Wisconsin has one of the best education systems in the country, thanks to our great teachers and schools. However, we must continue to look for ways to improve and reform education to help every student succeed in the workforce and in life.
In the 2017-2019 state budget, we invested a record amount in K-12 schools in actual dollars. We are also ensuring that every student has access to a computer or laptop by creating one-to-one technology grants. Our efforts to help students succeed don't end at the elementary school level.
We also want to keep college costs in check. Once again I supported the tuition freeze for Wisconsin undergraduate students in the UW System. Over the last four years, the tuition freeze has saved the average student more than $6,000.
Jobs & the Economy
One of my top legislative priorities has been encouraging economic development and establishing a business climate that brings more family-supporting jobs to Racine County. I'm proud that our reforms are working. More businesses are opening their doors and thousands of new careers are coming to our area. We will continue to invest in worker training and expand programs to help prepare workers for high demand positions.
It's an exciting time for the state of Wisconsin. Our economy is ranked among the best in the country and our unemployment rate is at a record low. We can continue to move our state forward by attracting and retaining good employees while showing that Wisconsin is an excellent place to work, play and raise a family.
While we still have a ways to go, I'm proud of the work we have done to reduce the tax burden on the hard-working families of Racine County. Wisconsin residents deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money to spend any way they choose. That's why in the last seven years, we've reduced taxes by more than $8 billion and provided needed property tax relief. In fact, property taxes will be lower for the average Wisconsin home in 2018 than they were in 2010. We should and will do more to help families and small businesses in Racine County.