Rep. Kremer: Votes to approve state budget, lauds common sense reforms

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State Representative Jesse Kremer
(R-Kewaskum) (608) 266-9175

Madison, WI – Last night, Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-59 Kewaskum) voted with Republicans in a near party line vote to pass the 2017-2018 biennial state budget to keep Wisconsin working and moving forward. While rigorously debated for close to eleven hours, Kremer decided to support the budget as it supplied several key reforms to state taxpayers.

Upon passage, the Representative stated “As legislators, we don’t get everything that we want via legislation, or in this case, the state budget. While I am very disappointed in the increased spending, severely reducing our state park law enforcement ranks and some legislator’s pet projects in the budget document, as a whole, there were a lot of solid, conservative, reform-minded wins that we, as state taxpayers, should be proud of.”

Highlights of these policies working and winning for Wisconsin include:

· Eliminates 3 different taxes, hold the line on property taxes
· Fully repeals Prevailing Wage
· Protects Transportation Fund & Misuse of TIF from on-going costs of the MKE Streetcar
· Freezes UW Tuition, equaling $6,000 on average saved by our students over 4 years
· Increased funding for Medical Assistance & FoodShare (food stamp) fraud prevention
· Eliminates over 432 state full time positions, specifically 200 DOT positions
· Independent Audit of the UW System

The biennial state budget now heads to the State Senate, which is scheduled to take up the omnibus bill this Friday. Rep. Kremer looks forward to his colleagues in the Senate joining the Assembly in approving the common sense reforms in this budget and continuing to work towards passage of additional reform-minded legislation in the coming days and months of the Session.

Rep. Kremer represents the 59th Assembly District which includes Southern Calumet, Western Sheboygan, Northern Washington and Eastern Fond du Lac Counties. Rep. Kremer’s office will continue to be located at 17 West in the Wisconsin State Capitol, and he can be reached at (608) 266-9175 or by e-mail at Rep.Kremer@legis.wisconsin.gov. His legislative website can be found at www.RepKremer.com.

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