Why are you running and why are you the best candidate for the job?
I am running because I am passionate about serving my community. I have had a long standing interest in representing the people of Wisconsin. Using my 17 years in local government to help the people of the 60th district will allow me give back to the community that has done so much for me and my family over the years. I will preserve our great quality of life and make it better.
Over the years, I have been approached by people that want a candidate that is more responsive with personal communication and has integrity. In my 17 years of public service I have displayed both core values and have had positive feedback relating to responsiveness and communication.
I am the best candidate because I have experience in the city of Cedarburg and Cedarburg school district keeping taxes flat while providing the best possible product for taxpayers. An example that comes to mind is the Cedarburg school district has been recognized as the best district in the state while still having the lowest cost per pupil in Ozaukee county and cost per pupil well below the state average. I know how to make government accountable for taxpayers’ dollars.
As president of the Cedarburg common council and school board I have experience leading a collaborative dialog where all sides are heard and considered. This is needed so all parties are represented. This is something that is missing in our current administration.
What are the priorities in the next term?
We need to start now working on the next biannual budget, look for ways to do more with less and make continuous budget adjustments. For example, this can be achieved by reducing workforce costs by capping employment, freeze state hiring, and reducing the number of government positions. Private industry is forced to make these reductions and so should our state. I have experience in local government using strategies like these to keep the tax rate flat during difficult economic times.
Create jobs and keep the talent from leaving Wisconsin
Educational partnerships with businesses to determine what skills they want out of high school and college graduates. We must embrace vocational and professional tracks by introducing these essential skills early in middle school.
Stop the inflation of college and vocational schools. Education is un-affordable and graduates are burdened with years of debt.
Employers in the 60th district have told me that they cannot find and hire enough good people. The jobs exist. We just need provide the exposure and teach the skills to fill them.
Transportation budget-start from zero and work up. Need to prioritize projects that are a must for our state. From there rank projects that make sense for our residents and taxpayers. We must separate needs from wants.
Helping farmers-working to get fair market prices for our farmers. The current administration has a program where farmers are getting between $1,000 and $3,500 in assistance. This is not enough. We need to create an environment where farmers can modernize, increase efficiency, and become more profitable. Wisconsin has lost 600 dairy herds in the 12 months leading up to June 1. This needs to stop. Our heritage as America’s DairyLand is in trouble.
How can we help the state’s residents and businesses recover economically?
For businesses and individuals to succeed we need to lower their tax burden. We need to look at reducing the corporation franchise tax rate in Wisconsin to attract new businesses and to keep businesses here. Personal income tax rates should be reduced in order for people at all levels of income have a better quality of life. I believe this will allow businesses and individuals to have more access to their money to reinvest and spend. I believe this will spur an economic recovery.
State government will face serious financial challenges recovering from the pandemic. I have experience solving fiscal challenges during my time on the city council and school board. We made the tough decisions to do more with less after the financial crisis in 2006-2009.
With less revenue coming into the state because of the pandemic we need to look at ways to reduce the state budget. Just like at home when less money is coming in, we need to spend less. We also need to work to keep businesses open. Too many businesses have closed because of the pandemic. Our economy cannot survive another shut down.
We need to clear up the state’s unemployment backlog. The current administration should have prepared better for the increase in applications because of the shutdown.