The Scott Walker administration started by moving the DNR forestry division. The Chief State Forester moved to the DNR-owned facility north of Highway 29 January 1, 2018. Over the next year, other forestry positions, previously located in Madison, moved to Rhinelander or locations north of State Highway 29 in phases.
“This move will put the Division of Forestry and its leadership in a better position to work with the primary forest industries in the state,” said Governor Walker in making the announcement.
Now Rebecca wants to re-locate agencies like the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Workforce Development closer to the populations they serve.
The landscape where Madison bureaucrats run roughshod must change.
A couple of weekends ago, I walked through a gauntlet of healthcare provider tables and cancer screening providers to a basement community room to talk about my own colorectal cancer diagnosis. My diagnosis came in the middle of my primary election campaign when I was running for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin. I was 35, had daughters ages four and seven, and was working the state nonstop in a race against five men. Most of them had experience. I had never run for public office before but felt I had good enough ideas and perspective to offer something to my state.
But no amount of my great ideas and hard work would prevent my belly aches, back cramps, and exhaustion. By the time doctors found my colon cancer, the tumor was the size of a grapefruit. It had already broken through my large intestine wall and was moving toward my liver. I was two weeks away from Election Day. Though I had genetic tests done, there was no time to get the results back.
Within days I started bleeding and had to be taken for emergency surgery. When I got out, half my colon was gone…but so was the cancer. My recovery was slow. Time seemed to crawl as I anxiously watched the calendar, waiting for my gut to work well enough for my release from the hospital. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen on my timeline. On Election Day, I was still in the hospital. Having been removed from the campaign trail, and perhaps any hope of victory, I asked my doctor to release me. With my promise that I would return for treatment the next morning, he let me go just in time to get to the polls and vote. For myself. I beat all the guys by 21 points.
The next morning an x-ray revealed that my completely blocked gut had completely cleared overnight.
Rebecca admits she was blessed to have good insurance and great care from doctors affiliated with Froedtert and the Medical College.
She believes in increasing access to health care by barring health insurance companies in Wisconsin from denying coverage to people like her with pre-existing conditions. Also, any Wisconsinite should be able to buy any health plan they like regardless of zip code.
In June of 2021 The Fordham Institute released its latest review of the civics and U.S. history standards of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. It stated:
Sadly, far too many young (and not-so-young) Americans have only the haziest grasp of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential to informed citizenship, in part because for decades now we have systematically failed to impart them to our children. Culpability for that failure goes far beyond our formal education system, to be sure, but a considerable portion of it does belong there: on our schools, our school systems, and our state K–12 systems.
Wisconsin received an “F” grade. Back to the review:
With few exceptions, Wisconsin’s standards for civics are too vague and broad to provide educators or other stakeholders with useful direction. Like the civics standards, the Wisconsin history standards are problematically vague and underdeveloped, offering no content guidance beyond bare lists of historical eras.
Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law requiring students graduating from high school take a civics test comprised of 100 questions that are identical to the 100 questions that may be asked of an individual during the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. A student must correctly answer at least 65 of those questions. However, too many schools have not actually changed their curriculum to prepare their students to pass the citizenship exam. Rebecca wants to ensure that civics education standards in Wisconsin are strengthened.
In 2014 Governor Scott Walker asked Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler to gather input on Wisconsin taxes from business and manufacturing leaders, farmers, elected officials, private citizens and others. Kleefisch and Chandler held 23 meetings and the most common complaint was over property taxes followed by income taxes.
Rebecca supports moving Wisconsin’s income tax to a 3.54% flat tax, making it the lowest in the Midwest. Ultimately, Rebecca will fight to make Wisconsin a no income tax state. Rebecca wants to repeal the personal property tax, and eliminate the income tax on retirement.
She also opposes any efforts to raise the gas tax.
In a previous post I noted that Rebecca wants uniform rules for voting in Wisconsin.
That means for early voting hours, voting locations, voting forms, returning absentee ballots, opening and counting ballots, voting in long-term care facilities.
So, who should make the uniform rules? They need to come from the elected body responsible for upholding the Constitution: Our state Legislature, and not the WI Election Commission (WEC).
Back in February Rebecca told radio host Joe Giganti on WTAQ-AM in Green Bay:
“I would abolish WEC and I have said that. They have been a lawless agency and they have completely disregarded statutes and the constitution. I think they have turned our elections into a circus. And so whether we choose to put it under the Legislature or the secretary of state’s office, elections in Wisconsin must have more authority for the voters so that they have essentially one throat to choke. They need to be able to bounce someone from office, whether it’s the secretary of state or their legislator if elections go wrong.”
Rebecca wants to make Wisconsin America’s leader for price transparency in health care.
While some medical procedures (kids’ braces) are fairly transparent, others are nearly impossible to decipher. Also, transparency shouldn’t suddenly and surprisingly materialize after a procedure is performed.