State Sen. David Craig
Press Release

Rep. Craig Thanks Secretary Gottlieb, Welcomes Incoming Secretary Ross

"The Department of Transportation is in need of long-awaited fundamental reform and I hope Secretary Ross is up to that challenge."

By - Dec 27th, 2016 03:12 pm

Madison, Wis. – Today, Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon), reacted to the news that Secretary Mark Gottlieb of the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced his resignation and that Governor Walker has chosen Dave Ross, the current Secretary of Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS), to serve as the new DOT Secretary. Rep. Craig, reacted to the news:

“I want to thank Secretary Gottlieb for his time serving at the Department of Transportation and I wish him the best in his future endeavors. Additionally, I welcome and congratulate incoming Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross. The Department of Transportation is in need of long-awaited fundamental reform and I hope Secretary Ross is up to that challenge. I look forward to working with officials of the DOT to ensure that Wisconsin taxpayers are getting their money’s worth going forward.”

Rep. Craig represents the 83rd Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

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Madison, WI — Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released the following statement relating to Governor Tony Evers’ Shelter-in-Place Order: “A decision of such magnitude like a ‘shelter-in-place’ order, regardless of what the government calls it, should only be established through the surety and specificity of an act of the legislature because of its extreme effects on Wisconsin families and businesses. Such action could stem the tide of confusion and anxiety being experienced by employers and employees all across the state. “Further, Governor Evers needs to articulate the specific information he received which caused contradiction between his Friday statement ‘I believe that we’ll be able to avoid [a shelter-in-place order]’ and today’s statement that he will make such an order effective tomorrow. “Additionally, last week I requested the Governor and Attorney General provide details as to how the government’s actions abide by the constitutional strict scrutiny that is required. Their continued silence on these issues is unacceptable given the precipitously negative impacts on civil rights and the economy. “Because of the Governor’s extreme step, I believe the legislature should consider the following protections for Wisconsin citizens: Require legislative approval of any statewide “shelter-in-place” order for reasons of pandemic or infectious disease Require legislative passive review of any “Emergency Declaration” after 30 days, with affirmative approval needed for a state of emergency lasting longer than 60 days Require a written report detailing the satisfaction of strict scrutiny concerns be given to the legislature prior to a ban of gatherings of 50 or fewer is to be in effect Require an immediate report to the legislature of arrests for mass gathering violations “The constitution was not designed to be disregarded in a time of crisis, in fact, it was specifically designed to be most valuable and applicable during times of crisis when liberties are most at risk.”

Sen. Craig Responds to Gov. Evers’ State of the State Address

“Republican legislative majorities will continue to take a commonsense approach and govern responsibly by limiting government overreach while supporting a free-market economy, which is the very recipe that has led to one of the most prosperous decades in state history.” 

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