January 23, 2017
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I'm back! For the majority of last year, I was unable to send out Capitol Updates as my office complied with the Legislature's "Rule of 50." This law limits the amount of constituent correspondence sent out by elected officials during election years in order to maintain the integrity of the democratic process. Now that the election is over and we are beginning a new year and a new legislative session, I am pleased to resume my Capitol Updates. I hope you will find the information in this e-newsletter useful.
On January 3rd of this year, I was honored to be sworn in to my sixth term in state office. I was joined by my family: my wife, Judge Rebecca Mason, and our three children Eleanor Roosevelt Mason, Amelia Earhart Mason, and Cory H. Mason V. I am thrilled to continue to represent the people of Wisconsin's 66th Assembly District, serving the people of the City of Racine.
Water Sustainability Act
As we begin the new legislative session, I am authoring the Water Sustainability Act, legislation that will protect our precious natural resources and defend our environment. I have authored legislation with Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) that protects our state's water for the benefit of all Wisconsinites. This legislation seeks to upgrade our laws and environmental standards in order to identify areas where water withdrawals are not sustainable and utilize scientific advances to bring those unsustainable withdrawals back in balance. Senator Miller and I are reintroducing the bill, as the majority party declined to even hold a public hearing on this bill last session. For more information, check out this article published by the Wisconsin Gazette.
State of the State
January 10th, Governor Scott Walker delivered his State of the State address that once again demonstrated he is out of touch with Wisconsin's middle class families. Over the course of his speech the Governor failed to offer meaningful solutions to the growing student debt crisis, our stagnant job creation, or the transportation funding crisis currently affecting millions of people across our state. Gov. Walker also failed to mention protecting our air or water even once. I will be fighting to hold both Governor Walker and legislative Republicans accountable for their actions this session as they continue to ignore our state's most pressing policy problems and remove accountability from government.
Labor Hearing re Project Labor Agreements
Tomorrow the Assembly Committee on Labor, which I serve on, will discuss a bill that continues Wisconsin Republicans' assault on unions. Assembly Bill 24, authored by Representative Rob Hutton (R- Brookfield) and Senator Leah Vukmir (R- Brookfield) seeks to prohibit the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) by local governments. This bill unnecessarily eliminates local government decisions that create family-supporting jobs. PLAs between contractors and local governments have ensured success in project management for all involved parties. In fact, studies prove that PLAs increase workplace safety and diversity in the workforce, including helping veterans, women, and minorities find jobs that pay a living wage. During this hearing I look forward to listening to members of the community discuss why this bill is wrong for Wisconsin workers. I encourage you to read more about this important issue here, and to follow along with the progress of the bill here.
The opportunity to hear from my constituents is the most important part of my job and significantly informs my perspective as your Representative. If you have any questions, comments, or need help navigating our state government, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may contact my office by phone at (888) 534-0066, via email at Rep.Mason@legis.wi.gov, or by following me on Facebook.
66th Assembly District