(Beaver Dam) State Representative Mark Born says judging by Tuesday night’s State of the State address, it is clear that there are plenty of opportunities to work with Governor Evers this session. The Beaver Dam Republican, who sits on the powerful Joint Finance Committee, says it is also important to recognize the bold reforms put in place over the past eight years that put the state in the position it is today.
“The people of Wisconsin know that the state of our state is strong. While tonight’s speech focused on looking forward, it is important we recognize the work that was done to put us where we are today. Because of our strong, bold reforms over the past eight years, our unemployment rate has remained historically low, families are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their wallets, and we finished the year with yet another budget surplus that we recently proposed to give back to the taxpayers.
“It is clear that there are plenty of opportunities to work with Governor Evers this session. My colleagues and I have worked in a bipartisan fashion in the past, and we plan on doing so in the future. In the 2017-18 legislative session, nearly 91% of the bills passed the legislature with a bipartisan vote.
“Governor Evers laid out a number of proposals that carry a heavy price tag. Although I believe there are many areas that we can find common ground with the Governor, it is important we remember whose money we are spending here in Madison. As a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, I’ve had a firsthand look at how important it is to invest in our priorities and be good stewards of taxpayer dollars.
“As I’ve said numerous times- now is not the time to turn back the clock in Wisconsin. With that being said, I look forward to working with Governor Evers and my colleagues in the legislature to continue moving our state forward.”
State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released a statement on the governor’s State of the State address. The Juneau Republican made note of the successes in the state over the past eight years of Republican leadership.
“Thanks to the last eight years of Republican leadership, Governor Evers is inheriting a state that is strong. Our unemployment rate has been below 3 percent for 11 months straight, our budget has a surplus, our pension system is fully funded, and last budget we were able to invest more actual dollars in schools than ever before. Wisconsin is thriving.
“Moving forward, Senate Republicans will work to make sure that these results are protected for the next generation, and that our prosperity can continue for years to come. We will fight to lower taxes on hard-working families, keep our state open for business, and make sure that Wisconsin is the best place in the nation to work, live, and raise a family.”