A Resolution to Retain and Restore the Offices of
State Treasurer and Secretary of State

WHEREAS, The founders of the State of Wisconsin clearly understood that democracy requires checks and balances and the separation of powers among the several statewide elected officials, rather than concentrating all or many powers within the office of governor; and

WHEREAS, The citizens of Wisconsin have elected a state treasurer and secretary of state since 1848 with clear responsibilities and duties established in the Constitution and by legislative action; and

WHEREAS, In recent decades, these offices have been stripped of their traditional responsibilities, which have been transferred to the executive branch, promising cost-savings, yet no public money has been saved, these respective duties and functions remain and their costs remaining the same but now being performed by state agencies controlled by the governor; and

WHEREAS, Certain members of the Wisconsin Legislature are again proposing to eliminate these two elected positions based upon the empty promise to save money; and

WHEREAS, Both offices have been revenue-producers, requiring no tax dollars, accountable to the electorate and citizens of Wisconsin; and

WHEREAS, A current proposal includes risky restrictions to be placed upon the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands which controls nearly one billion dollars of investments and the ownership of some 80,000 acres of forest lands in northern Wisconsin, all for the benefit of the state’s public schools and libraries; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to reject any future resolutions to eliminate the offices of State Treasurer and Secretary of State, and we further encourage and request the legislature and governor to:

a) Restore Unclaimed Property, the Local Government Investment Pool and the EdVest College Savings Program to the Office of State Treasurer, as well as other responsibilities previously removed from the Office of Secretary of State, and

b) Consider adding new duties and functions to the elected, accountable State Treasurer and Secretary of State; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to all members of the State Assembly and State Senate that represent Outagamie County, and to Governor Scott Walker.

EDUCATION
WHEREAS, Quality education along with limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility sit at the heart of our economic development, prosperity, and happiness; and
WHEREAS, Parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to educate their children and provide for their moral guidance, including the right to send their children to the school they deem most appropriate, while still partaking of state and local funds dedicated to educating all children living in Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Moral and religious values and disciplines instilling by parents should not be opposed by educational institutions either directly or indirectly, but rather religious freedom and freedom of conscience of students and parents should be universally promoted and upheld by educational institutions; and
WHEREAS, Curricula of schools receiving taxpayer funding should include studies of that which comprises our national heritage, including the writings of our Founding Fathers, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, conservative and classical-liberal principles and values, and wisdom that endures from ancient times up through our modern day, in addition to the study of reading and writing, the sciences, economics and commerce, philosophy, ethics, mathematics and logic, languages, and law that form the basis for educated participation in our society; and
WHEREAS, The important contributions of native Americans to the democratic principles incorporated into the American Constitution, especially contributions of the Iroquois Confederacy, which includes the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora, have long been recognized, from the time of our Founding Fathers up through the present time by the 100th Congress of the United States and by others; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, urges that all school curricula and library collections have objective and balanced reading and instructional materials that reflect our national heritage, including the contributions of Native Americans and Immigrants to these lands and the founding Judeo-Christian principles that are at the core of our national identity; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, opposes kindergarten for 4 year old children, opposes federal mandates, especially the adoption and implementation of Common Core Standards and the International Baccalaureate Curriculum in the Wisconsin school system; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, continues to strongly support School Choice, Charter Schools, Home Schools and Virtual Schools along with the various funding mechanisms that allow parents to send their children to the school they deem appropriate, and the elimination of all caps on enrollment in these programs.

A RESOLUTION TO PASS A FEDERAL
BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT

WHEREAS, The Federal debt is over 17 trillion dollars and is growing at an unsustainable rate, threatening the stability of our nation’s economy; and
WHEREAS, Balancing the budget and eliminating the annual deficit will allow our nation to reduce the Federal debt over time, providing a buffer for economic downturns and other emergencies; and
WHEREAS, The United States House of Representatives introduced House Joint Resolution 24 “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States” on February 6th of 2013; and
WHEREAS, The cosponsors for Joint Resolution 24 numbered thirty-six representatives, among them four Democratic representatives and thirty-two Republican representatives, including the 8th District Republican representative Reid Ribble; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, calls on all of our Legislators, to support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County supports ending the practice of attaching policy-making bills to the budget and calls for each policy bill to be introduced separately by title, and be debated fully and passed by recorded votes by both houses of the legislature.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
UNDER OBAMACARE

WHEREAS, A Health and Human Services regulation promulgated to enable “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (PPACA), also known as “Obamacare”, demands that employers pay for the contraceptive methods of their employees either directly or indirectly, including drugs that cause abortion; and
WHEREAS, These abortifacients violate the right to life with which all human beings are endowed by their Creator, one of the unalienable rights cited the in the Declaration of Independence, and a central tenet of Judeo-Christian religions; and
WHEREAS, Over 90 cases have been filed in the courts against the HHS contraceptive mandate, representing over 300 plaintiffs, as reported by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and
WHEREAS, These plaintiffs are being forced to pay for insurance coverage by the government, in violation of the religious principles held by their organizations, or face substantial daily fines; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, stands with and commends the courageous actions of these plaintiffs to operate their organizations according to their strongly and consistently held traditional religious beliefs and principles; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, supports strong legislative action to protect the religious liberties of every American individual and the right of every American organization to adhere to moral principles grounded in religious tradition.