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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Robin Vos wants an answer: How much would a recall cost?


State Rep. Vos (R-Burlington) is co-chair of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. He sent the following today:



October 12, 2011

Kevin Kennedy

Director and General Counsel

Government Accountability Board

212 E. Washington Ave.

Madison, WI 53703

 

 

Dear Director Kennedy,

I would like to formally request a cost estimate of a statewide recall election. Recently, your office

compiled a thorough assessment of the taxpayer cost of conducting this summer’s recall elections per my request. Your findings concluded that the total cost exceeded $2.1 million. With this figure in mind, I believe that Wisconsin taxpayers should know the estimated cost of running a statewide election before petitions are circulated. Taxpayers need this cost estimate so they can make a better informed decision as to how their tax dollars should be spent. This is essential information because the recall election costs will have a direct impact on all county and local government budgets.

An editorial in the Los Angeles Times this morning says that our state should “forget the recall election” since recalls would “worsen partisanship and usually fail” following that state’s experience of a gubernatorial recall election. While my efforts to recall the recalls with a constitutional amendment will not impact any recall efforts this year, I hope that taxpayers realize the ramifications that will follow a statewide recall, especially the financial ramifications on their local governments.

Thank you for providing this information to my office and to the taxpayers of Wisconsin.

Sincerely,

Robin J. Vos

State Representative

63rd Assembly District

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