Republican Party of Wisconsin Resolutions as Approved at 2015 State Convention
2015 – 01: Education
WHEREAS, parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to educate their children as they see fit and provide for their moral guidance; and
WHEREAS, parents should have as much choice as possible in selecting the right school for their children; and
WHEREAS, many schools now emphasize social behaviors at the expense of academics; and
WHEREAS, vigorous competition from independent schools will stimulate government schools to strive for and achieve excellence.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:
- Supports the right of parents to choose to educate their children at home and in private schools as an alternative to the state-controlled public school system; and
- Urges our state legislators and local school boards to push for curriculum changes that place greater emphasis on the basics, including science, social studies, mathematics, reading, and phonics; and eliminate all programs whose objectives are social engineering or advocacy of special interests; and
- Supports the right of individual communities to choose via local ballot whether or not they wish to offer a 4K program and to levy appropriate local taxes to pay for it should it be the express will of the voters in a community; and
- Urges Congress to pass legislation that prohibits schools from forcing or coercing parents to put their children on drugs and eliminates all funding for government-mandated mental health screening of all children; and
- Supports academic efforts that ensure that the presentation of our history, founding principles and religious heritage in our educational institutions, including those of higher learning, is objective, truthful and complete; and
- Urges legislation adopting alternative standards for teacher licensing that do not require a degree in education or student-teaching experience but have practical expert experience in a given subject area as determined by local school boards; and
- Believes that school boards should have discretion as to the teaching of intelligent design within their districts; and
- Recommends that stronger and firmer discipline in schools by teachers be allowed and promoted to make the schools safe for those who want to learn and help reduce the influence of gangs and drug users; and
- Supports legislation to make it easier to fire unsatisfactory teachers in the public schools; and
- Supports local school districts’ decisions to set up virtual schools and parents’ right to participate in their children’s education and to choose virtual schools for their children’s education; and
- Urges that libraries in all publicly-funded schools and municipalities have a balance of reading materials that are subject to review by local elected officials and parents; and
- Affirms our freedom to worship both privately and publicly in the school, providing that others are not coerced into participation or discriminated against because of differing beliefs; and
- Support parents’ choice that all local and state educational funding stay with the child while receiving K-12 education; and
- Opposes giving abortion counseling and referrals for abortion without parental consent, and supports sex education courses that promote abstinence outside of marriage.
2015 – 02: Oppose Common Core Standards
WHEREAS, determination of educational testing, standards, and curricula has always rightly been a function of local school boards and parents; and
WHEREAS, the federal government has made many failed attempts over the years to control different aspects of public education with dismal results; and
WHEREAS, Common Core is establishing a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to educating children that destroys any meaningful local control; and
WHEREAS, various states were enticed into accepting Common Core, being promised federal grant money or waivers from prior federal mandates if they complied; and
WHEREAS, Common Core-aligned assessments create a new vehicle for gathering sensitive data on Wisconsin students and their families that will follow them throughout their school years and beyond.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, demands that Wisconsin repeal the Common Core Educational Standards and adopt a rigorous set of state standards without federal interference.
2015 – 03: Reduce Government and Taxes
WHEREAS, government in the United States of America has become a huge and inefficient bureaucracy; and
WHEREAS, government in the United States of America has centralized authority that more properly belongs at the local level; and
WHEREAS, the cost to the taxpayers for this form of government has become too great a burden.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls upon the Wisconsin Legislature to continue to lower taxes and to delegate even more authority to the most local level of government that is practical; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we expect the Federal Government to follow the State of Wisconsin’s lead in controlling its spending while reducing taxes in a balanced budget.
2015 – 04: Stop General Purpose Revenue Funding of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television
WHEREAS, nineteen per cent ($2,800,000) of Wisconsin Public Television’s (WPT) funding is supplied by State of Wisconsin General Purpose Revenue (GPR); and
WHEREAS, forty per cent (approximately $6,000,000) of Wisconsin Public Radio’s (WPR) funding is supplied by Direct and Indirect State/University money; and
WHEREAS, neither Wisconsin Public Radio nor Wisconsin Public Television provide equitable representation of all political perspectives.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls for the cessation of GPR support to WPR and/or WPT.
2015 – 05: Privatization
WHEREAS, government is involved in non-regulating areas which could be returned to private enterprise; and
WHEREAS, the public would be better served if these areas of government were put on the open market.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, encourages government at all levels to privatize all appropriate functions.
