Rep. Warren Petryk
For my third consecutive term, it is once again my great privilege to serve as Chair of the Assembly Workforce Development Committee. As chair, I look forward to helping address Wisconsin's workforce needs, such as increasing the number of people in the workforce and doing what we can to strengthen our career pipelines for people in the state. In addition, I also was appointed to eight other committees that will allow me to strongly advocate for the needs of the people of the 93rd Assembly District.
Recently, Assembly Republicans sent a letter to the new governor specifying what our shared priorities this session should look like. One of those common priorities was lowering taxes for the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin.
Broadband internet access expansion has always been a priority for me and to the people of the 93rd Assembly District. According to a recent report by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nearly 783,000 people in Wisconsin lack access to at least one broadband service with a speed of 25/3 Mbps or better.
The start of a new legislative session is a humbling and special time for me. It provides a unique opportunity for elected officials to take stock in all of the progress that Wisconsin has made and a chance to reflect on our priorities and goals for the new legislative session.
With gun deer season behind us, we're looking to the final months of 2018 and our next session, which begins in January. Our state remains in excellent financial health, as the choices we've made over the last eight years have put our state on solid footing. We've returned $8 billion to Wisconsin families, deposited over $4 million to our state's rainy day fund, and we have a $2.1 billion budget surplus as we look to make further investments in education, transportation, and health care.