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AFP Reacts to Debate on Pro-Market Reforms In Senate

"State Senate Taking A Bold Stand For Economic Liberty," says State Director Eric Bott

By - Feb 16th, 2016 04:49 pm

MADISON, Wis. — Today the Wisconsin State Senate is scheduled to advance a slate of conservative reforms to protect the property rights of citizens, farmers, and small businesses, add transparency to the state budgeting process, and open Wisconsin to nuclear energy in the future. Americans for Prosperity Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott had the following to say:

“Majority Leader Fitzgerald and the State Senate are taking a bold stand for economic liberty, open government, and individual rights. We commend the Senate for working to make Wisconsin a freer and more prosperous state.”

Senate Bill 407, authored by Sen. Kapenga and Rep. Hutton, brings additional transparency and oversight to the state budgeting process. The bill will force state agencies to better prioritize spending and assist the legislature in making budgeting decisions that lead to a leaner and more efficient state government.

“Sen. Kapenga’s reform bill sheds light on the budget writing process, requiring agencies to be more upfront with their expenditures,” said Americans for Prosperity State Director Eric Bott. “Bringing budget writing further into the daylight will create a more transparent and fair process as we seek to tackle government waste and over spending.”

Assembly Bill 384, authored by Rep. Petersen and Sen. Lasee, would repeal Wisconsin’s decades old moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power generating facilities. Repealing the ban could open the door to cleaner sources of electricity in the future. State Director Eric Bott offered:

“Safe and affordable energy is crucial for Wisconsin families and businesses. Long term, nuclear must be on the table in Wisconsin if we are to maintain clean air and reliable and affordable electricity.”

Assembly Bill 582 and Senate Bill 459, authored by Rep. Jarchow and Sen. Lasee protect the fundamental private property rights of individual homeowners, farmers, and small business owners against government overreach. Americans for Prosperity Deputy State Director Annette Olson says Americans for Prosperity – Wisconsin activists have been calling for passage of the proposed reforms through grassroots activism.

“We encourage the State Senate to act today to protect the rights of average citizens against government overreach,” Olson said. “Law-abiding farmers, small businessmen and women, and regular homeowners shouldn’t lose the use of their land due to the whims of the bureaucracy.”

Americans for Prosperity’s 130,000 plus volunteer members commend the Senate’s commitment to advance pro-market reforms. For weeks, they had been reaching out to lawmakers through phone calls, emails, online petitions and more, encouraging passage of these important pieces of legislation.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 2.8 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 35 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states.  For more information, visit

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