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Key legislation will help improve our economy

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Tyler August
January 17, 2011

No time was wasted in moving our state back on the right track when Gov. Scott Walker immediately issued an Executive Order on Jan. 4 for the Legislature to meet in special session. The session will focus on the economy and improving our business and tax climate.


In fact, I have authored a bill, Special Session Assembly Bill 5, which would require a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. The bill is part of Gov. Walker’s 100-day agenda, which also includes bills that will control the cost of health care, enact tort reform, improve the rules and regulations process for job creators, and create the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. I fully support all of the proposed bills and Gov. Walker’s initiative to help the private sector create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term.


Just last week, the importance of passing Assembly Bill 5 was highlighted by the state of Illinois raising its income and corporate tax rates. Although Wisconsin’s tax rate is still slightly higher, it highlights the importance of my bill, which would protect against future tax increases that would harm our state’s job creation and worsen the tax climate.


In addition, other important legislation has been prioritized by the Republican majority in the Assembly. I have signed my name as a cosponsor of the Voter Photo ID Bill, as well as a bill that would reverse the harmful changes made by former Gov. Jim Doyle to auto insurance requirements.


The first bill would require a photo ID to vote in elections. I have long supported this concept and believe it will help to stem voter fraud by securing every individual’s vote. The threat of voter fraud is real and continually resurfaces as a problem in nearly every election. Our right to vote is extremely vital to our nation’s democracy, and I believe we should take action to ensure the integrity of the ballot box is protected.


The second bill I recently added my name to would repeal Gov. Doyle’s unnecessary changes to auto insurance. Authored by Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, the bill is known as the Consumer Choice in Auto Insurance Act. Specifically, the bill would undo language from the last state budget that raised the cost of auto insurance by as much as 33 percent for Wisconsin drivers. The legislation would reverse these costly mandates while maintaining the requirement that all drivers carry insurance.


Thank you for taking the time to read my update on what is happening in your state Assembly.


Republican Rep. Tyler August represents the 32nd Assembly District. Readers can reach him at (608) 266-1190, Rep.August@legis.wi.gov, or P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708.

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