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Assembly Session Wrap-up

Our economic climate is beginning to improve, and thousands of public workers remain on the job as state and local governments have avoided massive layoffs thanks to the savings realized by Act 10.

I have written before about the accomplishments of the 2011-2012 biennial legislature. We worked hard to balance the budget, rein in the size of government, and hold the line on taxes. And our reforms are working. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate now stands at 6.9%--the lowest it has been since 2008, and Wisconsin has added nearly 18,000 private sector jobs in 2012 alone. Our economic climate is beginning to improve, and thousands of public workers remain on the job as state and local governments have avoided massive layoffs thanks to the savings realized by Act 10.

It has also been a busy year in the Knodl office. Over the biennium, I authored nine bills three of which were signed into law. I cosponsored 84 bills, resolutions, and joint resolutions. I proposed over a half of billion dollars in cuts during the budget process, and I have cast close to 800 votes on the floor of the Assembly. Since January of 2011, my office has been visited by countless constituents, a handful of angry protesters, and we’ve still managed to respond to 7,742 constituent contacts—that works out to an average of nearly 20 a day!

It has been a busy year in Madison, I'm proud of all we were able to accomplish, and I have been honored to represent each and every constituent of the 24th Assembly District. Serving as your elected representative in the State Assembly is more than public service, it has been challenging yet fun and rewarding.

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