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Monday, January 7, 2013

 3:09 PM 

Fitzgerald calls on senators to 'transcend bitterness of the recalls'

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald today called on his fellow senators to “transcend the bitterness of the recalls” and work together to move the state forward.

Fitzgerald, who returned today to the post he held until Dems won the majority last year through two waves of recall elections, touted the reforms lawmakers pushed through in the last session to put the state in a better spot now than it was two years ago with a balanced budget and an improving climate for business owners.

Fitzgerald noted some of his former colleagues paid a price for refusing “to put their jobs ahead of what they thought was best for our state” in approving those changes.

“But those days are behind us, and my hope for this session is to transcend the bitterness of the recalls and move forward together with a renewed spirit of bipartisanship and cooperation,” Fitzgerald said.

He called on lawmakers to build upon the reforms of the last session and to make Wisconsin “better and more prosperous for all.” To do that, he said one of the chamber’s top priorities will be legislation that “opens the door for safe and environmentally sound mining.”

He also pledged to make the state a friendlier place for jobs and to keep the spending in “line with taxpayers’ ability to pay.”

“As members, we may be defined by districts and party affiliation, but we are united by the desire to make our state a better place,” Fitzgerald said.


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