Gordon Hintz – Representative On The Budget Repair Bill
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[Gordon Hintz – Representative On The Budget Repair Bill]
[ASSEMBLY SPEAKER JEFF FITZGERALD (REPUBLICAN)]
Gentleman from the 54th.
REPRESENTATIVE GORDON HINTZ (DEMOCRAT):
Thank you. Because it was actually about 15 minutes that I firstâ€”ah, ago, ah, that I pressed my button, would have made it about, I guess 4:57, 4:56, after I heard. I got an email from the Gentleman of the 69th [Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder] that said be here by five o’clock, so it was three minutes to five, and as I was walking here from caucus, saw that we were actually voting. Again, when you send an email, Gentleman from the 69th, that says five o’clock, you know, five o’clock means five o’clock. But once I heard you guys already decided to vote on things, well then I realized that, you know, why would that happen? And then I’m like, oh, that’s right; it’s consistent with how everything else has been handled. Like last Friday morning, when I was driving to a school business administrator’s meeting in De Pere. And I turned on the radio and there was an ad saying, “Hey, support Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill. Paid for by the Club of Growth.” Well guess what, I had never been given a bill. I hadn’t even been given talking points yet. And I know we’re in the minority, but I’m elected the same way you are elected by the same public from the State of Wisconsin, and I deserve better than that. And it’s bad enough, it’s bad enough that I had to hear it from a radio ad from Washington DC, and then show up at a meeting with no details. But in the..
SPEAKER FITZGERALD: Source: LYBIO.net
Could the Gentleman hold his remarks? We request that the gallery refrain from any indication of support or opposition to any of the comments on the floor, so I don’t have to clear the gallery, please? Gentleman from the 54th.
REPRESENTATIVE Gordon N. Hintz:
Thank you, Mr Speaker. So, what we heard, that we may or we may not get an emergency bill, we may get a repair bill, I found out from the radio. From a Washington DC interest group. What does that have to do with Wisconsin? And then, it’s 144 pages. And then, we get briefed on Monday and I’m told we’re gonna vote on it on Thursday or Friday. And then when we ask for public hearings, well, and the public wants to speak out, you cut them off. This isn’t how we do things to each other. It’s not how things get introduced, and it’s just simply not what we do to the public. If you want to jam through a bill, you got to sit through the messy process that is democracy. Source: LYBIO.net When we sit there in 4th grade and we learn about Wisconsin government and we learn about US government, we learn about how amazing it was that they came together. But we also learn that it was bloody, that people had to fight for it, and they wanted to make it hard to do big things. You’re supposed to be a deliberative body. You’re supposed to have discussions. And you’re supposed to be transparent, because the public matters in all of this input. And then, when we keep the hearings going and we honestly look at the bill, it’s 144 pages, we find out that there’s things like $47 million of federal aid cut. And my city writes me and said ‘yes, we will have to close our bus system.’ And when I have an honest amendment to carve that out, and I want to get it submitted, we show up here, and you guys are gonna vote without us three minutes before you told us to be here. Are you seeing a pattern here? I find out from the radio from some group I don’t even know who it is. And then when the public wants to talk you cut ’em off. And then when we show up to vote, when we show up to vote, I am elected, I get it, I am in the minority, you’re right there’s only a bunch of us. But if you want to know why there are 35,000 people here, look at yourself in the mirror. And how about a little respect, at least to your colleagues?
Gordon Hintz – Representative On The Budget Repair Bill. I deserve better than that. And it’s bad enough, it’s bad enough that I had to hear it from a radio ad from Washington DC, and then show up at a meeting with no details. Complete Full Script, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.