Spring Green, WI – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) today announced his intent to run for re-election to represent the 17th Senate District in the Wisconsin State Senate. Marklein has begun circulating nomination papers and is prepared to run.
“It is an honor to work for – and represent – the people of the 17th Senate District. Together, we are making sure that rural, southwestern Wisconsin has a strong voice in the state legislature. We have been heard and I am anxious to continue our work in the next session. I am running again to continue our work to protect Wisconsin’s checkbook, fight for rural communities and promote our local values.
We have made incredible progress on the fiscal fitness of our state and promoting the interests of rural Wisconsin such as rural EMS, broadband expansion, rural roads, schools and health care. My colleagues respect our unique needs and hear our voices. We have made a tremendous difference in our state.
Without a doubt, I will always remember the current legislative session as the first year that I served as Co-Chair of the Legislature’s powerful, budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance (JFC). As a CPA, working on the state budget is very interesting – and dare I say ‘fun’ – to me.
It gave me a front-row seat to make decisions about the spending priorities of our state. We focused on the things that matter most to you – roads, schools, safety-net programs and lower taxes. In fact, we funded all of our priorities while returning $3.2 billion to taxpayers in tax cuts!
I also authored 52 bills, many of which received bi-partisan support and were signed into law by the Governor. These bills included an act to create a new Purple Heart Memorial Highway in Necedah, dial-in funding for broadband expansion to make sure it is reaching unserved communities, reform the tax code, help with recruitment and retention of rural EMS volunteers, encourage people to return-to-work and more.
Again, I am running again to continue our work to protect Wisconsin’s checkbook, fight for rural communities and promote our local values.