Sen. Harsdorf: Reflecting on 2015
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A Column of Personal Opinion by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf
Beginning a new year is not only a time to set new goals but also a time to reflect on the year gone by. As we reflect on 2015, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our state’s successes and accomplishments.
– Job Creation and Workforce Development – Increased investment in broadband and worker training grants, and provided state support for St. Croix Valley Business Incubator.
– Wisconsin’s Business Climate – In CNBC’s ranking of best states to start and grow a business, Wisconsin climbed from 29th in 2010 to 15th in 2015. Wisconsin’s ranking according to Chief Executive Magazine rose from 41st in 2010 to 12th in 2015.
– Tax Relief a Priority – Continued focus on fiscal responsibility and holding the line on spending in an effort to control property taxes.
– Reducing Red Tape – Passed the Physician Interstate Compact which will expedite the physician licensing process, improving access to specialists and health care, especially in rural and underserved communities.
– Honoring Veterans – In recognizing the sacrifices made by our veterans, passed additional funding to assist veterans seeking a degree and reentering the workforce.
– SeniorCare – Preserved SeniorCare through continued state funding to maintain this cost effective prescription drug program for seniors.
– Education – Increased K-12 funding by $200 million above the original budget proposal, and an additional $4 million for Sparsity Aid and $2.5 million for rural school transportation.
– Substance Abuse and Mental Health – Addressed the growing heroin epidemic in Wisconsin with the H.O.P.E Agenda – Heroin, Opiate, Prescription, Education – while reforming and modernizing the state’s mental health laws to improve treatment and accessibility of services.
– Tuition Freeze – Froze tuition for a third and fourth year for students attending University of Wisconsin campuses in an effort to keep higher education affordable.
– St. Croix Crossing – Approved the remaining financial commitment for the St. Croix Crossing due to be completed in the fall of 2017.
As we begin a new year, I look forward to working to build upon our successes. Your involvement in the legislative process is key to our success. As always, I encourage and welcome your input. Please stay in touch by visiting my website at www.harsdorfsenate.com or calling my office at 1-800- 862-1092 or 608-266-7745.