State of the State address quotes
- Gov. Jim Doyle, sounding an ominous tone for the state’s economy in the introduction to his State of the State address.
- Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Wausau, striking a cautious tone on economic development. He said he wanted to see details on the governor’s plans and an analysis by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Listen to Decker's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123DeckerSOSA.mp3
- Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, on the prospects of the agenda in the Assembly. Huebsch said he promised the governor after the speech that his chamber would work with him on his economic development efforts. Listen to Huebsch's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123HuebschSOSA.mp3
- Assembly Minority Leader Jim Kreuser, D-Kenosha, on the potential of some of the Governor’s economic development initiatives to move through the GOP-controlled Assembly. Listen to Kreuser's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123KreuserSOSA.mp3
- Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, saying that the governor sounded like a Republican, lifting many of his economic initiatives from Sen. Ted Kanavas, R-Brookfield. Listen to Fitzgerald's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123FitzgeraldSOSA.mp3
- Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, encouraging fiscal restraint as well as some aspects of the Grow Wisconsin initiative.
With the specter of economic slowdown looming nationally, these initiatives are exactly the kind of investments Wisconsin should be making to keep our state economy strong.
- Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, urging the legislature to support the Grow Wisconsin proposals. See the MMAC statement: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=116345
We have a system that’s not working. … A system that allows insurance companies to cherry-pick who they’ll cover. … A system that too often puts insurance companies and drug companies ahead of small businesses and ordinary families. It’s time for a change, and it’s called BadgerChoice -- a one-stop shop for small businesses where there’s real competition among insurance companies and real choice for consumers.
- Gov. Jim Doyle introducing his plan to increase health coverage for small businesses.
- Sen. Neal Kedzie, R-Elkhorn, on the consumer-driven aspects of the Governor’s BadgerChoice health care proposal. Listen to Kedzie's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123KedzieSOSA.mp3
- Sen. John Erpenbach, D-Middleton and author of the Senate’s universal health care plan, on the lack of universal health care policy in the Doyle’s speech. Listen to Erpenbach's comments: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/080123ErpenbachSOSA.mp3
- Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, on the governor’s health care proposals.
I’m telling ya, if Ireland and California and New York and Illinois and Minnesota can do it, Wisconsin can do it, and it is time to do what’s right and make all workplaces completely smoke free.
- Doyle, again urging lawmakers to approve a ban on smoking in workplaces that includes bars and restaurants.
We are pleased that passing a Great Lakes Compact with strong protections and adopting global warming solutions are two of the Governor’s highest environmental priorities.
- Keith Reopelle, Program Director for Clean Wisconsin, commending Doyle’s environmental policies in the State of the State. See the press release: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=116336