“Lets continue to bring Wisconsin back to the people and make our state the BEST through Bold Ideas and Conservative Values!” Jesse Kremer
“As a free market capitalist,
I believe that government should stay out of the way.”
I feel that our legislature and Governor Walker have lit a fire in a state of apathy to rise up, get aggressive, tackle tough financial issues, open the state for business, and begin utilizing our God-given natural resources. Wisconsin has turned the tide and is now a beacon of hope for surrounding states. During the last election, I was the only candidate who openly discussed “Right to Work” on my website and flyers – we got it done! The following are some more of my proposals and ideas related to jobs and the economy:
#1. No Government Mandated Minimum Wage Hikes. Allowing government to artificially increase the minimum wage is a job killer and an economy buster. By forcing this unsustainable burden on our local businesses, these wage hikes will hurt those that backers of an increase are looking to protect – individuals on fixed incomes and lower level employees. Costs will be passed on to consumers and employees will be laid off so that the business can survive in this environment. I am a free market capitalist and believe the government should stay out of the way.
#2. “Employee Education Account”. In an effort to help employers retain employees and allow workers to achieve their long-term goals, I am proposing an “Employee Education Account”.
- Similar to a blend of a 529, contributions to the account from the employer and employee will be tax deductible (up to a certain dollar amount, $3100 in 2015).
- Employers could use a vesting program similar to a 401k. This would give employees an incentive to remain at a place of employment for a longer period of time.
- Employees who had no hope of educating themselves would have an avenue to either advance at their current employer through continuing education or allow them to eventually attain an education to fulfill their aspirations and long-term dreams.
#3. Interchange Fee Reform. This proposal is a job creator, will save businesses millions, and will touch every business that collects taxes – small and large. When a credit card is used by a consumer, the business is charged a merchant fee for the transaction. For example, a $100 purchase may have a $0.30 + 2.9% fee, or $3.20 fee that is payable to the card processor. That $100 purchase also had sales taxes of at least 5%, or $5.00. So what is the problem? The consumer will pay $100 + $5 for the item with their credit card – $105 total. The business pays the interchange fee on the entire transaction, including the taxed portion – $3.35 total fees. The problem is that the business is paying a processing fee on the tax portion of the transaction. This fee comes out of the business’ pocket. For a simple $100 transaction, that business would have saved $0.15.
#4. Audit Interest Rate Reduction. At the request of some constituents, I authored a bill that received a hearing in 2015, but did not advance out of committee. I will continue to promote the idea that audit interest penalties fall in line with market rates. Here is the scenario, when an unintentional error is found in a taxpayers return, the taxpayer is currently required to pay a fixed 1980′s interest rate of 12%. If the Department of Revenue (DOR), though, owes the taxpayer, the interest received by the taxpayer is considerably lower – a real market rate. My goal is to level the playing field and allow tax filers who are audited and do not intentionally defraud the system also to pay interest owed at a market rate.
#5. Personal Property Tax Elimination. Ensure that small businesses have the ability to be passed down from one generation to the next and expand without threat of increased local taxes on property owned by the business.
This has been a touchy subject, but one that I am comfortable discussing. I do not believe that there should be any increases in gas taxes or registration fees until inefficiencies at Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation (DOT) have been addressed and we have exhausted additional reforms to the funding of the transportation system. The department is currently being audited.
This past session, I put forth a bill that would place a moratorium on some of the non-essential items (closed circuit cameras, overhead message boards and railroad crossing arms on ramps) that are installed in large-scale road projects. This was a step too far for the DOT and did not advance out of committee. I was also a strong proponent of the 2015-2017 budget’s prevailing wage reforms. Although these were passed into law, they have yet to take effect and show their full potential and immense benefit to our local municipalities and school districts.
I also protected the Mass Transit Fund by preventing operational costs of the City of Milwaukee’s commuter rail from tapping the system – operational costs that will likely balloon out of control in future years. There is no reason that residents of the 59th should be required to fork over additional money for a trolley that circles a few city blocks. We have already paid into the system through federal stimulus and grant dollars to the tune of $69 million!
Public Safety and the 2nd Amendment
“Our freedoms are a right guaranteed by the Founding Fathers through the US Constitution and no one, not even the government, has the right to water them down or take them away.”
Rep. Jesse Kremer
Jesse is a veteran of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, a proud member of the NRA and American Legion, endorsed by CEO of Delta Defense and founder of the US Concealed Carry Association’s Tim Schmidt, and endorsed by the Kewaskum Police Union.
#1. “Campus Carry Act” - I will continue to promote my “Campus Carry Act” legislation that would allow concealed carry in public college buildings. The goal is two-fold, prevention and protection:
- Prevention – Students are known soft targets walking to and from campus early in the morning and late into the evening. Criminals are well aware of their vulnerability.
- Protection – To stop treating our students as lesser citizens simply because they attend college. Law abiding students, age 21 and older, who have a concealed carry permit, would be given the option of personal protection.
#2. Rural Ambulance Staffing – There is a real concern in smaller communities regarding a shortage of EMTs while these same services are attempting to increase the level of services, i.e. Basic EMTs to Advanced/Intermediate EMTs, that they provide. I am actively researching legislation to address these issues.
