COMMITTED TO

PROTECTING OUR 2ND AMMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS

FIGHTING TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN AND VULNERABLE

BUILDING OUR WORKFORCE BY INVESTING IN ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION

INCREASE FUNDING FOR LOCAL ROADS WITHOUT RAISING TAXES

REFORMING TAXES FOR OUR HARD WORKING FAMILIES AND SENIORS

CLOSING THE DARK STORE LOOPHOLE

CONTINUING THE FIGHT AGAINST OPIOID ABUSE

I am committed to shaping practical solutions for local government.

 

I am a common every day person, conservative in nature,  just like you who works hard for your money and spends it wisely.

 

                                I ask that you consider me when you vote.

 LIST OF ISSUES

TAXES

My track record speaks for itself.  In nearly 12 years as a Washington County Board Supervisor and as County Board Chairman, I have been a responsible steward of the taxpayer's money.  During that same period I advocated for a more transparent County government allowing us to peel back the layers of bureaucracy, enabling us to operate more efficiently and cost effective.  I have brought that same mindset with me to Madison.

I am open to reviewing levy limits, the expenditure restraint program, and education aid formulas to ensure that there is fairness and that local needs are met when distributing state aids.  

 

I support a requirement that schools seek qualified bids for their projects on the same basis that we require local towns, cities, and counties.

OPIOIDS

I have been on the forefront for Washington County to help solve this problem.

TRANSPORTATION

Washington County has done well maintaining its highways without raising taxes.  I will advocate for the same in Madison. 

CLOSE DARK STORE LOOPHOLE

I served on the Review Committee for Property Assessment Practices and I will continue to advocate for fair assessment practices for homeowners and big box stores.

QUALITY HEALTH CARE

I will never vote to eliminate pre-existing conditions from insurance plans.  Direct Primary Care and the Wisconsin Healthcare Stability Plan which will reduce premiums for those on private health plans are initiatives I support.  The Healthcare Stability Plan opens the market to other insurance providers further reducing healthcare options.

 

I support other life-saving treatment options including Right-To-Try and possession of CBD oil for certain medical conditions when prescribed by a physician.

 

More needs to be done with addressing mental health issues in schools and society, such as expanding programs like child psychiatry consultation and aid for student mental health in schools.

I have a proven track record of protecting the frail, elderly, and vulnerable.  As caregiver for my parents I know the importance of programs like family care and senior care.  I was an only child who gave up career opportunities outside of the state to remain here to care for my aging parents.  I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our society, especially the unborn. 

 

As chairman of the Washington County Aging Disability Resource Center Board I made sure the elderly and those with disabilities were getting the services they needed.  Early in my county board career, I fought successfully to keep the countywide shared ride taxi so people in need can have a safe and affordable way of getting to work and their medical appointments.

 

While Chairman of the Washington County Board of Health I worked with legislators in Madison to change legislation so we could merge health departments with Ozaukee County. That merger saves taxpayers $250,000 per year and has improved services.   This Joint Board of Health is now a Level III health department, the highest level that can be achieved.  It is recognized nationally and is a model for other counties and municipalities to follow nationwide.

EDUCATION

 

As a graduate of UW-Washington County and UW-Oshkosh quality education is a top priority for me.  Not only is education the key to success for the individual and families, but education is the future that will drive our economy.  That is why we need to continue to make responsible investments in all forms of education from K-12 to higher education.   Our educated workforce will be prepared to keep Wisconsin moving forward.

 

I support funding all forms of education not just public schools but private, charter, and home schools.  All parents should have the right to choose where they send their children to get the best education possible. Democrats have pledged to not only raise taxes, but to defund school choice and divert those funds to public schools only.

 

I am willing to adjust aid formulas to address inconsistencies in education aid.  I voted to increase

sparsity aid to schools which included the West Bend and Slinger School districts.

I voted to approve the $100 million School Safety Grant.  All schools in Washington County who applied received the funds they requested.   Each school determines the best use of these funds.  40% of this aid is earmarked for mental health programs which is a proactive approach in resolving school safety issues. 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Washington County is very fortunate to have two excellent continuing education options MPTC and UWM-WC in Washington County.  As a graduate of UWWC I support the reforms that expanded learning opportunities such as private and public partnerships at our technical colleges and the merger of UWWC with UW-Milwaukee.

 

Both offer great affordable educational opportunities that allow students to live and work in the community while attending classes.   Attendance at these local options encourages our students to choose Washington County as their future workplace and home. 

 

I further support youth apprenticeship programs in our high schools and expansion to our middle schools.

I support continuing the tuition freeze for UW system schools to ease the cost for resident undergraduates and will support practical funding for classroom instruction.  

Paid for by Rick Gundrum for 58th Assembly District

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