MADISON – (NEWS RELEASE) - On June 19th, the Wisconsin State Assembly completed its work on the 2013-15 Wisconsin State Budget. Representative Lee Nerison (R-Westby) voted with the majority in favor of passing the two-year plan that determines how the State of Wisconsin spends taxpayer dollars.
Rep. Nerison issued the following statement concerning passage of the budget:
"It has always been my priority to pay for essential government functions – like K-12 education, public safety, roads and infrastructure, taking care of those who cannot provide for themselves, and shared revenue returned to local governments to keep local taxes in line.
"This must be balanced with the taxpayers' ability to pay for them. In this budget, we made our tax code simpler and fairer, cut taxes by over $660 million for all working Wisconsinites, and capped property taxes so homeowners can afford to stay in their homes.
"My colleagues and I were able to change a number of provisions in this budget to make it better for the rural parts of our state. Increasing K-12 per pupil funding by $150 per year in each of the next two years, freezing tuition at the UW-System, investing $4.3 million for grants to expand broadband to rural towns and communities, and increasing by 4% road aids for counties and local governments are some of the items that invest in the future of our children and our communities.
"As Chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, I am proud to have led the successful effort to maintain Wisconsin's law limiting foreign ownership of land. For the first time in many years, we made significant investments for the future of agriculture, such as modernizing the Center for Dairy Research at UW- Madison and expanding the World Dairy Expo grounds to keep the world-class Expo in Wisconsin.
"While no budget is ever perfect, this one has many more positives for Wisconsin
families than shortcomings and it keeps Wisconsin moving in the right direction."
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