2015 – 06: Unfunded and Under-Funded Mandates
WHEREAS, the State and Federal Legislatures have, on a regular basis, created laws which mandate county and local municipalities to perform certain acts and create certain requirements for said county and local municipalities; and
WHEREAS, many of these mandates are either unfunded or are under-funded by the Legislatures; and
WHEREAS, these unfunded or under-funded mandates cause an undue burden on the local municipalities, and cost to the local taxpayer.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports prohibition of all unfunded or under-funded mandates and requests that a review of past mandates be made to remove these unfunded or under-funded mandates.
2015 – 07: Support of Constitutional Carry in Wisconsin
WHEREAS, The Republican Party of Wisconsin urges making Constitutional Carry a priority in 2015 and part of the Party Platform; and
WHEREAS, research has proven that restricting and hindering the right to bear arms only encourages criminals and their actions in violent crimes against law-abiding citizens; and
WHEREAS, demanding law-abiding citizens to request permission from their government body through a permit system in order to exercise their constitutional right to bear arms is an unmistakable violation of that right; and
WHEREAS, this inalienable right unmistakably gives the right to carry a handgun for self-defense.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin urge our elected officials to publicly support, and/or co-sponsor, and vote for a Wisconsin Constitutional Carry bill.
2015 – 08: 2nd Amendment
WHEREAS, the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the right of all law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, recommends that the constitutionally assured individual right to keep and bear firearms by law-abiding citizens without a felony record be upheld, and furthermore, opposes all laws and legislation by our government that restrict the right to purchase, own, and possess firearms and ammunition; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we oppose restrictions and licensing and favor constitutional rights to carry arms that would restore to Wisconsin citizens their full and natural 2nd Amendment rights; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we agree that any and all laws, regulations, licensing, permits, fees, and taxes on firearms and ammunition must be vehemently opposed by our elected officials as restrictions on our 2nd amendment rights.
2015 – 09: Concealed Carry and “Gun Free School Zones”
WHEREAS, it is currently against the law in Wisconsin for guns to be carried on school grounds; and
WHEREAS, the Federal Gun Free School Zone law already has an exemption for concealed carry license holders; and
WHEREAS, many school districts in Wisconsin have already entered into special agreements with their local police departments to allow off-duty police officers the right to carry on school grounds.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, requests that the Legislature pass and the Governor sign a law similar to the current federal exemption to allow concealed carry holders and all public safety officers on all public school properties throughout Wisconsin.
2015 – 10: Sanctity of Life
WHEREAS, life is a precious gift from God; and
WHEREAS, human life begins at conception; and
WHEREAS, all stages of human life are precious, and deserve recognition of their sanctity, and abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia violate these rights.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges state and federal legislators to deny all funding to facilities or organizations that promote or perform abortions, assisted suicide or euthanasia, and to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge state and federal legislators to reaffirm the sanctity of all human life, oppose abortion on demand, and support legislation that would establish legal protection for all human beings from conception until natural death; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we urge legislators to enact laws that require parental consent before abortions are performed on minors; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge the courts to uphold the federal law prohibiting partial birth abortions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin to propose, pass, and send to the people an amendment to the State Constitution that recognizes the right to life from the moment of conception until natural death, and states that a life shall not be ended without extreme cause and only through due process of law.
2015 – 11: Same Day Registration
WHEREAS, the privilege of voting is not only a Right, but also a valued responsibility enjoyed by all legal United States Citizens; and
WHEREAS, voter fraud continues to be a serious challenge in our State; and
WHEREAS, the potential for theft of votes is amplified by the inability to request proof of identity, specifically photo ID of the potential voter; and
WHEREAS, same day voter registration furthers this potential for fraud by not allowing ample time to verify the voter’s citizenship or residence; and
WHEREAS, the Voter ID Law requiring Photo ID to register and to vote comes into effect amidst continued misinformation and challenge.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports the elimination of same day voter registration and an amendment to our State Constitution making this permanent; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we request that the Legislature create a statewide voter cross check system for all registered voters.
