Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
The following appears in the latest edition of the Wisconsin Conservative Digest and is re-printed here with permission of the publisher.
"Just Doing my Job"
Budget is balanced, taxes are down, reforms are working
By State Senator Alberta Darling
Last summer, in the middle of the attempt to recall me, a man came up to me, shook my
hand and said, “Thank you for doing your job.”
That story always reminds me how ridiculous these recalls really are. We simply did the job we were elected to do. We balanced the budget without raising taxes and it is working!
Some state employees didn’t like the reforms we passed. Unlike most working families, the recession hadn’t affected them. The state picked up most, if not all, of their lavish health care benefits and did the same with their pensions. The contracts they locked in forced taxpayers to pay for perks that wouldn’t even occur to the average private sector worker. Perks like bus drivers earning six-figure salaries, employees calling in sick and still getting time and a half pay and teachers getting exclusive Cadillac health care plans offered by a provider created by their own unions.
Things had to change. Especially in a recession,
The truth is
Instead of making tough decisions, 14 Democrats fled to
In January 2011, newly elected
The Chicago Tribune remarked:
The recalls are also making it harder for legislators to work together to find solutions. It has created a divisive attitude in the capitol. Protestors are fewer now, but the hatred they spew is real. There have been threats against me and countless death threats toward Governor Walker and his family. If the recall is successful, these people win. If recall organizers are able to force another round of elections, taxpayers will have to decide if they want
Sen. Darling represents portions of Milwaukee, Ozaukee,
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