply stewards of your tax dollars and we believe if we are collecting too much it should go back to the people. That’s why in the past 3 years we have reduced taxes by over 2 billion dollars. We have reduced income taxes for all citizens, and taken significant steps to reduce the property taxes homeowners pay. I am proud to say that in 2014 property taxes are lower than they were in 2010 statewide.
We have a great deal more work to be done to but we have changed the path for Wisconsin, we are on our way to economic prosperity and job growth. Wisconsin has found the leadership that will move our state in the right direction and I am proud to be part of that team.
I share the hard working values and common sense thinking of the residents of Northeast Wisconsin.
These are the characteristics that will help us to continue Wisconsin on the right path and move us forward.