My Eight Point Plan for Wisconsin
1. Create 10,000 jobs in 4 years through record investment in Wisconsin's infrastructure.
Wisconsinites deserve better than record unemployment, crumbling roads, and slow internet. That's why I will create 10,000 jobs in my first term through investment in Wisconsin's highways and internet infrastructure, and through these investments, improve standard of living for every Wisconsinite.
2. Implement a public health insurance option for the state of Wisconsin.
I know how expensive health insurance is. That's why I will create a public health insurance option for the state of Wisconsin that will compete with private insurers and keep them honest. Because this public option is not profit driven, it will provide better coverage at a lower cost. And like any other health insurance plan, you will not be charged a dime unless you decide to purchase it.
3. Repeal Scott Walker's legislation that banned unionized workplaces.
I support unions. Throughout American history, unions have been successful in getting hardworking Americans better pay and in protecting our rights in the workplace. That's why the first thing I will do as Governor is repeal Scott Walker's legislation that banned unionized workplaces.
4. Create a new broadband internet provider owned by Wisconsin's taxpayers and offer 1Gb fiber up and down to every Wisconsin municipality within 8 years.
I know how frustrating it is to pay “Cadillac” prices for internet that is slow and unreliable, especially while private internet providers make a killing because there is so little competition. The truth is that the telecom industry is one of the most corrupt industries in America. For decades, internet providers have pocketed generous subsidies from the federal government and made huge profits. A case in point is the current Republican plan to build a token amount of new broadband infrastructure in the state of Wisconsin. They are awarding “competitive grants” to reimburse telecom companies for construction costs. What that means is Wisconsin taxpayers are flat out paying for these companies infrastructure investment with no strings attached so that the telecom companies can turn around and charge us Wisconsin taxpayers to use the very internet infrastructure that we payed to build. That would be like if the state of Wisconsin built a highway from Madison to Green Bay and then gave it away for free to a friend of the Governor to be used as a toll road. America's highways helped make America an economic superpower. Internet is the highway of the future. That's why I will create a broadband internet provider owned by Wisconsin's taxpayers that will offer 1Gb fiber up and down in every WI municipality within 8 years.
5. Immediately restore the right of public employees to bargain collectively.
I support our teachers and public employees, and I will immediately restore the right of public employees to bargain collectively.
6. Veto all new pipeline and mining proposals.
I love and respect our beautiful state and I know you do too. I also know that when we damage our natural wealth by building pipelines and strip mines, the state of Wisconsin seldom sees an uptick in jobs or any other economic benefit to justify doing so. That's why I will veto all new pipeline and mining proposals.
7. Test drinking water annually and pass legislation that gives the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is detected.
I will ensure that every Wisconsin resident has clean drinking water by implementing annual tests for heavy metals, petrol-chemicals, and dangerous bacteria for all Wisconsin wells and utilities and by passing legislation that grants the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is discovered.
8. Make sure every school in Wisconsin is funded at or above the national per-pupil average.I believe that every Wisconsin kid deserves the opportunity to realize his or her God-given potential. That's why I will make sure that every school in Wisconsin is funded at or above the national per-pupil average.
I grew up a couple miles outside of Barneveld, Wisconsin. My dad had a woodworking business when I was a kid, and my mom writes and teaches. I am a third generation Wisconsinite. Three of my grandparents came here from Iowa and the fourth from Missouri. My parents grew up in Madison, where three of my grandparents were professors at the University.
I loved sports as a kid, especially youth football. I played on the line -- for the first three years, mostly both ways all game long. I also loved music. I played in the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for three years and was fortunate enough to have my composition "Yangzi" premiered by the WYSO Philharmonia under the direction of Thomas Buchhauser when I was a senior in high school.
During high school, I also became very involved in politics. My local American Legion post gave me the great opportunity to attend Badger Boys State, were I was selected by the Federalist Party as their Gubernatorial nominee. In 2008, I campaigned all summer for the Barack Obama campaign and learned how much I love going door to door talking to voters. I also interned for my great State Senator Dale Schultz. The experience stuck with me strongly. To this day, Dale is one of my leading role models.
I attended college at Stanford University, were I earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics. During my college days, I developed a passion for grueling outdoor adventures. I climbed mount Shasta, and I hiked the Grand Canyon from the south rim to the north rim and back in 48 hours.
In addition to my physics studies, I have diverse experience in several areas of engineering and science. Software that I wrote is used every day by the Army Corps of Engineers Search and Rescue Team. The software handles communication between their mobile phones and sensors placed on structural elements in disaster zones, allowing them to monitor the situation and alerting them to get out if the building starts to fall.
When I was a senior at Stanford, the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing filed a provisional patent on my invention to create a new programmable micro-technology for mixing chemical and biological reactants with the goal of creating a "personal computer" equivalent of the huge machines that are currently used in research, drug discovery and drug manufacturing. And, with the mission to empower individuals with the same scientific tinkering and drug manufacturing capabilities that are currently restricted to big companies.
Through those, and many more experiences, I want to bring an innovative management style to the Governor's mansion. A culture that hires smart people with an innovative mindset, puts new ideas to the test, and constantly iterates on systems to make them better. Because we need change in the Governor's mansion. Wisconsin is falling behind with the old, stale ideas of our current politics. The people of Wisconsin deserve better. You deserve a government that is just as smart and innovative as you are.