Presidential Candidates Must Pay Their Bills
Statement from Sen. Smith & Rep. Stuck regarding the Introduction of The Recovery of Unsettled Municipal Payments Act
Wisconsin is already shaping up to become another battleground for the 2020 Presidential Race. Campaign events draw large crowds and require significant resources from local government to ensure participants can attend safely.
LRB-5294/1 will prohibit a presidential or vice-presidential campaign with outstanding bills from receiving a permit for another event until all debts are paid. LRB-5294/1 will also allow municipalities to charge in advance of the events for costs related to police and sanitation services.
Senator Jeff Smith released the following statement for LRB-5294/1:
“It’s one thing to ask for our vote, it’s another to ask us to pick up your tab. Charging campaigns in advance of events protects our municipal budgets and sends a clear message that Wisconsin voters value someone who pays their way. Pay up, or don’t come back!”
Representative Amanda Stuck released the following statement for LRB-5294/1:
“While it is great to see presidential candidates visiting Wisconsin, property tax payers should not be left on the hook for the increased costs to local law enforcement agencies. This legislation makes sure that candidates visiting Wisconsin pay their bills beforehand, so that local communities aren’t left footing the bill.”