Speaker Vos Statement on 2015-16 Legislative Session
“The legislative session was one of the most conservative on record.”
Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) made this statement following the conclusion of the final Assembly floor day for the 2015-16 legislative session.
“I’m proud of the conservative agenda in the Assembly this session. Wisconsin became the 25th Right to Work state. We approved prevailing wage reforms and modernized the civil service system. The Governmental Accountability Board will soon be replaced, the John Doe statutes were reformed, and the campaign finance laws were updated.
“Assembly Republicans followed through on our promises that were set out in our Forward Agenda. We balanced the budget, cut taxes on middle class families, and held the line on property taxes. Wisconsin continues to have a record amount in the state’s rainy day fund.
“We also invested in important priorities for the state: education, health care for the poor and the prescription drug program for seniors. The Assembly voted to expand resources for individuals with dementia and their families, approved legislation to increase access to mental health care, and continued efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic with the H.O.P.E. Agenda.
“I want to thank the members of the Assembly for working together. The latest Legislative Reference Bureau analysis shows that roughly 94 percent of the laws passed this session received bipartisan support in the Assembly.
“It’s clear that our legislative work is making a difference in Wisconsin. Our economy is thriving, more people are finding work, our schools are excellent and Wisconsin continues to move forward.”