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Two Anniversaries This Week

As we get ready to turn our clocks ahead on Sunday, I'd like to turn the clock back this week and look at the anniversaries of two important conservative reforms.

Supporting Worker Freedom


One year ago Wednesday, on March 9, 2015, Governor Walker signed 2015 Act 1 into law, making Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state. Right to work guarantees workers the freedom to choose whether or not to be in a union, so let's take a look at the results so far.

The key factor in passing right to work was that it promotes worker freedom. Today, we see that when given the choice to decide whether or not a worker's union membership is worth the union dues, more and more workers are deciding to keep their hard-earned paychecks. In 2015, 83,000 workers exercised this freedom, deciding not to continue their union membership.

Since Wisconsin became a right-to-work state, unions have had to justify and find ways to increase their value to the employees they represent. If they don't, employees have the freedom to represent themselves and keep their union dues.


When I was elected to the Assembly in 2010, I made it a priority to protect worker freedom in Wisconsin. Last year, that goal was realized when I helped to introduce the right-to-work bill in the Assembly, and it was signed into law. One year later, Wisconsin's workers are free to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union, without worrying about losing their job.

Act 10 Saves Wisconsin's Fiscal Outlook

Another important reform has a big anniversary this week. Five years ago, on March 11, 2011, Act 10 was signed into law. Let's take a look at how the reform has benefited the entire state over the past five years:
 
In five years, Wisconsin has saved $5.24 billion thanks to Act 10's reforms. That comes out to $910 in savings per citizen of Wisconsin, or $2,291 in savings for every household in Wisconsin. Almost 500 units of government have saved more than $1 million, more than 100 have saved more that $6 million, and 20 have saved more than $20 million.

How have these savings been utilized? The benefits have been widespread. School boards have been able to purchase new equipment to help teachers in the classroom, local governments have used the saving to balance their budgets, and property tax cuts have been made possible.

Since the enactment of Act 10, the entire state is in a much better place today. School districts and local governments across Wisconsin have used savings to improve public education and balance budgets. Five years later, Wisconsin is much better off thanks to Act 10.
Good News for Waukesha County
There was good news for of Waukesha County's employment outlook last week. On Friday, big box retailer Meijer announced that it is opening a new store in Sussex this summer. The store will be located on Highway 164 and Highway K, and Meijer will be hiring 280 employees to staff the new store. The positions that are being filled include cashiers, receiving, customer service, meat cutters, clerks, and cake decorators.

The news of the Sussex store opening comes on the back of the highly-anticipated opening of the Waukesha location. Meijer is currently accepting applications to fill any open positions at greatjobsatmeijer.com.

The opening of this new business continues the steady economic growth that we have seen in Waukesha County. I look forward to seeing the county continue to grow in the coming years.
Remember to Spring Forward
Daylight savings time begins this Sunday. Remember to set you clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night!

I also want to ask that you be sure to drive carefully on Monday morning. Statistically, the Monday following the start of daylight savings is among the most dangerous on the roads, so be sure to be safe on the roads on your way to work.

Take My Survey

As mentioned last week, I am currently conducting a spring survey. Based on your responses, my office will be working on your priorities over the summer months to prepare for next session. If you already completed the survey, additional responses will be omitted from the final results. If you have not, please take a few minutes to let me know what you think.
Take My Spring Survey

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

Please join me for one of my town hall meetings in April or May. During these meetings, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at Sen.Kapenga@legis.wi.gov or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.
It was great to join Congressman Sensenbrenner and Representative Duchow for a town hall meeting in Hartland last Saturday. I always enjoy meeting constituents face-to-face and hearing what you have to say. Thank you for coming out!

Today in History

 
1888 - One of the worst blizzards in U.S. history hits the Northeast, killing some 400 people.
1918 - The first U.S. cases of the Spanish flu are reported, an epidemic that kills 600,000 Americans and tens of millions worldwide.
1941 - President Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Bill, which provides war supplies to countries fighting the Axis Powers.
1960 - NASA launches Pioneer 5, one of the first probes to explore the solar system.
2002 - Two columns of light beam skyward from ground zero in New York City in tribute to victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
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33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
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Madison, WI 53708
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Saturday, March 12
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