by Senator Terry Moulton
Monday, January 5th marked the first day of the 102nd Wisconsin Legislature and I had the distinct privilege of being sworn into office for my second term representing the 23rd Senate District. It was truly a blessing to be able to spend the day with family and friends.
This session, I will continue to serve as the Chair of the Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee, while also serving on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry Committee. These committees provide me with the opportunity to address a variety of issues important to our district, like health care, farming, hunting and fishing, and tourism. I am excited to continue my work promoting small business development and investment in our local communities.
With all the election and inauguration celebrations over, the Wisconsin State Senate is ready to address many issues, including legislation related to mining, “Right to Work,” and transportation funding. While our state has made great progress in the last few years, it still faces some real challenges. In this new session, I am eager to work with new and returning legislators on bipartisan issues for the people of Wisconsin.
I am proud of many of my legislative accomplishments during my first term as your State Senator. I authored the Healthy Jobs Act, which was signed into law and provides grants to small businesses to create workplace wellness programs. The Healthy Jobs Act helps small businesses throughout the state of Wisconsin improve the health of their employees, reducing future healthcare costs and boosting productivity.
Additionally, I voted along with my colleagues to reduce property and income taxes by more than $2 billion. We worked hard to turn Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion budget deficit into a budget surplus. By producing this sustainable and balanced budget, our children and grandchildren will no longer be burdened with the consequences of an unbalanced budget and the irresponsible spending and borrowing that goes with it.
New bills are being introduced every day and I encourage everyone to share their opinions and concerns with me. I am always interested in the thoughts of the residents of the 23rd Senate District as I consider legislative proposals. As a Senator, I do more than just vote on bills. I can also help you navigate the state agencies you may come into contact with when getting a permit, obtaining aid, or registering for a state program. Please let me know how I can best serve you as we work to improve things in our area and across Wisconsin.
If you have questions or comments regarding any state-related issues, you can contact me at Sen.Moulton@legis.wisconsin.gov or (888) 437-9436.