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Reviewing My Summer Survey

Several weeks ago, I released my summer survey asking for your input on the issues facing Wisconsin. I was happy to hear from the more than 850 individuals who took the survey. After reviewing the results and reading the comments, my staff helped me organize the feedback to show you how the citizens of  the 33rd Senate District feel regarding these important issues. Here are the results:
Is Wisconsin heading in the right direction?
Yes: 71% No: 26 % Unsure: 3%
Wisconsin's outlook is strong and 71% of respondents believe we're heading in the right direction.
Do you support reforms to Wisconsin's budgeting process requiring agencies to justify current levels of funding before asking for an increase?
Yes: 90% No: 8% Unsure: 2%
At the end of the legislative session, the Legislature passed the BASE Act which adds accountability to Wisconsin's budgeting process.
Able-bodied adults who receive cash, food, housing, and medical assistance should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving those benefits.
Yes: 90% No: 8% Unsure: 2%
One of my legislative priorities is to ensure that accountability is restored to Wisconsin's public assistance programs. This is accomplished by cutting fraud and abuse, and increasing work requirements for able-bodied adults.
Currently, roughly one in five acres in Wisconsin is owned by the federal, state, or local government. Should the Legislature place limits on the amount of additional land it purchases for conservation?
Yes: 54% No: 44% Unsure: 2%
Do you support permitting individuals who have obtained concealed carry permits to carry a firearm on their person when traveling in their vehicle on school grounds to pick up their children?
Yes: 63% No: 35% Unsure: 2%
Of respondents, 63% favor the right to conceal carry a gun while picking up their children from school. I will continue to fight for your Second Amendment rights.
Do you believe that state government should budget using the same accounting principles (GAAP) that businesses do?
Yes: 83% No: 13% Unsure: 4%
This past session, my colleagues in the CPA caucus and I introduced a resolution that would require Wisconsin to use generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for its budget. As a CPA, I believe we can restore trust and accountability to our budget process by moving to a more honest way of accounting. 83% of respondents agree.
Do you support repeal of the minimum mark-up law?
Yes: 75% No: 19% Unsure: 6%
While minimum markup repeal was not passed this past session, it is sure to come up again next year. Four out of five respondents favor repeal.
Would you support verifying welfare applicants' financial assets, such as a home or savings, in order to preserve resources for the truly needy?
Yes: 89% No: 8% Unsure: 3%
Would you support suspending welfare benefits to parents who don't pay court-ordered​ child support?
Yes: 84% No: 12% Unsure: 4%
Would you support further steps to verify an individual's income before granting them government benefits?
Yes: 87% No: 9% Unsure: 4%
How do you think the Legislature should address the growth in the transportation budget?
Find and reduce inefficiencies: 82%
Better prioritize projects: 72%
Eliminate prevailing wage for state projects: 58%
Develop toll roads: 22%
Increase gas tax/registration fees: 22%
Increase borrowing: 4%
In the upcoming budget, we will have to carefully assess how to address the transportation budget. With your input, I will work to ensure we find and reduce inefficiencies and better prioritize projects.

Drive Now, Catch Pokémon Later

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is getting in on the Pokémon Go message bandwagon - warning people not to do it while driving. Message boards along Wisconsin's interstates are displaying the above image which says, "Drive now, catch Pokémon later."

Pokémon Go is also among the most heavily used apps on a daily basis since its launch. According to iOS usage data from Monday, users spent an average of 33 minutes a day playing the game. By comparison, the average iOS user spent 22 minutes on Facebook and 18 minutes on Snapchat.

However, according to data from SurveyMonkey, Pokémon Go is the most successful mobile game ever in the U.S. based on peak daily active users. As of July 11, the game boasted 21 million daily active users in the U.S., says SurveyMonkey, topping games like Candy Crush Saga and Draw Something.​

Pokémon Go uses augmented reality to place creatures and items in real locations. As you walk through the world, Pokémon Go uses your phone's GPS to alert you when you're close to a creature. When you turn on the camera, the Pokémon appears overlaid on whatever your phone sees, and players can flick Pokéballs with their fingers to capture them.

Traveling Wisconsin This Summer?

Looking for some fun travel destinations close to home? offers complimentary travel guides, event guides, fair guides, and many other travel resources. Looking for recreation? Travel Wisconsin also offers biking guides, campground directories, and golf course directories.

These are just a few of the resources available for free either by mail or PDF download. Click here to request a guide to ensure you can enjoy everything Wisconsin has to offer this summer.

Today in History

From The American Patriot's Almanac
1798 - Congress passes the Sedition Act, making it a crime to publish false, scandalous, or malicious writings about the United States government.
1853 - The first World's Fair to be held in the United States opens in New York City.
1881 - Outlaw William H. Bonney ("Billy the Kid") is shot and killed by former friend Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
1913 - Gerald Ford, the thirty-eighth U.S. president, is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
1965 - The space probe Mariner 4 flies by Mars, sending back the first close-up photos of that planet.
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