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Capitol Update: Marklein seeks input from constituents for fall session
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As families prepare to return to school and we get ready for fall, I am seeking your input as I prepare for the fall legislative session.

Following is a 10-question survey to seek your thoughts on a number of relevant legislative issues and concepts that we will be discussing in the coming months. This survey is one of many tools I use to learn more about the preferences of the residents of the 17th Senate District.

The survey is available online at or please feel free to fill out this copy and return it to me at PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707 or via fax at 608-282-3557. Please submit your survey by Oct. 30.

2015 Legislative Survey

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1. What issue is most important to you? (Mark one.)

• Lower Taxes

• Education Reform

• Health Care Reform

• Environmental Issues

• Economic Development

• Public Safety

2. What issue is most important to the 17th Senate District? (Mark one.)

• Rural education initiatives.

• Rural medicine initiatives.

• Rural road programs.

• Technical education.

• Agricultural issues.

• Property taxes.

3. What do you think is most important to encourage economic development in the 17th Senate District? (Mark one.)

• Fewer regulations.

• More investment in technical education.

• Better roads / infrastructure.

• Government grants, loans and tax credits.

4. How can we best improve public education in Wisconsin? (Choose your two top ideas.)

• More funding.

• State - based standards and accountability.

• Consolidating smaller school districts.

• Sharing services.

• Local control and decision making.

• More standardized tests.

• Fewer standardized tests.

5. Which taxes need reform? (Mark one.)

• Income taxes.

• Property taxes.

• Estate/Death taxes.

• Sales tax.

• Gas tax.

6. How should we pay for road construction? (Mark one.)

• Increase the gas tax.

• Create a toll road system.

• Redirect spending from megaprojects in Milwaukee.

• Spend less on other state programs and put more money into transportation.

• Borrow / Bond for more funding.

• Increase vehicle registration fee.

7. Do you support or oppose legislation that would require our state government to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for our finances and budgeting? (Mark one.)

• Support

• Oppose

• Undecided

8. Do you support or oppose reforming the Government Accountability Board (GAB)? (Mark one.)

• Support

• Oppose

• Undecided

9. If there is a future budget surplus, how should Wisconsin use those funds? (Mark one.)

• Spend more on public education.

• Give it to the University System.

• Return it to the taxpayers in a tax refund.

• Property tax relief.

• Transportation funding.

• Put it into a Rainy Day fund.

• Pay down debt.

10. Please share additional comments, input and ideas.

For more information and to connect with me, visit my website and subscribe to my weekly E-Update by sending an email to Do not hesitate to call 800-978-8008 if you have input, ideas or need assistance with any state-related matters.

- Sen. Howard Marklein represents Wisconsin's 17th Senate District. His column is published Mondays in the Times.