Barish, Lawrence S.; Theobald, H. Rupert (ed.) / State of Wisconsin 1991-1992 Blue Book
Wisconsin political parties, pp. -868 PDF (16.1 MB)
STATE PLATFORM: REPUBLICAN PARTY 863 WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM Adopted at the State Party Convention, June 2, 1990, Milwaukee "Today, as we stand inside the threshold of the decade of the 90s we've not only weathered the storm of the 80s, we've succeeded in rebuilding our state's economy andfuture potential, and we've done it in historic fashion."Governor Tommy Thompson 1990 State of the State Address "And so today a new chapter begins: a small and stately story of unity, diversity, and generosity, shared and written together." President George Bush Inaugural Address PREAMBLE The Republican Party of Wisconsin in 1990 stands proud and strong. We share common beliefs, values and a vision for the future that allow us to stride confidently into a new decade even as we prepare to meet the challenges of a new century. Wisconsin Republicans share with Republicans everywhere the central belief that our collective well being as a people is but the sum of the happiness and prosperity attained by each of our citizens. We believe that the chief end of government must be to maximize each individual's opportunity to share in the spiritual freedom and materia-bounty of our state, our nation, and our world. We believe that individual initiative and private enterprise are the surest engines to drive our economy toward producing the optimum in both private and public prosperity. We are thus proud to have been a part of the "Thompson Revival" of the Wisconsin economy. Wisconsin Republicans acknowledge the exemplary political traditions and heritage of our great state em- bodied by its motto, "Forward"..We embrace the expectations of Wisconsin citizens that their elected officials maintain our state's excellent quality of life and public services. We also join with all citizens of Wisconsin in demanding that our government operate in an open, fair, and forthright manner. Mindful of our past, driven by our vision for the future, the Republican Party of Wisconsin stands ready to lead our great state through this new decade and into the 21 st Century. The platform of the Republican Party of Wisconsin is a positive action plan, an empowerment agenda for all Wisconsin Citizens. Proud to serve, ready to lead, we offer a platform rooted in reform, committed to caring, and alive with ideas. OUR WISCONSIN GOVERNMENT THE THOMPSON ADMINISTRATION: RESTORING VITALITY Republicans rejoice in the long way Wisconsin has come in the last four years under the leadership of Governor Tommy Thompson anffLieutenant Governor Scott McCallum. Gone are the days when billboards proclaimed "Would the last business out of Wisconsin please turn out the lights?" Today, employment is at a record high. With the creation of over 200,000 new jobs, our unemployment rate has stayed betow the national average for 26 consecutive months. Our statewide business climate rating has climbed from 35th in the nation to 8th. In the process, 45,000 citizens have left the welfare rolls for jobs and schools. Lieutenant Governor McCallum's child care initiatives and his leadership on small business issues have been of particular value in enhancing our state's business and workplace environment. When Governor Thompson took office, our state faced a deficit. Today, we have a budget surplus; and we've done it without raising taxes. The magnitude of this accomplishment is underscored-by the fact that some twenty other states around the nation are presently facing delicits and tax increases. Republicans share the Governor's pride in the environmentalprograms implemented under his administra- tion. The purchase of the Chippewa Flowage, the initiation a fthe Ice Age Trail matching rant program, the adoption of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Plan and the creation of the Stewardship fund all provide a strong foundation for Wisconsin to build upon. Through air and water quality improvement measures and Wisconsin's new recycling program, Republicans standready to assist Governor Thompson in meeting the challenge of cleaning up and preserving our state's environment. We applaud Governor Thompson's initiative to move state government around Wisconsin to better hear the concerns of all our citizens and to demonstrate his and our Party's commitment to enhancing the quality of life for everyone. The leadership of Governor Thompson and the resolve of legislative Republicans in supporting his policies have made Wisconsin come alive again. The Republican Party of Wisconsin pledges its support to the initia- tives of the Thompson Administration that have made Wisconsin once again' The Star of the Snowbelt". We commit ourselves to striving with Governor Thompson to achieve even greater accomplishments over the next four years. THE HANAWAY RECORD: RESTORING TRUST Attorney General Don Hanaway has restored the public's trust and confidence to an office that had been deprived3of both for too many years. He has earned the title of "Wisconsin's Chief Law Enforcement Officer" by devising the first statewide anti-crime plan and spearheading the launching of the "Alliance for a Drug-Free Wisconsin-' to mobilize local communities in the fight against drugs. In addition to aggressive law enforcement investigations and prosecution, Don Hanaway has raised protec- tion of Wisconsin consumers to a new level of action. His "Justice for Senior Consumers" program is combat- ting fraud against senior citizens. His major environmental victories include a successful suit against ozone pol ution from neighboring states which will result in cleaner air and stronger economic development in south- eastern Wisconsin. Together with Governor Thompson and Lieutenant Governor McCallum, Attorney General Hanaway has demonstrated what can be accomplished for our state by dedicated, activist Republicans in executive offices.
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