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Reviewing My Spring Survey

Several weeks ago, I released my spring survey asking for your input on the issues facing Wisconsin. I was happy to hear from the more than 400 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?
Wisconsin's outlook is strong and 77% 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?
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.
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.
What best represents your position on gun ownership?
Of respondents, 80% favor the right to own a gun over added restrictions. I will continue to fight for your Second Amendment rights.
What best represents your position on abortion?
This past session, pro-life legislation was a priority. Of respondents, 83% favor limiting abortion in Wisconsin.
Do you support repeal of the minimum mark-up law?
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.
Do you feel it should be a priority of the Legislature to reduce the tax burden on Wisconsin citizens?
When I was first elected, I promised to make tax cuts my priority. Today, I continue to fight to protect your hard-earned paychecks, and 83% of respondents agree that this should be our priority.
How do you think the Legislature should address the growth in the transportation budget?
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.
If Wisconsin were faced with a budget surplus, how would you like to see those funds used?
Tax cuts remained a top priority of respondents. I also reviewed many alternate uses for surplus funds in the comments.
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School Choice Bill Signing

This Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 467 into law adding Christian Schools International to the list of approved accrediting agencies under Wisconsin's statewide school choice program.

School Groups Visit Madison

Thank you to Summit View Elementary and Hillcrest Elementary for visiting the Capitol last week!
Touring the Capitol is a great activity if you are looking for sightseeing activities during your visit to Madison. If you would like to set up a group tour, please call my staff at (608) 266-9174 or visit to learn more.

Attend an Upcoming Town Hall

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 or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Today in History

From The American Patriot's Almanac
1854 - In Tokyo, Commodore Matthew Perry signs a treaty opening Japanese ports to American trade.
1880 - Wabash, Indiana, becomes the first U.S. town with a totally electric streetlight system (four lights powered by a steam engine).
1896 - Chicago inventor Whitcomb Judson patents a "hookless fastener," an early zipper.
1933 - Congress establishes the Civilian Conservation Corps to help put men to work during the Depression.
1970 - Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, reenters the atmosphere after twelve years in orbit.
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