State Senator

Alberta Darling

Wisconsin Senate District 8

Wisconsin is Working!

Are we better off than we were eight years ago? There’s no question we are. Jobs are up, and taxes are down. When I talk to people, there’s more optimism than ever before. They are excited to see what we can do with a Republican President, a Speaker from our home state, and Republican majorities. It’s a great time to live in Wisconsin.

And here’s proof:

  • Unemployment is at an all-time low – 2.8% (all-time low, Prelim. April 2018).
  • More people are working than ever before – more than 3 million people employed.
  • Wages rose 15.94% from 2010 to 2016 (US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2016)
  • Moody’s Investor Service recently upgraded the state’s credit rating, noting that, “(T)he stable outlook reflects the expectation that the state will experience moderate economic growth and will continue its prudent fiscal management practices.”
  • Wisconsin is in the top 10 for manufacturing jobs created since 2010 – 44,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics QCEW, CES, December 2010-March 2018)
Responsible Budgeting

As the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC), I have the privilege and tremendous responsibility of playing an integral role in Wisconsin’s biennial budget process. After the release of the Governor’s budget, the JFC travels the state to listen to the concerns and priorities of taxpayers. From those important listening sessions, we craft a budget that addresses the needs of our constituents. I am proud that the 2017-19 budget will continue to move Wisconsin in the right direction. From day one, it was important to us to take the Governor's proposed budget and improve on it. Together, we have crafted a budget that puts Wisconsin working families first.

Preparing Our Children for the Future

As a former teacher, I understand the importance of education. Regardless of background, socioeconomic status, or location, every child must have access to a quality education to be successful.

Health Care

Wisconsin is ranked number 1 in the nation for health care quality. I believe every citizen should have access to our high-quality health care without breaking the bank. That’s why I have fought hard in the Legislature to ensure that our insurance market stays competitive so that your premiums stay low. Wisconsin is a leader in health care reform. It brings me great pride to continue to find new innovative reforms for Wisconsin’s health care market. I will continue to work hard for you to have a sustainable, healthy Wisconsin.

Powering Our Economy

Wisconsin’s greatest resource is its people. By removing government regulations and red tape, we empower our citizens to be innovative entrepreneurs. When government steps out of the way, Wisconsin’s citizens and their businesses can succeed at unprecedented levels.

Veterans Issues

Those who are serving or have served deserve our utmost appreciation for their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their family. I believe we must honor those sacrifices. One way to honor them is by ensuring our veterans are taken care of when they return home. Wisconsin has one of the lowest Veteran unemployment rates in the country at 1.2%!

Seniors

Governments need to provide a safe environment for its citizens. I have worked to make sure that here in the state of Wisconsin we have the highest quality of life. My commitment to public safety has led to authoring legislation such as the state’s Sexual Predator Law, Sex Offender Registry, Internet Predator Law, and drunk-driving legislation. All of these initiatives had one thing in mind: keeping you and your family safe.

Infrastructure

Transportation is critical to our economy. Our residents, businesses, and tourism industry rely on a safe, dependable transportation system each and every day. I will continue to work to ensure we are effective and efficient on transportation spending.

Jobs

Under my leadership, the Wisconsin job market is booming! While it is fantastic to see such growth, I know that we are facing a skilled labor shortage. I hear time and time again from employers in my district they have family-sustaining job openings but are unable to find the labor to fill those jobs

Families

Strong families create a strong Wisconsin. From helping foster kids find their permanent homes faster to making sure the cost of your childcare is affordable, I have worked to gather the bipartisan support for bills that help Wisconsin’s children and families.

Safety

Governments need to provide a safe environment for its citizens. I have worked to make sure that here in the state of Wisconsin we have the highest quality of life. My commitment to public safety has led to authoring legislation such as the state’s Sexual Predator Law, Sex Offender Registry, Internet Predator Law, and drunk-driving legislation. All of these initiatives had one thing in mind: keeping you and your family safe.

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