2015 – 12: Replace the Government Accountability Board and Eliminate Third Party Registrars
WHEREAS, public confidence in the fairness of elections must be restored; and
WHEREAS, Wisconsin’s lax system of voter identification and registration initiated and controlled by the Government Accountability Board (GAB) is largely to blame for this problem; and
WHEREAS, it required a lawsuit filed against the GAB to cause them to minimally comply with the Wisconsin HAVA Act of 2002; and
WHEREAS, the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), under the direction and supervision of the Government Accountability Board, contains numerous data entry errors, estimated by GAB to be in the 22% range, not including duplicate entries and missing or incorrect address information which is required on the registration form, such as apartment numbers; and
WHEREAS, the use of third party organizations or Special Registrars to register new voters has been proven in the courts to result in increased fraudulent registrations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges the Legislature to pass legislation to require the Government Accountability Board to immediately remedy the data quality issues within the Statewide Voter Registration System, including data entry errors, duplicate entries, and missing or incorrect address information, such as apartment numbers, and any other existing discrepancies; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we strongly urge Governor Walker and the Legislature to promote and provide fair elections in Wisconsin; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we strongly urge the Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit third party organizations from conducting or otherwise participating in voter registration activities.
2015 – 13: Tort Reform
WHEREAS, lawsuits have become more numerous; and
WHEREAS, the alleged culpability of respondents in these dubious lawsuits is often tenuous; and
WHEREAS, the costs of litigating lawsuits are borne by society as a whole due to resulting higher insurance premiums, higher costs of goods and services, and increased costs to operate our court systems; and
WHEREAS, many lawsuits are settled out of court simply for expediency to avoid a trial on the facts; and
WHEREAS, most are settled without the knowledge or consent of the sued party; and
WHEREAS, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant, much like a fine for speeding, and not to enrich the litigant.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges changes to be made in the law so that the prevailing party in a civil lawsuit is given the right to collect partial reasonable legal fees, costs and expenses associated with the disposition of the matter from the losing party after a verdict has been rendered by the trial court and after exhaustion of appellate rights.
2015 – 14: The Protection of Natural Rights
WHEREAS, our Founding Fathers held as self-evident that we are endowed by our Creator with certain rights; and
WHEREAS, these rights are Natural Rights, and thus are not contingent upon, or granted by, the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture, government, or persons, and are therefore universal and unalienable; and
WHEREAS, the hallmark of these Natural Rights is that exercising these rights does not, in general, infringe upon the Natural Rights of other citizens; and
WHEREAS, the Framers of the Constitution recognized that governments are instituted to ensure that citizens may freely exercise their Natural Rights; and
WHEREAS, there are attempts to wrongly define as rights concepts that, by their very nature will infringe upon the Natural Rights of others if they are fully exercised; and
WHEREAS, there are also attempts to broaden this definition to include a ‘right’ to demand certain commodities from the government or from other citizens, such as health care services and contraceptives, to be provided free of charge or without just compensation; and
WHEREAS, a right to a commodity that must first be created by another citizen cannot, by its very nature, be granted to citizens by the Creator, and thus cannot be a Natural Right.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, that we urge our elected representatives to adhere to the Founding Fathers’ understanding of Natural Rights as those that are universal and unalienable, are a gift from the Creator to the individual, and cannot under any circumstances be surrendered or taken; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge our elected representatives to resist efforts to create ‘rights’ that, by their very nature, must necessarily infringe upon the Natural Rights of others citizens if exercised.
2015 – 15: Prevent Persecution of Amish
WHEREAS, all elected officials in Eau Claire County have sworn an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Amendment I of the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”; and
WHEREAS, Section 18 of the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin states: “The right of every person to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of conscience shall never be infringed; nor shall any person be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain any ministry, without consent; nor shall any control of, or interference with, the rights of conscience be permitted…”; and
WHEREAS, Wisconsin’s Uniform Dwelling Code mandates that homes have working electronic smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors when new construction occurs; and
WHEREAS, in Eau Claire County, there resides a religious sect, the Old Order Amish, whose religious beliefs prevent them from allowing electronic devices in their homes and from falsely signing statements and permit applications that indicate that they will comply with building codes that mandate these devices; and
WHEREAS, Eau Claire County employees, staff, and attorneys are enforcing these dwelling code regulations by issuing citations, prosecuting noncompliance, and issuing eviction proceedings; and
WHEREAS, one Amish family has been evicted from their home, in part because of this issue, two other households are currently in court, and at least six others face future prosecution and possible eviction because of their refusal to allow smoke detectors and other electrical devices in their homes and their objections to other portions of the state building code; and
WHEREAS, while Eau Claire County is not the only place where Amish residents oppose smoke detectors or other modern conveniences, this county is the only place where the county authorities are using eviction as a means of coercing compliance; and
WHEREAS, forced compliance of this part of the Uniform Dwelling Code may be a violation of religious freedom and constitutionally protected property rights of the Old Order Amish and thus repugnant to the United States and/or Wisconsin Constitutions, and any law repugnant to the Federal or State Constitutions is null and void; and
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin State Legislature is contemplating legislation that would resolve this issue.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, requests that our State Legislature create a religious exemption to these Uniform Dwelling code requirements.
