Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Two dozen residents - a mix of liberals and conservatives - attended Speaker Robin Vos' first listening session in the 63rd Assembly District since the lines were redrawn.
Speaker Robin Vos' first listening session in the new 63rd Assembly District drew a small crowd of about 25 residents from both sides of the aisle. Vos, R-Burlington, visited Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Monday. Scheduled to last an hour, Vos stayed an extra half hour to continue the conversations sparked by questions from constituents. Topics jumped all over the map from vouchers to to public transportation and expanding mental health services. Vos said he thinks public education does a great job for the majority of kids, but vouchers give parents another choice for when the public schools can't meet a child's needs. But Vos' former high school teacher, Tim Mocarski, challenged Vos by telling him private school has …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Some believe the state is too generous with its unemployment benefits and it's a financial burden to employers while others believe business owners need to stop using the cost of entitlements as a crutch.
The state of Wisconsin is looking at overhauling the unemployment insurance program for a variety of reasons including: reducing fraud, easing the financial burden on the state and employers, and making the state's trust fund solvent. A number of proposed changes to the state's unemployment insurance are being circulated in a memo from Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council and state Rep., Robin Vos (R-Rochester) backed the changes in a blog he did last week. "The changes will strengthen the state’s U-I trust fund without burdening Wisconsin employers, and will protect those who deserve unemployment compensation," Vos said. In the comments section of that blog James Anspaugh said: I own a business and know the unemployment tax keeps me …
Friday, March 29, 2013
A round table discussion was split along party lines, but everyone agreed that to make sure Racine Unified gets what it needs, officials need information.
Legislators for the Racine Unified community met with school board members and lead administration Thursday to talk about the future of funding for the district. Democratic Representatives Cory Mason (Racine) and Peter Barca (Kenosha) were joined by state Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, at the RUSD administrative offices for what BOE member Pam Handrow called an informal conversation to talk about funding for education, especially for RUSD. Some of the conversation was clearly divided along party lines with the Democrats calling Gov. Scott Walker's budget "wrong-headed" and Vos defending it. There was also talk about vouchers and whether or not they're really harming the district, with the party …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
However, Republican lawmakers representing Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant say the mining bill, which is on its way to becoming law, will create hundreds of new jobs throughout the state.
Calling Thursday's passage of the state mining bill "irresponsible," Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca blasted his Republican colleagues for setting the stage for prolonged legal battles where only the lawyers will win. “Because Republicans rushed this legislation without including acceptable environmental standards, both sides agree it could cost taxpayers millions of dollars in litigation,” said the Kenosha Democrat, whose district includes part of Mount Pleasant. “Now the only mine we can be certain will open will be a gold mine for Republican lawyers who can get rich defending their flawed law.” But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said the legislation will create new jobs without harming the environment. "Mining is part of …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The days of claiming the alternative minimum tax credit, historic rehabilitation tax credit and the working family tax credit may be over as State Assembly Republicans look at possibly cutting them.
If you were among the 790 families that claimed the working family tax credit or the 418 who claimed the historic rehabilitation tax credit, the 2012 tax year may be your last to do so. State Assembly Republicans are talking about nixing 50 tax credit programs -- including the alternative minimum tax, working family tax credit and historic rehabilitation tax credit -- that don't get used much by Wisconsin income taxpayers. The manufacturer's tax credit would remain untouched. If a proposal passes into law, the legislation would ultimately lower the tax rate, according to a story by the Journal Sentinel. Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) told the Journal Sentinel that he's trying to simplify the tax code because it is "horrendous" and …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, says during his second video that both parties pulled together in Madison to help spur private sector job creation.
Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, in his second "Speaker's Briefing" video talks to residents about how Democrats and Republicans came together to create and pass legislation designed to spark job growth in the public sector.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, is putting together a new video series, "Speaker's Briefing" to help keep residents updated on key happenings in Madison.
Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, talks about key pieces of Gov. Scott Walker's budget address in this first installment of "Speaker's Briefings," a new video series from the parlor in Madison.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Questions are being raised about where several computers are that were used to redistrict the state and Rep. Robin Vos was among those who received a subpoena.
Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and several other Republicans received a subpoena to testify in a state redistricting case being heard in federal court, according to a story in the Journal Times. At issue are several missing state computers, which allegedly contain evidence of how the 2011 election maps were drawn. Voces De La Frontera, an immigrant rights group based out of Milwaukee, is one of the plantiffs in the case. They argue that the redistricting "unfairly weakened Latinos’ voting rights in Milwaukee." According to a story in the Journal Sentinel, the subpoenas raise the question of "how many records were withheld and why" during the redistricting process. Every 10 years, states must draw new lines for congressional and legislative …
Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos, R-Rochester, talks about the state's budget surplus, the decrease in unemployment and the Legislature's continued focus on jobs.
There has been some positive news coming out of state government that will directly impact the people of the 63rd Assembly District as well as other area districts. I’m happy to say that these developments show that our reforms are working for Wisconsin. The goal is now to continue to move Wisconsin forward by putting taxpayers first. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently announced that the state has a projected $484 million surplus heading into the next budget cycle. That’s even after we put away money in consecutive years into the state’s rainy day fund. It’s good news on many fronts. We have funded the essential services of our state while holding the line on taxes. The surplus also means that we budgeted wisely and taxpayers can …
Monday, January 21, 2013
What's blocking Wisconsin from implementing new, tougher laws against drunken driving? It could be "the dollar factor."
Mark Grapentine is a seasoned observer of state politics. He was an aide to then-state Rep. Scott Walker and a policy adviser to then-Gov. Tommy Thompson. For the past decade, he’s been a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Medical Society. In this capacity, he’s pushed for tougher state drunken driving laws — and noticed that, despite an absence of pushback, these laws have stayed mostly the same. “It has been interesting to watch how there has been a lack of progress in an area where there seems to be a tremendous amount of agreement on the need to do something,” Grapentine says. Wisconsin remains the only state where first-offense drunken driving is not a crime, although the civil penalties include license suspension and substantial fines. Two …