The Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) is pleased to present its endorsements for the 2006 election cycle.
DOYLE FOR GOVERNOR
Despite the fact that the WPPA has enjoyed a good relationship with Rep. Mark Green as a member of U.S. House of Representatives, the WPPA chose to endorse Jim Doyle in his bid for reelection. Governor Doyle has demonstrated his support for law enforcement and labor, not only in signing WPPA bills into law, but in his ardent opposition to constitutional limitations on the ability of local governments to tax and spend. The PAC felt that Mark Green’s commitment to pursue constitutional spending controls, a measure which the WPPA has opposed due to the detrimental consequences on public employees, … Continue reading
The Taxpayer Protection Amendment
On February 9, 2006, Republican legislative leaders unveiled a 2,500-word constitutional amendment that would tie state, school, and local goverment tax collections to factors ranging from inflation to population growth, and, for cities and villages, to new construction. The complex, nine-page proposal is based largely on the taxpayer’s bill of rights, or TABOR, a similar constitutional measure that was unsucessful in the 2003-2004 legislative session.
With some exceptions, the new measure would limit certain revenues for counties, municipalities, school districts, technical colleges, and special purpose districts to the lesser of either (1) the three-year average increase in inflation (using the Milwaukee-Racine Consumer Price Index) or (2) the two-year average increase in state personal … Continue reading
Concealed Carry Legislation Update
On January 31, the Wisconsin State Assembly failed to override Governor Doyle’s veto of legislation that would have allowed Wisconsinites to carry concealed weapons. The Assembly fell two votes short of the 66 required to override a gubernatorial veto, with State Representatives Terry Van Akkeran (D-Sheboygan) and John Steinbrink (D-Pleasant Prairie) voting against the override after voting for the bill when it was approved in that house of the state legislature on December 13, 2005.
Dubbed the “Personal Protection Act,” Senate Bill 403 would have permitted people to carry a concealed weapon if they underwent training, in a 22-hour course. The permit would have been good for five years, and further training would … Continue reading
On Wednesday, December 21, 2005, Governor Jim Doyle formally signed the WPPA’s inquest bill into law. Act 73 requires public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees when they are exonerated by inquests into their on-duty conduct. Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon), this new law protects public safety employees from having to second-guess their actions out of fear that a potential inquest could lead to financial ruin. The WPPA has sought this bill for many years, and the fact that it is now the law is an outstanding achievement.
Make no mistake about it, … Continue reading