2015 – 16: Eminent Domain Abuse
WHEREAS, we hold the right to property as a fundamental American right; and
WHEREAS, Eminent Domain is being abused by various local governments to steal property from law-abiding citizens and give it to other entities in order to increase their tax base; and
WHEREAS, Eminent Domain is meant to be used exclusively for public works for the public good.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, condemns all abuses of the power of Eminent Domain, and supports halting the use of Eminent Domain for private works through legislative or judicial means.
2015 – 17: Oppose Net Neutrality
WHEREAS, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have limited bandwidth to provide to their customers at a reasonable cost; and
WHEREAS, some Internet users use vastly larger amounts of bandwidth through peer-to-peer file sharing and downloading of high-definition video; and
WHEREAS, ISPs need to have the freedom to control and innovate within their networks.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, opposes federal rules mandating that ISPs treat all network traffic in the same way; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support the right of ISPs to offer different levels of service for different types of network traffic such as slowing down the speed of heavy peer-to-peer users; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support the right of ISPs to offer premium service for additional charges as the market will accept; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we support the individual’s right to choose what they listen to, read, or watch on the Internet, and not be restricted by the FCC or Congress; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we oppose the implementation of ‘Net Neutrality.’
2015 – 18: Retirement Planning Reform
WHEREAS, the evidence is clear that Social Security will go bankrupt when the baby boomers retire even if the Social Security surplus is dedicated to Social Security alone; and
WHEREAS, the Democrats have proposed no solution to this problem and likely would resort to a huge increase in the payroll tax in order to resolve it; and
WHEREAS, the only way to save Social Security without huge tax increases is to modify it to allow for a portion of Social Security payroll taxes to be diverted into a personal retirement account in which employees will be able to determine how their Social Security taxes are invested; and
WHEREAS, when voters are asked in opinion polls whether they should be able to control how their Social Security taxes are invested, they overwhelmingly support it ,notwithstanding the continued attacks by the Democrats and the unions that have scared some voters into opposing the proposal; and
WHEREAS, neither periods of unusual increases in the stock market nor periods of unusual decreases in the stock market should be used as justification to oppose personal accounts for Social Security since the evidence is clear that over the long term, investments in the stock market have historically grown significantly, and citizens can be educated to take investments out of the stock market when they are nearing retirement age to keep them safe from unexpected downturns in the stock market.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges Congress to support allowing workers to place a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into a personal retirement account in which employees have the right to direct the investment of their Social Security taxes, and to oppose proposals to increase Social Security taxes, impose means testing for the receipt of Social Security benefits without allowing workers to place a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes into a personal account, or to have the government invest Social Security funds.
2015 – 19: Audit the Federal Reserve
WHEREAS, we recognize the moral hazard created by the Federal Reserve’s policies of “quantitative easing,” and the imminent danger of a collapse in the value of our dollar, and that inflation equals taxation without representation.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled:
- Urges our legislators to do all they can to support and pass a full audit of the Federal Reserve; and
- Vehemently rejects attempts to establish a global currency as antithetical to our national freedom; and
- Demands that the members of the Congress support the Federal Reserve transparency legislation.
2015 – 20: Caution of Executive Overreach
WHEREAS, it is the role of the Executive Branch to implement the laws of Congress; and
WHEREAS, the Constitution and the authority of the Legislative Branch has been usurped by the Executive Branch and liberal judges; and WHEREAS, individual rights are being infringed with the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS and DOJ.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, condemns the actions of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government for their flagrant disregard for the rule of law; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we request that all unconstitutional actions, such as “Presidential Amnesty,” and law changes masquerading as enforcement policies, either by the President of the United States or the administrative agencies, to be resisted to the fullest extent possible.