Education & Common Core
#1. School Standards – Although we have mandated that school board’s vote annually on the curriculum that will be used by the school district, I remain cautiously optimistic that the Common Core federal outcome based education initiatives will be replaced by our school boards. There is a massive gap and disconnect between high school outcomes and the expectations of state colleges and universities. I strongly believe that a board of Wisconsin private and public four year and technical college professors should write the standards for schools in Wisconsin to ensure that the futures of our children are based on outcomes rather than the cookie cutter expectations that the federal government has imposed through state coercion.
#2. Public School Mandates – Although I proposed the removal of the mandatory start date requirement through a budget amendment, it is obvious that this will not occur. To allow school district more flexibility and to realize cost-savings, I have been working with superintendents throughout the district and the Fox Valley to remove the mandatory hours (“seat time”) requirement. Use of this tool would be restricted to higher performing schools and an incentive for underachieving schools so that they can remain competitive with their charter and voucher school counterparts.
#3. “Student Privacy Act” – Schools must protect student privacy, dignity and an all-around safe learning environment for every student. If re-elected, I will continue to push my bill in the coming session to mandate reasonable accommodations be given to all students, regardless of gender identity, bullying, etc. The bill would also require that every communal restroom and locker room be designated by biological sex. The federal government has begun to actively pressure school districts to not only allow transgender students to use the opposite sex bathrooms, but to also allow them the ability to change and shower with the opposite sex – something that a short time ago would have been construed as sexual harassment. I will continue to fight for social boundaries that exist for a reason.
#4. Transfer of College Credits from Tech System to UW – This is an issue that I thought had been resolved years ago. Currently, every individual UW college must have an agreement with every individual tech college for each individual course. (Interestingly enough, the same course from one four year UW to another don’t often transfer either!)
There have been circumstances where a course at the technical college is being taught by the same instructor for the same course at a UW down the road – and there is no reciprocity from tech to UW! Additionally, if one UW college accepts a course from the technical college system, that doesn’t mean that another UW college will accept those credits.
These policies are archaic, absurd, an absolute waste of student’s time and resources, and may even be a barrier for them to attend an institution of higher learning down the road. Why? So that individual college professors and UW schools can protect their fiefdoms and soak students for cash.
Pro-Family & Pro-Life
I will continue to fight for the pre-born! I was the first-term author of the recently-signed-into-law “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (aka the 20 week abortion ban.) I was also one of the first legislators to co-sponsor bills that would prevent federal Title X funding and over-billing of the Medicaid program for prescription drugs by Planned Parenthood. I have also been, and will continue to be, a staunch supporter of the fetal body parts/research legislation, an absolutely gruesome and abhorrent practice.
Fiscal Responsibility & Welfare
I have authored a proposal to include photo identification on FoodShare (food stamp) debit cards in Wisconsin in an effort to prevent fraud. I will continue to push for fraud prevention and abuse of programs that are intended for those who fall on hard times.
Personal Privacy and 4th Amendment Rights
#1. Body Camera Legislation – Although body cameras are an excellent, albeit very expensive, tool for law enforcement, there are serious privacy concerns regarding their use – especially when victims, witnesses and personal property are involved. Although three states have enacted legislation to address body cameras, there is no statewide legislation in Wisconsin that would prevent a nosy neighbor or trolling burglar from viewing the interior of a private residence that was recorded during a call for service by the police the night prior. Additionally, there are no protections for any potential witnesses or victims who may appear in these videos.
#2. Execution of Search Warrants in Outside Jurisdictions – Example: The City of Waukesha would like to execute a search warrant in the Village of Germantown. The Waukesha PD receives a warrant from a Waukesha County judge, rolls into Germantown at 2 AM with 15 police officers, searches a home, arrests an individual, and leaves the village – unbeknownst to anyone in the Germantown Police Department, authorities who are responsible to the taxpayers of their jurisdiction. There are a couple of issues to consider: First, should the jurisdictional authorities where a warrant is being executed at least be informed that a search/arrest is taking place? Secondly, shouldn’t a judge within the jurisdiction where the warrant is being executed be the issuing judge? I am actively seeking input and researching this topic.
#3. “Black Box” Vehicle Data Recorders – Although this bill advanced out of committee, the automotive manufacturer lobby killed it behind the scenes before it could receive a floor vote. I will continue a push to codify that the owner of the vehicle is the owner of the data and, barring a police investigation, should not be released or tracked by anyone without the owner’s expressed, written permission. Preventing access to this data must also not be a reason to deny, terminate, or remove coverage from an insurance policy.
It should come as no surprise that I am not a fan of subsidized government energy. Regardless of my personal ideology, there are obvious health issues related to wind power. I, and several other legislators, asked for a health study related to Wisconsin wind turbines in the 2015-2017 biennial budget. The study was not approved. At the request of numerous Fond du Lac County constituents, I am continuing to push for an outside study regarding the obvious health problems and hope to find a middle-ground consensus that energy companies and wind turbine neighbors will be able to tolerate.