Have lieutenant governor lead statewide "small business roundtables"
"To ensure that the state and Wisconsin businesses have an open and ongoing dialog on the state of the economy, I will empower my Lieutenant Governor to head regular small business roundtables in all corners of the state."
Call special legislative session on jobs
Will, with first official act as governor, minutes after taking the oath of office, "declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature on cutting taxes for small businesses, curbing frivolous lawsuits, eliminating state tax on Health Savings Accounts and reorganizing the Department of Commerce."
Create and convene "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" Commission
"As part of my Emergency Jobs Plan, I will issue an executive order on my first day in office, creating this commission, directing it to meet within one week, and giving it the authority to access the books of all state agencies and go through them line-by-line. I will appoint a tough, private-sector chairman who will bring common sense to government spending and ensure that taxpayer money is being spent efficiently and effectively."
Eliminate state tax on Health Savings Accounts
Will "call on the legislature to eliminate the tax on Health Savings Accounts, taking effect immediately." This would be part of the special "economic emergency" session of the Legislature.
Improve deer hunt rules; return to 'traditional' hunts
Will return state "to traditional hunts – enough with T-Zones and Earn-a-Buck (programs related to herd management) – making Wisconsin the best place in the nation to hunt white tailed deer again."
Adopt strong "Castle Doctrine" law
Will adopt a strong "Castle Doctrine" law. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens’ rights to protect themselves in their own homes and anywhere they have a legal right to be, by adopting a strong Castle Doctrine law"
Lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions
Will lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions. "We must lower the tax burden for all individuals and job creators. Specifically, we can lower the tax on early stage and investment capital to make it more accessible to Wisconsin employers that want to stay in Wisconsin and expand while also luring start-ups to our state."
Cut manufacturing taxes
In a conference call Monday (Nov. 2, 2009) with reporters, Walker said his first budget would undo tax increases approved this year by the Legislature and implement cuts in manufacturing taxes, estate taxes and retirement taxes.
Freeze property taxes
“I want to lower the tax on employers, lower the tax on income, freeze property taxes and phase out retirement income taxes. States that have a lower tax burden have more jobs and better budgets, and its time Wisconsin was a better state to do business.”
Require cabinet to hold "brown bag lunches" with employees to find waste, fraud and abuse
Will require cabinet to hold "brown bag lunches" with employees to identify waste, fraud and abuse. “As part of my Waste, Fraud and Abuse Commission to find $300 million of savings for the taxpayers, I will issue an executive order requiring my cabinet secretaries to hold regular brown bag lunches with frontline workers to help identify cost savings and more efficient ways of providing services.”
Assure at least one Natural Resources Board member has a farming background
Will "ensure that at least one of the members of the Natural Resources Board comes from an agricultural background."
Restore Qualified Economic Offer system for school district bargaining
Will restore the Qualified Economic Offer in school district bargaining. "The Qualified Economic Offer (QEO), which helped hold down local school costs for more than 15 years, will be restored and tied to revenue caps to align each district’s expenses with their revenues."
Change mediation/arbitration rules for teacher unions to consider "local economic factors"
Will change mediation/arbitration rules. "Mediation and arbitration changes will also be needed to ensure that local economic factors are considered."
Remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools
Will "remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools."
Allow state to file or join lawsuits to block federal health care reform
Will allow state to file or join lawsuits to block federal health care reform. Said Walker: "We're going to pursue any and all legal options we have to keep this from being imposed on the people and businesses of Wisconsin."
Reopen tourism visitor centers closed under Gov. Jim Doyle
Will "use my experience as (Milwaukee) County Executive to work with the private sector to reopen these centers and make them self-sufficient. During my tenure, we were able to partner with the private sector to increase support for our parks and attractions."
Increase access to state lands for hunters
Will "increase access to state lands so hunters have more hunting opportunities."
Expand veterans board and let governor appoint all members
Will "support a requirement that there be one member from every congressional district in Wisconsin. The ninth member shall be a statewide at-large member. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate."
Stop Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail link on first day in office
Will stop Milwaukee-Madison high-speed rail line. said: "I am drawing a line in the sand Mr. President: No matter how much money you and Governor Doyle try to spend before the end of the year, I will put a stop to this boondoggle the day I take office."
Sign legislation requiring photo ID to vote
Will "sign into law a bill to require a photo ID to vote."
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