2015 – 21: Oppose IRS’ Political Targeting
WHEREAS, the IRS has corrupted the election process by blocking conservative groups opposed to the administration from organizing as non-profits, thereby violating their right to free political speech.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges our representatives in Congress to bring to justice those in the IRS and those who would authorize the IRS to act against the rights of citizens to participate in the political process.
2015 – 22: Eliminate Portions of the Wisconsin “John Doe” Law that Pertain to Political Investigations
WHEREAS, Wisconsin’s John Doe law was created for cases involving serious criminals who might deal violently with police officers and witnesses, not to limit the freedom of citizens to engage in free speech; and
WHEREAS, a partisan Democratic Milwaukee County District Attorney launched a secret probe into only conservative organizations, which carries strong implications of political motives; and
WHEREAS, starting in 2010, taxpayer money has been used in two continuous investigations, one into Governor Walker and one expanded to include 29 Wisconsin conservative organizations, while no liberal or Democratic Party allies were ever subject to similar scrutiny; and
WHEREAS, leaks of what should have been confidential information appeared regularly in the liberal media before the November general election; and
WHEREAS, this law prohibits victims from contacting anyone except their own attorney, under penalty of jail, and that attorney in turn cannot make the information public, under penalty of jail and disbarment; and
WHEREAS, after spending taxpayer money and hiring a special prosecutor, and after court scrutiny in Citizens for Responsible Government Advocates, Inc. v. Thomas Barland, et al, even the Government Accountability Board conceded that the “legal theory” behind John Doe investigations into Wisconsin conservatives groups is legally indefensible.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges the Wisconsin Legislature to eliminate the portions of the Wisconsin John Doe law that allow secret investigations into political activity.
2015 – 23: Smoker’s Rights
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has always supported individual liberty and individual freedom; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has stood in opposition of needless government intrusion in our lives; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has consistently held that individuals should be allowed to make decisions concerning their own health and welfare; and
WHEREAS, people in the state are mature enough to decide for themselves if they would like to smoke or not.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, supports the repeal of the statewide smoking ban; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we do not support any limitation of an individual’s right to smoke on private property by any government agency; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we support the repeal of the smoking ban on all private property; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we do not support any limitation of the individual’s right to use e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, on private property by any government agency.
2015 – 24: Defund and Repeal Obamacare
WHEREAS, the Mid-term Elections of 2010 were a statement by Republicans, Independents, and many Democrats that spending by the Federal Government is far above acceptable limits; and
WHEREAS, that same electorate demands the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare; and
WHEREAS, that same electorate demands the de-funding of Obamacare until it can be repealed; and
WHEREAS, the Obamacare law is currently self-funded due to a provision within the law; and
WHEREAS, grassroots Republicans across the United States are becoming disenchanted and disappointed that Continuing Resolutions are allowing Obamacare funding to continue; and
WHEREAS, Continuing Resolutions are allowing the budget passed by the last Congress to continue to increase the national debt by $3.8 billion every day; and
WHEREAS, any power not granted to the federal government by the United States Constitution is reserved to the authority of the states and its citizens; and
WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin is a sovereign entity and has the right and duty to interpose between its citizens and the Federal Government.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, calls upon our members of Congress to work for the immediate repeal of the self-implemented funding mechanism for Obamacare until the entire Act can be repealed; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon our members of Congress to work for the immediate repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
2015 – 25: Immigration Policies:
WHEREAS, maintaining the integrity of our requirements for citizenship and entry into the country are a critical part of homeland security; and
WHEREAS, current laws and policies have not succeeded in preventing the massive movement of illegal immigrants across our borders; and
WHEREAS, there are millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, urges our congressional delegation and State Legislature to prohibit benefits, including driver’s licenses, subsidized medical services, in-state tuition, and mortgage subsidies, to persons who are not in the United States legally; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge Congress to act immediately to secure our borders and prevent illegal immigration; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that any person, government, or business that knowingly employs illegal immigrants should be punished; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge President Obama and the Federal Government to enforce current immigration laws and support the rights of states to protect their borders.
