Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

33rd Assembly candidate forum


Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was not able to attend last night’s candidate forum.  However, Joe Petrie from the Waukesha Freeman was there.

Taxes, the economy and jobs dominated the discussion Tuesday, with each candidate telling the audience why they’re the best person for the job.

“At this point, nothing is sacred,” candidate Brian Dorow said when asked about where he would like to see spending reduced. “I’m in favor of cuts across the board.”

Candidate Steve Ksobiech said he also agreed on cuts across the board to reduce spending; however, candidate Chris Kapenga elaborated further and said if elected he would work to eliminate pension for state lawmakers, saying few private companies use the practice anymore.

Kapenga also said he would push for vast privatization, saying privatizing can save 20 percent to 50 percent in costs.

Candidate Joe Deklotz said he would work to address the projected $2.7 billion deficit for the upcoming biennium budget by looking to reduce fraud, waste and abuse, and by finding better ways to administer some programs.

“There’s always better ways of doing things,” he said.

When asked if they support re-instituting the qualified economic offer for school districts, Kapenga said he was in favor of it. However, Ksobiech, Deklotz and Dorow said they would want to see changes made to the QEO before it would be brought back because the rule was flawed.

The candidate forum was sponsored by the Lake Country Reporter. I’m surprised the Republican Party isn’t sponsoring one like they did when Scott Newcomer was first elected. The winner of the Republican Primary will replace Rep. Scott Newcomer, who declined to run for re-election. There is no Democrat on the ballot.

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