GOVERNMENT Assembly District 4
(Includes Allouez, Ashwaubenon and portions of Green Bay, Hobart and Howard) PROFILE Name: Michael Malcheski (D) Residence: Ashwaubenon Job: Former partnership director for the U.S. Department of Commerce and former executive director of Shawano County Economic Progress Inc. Political Experience: First term on Village of Ashwaubenon Board of Trustees Education: Bachelor’s in technical marketing – UW Superior Web site: candidatemalcheski.org 1. Malcheski: I would first need to look at the “specific” items that some think are too restrictive and the options for change for the better – not simply removing legislation for the sake of doing it. 2. Malcheski: Wisconsin values its environment ahead of short-term gains, and welcomes the value of the Tribe’s perspective and rights and laws as partners. Mining can be conducted in an environmentally safe way, but it has to be done
with a long-term plan and technology that returns the properties in question to a safe and useable status. 3. Malcheski: Possibly, I’d have to see the language first and the judgment “limitations.” 4. Malcheski: Wisconsin needs “fair” taxation, not a continued cutting to maintain its ability to provide for the needs of the citizens.
Assembly District 52
(Includes Fond du Lac, Oakfield and rural portions of southern Fond du Lac County) 1. Thiesfeldt: Overall, taxes are still too high in Wisconsin. I join with many of my colleagues in seeking to implement an income tax reduction. This can be accomplished either through a rate adjustment or a revamp of the tax code to make it simpler and fairer. Individuals and employers alike are burdened by the complicated nature of our state’s tax code. I advocate eliminating the tax on personal property because it requires paying taxes on the same products year after year. It also acts as a disincentive to purchasing new products since they will be taxed more heavily. 2. Thiesfeldt: The mining bill received not even one vote from my Democrat colleagues. I don’t for a moment believe that there were no Democrats in the state legislature supportive of the bill. They were simply unwilling to give a victory to the governor at the same time they were supporting his eventual unsuccessful recall. It is time to set aside the partisanship that
2012 New North B2B Questionnaire for Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Candidates 1. Despite some legislation during the past two years to make Wisconsin an easier place to do business, some economic development professionals still feel there’s more tax and regulatory challenges the legislature can minimize to help existing employers remain in the state and grow, as well as to help promising highgrowth firms get off the ground and compete globally from Wisconsin. What proposals would you support to further improve the state’s toolbox for economic development? 2. Once again this past year, mining regulations took center stage as a proposal from Gogebic Taconite to add hundreds of jobs in northern Wisconsin fell apart as a result of the company’s frustration’s with the state’s regulatory permitting process. From your perspective, what commentary, if any, did this episode provide on our state? If some other attempt to revise the state’s mining regulations surfaced again in the next two years, where might you stand on the issue?
3. Some aspect of tort reform seems to come up during each biennial state legislative campaign, but there hasn’t been much serious effort to put any meaningful change in place. As a measure of controlling frivolous lawsuits in the state, would you support any changes to Wisconsin law allowing defendants to seek default judgments against plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit deemed without any merit? 4. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau predicted earlier this year that Wisconsin could face an estimated $143 million deficit for fiscal 2013 due to revenue shortfalls stemming from fewer tax collections from income, sales and property taxes, all of which have continued to succumb to larger continued economic pressures. What cuts would you recommend in the first six months of the next legislative term to help alleviate any budget deficit? (Editor’s note: In the time since candidates received these questions in mid-August, the LFB has since projected a surplus for the current fiscal year.)
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