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Weix says returning vets need jobs; state should stay out of local schools

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Veterans issues are becoming a key part of the campaign of Isaac Weix who is running for the 29th Assembly District.

Weix is a U.S. Marine Corps reservist who recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq and now runs a hardware store in Elmwood - a store he co-owns with his brother.

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"Politicians are good at writing benefits, but bad at setting up the bureaucracy that runs them," said Weix who is running as a Republican to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Andy Lamb.

Although many of the problems veterans face deal with federal-level benefits such as disability claims, Weix says there are some things the state should be doing better such as veterans employment.

"A lot of these guys coming back don't have jobs," Weix said. "Right now the Department of Workforce Development only has one guy covering western Wisconsin for veterans' employment."

Weix also says that while the education benefits the state offers are excellent, vets need assistance in getting through all the paperwork it takes to use those benefits.

On education funding the University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate says that he thinks that the state should stay out of how local districts fund their schools and that school districts should have more leeway in negotiating benefits for employees.

He also believes that the state should overhaul how it funds education.

Weix is also not in favor of the health care program being pushed by state Democrats.

"I am adamantly opposed to universal health care," Weix said. "It is a colossally bad idea. These people don't know what they are asking for."

Weix says he supports health savings accounts which are tax-free and could be setup by employers or an individual. A Republican-backed bill to set these up in Wisconsin was vetoed this year by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Another bad idea to Wiex is the state mandating 10 percent ethanol in gasoline.

"Ethanol should compete on the open market like everything else," Wiex said. "If the government wants it in the market then they shouldn't tax it."

Weix says one of the best ways to limit spending in the state is to limit the governor's veto power, so that the governor could not veto in spending, like Doyle did during the last budget cycle.

He also thinks that any increases in technical college property tax increases should first be approved by either the Legislature or by a referendum so that the residents who have to pay for the increase have their voice heard.

He also thinks the state's technical colleges need to stick with their original mission.

"Tech schools should stay as trade schools," he said.

Weix added that he is against the push to have technical schools in the state teach college preparatory courses.

"Taxpayer money should not be used to do something which is already being done by the University of Wisconsin system," he said.

In regards to the recent decision by the UW system to employ a "holistic review" which takes into account not only a student's academic achievement, but other factors such as race, Weix was not supportive.

"Admissions should be based on academics and not on the color of skin," Weix said. "That's reverse discrimination."

Brady Bautch is the Internet Publisher for the RiverTown Newspaper Group. He can be contacted at internet@rivertowns.net

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