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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The following appears in the latest edition of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and is re-printed here with permission of the publisher.
A year of restoring fiscal discipline and fighting Obamacare
By Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Together we have done a lot to restore fiscal discipline and stop the implementation of ObamaCare in
When I was inaugurated the State of
Instead, we asked public employees to contribute to their own pension and healthcare plans. While it was a bold political move, what we were asking for was actually modest in comparison to private sector employees. We asked government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health insurance premium; about half of what those in the private sector contribute.
We made the structural reforms necessary to eliminate our state’s deficit and allow local units of government to balance their budgets.
The reforms we put in place are working for taxpayers all across
In addition to eliminating the deficit we’ve also fought hard to oppose ObamaCare and the negative impact it would have on small businesses. We need to end the federal government’s encroachment on our state’s rights. If implemented ObamaCare would eliminate jobs and cost small businesses $830 million in lost sales revenue according to the National Federation of Independent Business.
That is why, on my first day in office, I directed Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to join the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of this overreaching measure. This lawsuit is currently scheduled to be heard by the United States Supreme Court with a decision expected by early next summer. My sincere hope is that this measure will be found to be unconstitutional and that our state’s ability to maintain control over our health insurance market will be preserved.
I remain opposed to the implementation of Obamacare in our state, and will continue to fight for healthcare policies that encourage personal responsibility, help those who are truly in need, and are ultimately based on the free market.
We have done a lot in a year, but we have more work to do. These founding principles can be reaffirmed by continually challenging the status quo, while always remembering that it is more important to think of the next generation than the next election.
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