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When I was growing up, my parents ingrained in me the idea that anyone who worked hard could go as far as their dreams would take them. It was through them that I got my first glimpse of the American Dream.
But some these days feel that dream has become out of reach for them and their families. With that in mind, this week I introduced our Freedom and Prosperity budget proposal. Our plan works to restore the American Dream right here in Wisconsin by focusing on our priorities.
As you know, one of our top priorities is lowering the property tax burden on the hardworking taxpayers across the state. Largely because of our reforms and the flexibility we gave to local governments, property taxes on a typical home in Wisconsin are now $131 less than they were in 2010.
Remember when we had leaders who faced down evil instead of appeasing it? Instead of making excuses and doing nothing to put an end to the evil that is so obviously spreading around the world? I'm thinking specifically of 2 moments during my own lifetime: "Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall!" and "I can hear you. I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon."
The first was President Ronald Reagan demanding that the Russians end their neo-slavery practices and let the people of Eastern Europe be free.
The second is George W. Bush giving a speech to the teams of rescue workers searching the rubble of the World Trade Center for survivors.
Those were moments in my personal American history when I felt proud to be an American because our leaders at those times were not afraid to fight for good.
I think the title of the article is very poorly written but the content is interesting.
I don't just like Governor Scott Walker as a presidential candidate because he is my governor. I like him because he has the characteristics and resume to unite the Republican Party behind him (the article calls it the conservative and moderate wings of the party but I refer to it as the 'establishment and grassroots' wings).
Walker has the kind of approach that doesn't marginalize any particular group but, instead, recognizes the strengths that come from our differences. The establishment folks generally bring large checks to help the campaigns and the grassroots bring the labor and enthusiasm to do the outreach. Both are critical to winning campaigns.
This week, we announced a plan to give the University of Wisconsin System full flexibility of its uses of state resources to better serve those seeking higher education.
Our reforms will allow for a stronger UW System and provide the tools that they need to grow and thrive and continue to provide a world-class education to the hardworking students and families of this great state.
Under our plan, the University of Wisconsin System will receive a block grant and have independent authority over spending. This gives Campus Leadership the flexibility and freedom to continue to innovate, as well as the ability to compete for the best and the brightest to educate our children and the future leaders of tomorrow, while saving the taxpayers of Wisconsin $150 million a year.
That’s real savings, and it ensures fiscal certainty for the UW System in the years to come.