2015 – 26: National Forest
WHEREAS, the Federal Government formed the United States Forest Service with a mission to supply lumber and fiber to the nation while protecting the watersheds and toprovide recreational opportunities, and entered into an agreement with the people of Forest County to allow the establishment of a National Forest within the borders of the state of Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, lands were “taken” from private citizens under the principle of Eminent Domain, and the condemnation orders specified the purpose of the taking was for the production of timber; and
WHEREAS, said agreement and promises were made by the USDA Forest Service to provide a sustainable forest industry within the state of Wisconsin at the time of the transfer of lands to the Federal Government, and this agreement is still controlling between the people of the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Government; and
WHEREAS, a Forest Plan in 10 year cycles was developed in the 1980s at great expense for the purpose of concisely managing the National Forests for multiple uses, including prescribing the volume of timber to be harvested annually; and
WHEREAS, reductions in the annual harvest have caused a loss of jobs and reduced revenue to local units of government.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, states their opposition to the actions taken by the USDA Forest Service in recent years to reduce and curtail the sale of merchantable timber within the National Forests in the Lake States, and specifically within the state of Wisconsin; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we demand that the Federal government and the USDA Forest Service resume the sale of timber at the prescribed rate, to address these issues and live up to the original intent of the National Forests, and comply with the agreements and promises made by the USDA Forest Service and our Federal Government during the formation of a National Forest within the boundaries of the State of Wisconsin.
2015 – 27: End Stewardship Program Land Purchases
WHEREAS, the Wisconsin State Legislature has authorized an undetermined amount of debt to be used for environmental purposes; and
WHEREAS, instead, vast tracts of private property have been purchased by the State and taken off the tax rolls.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, stands opposed to Stewardship Fund land purchases and calls for the end of the Stewardship Fund; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the State should be selling land instead of purchasing more land.
2015 – 28: Support of the National Republican Party History Museum
WHEREAS, the National Republican Party History Museum and Archives is being constructed in Ripon, Wisconsin, a city nationally recognized as the birthplace of the Republican Party; and
WHEREAS, the lack of historical acumen among the general populace has contributed to political acrimony, an unhealthy division among the nation’s citizenry, and often dysfunctional public discourse; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has over a century and a half of history to showcase and, like much of our nation’s history, the Republican Party’s history is frequently misrepresented; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has a vibrant story to tell – it is the true party of the people that champions genuine civil rights, economic growth, and opportunity for all – but in no single place is its history definitively recorded; and
WHEREAS, the museum will be on par with a presidential museum and follow the National Archives presidential library and museum model: a museum that tells the Party’s story using interactive exhibits, documents, artifacts, photographs, and videos and a library and archives that house the Party’s collective recorded history (documents, recordings, etc.) for research and preservation purposes; and
WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Wisconsin recognizes the urgent need to preserve our party’s heritage and history; and
WHEREAS, the museum, a professional historic endeavor, is endorsed and assisted by the Wisconsin Historical Society; and
WHEREAS, the non-profit museum endeavor celebrates the Party’s charitable and entrepreneurial spirit by funding its creation and continued existence exclusively through private donations and without government largess or special accommodation; and
WHEREAS, the museum will bring extensive economic growth to Ripon, the surrounding area, and Wisconsin overall.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, resoundingly supports the creation of the National Republican Party History Museum and Archives in Ripon, Wisconsin, and encourages similar support from state and national Republicans.
2015 – 29: Full Repeal of Prevailing Wage
WHEREAS, the Republican Party has been the party of free markets and smaller government; and
WHEREAS, prevailing wage laws corrupt the free market and create more government regulation and bureaucracy; and
WHEREAS, prevailing wage laws are discriminatory towards small businesses and independent or self employed contractors who have less overhead, and less time to deal with government; and
WHEREAS, prevailing wage laws are and have been exploited to direct government funds to desired companies, often times benefitting the campaigns of elected officials; and
WHEREAS, prevailing wage laws are in direct conflict with the Platform of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, paragraph 6 of our platform reads, “We encourage proposals to enhance Wisconsin’s job climate, such as reducing the tax burden, and we encourage proposals supporting free markets and minimizing government interference in the marketplace”; and
WHEREAS, resolutions by no way can force a representative to take action, but they are the will and the voice of the members of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and when voices are not heard and the will of the people is ignored faith and support is lost.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in convention assembled, that any representative not working diligently to repeal Prevailing Wage is ignoring the will of their constituents, and risks the loss of faith and potentially the loss of support from the members of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.