Clinton Anderson, Democrat
Address: 1679 Prairie Ave., Beloit
Job: College student
Education: Graduate, Beloit Memorial High School, 2011; associate degree, University of Wisconsin-Rock County, 2016; student, UW Whitewater, present
Community service: Youth hockey coach in Beloit, 2014 to present
Publicly held positions: none
What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? We can move money in the budget for transportation funding. We also may have to propose a slight increase in the gas tax. People are very disappointed that our infrastructure is so poor in Wisconsin. Our roads should be a high priority this legislative session.
Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? We should definitely consider it. The revenue cap has not been keeping up with the needs of the schools. Class sizes have increased, programs are getting cut and school resources are negatively impacted. We need to invest in our children’s education. The decrease in revenue has been hurting our children.
What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? There are many issues people have addressed to me. One that has been mentioned is clean government. People are not pleased with politicians working for their party and not for their constituents. They want nonpartisan redistricting and our government to be more ethical.
I would like to limit the time frame that bills can be proposed. We should also limit when they can take a vote on legislation.
Amy Loudenbeck, Republican
Address: 10737 S. Wisconsin Highway 140, Clinton
Job: Legislator and part-time farmer
Education: bachelor of arts in international relations and political science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991
Publicly held positions: State representative, 2011 to present; town of Clinton supervisor, 2010 to 2012
What should be done to fix Wisconsin’s transportation funding gap and why? Sustainable, equitable and adequate funding for transportation infrastructure is critical. As a member of the Joint Finance Committee, I will fight for the timely completion of Interstate 39/90 and for additional investment in local roads, bridges and highways. The solution must balance expenditures and revenues, just like a family budget.
I have been analyzing alternative funding mechanisms that could derive more revenue from all users of Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure system, including nonresidents, to ensure any solution does not place an undue burden on Wisconsin motorists. I also am eagerly awaiting the results of the DOT audit that was required by the Legislature to ensure that we identify and implement all potential cost-saving measures.
Wisconsin school districts are going to referendum in droves. Should the state consider adjusting its revenue cap on school districts? Why or why not? I am in favor of providing additional state support to our local school districts. In the upcoming legislative session I will work to ensure these resources are invested in educating our students and do not get absorbed by administrative overhead, redundant programs and nonacademic expenditures.
I will fight to ensure that increases in school funding are provided without raising the property tax burden on our families. This can be accomplished by providing either additional categorical aid or general school aid to local districts.
What do you see as the major issue in this campaign? Obviously, transportation funding and funding for K-12 education are major issues. State support for infrastructure and educating our children are important investments in the future to ensure Wisconsin long-term fiscal health and ability to remain competitive in a global economy.
Another major priority that I am committed to working on is supporting safe, prosperous communities. Safe communities, with appropriate infrastructure and amenities, provide the quality of life Wisconsin residents expect, while providing ample economic opportunities. This is truly critical as Wisconsin competes in a global marketplace, not only for business expansions and job creation, but also attracting and retaining the best and brightest to fill our workforce.
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