I am normally a very private person. I own a national mail-order business known as The Soap Lady, now in its 37th successful year, and I am a retired dairy farmer, so I know what it means to be fiscally responsible.
I am an artist who raises sheep for their wool so that I can spin and weave beautiful things. I have what many would see as the perfect life. We have three children and six grandchildren, all of whom live within an hour of home so I get to see them often. My husband and I worked hard the first half of our 40-year marriage to pay for our farm so that we could then save up for our retirement.
I am way out of my comfort zone running for public office, but I feel compelled to do so out of a sense of fairness.
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I have an agenda! I stand for:
• Creating Jobs.
The answer to creating jobs is supporting small business and entrepreneurship. Businesses created by our own, local, citizens are far more likely to grow and remain here. Luring big business from other states with promises of even more tax breaks creates a tax burden for the rest of us and, more often than not, produces low paying jobs.
• Getting big money out of politics.
This can be done by creating a constitutional amendment to CLEARLY specify that corporations are NOT people and money is NOT speech. Our Supreme Court has now removed aggregate spending limits from would-be contributors. Where there was once a limit of $10,000 total contributions to candidates in one election cycle, there is now no limit at all. How is this fair to the common citizen who is hard pressed to make a contribution of just a few hundred dollars? My opponent sponsored legislation to allow lobbyists to pass along contributions from others (PACS) even while they are in legislative session. How is this fair to the people who live in District 13? How does legislation like this benefit us? Click here to contribute online now.
• Restoring Wisconsin's long held right to local control of our schools, our towns, our counties, our land use and our resources.
We must do this because our communities have a better understanding of their own needs than do the anonymous "special interests" whose top priority is their bottom line. How is it fair when a large corporation, often from out of state, makes large campaign contributions to a law maker in exchange for the right to pillage our land and our resources against the wishes of the people who live there and whose lives will be forever changed by this action?
• Restoring state funding to our public schools.
We must do this because our public schools are the social and cultural hearts of our communities. The push to privatize public schools with taxpayers' money comes from a national movement advanced by the American Legislative Exchange Council, which consists of wealthy political donors, an army of lobbyists and legislators, including my opponent, as well as several other Republican members of the Wisconsin legislature. Wisconsin Republicans have openly committed to extending the voucher school program in the next state budget. How is it fair that taxpayers are being forced to fund schools that are not required to meet the same standards as our public schools must meet and can pick and choose which students they will teach? Click here to contribute online now. Mailing address: Zahn for Senate, PO Box 8, Juneau, WI, 53039.
• Restoring every worker's right to join together to bargain with their employer for wages, benefits and working conditions.
We must do this because it is good for business and for our communities. Any smart business person knows that giving workers a voice at the table makes workers feel valued. Happy (and safe) workers are better workers. Workers who bargain for their benefits are NOT getting something for nothing from their employers: they are exchanging wages in the present for benefits either now (in the form of health care cost reductions) or later (in the form of pensions). Remember that large employers have tremendous power in the workplace. Alone, an individual worker has no voice at all; she or he is like a child, alone in the woods, in the dark.
• Establishing once and for all that equal work deserves equal pay.
It is high time to guarantee a woman's right to equal pay for equal work, and while we're at it, let's raise the minimum wage! We must do so because it is good for the economy. 2 out of 3 minimum wage earners are women. Employees who earn a living wage will feed the economy when they have disposable income to spend on the products they make and the services they provide. Minimum wage workers actually are subsidized by the PUBLIC in the form of various public assistance programs, food share, aid to children, etc. Increasing the minimum wage actually removes much of these government subsidies!
• Protecting everyone's right to vote.
We MUST restore sensible voting rights and equal access to the polls for everyone. We must do so because we all have a constitutional right to vote. Period. Anything that stands in the way of a person's right to vote is just plain wrong.
I thank you for reading and I hope I have your support.
Let’s win on November 4, 2014!
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