Over the past few weeks, I have had many of my constituents and members of the media ask me about the legislative agenda for the 101st session which begins Jan. 7. Our agenda will focus on private-sector job creation, income tax relief, regulatory reform and improving our schools. I intend to see this agenda through as the new speaker of the Assembly. However, even with the new title and responsibilities, my top priority has been and will continue to be serving my constituents in the 63rd Assembly District.

As I went door to door this summer and attended various festivals and parades, I heard first-hand what my neighbors and friends want done at the state Capitol. My constituents told me they want less government in their lives and fewer tax dollars taken out of their paychecks. They want to see more jobs not only in our area, but throughout Wisconsin. They want better schools for their children so students are prepared to succeed in college and the workforce. This input was so important and it helped shape the agenda that we will be tackling this session in the state Assembly.

This fall, when I made trips throughout the district in Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant, Burlington, Rochester, Yorkville and Union Grove, I also heard directly that people do not want a state health care exchange. I too believe that Gov. Walker’s decision was a sound one for the future of Wisconsin. By not establishing a state exchange, we’re protecting taxpayers from what could be a massive drain on our state budget.

These past two years, we’ve been working hard to get the state’s finances back in order. We took a $3.6 billion deficit and turned it into a surplus. The state is now set to begin the new two year state budget with the largest beginning balance since 2001. We’ve paid off our old bills and made the necessary reforms to help balance future budgets without raising taxes. We also set aside money in the rainy day fund for the first time in two consecutive years. These good budgeting decisions have paid off for the state. Property taxes declined statewide for the first time in more than a decade. Constituents have told me time and time again that they know our reforms are working and we should continue to keep up the good work.

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Each week my office hears from hundreds of constituents either by

email or phone. I respond to every constituent email and try to personally return every phone call. When you do contact the office, be sure you include your address and phone number so we know how to reach you. You can e-mail me at rep.vos@legis.wi.gov, message me on Facebook or tweet something to me on Twitter. If you’d rather call my Madison office, the number is (608) 266-9171 or toll-free at (888) 534-0063. You can send mail to Office of Rep. Robin Vos, P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708. Be sure to visit my official website, repvos.com and sign up for my weekly e-update to learn about the latest news in state government that impacts your life. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is the speaker-elect of the Wisconsin Assembly. He represents the 63rd Assembly District.

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