Restoring Moral Leadership.
Laws should be created for the public good, not to line lawmakers' pocketbooks. But too often our current Representative and others in the state legislature take action that only benefits them.
As your Assemblywoman, I will work for you, not corporate or out-of-state donors. I will put my Rotary motto of "service before self" in every vote I make.
Elected officials must have integrity. they must not personally take advantage of taxpayer dollars, in particular, through per diem allotments.
In order to represent you properly, your Assembly person should live in the District, visiting with constituents, and experiencing life in District 32 as much as possible. I would love to be invited to your festivals, concerts, and celebrations - please don't hesitate to reach out to me - email@example.com.
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Government has a role in fostering an environment where businesses want to move and grow. However, the Foxconn deal has been badly mismanaged: there were not enough protections for taxpayers in the deal and it was not sufficiently vetted and presented to the public prior to the legislature's vote.
Foxconn is not building the plant or creating the jobs they promised, despite Wisconsin taxpayers having shelled out over $1 billion in infrastructure costs for construction. In addition, an audit of the WEDC has shown that it improperly verifies job creation data, which means that it incorrectly pays out funds. Despite these problems, my opponent led legislation stripping oversight of the WEDC and verification of jobs requirements for Foxconn to get tax credits.
It's time for this mismanagement to change. I will promote transparency, fiscal responsibility, and restore oversight of the WEDC because taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent.
Checks and Balances.
Checks and balances in government are key to protecting your tax dollars and democracy. The December 2018 Extraordinary Session, in which the Republicans curtailed the power of Governor Evers, destroyed Wisconsin's constitutional checks and balances. We must fix this to protect democracy in Wisconsin. I will vote to have a fair, just, and sustainable balance of the three branches of government.
Unfortunately, the checks and balances of our state government have been continuously eroded for personal gain by both our representative as well as the legislature. First, with the taking away of the State Treasurer duties, which were never restored even though, in April 2018, the voters declared they want this position maintained. Then via the Extraordinary Session Dec. 2018 in which Governor and the Attorney General functions were taken away for a partisanship power grab, once again, against voter will .
The executive branch of government's role is to implement and enforce laws made by the state legislature.
The Governor is the chief executive of the state government and other executive officers report to the Governor. I will vote to restore the Governor's ability to perform the Constitutional role of the Executive Branch. I will vote to remove the bureaucratic inefficiencies created by the Dec. 2018 Extraordinary Session.
The Attorney General is the chief legal advisor and chief law enforcement officer for the state government. This position should have the authority to prosecute violations of state law, represent the state in legal disputes, and issue legal advice to state agencies and the legislature. The Legislature should not control the Attorney General - this violates the Constitutional checks and balances and is an intrusion on the Executive Branch. I will vote to restore the Attorney General position to its pre-Extraordinary Session (Dec. 2018) rightful role. I will also work to remove outside attorneys that are not subject to open records laws. We must have an open and transparent government.
The Treasurer, not the Joint Finance Committee, should serve as the state's chief banker. The Treasurer provides the checks and balances to the legislature's spending. To ensure spending oversight and fraud policing, I will vote to strengthen the State Treasurer's office , reinstating responsibilities that the voters resoundingly asked for in April 2018.
I will respect the will of the voters. I promise to uphold a sustainable and fair balance of government for the good of the people, not the good of any particular party. I believe in people over party.
I will support policies that strengthen District 32. I support policies that promote healthy, sustainable communities. Local communities should decide how to best spend their tax dollars and grow the economy. More can be done to support District 32's local small businesses, manufacturers, and farmers. They are the drivers of job creation, our economy, and innovation.