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Kevin A. Bauer
Address: 842 Westwood Drive De Pere
Campaign website: www.votebauer.com
Family: Married to Lorretta Bauer. Children: Hannah, 15, Izaiah, 12
In what way should Wisconsin improve its funding of road construction and repairs?
Funds segregated for transportation use, such as vehicle registration fees and excise taxes should not be diverted to other purposes. Further, local governments need more control over decisions regarding their local roads, and deserve input on state highway projects.
Should Act 10, the 2011 state law that restricted union bargaining powers for public employees, be partially or fully repealed? Why or why not?
No. I would not support rehashing an issue that so deeply divided our state. I believe in the rights of people to assemble, to unionize, and to negotiate for better working conditions and wages. However those rights need to be balanced with the rights of employers to decide which issues they are willing to negotiate.
What specific steps should the state take to ensure that it has an adequately skilled and prepared workforce?
I support increased emphasis on STEM in public education. For too long we have pushed kids toward four-year college degrees, while we have discounted the value of careers in the trades, and we stopped teaching the hands on skills at an early age. In high school I took both shop and world literature classes. The value of that shop class to me in my daily life is far greater than the value of the literature class. We have great jobs available in the trades that cannot be filled for lack of qualified employees.
Is Foxconn a good deal for Wisconsin. Why or why not?
It remains to be seen. However, fundamentally, I disagree with the idea of government choosing winners and losers, and the potential for crony capitalism that deals like this create. We should create a business friendly environment for ALL businesses, not just those that are political pet projects. The free market should be allowed to take it from there.
Would you support legislation ending the so called “dark stores” loophole that allows stores to pay taxes on their properties equivalent to those of a comparably-sized but vacant building?
The value of a property is the value of a property, regardless of whether or not it is currently occupied.
Would you support changing state law to legalize marijuana and/or cannabis products? If so, under what conditions? If not, why?
Yes. I fully support decriminalization of cannabis. It is absurd that we are putting people in jail, and wasting law enforcement, court and jail resources on this issue.
Why are you running for office?
I want to see a fundamental shift in our political system. For too long the two major parties have held a duopoly in our elections, forcing us to choose between the lesser of two evils. Until we strengthen our 3rd parties and access to the system by independents we will continue to flip the same coin, and the value of that coin will not change. Further, I have served my country and I have served my community, I am just asking for the opportunity to serve the people of the 2nd District and the state of Wisconsin.
What makes you the better candidate in this race?
As a Libertarian, I bring a unique perspective in regard to individual liberty and the limitations of government in our daily lives. I will not stand beholden to the "powers that be" in Madison, and can look at each issue with an open mind. I will always first consider the desires of the constituents I am elected to represent, the constitution I have taken an oath to support and defend, and my own conscience before I will decide how to vote on a specific issue.
What are district residents telling you are their most important issues, and how would you address them?
People are tired of politics as usual. They want government to leave them alone, and let them be free to live their lives as they choose. They seek reforms in government, justice and taxation that will assure that they will continue to live in a land of liberty and opportunity.
What is something positive you could say about your opponents?
I respect anyone that is willing to sacrifice their time, and offer their service in a citizen government. I look forward to continuing a clean and positive campaign, and I am confident that the rest of the field of candidates want the same thing.
Source : https://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/10/04/kevin-bauer-libertarian-assembly-candidate-de-pere-election-2nd-district-election/1353405002/1008