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Thursday, March 15, 2012

 4:14 PM 

Fitzgerald promises Republicans will run on records in recalls, fall during final floor remarks

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Republicans kept their promise to change the status quo and pledged they would run on their records in both the recall elections and this fall.

Delivering his final floor speech of the session, reminded the chamber of the state’s fiscal picture when Republicans took over both houses and the guv’s office following the 2010 elections.

Since then, he said, Republicans have passed a host of bills that have turned the tide on taxes and jobs.

Fitzgerald also went out of his way to single out his fellow recall targets for accomplishments this session, mention the “Wisconsin Wins” jobs bill sponsored by Van Wanggaard of Racine, the small business jobs tax credit from Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and rural enterprise zones from Pam Galloway of Wausau.

Fitzgerald also ticked off a series of GOP accomplishments this fall, including the castle doctrine, concealed carry and voter ID in addition to legislation he said has positioned the state for an economic turnaround.

“That’s why I’m proud to run on my record and my plan for the future, in the recalls and in November,” Fitzgerald said.

The Juneau Republican said there was still work to do, particularly mining regulations.

He also tried to push back against the notion of an overly partisan Legislature, saying almost 93 percent of bills that have been signed into law this session had at least some bipartisan support in one house of another, while only nine of the 123 passed strictly on party-line votes.

“That might seem hard to believe, but it’s true,” Fitzgerald said. “And I think that’s a testament to the fact that there’s more that brings us together than brings us apart.”


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