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The State of Our State

I think it’s important to look at the positives, and this is what Governor Evers did during his State of the State address on Tuesday. But all is not well. It’s true, the economy is booming, jobs are plentiful, and wages are up. It’s half-true that he gave Wisconsinites a tax cut. To clarify, the Governor proposed a $1 billion tax increase in his budget, but ended up signing the $3.4 billion tax cuts from the Republican-crafted budget.

Moving forward, the Governor’s only promise to Wisconsinites is to spend an awful lot of money. There is no magic money tree in Wisconsin or in Washington. Federal money is still your money and my money. The massive federal stimulus dollars that were printed out of thin air is what’s driving the highest inflation in over 40 years. Those dollars will need to be paid back, and it will be on the backs of our kids and grandkids.

With regard to caring for our kids, I agree that it’s necessary to address the increasing need for mental health services. But don’t forget much of that need was driven by Governor Evers’ policy to shut down schools, putting our kids in isolation, and the enforcement of draconian mandates in a population that is at low risk. Tony Evers is the Governor of “government knows best so parents who disagree should shut up and obey.”

Lastly, let’s not forget our state’s current crime pandemic, fostered by our Governor and those in his party who elevated criminal rights above the rights of victims, and publically shame our law enforcement officers. Noticeably, he didn’t mention the horrific incident in Waukesha.

Yes, our state has things we can celebrate, but I disagree we are better off with Tony Evers as Governor. To woefully neglect to address the top issues of our state points out once again his inability to effectively lead us forward.

The Senate passed a number of bills during our February 15th floor session related to addressing our workforce shortage, Covid vaccine mandates, and acts of vandalism.

Covid Immunity (SB 675)
Regular testing or proof of vaccination has become a requirement for many businesses. This bill would require businesses to recognize natural immunity in lieu of these other requirements.

Unemployment Benefits (SB 547)
Typically, someone who quits a job is ineligible to receive unemployment insurance. This bill would allow for an exemption if someone quits a job if vaccination for Covid was a requirement to continue employment.

Covid Vaccines (SB 721)
Many employers are requiring Covid vaccinations for their employees. This bill would allow anyone injured from a vaccination to be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits from the employer.

Proof of Vaccination (AB 299)
Showing a vaccination card has become a requirement in order to enter some businesses and venues. The bill would prevent any government entity or business from requiring proof of the Covid vaccine in order for someone to receive services of that business.

Historical Property Graffiti (AB 776)
Certain damage to state-owned property is already considered a felony. This bill would make it a Class I felony to damage or graffiti any structure, plaque, statue, painting, or other monument of commemorative or historical significance that is maintained by the state, county, or municipality.

Today in History | February 19, 2022 from The American Patriot’s Almanac

1878 - Thomas Edison receives a patent for the phonograph.

1945 - U.S. Marines begin a horrific struggle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.

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