Issues

Job Creation

Wisconsin’s economy is growing at a moderate pace according to the Department of Revenue.  It’s expected job growth will continue in 2013 and an average of 3,000 jobs will be added per month.  To continue bolstering our economy, we need to ensure the state is doing what it can to recruit and retain businesses by putting in place reasonable regulations.  There are also many businesses in Wisconsin with job openings that are looking for skilled workers.  Moving forward, we need to continue addressing workforce training issues and will work with colleges and the private sector to enhance job training efforts.

Income Tax Reform

There is a need for a complete review of the tax credits/deductions that are in currently place in order to make the tax code fairer and less complex for businesses and families.

  • In the past decade, Wisconsin has doubled the number of differences between state and federal income tax law, tripled the number of tax credits, and increased pages of instruction by 20%.
  • 52 tax credits/deductions in place, a number of which are claimed by less than 100 individuals.
  • The last time Wisconsin looked at the state tax code was in 1999 and it’s overdue for a revamp and a simplification

Regulatory Reform

As a former small business owner, I know firsthand how regulations affect employers and employees. Thousands of dollars in costs are added to small businesses because of unneeded and outdated government rules and regulations. For this reason I am proud of the Assembly Republicans plan to reform the rulemaking process and improve the way in which government operates. Last month, we unveiled the “Right the Rules” initiative.

The goal is to ensure a friendly employer environment and eliminate waste while protecting Wisconsin’s citizens and industries.  Under the plan, committees will do an extensive review of the 1,678 chapters and 11,764 pages of Wisconsin Administrative Code that impact small business owners, local governments, manufacturers, and individual residents in Wisconsin.  Regulations will be sent to various committees in the Assembly, where committee members will review them and hold public hearings.

Education investment

Improve accountability in our school systems, improve teacher training, and lay the foundation for our children to succeed. We need to look at putting more money into schools where it’s needed.

With that said, the reforms we put in place last session are working, and schools have been given greater flexibility to balance their budgets, without impacting the quality of education in our state.  We’ve been able to do all of this while continuing to limit the property tax burden.

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