Dr. Katherine Gaulke, former Democratic candidate for Wisconsin’s 32nd Assembly District, denounced Rep. Tyler August personally benefiting from the Foxconn project today.
“Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Tyler August rammed through the Foxconn bill and then took thousands of dollars from industries benefiting from Foxconn,” she said. “He led the lame-duck legislation stripping oversight of the WEDC, verification of jobs requirements for Foxconn to get tax credits, and now Foxconn has said they won’t be building the plant they promised.”
“Tyler August helped Foxconn - at taxpayers’ expense - because he works for his donors, not his constituents,” she concluded.
Dr. Katherine Gaulke is running for Town of Delavan Supervisor. Dr. Katherine explains “As a candidate for State Assembly this past fall, I attended numerous municipality council and board meetings across District 32. During that time, I saw how other towns are approaching similar situations to the Town of Delavan, including ways we can improve our community. I will bring an understanding of our entire district and fresh ideas as Town Supervisor.”
Gaulke, a Wisconsin native, moved to Town of Delavan with her husband when he left the Navy 14 years ago. Gaulke explained, “we wanted to raise our family with Wisconsin values”. Gaulke has a doctorate in public service leadership. She is a college professor teaching undergraduate and graduate government, public administration, and healthcare courses.
Gaulke believes in giving back to her community; she is a volunteer at Open Arms Free Clinic and the founder of the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. She also actively volunteers with the Rotary Club. Gaulke has served on the Town of Delavan Public Works Committee for almost four years and her husband serves on the Town of Delavan Planning Committee. Gaulke stated, “I am committed to listening to residents and being their voice on the Town Board”.
Gaulke further explained, “I will protect our lake and keep it healthy, work to fix our roads, ensure our police, fire, and rescue have the resources needed to keep us safe, and maintain a fiscally responsible budget. We need Supervisors who don’t spend taxpayer money for their own personal gain and think about the long-term implications of their votes.”
There are two Town Supervisor spots to be filled on April 2nd for the nonpartisan election. Gaulke is running against incumbents Kim Jedlicka and Larry Malsch. In addition to running for Town Supervisor, Larry Malsch is also running for Town Chairman, which if elected, would leave a Supervisor position open.
As a taxpayer and professor of public administration, I am very concerned about the legal bills being accrued by the Republican-controlled legislature. The cost is outstanding and the lack of transparency is a threat to the fabric of our democracy.
With the “lame-duck” laws, Republican leadership gave themselves the authority to hire private attorneys at taxpayer expense. Additionally and unfortunately, when these “lame-duck” bills were passed, they were passed with no fiscal estimates and with no caps on what the legislature can spend on private counsel.
We, the taxpayers, are already paying for an Attorney General’s office who is accountable to the electorate. Republicans are wasting our money on attorneys to defend their partisan self-interests (which the voters clearly rejected on Nov. 6). These private attorneys do not have to answer to the public, but we as constituents deserve to know how our tax money is being spent.
Assembly Republicans made a deal to pay a Chicago law firm $850,000 - a contract Robin Vos is refusing to release, falsely claiming it doesn’t apply to open records laws. If we are paying for it, we should be able to see exactly what is in the contract; an open and transparent government is a basic tenet of democracy.
Lawsuits the state takes part of should go through the Attorney General’s office. All documents related to the cases would then be available to open records. But now we are paying double - and setting ourselves up for total “chaos,” as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently called it.
It appears that the Republican-led legislature has forgotten what their branch of government’s role is in keeping a balanced government (as per the Constitution). The legislative branch is supposed to write laws - not implement and enforce them; that is the executive branch’s role. And the legislative branch is most certainly not supposed to waste taxpayer dollars attempting to do what other branches of the government are assigned to do. The current Assembly leadership, including our own Tyler August, has created an inefficient, dark, and wasteful government.
We are going backwards quickly. I’m wondering, where have the fiscal conservatives gone?
Written in response to: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/01/14/lame-duck-session-wisconsin-lawsuits-could-prove-costly/2551128002/?fbclid=IwAR1HoQiwArBRfxFoz-b5kZlSjCeWB7dCxoT7_QgNvW2mmX79jB-U9aSxEXc