Senator Kapenga's E-Update
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Pewaukee Listening Session
Please join me for my town hall meeting in Pewaukee tomorrow night. During this meeting, I will be available to answer questions and hear from you about important issues at the state and local levels. Here are the details:

Pewaukee Village Hall
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As always, if you are unable to attend these office hours, and you have any comments or questions, please email me at or give me a call at (608) 266-9174.

Keeping Government Agencies Accountable

Many of you may remember Act 201 (the BASE Act). The law requires state agencies to include in their biennial budget requests plans to reduce their spending by five percent and to maintain current spending levels for all state operations, with a few exceptions. As part of our duty as legislators, Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and I are following through on our promise to protect taxpayer dollars by contacting each agency head in order to remind them of their responsibilities under the new law. Here is a copy of the letter that we are sending to the head of each agency:

August 16th, 2016
Dear Agency Head,
On July 25th, Governor Walker delivered his budget instructions to your respective agency.  Within those
instructions he outlined new requirements, per 2015 Wisconsin Act 201 (the BASE Act), of all agencies to review the state operations portion of their base budget and submit a proposal that keeps spending flat and reduces spending by five percent for the forthcoming biennium. 
Like Governor Walker, we firmly believe that operating a more effective government is essential to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.  In order to achieve this, we need to regularly re-examine our practices, priorities, and programs in relation to the services our agencies provide.
As business owners, we both routinely perform similar exercises and understand the importance of offering the highest quality of service in the most productive means possible. As legislators, we also want to be held accountable for the bills we pass and make every effort to assist agencies during their implementation.
To that end, we thought it was important for us to communicate our legislative intent so you have the proper context when preparing your budget proposals over the coming weeks.  There are two main focal points we see as opportunities for review:
  1. Finding efficiencies within agency operations that may include items such as:
    1. Engaging and encouraging personnel on where they see areas for improvement in current processes;
    2. Optimizing personnel capacity as individual responsibilities and workloads fluctuate;
    3. Maximization of space and capital asset utilization;
    4. Consolidation of resources, such as IT services, that would allow for cost savings; and
    5. Collaboration with fellow agencies regarding opportunities to share expertise and resources.
  2. Locating and proposing the elimination of programs that are not accomplishing their originally intended statutory purpose, including those not achieving desired performance metrics.
In the interest of transparency, we respectfully request that your proposals also outline specifics on how your identified potential savings may be generated. This will provide useful insight to the Legislature and governor as agency operations are prioritized.
Under Governor Walker’s leadership, and with your assistance, we can continue to make Wisconsin the best state to live, work and play.  We thank you for your continued service to the state of Wisconsin.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our offices if we can offer any clarification or assistance during your budget process.

Senator Chris Kapenga
33rd Senate District
Representative Rob Hutton
13th Assembly District
News and Events from Around the District
Two weeks ago, I joined other Waukesha area legislators at the Waukesha County Business Alliance meeting to discuss infrastructure and the future of transportation funding. The debate is whether we have a revenue shortfall or if we are spending too much. The facts show the latter, as fees and taxes related to transportation have continued to increase since President Obama attempted his stimulus package, which failed miserably. Unfortunately, this increase got the bureaucrats at the DOT and special interest groups in the transportation industry addicted to spending levels that are unsustainable.

We have to back to responsible spending and completing projects on regular intervals that make sense economically. I fully support Governor Walker in holding the line on taxes, as we are already in the top five most heavily taxed states.
Following the Waukesha County Business Alliance meeting, I attended the grand opening of the new Meijer in Waukesha. It was great to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebrate another business bringing over 350 jobs to the district. Additionally, Meijer donated $25,000 to the City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, to make improvements to Cutler Park, and to Waukesha Public Library.
As part of the 2020 Vision Project, Governor Walker has been holding listening sessions around the state in order to connect with citizens and promote positive discussion regarding our state's future. We had a great turnout at the listening session at Waukesha County Technical College on August 4, and it was good to see so many citizens engage in the discourse.
It was educational to stop by Pillar Technologies for their open house last week! To learn more about the work that they do, go to
The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Program held its summer luncheon last week, and I had the honor of presenting the YES interns with legislative citations. It was encouraging to see how many students are utilizing this educational program in order to further prepare themselves for their future careers!

To learn more about the program, click here.

Today in History

1777 - A Patriot force routs British troops near Bennington, Vermont.
1780 - British troops inflict heavy losses on a Patriot army at Camden, South Carolina.
1790 - George Washington sails to New England on a goodwill tour.
1812 - An American force surrenders Fort Detroit to a British and Indian force during the War of 1812.
1898 - Edwin Prescott patents a roller coaster with a loop-the-loop, which he installs in 1900 at Coney Island, New York.
1977 - Elvis Presley, age forty-two, dies at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Connect with Chris

(608) 266-9174
(800) 863-8883

33rd Senate District
15 South
State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53708
Listening Sessions
Pewaukee Listening Session
Wednesday, August 17
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pewaukee Village Hall

Dousman Listening Session
Wednesday, September 14
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dousman Village Hall

Delafield Listening Session
Wednesday, October 19
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Delafield Town Hall

Waukesha Listening Session
Wednesday, November 16
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waukesha City Hall
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