Rep. Nygren to serve on JFC

Congrats to Rep. John Nygren of Marinette.

Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) was appointed today to serve on the 2011-12 Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. Speaker-Elect Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) chose John to be one of six Assembly Republicans to serve on the sixteen member committee.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance,” Nygren said. “This committee faces a difficult task of balancing a state budget with a structural deficit approaching $3 billion. The job is humbling, but I am excited for the opportunity to serve and to meet this challenge head on.”

“I have owned or operated a small business for over three decades and will bring this valuable job creating experience to the committee,” Nygren said. “Serving on the Joint Committee on Finance is a great opportunity and I appreciate the Assembly Speaker-Elect’s willingness to offer me this post. The people of Wisconsin have sent a clear message that they want Wisconsin’s fiscal house in order. I look forward to accomplishing this goal.”

“During the economic downturn, families all across Wisconsin have made hard decisions to balance their own family budgets,” Fitzgerald said. “They expect the state to balance its budget in the same way. I am confident that with his experience as a small business owner Representative Nygren can bring this type of fiscal responsibility to the Joint Committee on Finance.”

Representative Nygren was originally elected to the Assembly in 2006. Prior to being elected, John operated a small business for nearly two decades and currently owns a financial consulting firm in Marinette, Wisconsin. Nygren represents the 89th Assembly District that includes portions of Marinette, Oconto, Brown, and Shawano Counties.

A daunting task and a great responsibility to get the fiscal house in order.  To accomplish it tough decisions need to be made and those start in the state legislature in the JFC.

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Wisconsin Comrades show their irresponsibility

Gee it must be nice to just insert language in a budget and circumvent state law.

Former State Senator and current contributor over at Real Debate Wisconsin Cathy Stepp was doing a little light reading (a 134 page report from the LFB on changes made to the budget).  She found this little gem.

STRUCTURAL BALANCE EXCEPTION
Assembly/Senate/Conference Committee: Specify that the current law requirements that revenues exceed expenditures in each fiscal year would not apply in 2010-11.

The comrades running the Wisconsin Legislature with that line showed their hypocrisy.  And yet they claim to care about the taxpayers?  They claim they did the best they could in tough economic times?

Perhaps Comrade Hansen or Comrade Nelson who both hold leadership positions in the Legislature would care to explain this breaking of state law? How does it be benefit taxpayers when it leads to an even larger deficit in the future?

Or is it that rules and laws don’t apply to the Comrades?

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Meeting in secret yet again

Apparently the Dems in the Wisconsin Legislature don’t have the guts to publicly negotiate how to stick it to Wisconsin businesses and taxpayers.

There will be no formal action on the state budget until Tuesday, a delay that allows legislative leaders to meet privately to try to resolve major differences between the spending plans of the Assembly and Senate.

That would continue what has been a pattern of secrecy surrounding the $62.5 billion two-year budget.

Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle kept his proposed budget secret until he gave it to the Legislature in February. And Democratic lawmakers at the next three steps in their process – the Joint Finance Committee, Assembly and Senate – also made their decisions behind closed doors.

Leaders of watchdog groups criticized the continued budget secrecy.

“Politicians never seem to learn that operating in secrecy only convinces the public that they are hiding something and makes people that much more suspicious of all politicians,” said Mike McCabe, head of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

“If informal, secret negotiations over the weekend end with agreement between the state Senate and the Assembly, citizens will wonder how they arrived at that agreement and what was changed or promised in order to get there,” said Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin taxpayers and businesses beware when you hear this type of talk.

It is customary for a Senate-Assembly conference committee to be called to work out final differences in public. But Senate President Fred Risser (D-Madison) said such a committee would not be needed, if differences can be worked out informally.

For instance, he said, the Senate could reconsider its 17-16 vote for the budget, add any compromises negotiated privately, repass the budget and send it to the Assembly, which would OK the deal. (Source: Senate, Assembly may resolve differences in private, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal)

Perhaps residents of the 30th Senate District and the local media in Green Bay should ask Senator Dave Hansen why he supports these secret meetings a member of leadership.

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