CONTACT: Senator Howard Marklein, 608-266-0703
“The Governor’s budget message appeared to be a wish list of things for his donors and supporters in Milwaukee and Madison. He talked about spending $84 billion, which is nearly $9 billion more than our last budget!
I’m not sure where he accounts for an 11% increase in spending or where those dollars come from. The only revenue increase he talked about in his speech is increasing the gas tax and the Medicaid expansion. Neither of these new revenue streams get even close to $9 billion more.
While there are some ideas I support and plan to champion in the budget such as continuing the UW tuition freeze, funding for rural broadband, directing more funds to rural roads, water quality programs and rural school funding, I am not sure that we are on the same page for ‘how’ to accomplish these goals.
There are several formulas and processes that must be improved if we are going to dedicate more dollars to roads and schools. I did not hear this level of detail. As a member of the Joint Finance Committee, the details matter to me and I will be working hard to understand them and improve our approach to these areas.”
Marklein is hosting Budget Listening Sessions throughout the 17th Senate District over the next several weeks to gather input and ideas on the Governor’s budget and the budget in general. Details follow:
Friday, March 1 with Rep. Tony Kurtz, 50th Assembly District
9-10 a.m. Mauston City Hall Council Chambers
1-2 p.m. Reedsburg City Hall Council Chambers
Monday, March 4
10-11 a.m. Darlington Municipal Bldg. – Council Room
12:30–1:30 p.m. Monroe Public Library – Upstairs Program Room
Monday, March 11
10:30-11:30 a.m. Schreiner Memorial Library – Community Room Two
2-3 p.m. Linden Municipal Building – “Senior Citizen Room”
Monday, March 18 with Rep. Tony Kurtz (50) & Rep. Travis Tranel (49)
10:30-11:30 a.m. Brewer Public Library – “Story Time Room” in basement
Marklein represents the 17th Senate District, which includes all or parts Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Marklein serves on the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee and is Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions.