Legislature Should Focus on Opportunity

Periodically, RightWisconsin asks the chattering class from around the state (myself included) to weigh in on important topics. This week, they asked what the focus of the next legislative session should be.

After a sweeping victory at the ballot box last week, the opportunity to crank the reform furnace to the max has never been better. Legislators should work overtime to enact free-market, limited-government reforms – and they should be willing to listen to the rural legislators who pulled off some of the most impressive victories last Tuesday and will be important to expanding the GOP’s appeal beyond the WOW counties and the Fox Valley to cement a long-term majority.

Here’s what I wrote:

The legislature should focus on, in a word, opportunity. It should expand economic opportunity by tackling suffocating occupational licensing requirements. It should extend healthcare opportunity by enacting common-sense reforms that will embrace innovative new practices (and continuing to reject Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion). It should make opportunity equally available to all citizens via dramatic tax code reform. It should ensure tomorrow’s workforce has the opportunity to learn valuable, marketable skills by continuing to pursue education reform and connecting workers with good jobs. The list could go on.

The pendulum swings predictably between conservative and liberal control, and it will swing again some day. Right now, reform conservatives have a golden opportunity to do what’s best for Wisconsin’s future.

Whole thing here.

About the writer: Chris Rochester has worked in communications and finance for a state Senate and congressional campaign, consulted on numerous Assembly and local races, and has held leadership roles in his local Republican Party. He's communications director for the MacIver Institute. Commentary here is strictly his own.