New Richmond -- Representative Rob Stafsholt is proud of the progress that was being made in Wisconsin thanks to the Republican leadership over the past nine years. The second-term state representative attended the governor’s annual State of the State address before a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature on Wednesday night. Although Stafsholt does not agree with many of the governor’s priorities that would increase spending and government regulations, he reconfirms his commitment to his priorities of education, clean water and safe communities.
“Governor Evers made it obvious in his first State of the State address that his priorities were focused on Madison and Milwaukee issues by barely mentioning our area of the state,” said Stafsholt. “Although last night he touted visiting all counties in Wisconsin over the past year, I think the fact that the Governor used his veto power to strip things out of the budget for our school districts up here, or the $15 Million for access to care for those in northwest Wisconsin who are in a mental health crisis situation, and again by taking $15 Million out of money directed towards our rural township roads and opening it up to be used on things like mass transit projects in metro areas are just big examples of the fact that he still prioritizes Milwaukee and Madison over us up here!”
Rep. Stafsholt is proud that more than 95 percent of the bills had bipartisan votes in the Assembly during the first year of the legislative session. A major accomplishment was the conservative state budget that the governor signed into law but received no votes from Democrats in the legislature. The budget increases access to affordable health care, cuts taxes by more than $400 million, makes historic investments in roads and schools and expands worker training programs.
“We cannot allow our state’s progress to be hindered by a governor who ignores rural Wisconsin, wants to expand welfare and increase spending,” said Stafsholt.” I continue to be focused on issues that help our rural area, our rural businesses and farms and our rural families. I will continue to listen to my constituents and deliver on my promises.”