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Jorgensen's column stirs ‘us vs. them’ arguments

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Rep. Evan Wynn
February 9, 2012

While Rep. Andy Jorgensen uses the old strategy of “divide and conquer” with his Feb. 3 column “Republican rhetoric doesn’t match reality,” his article only uses specious arguments to create an “us versus them” message. Wisconsin deserves better.


In his column, Rep. Jorgensen doesn’t mention the more than 70 bills we have passed by voice votes or the more than 40 bills we have passed in which Rep. Jorgensen has voted with Republicans.


He doesn’t mention that Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit was created by both Democrats and Republicans or that he was in the Legislature during the past five years and helped then-Gov. Jim Doyle pass budgets that took money from the Patients Compensation Fund and other segregated funds to help with “budget priorities.”


He mentions increases in property taxes but fails to mention that many property owners have seen their property tax bills go down.


He talks about budget priorities but fails to mention that the budget increased spending to health care by $1.8 billion.


He doesn’t mention that we have both cosponsored a bill that would remove the caps from Family Care and allow Rock County to participate in the program.


While Rep. Jorgensen takes credit for changing Gov. Scott Walker’s stance on SeniorCare, he fails to mention the Republican legislators who also urged the governor to change course on this issue.


Unfortunately, Rep. Jorgensen seems to be more interested in keeping his job in the Legislature by creating a divide in Wisconsin, not only with his own rhetoric but also his recent actions supporting the Occupy movements and encouraging some of the recent uncivil behavior in Madison.


Wisconsin can only move forward if we work together as a team. I have worked with Democrats on common-sense bills such as payday loans, education reforms, Wisconsin open meetings laws and environmental protections, and I am the lead author in the Assembly for Democrat Sen. Julie Lassa’s bill to improve Medicare insurance supplement policies. I have even reached across the aisle to help Rep. Jorgensen move his bill on veteran preference points.


Instead of false “us versus them” arguments, Wisconsin deserves legislators who will move Wisconsin forward.


State Rep. Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, represents the 43rd Assembly District. Readers can reach him at 1-888-534-0043 or (608) 266-9650; email rep.wynn@legis.wi.gov or P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708.

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