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Andre Jacque

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Andre Jacque is a Republican member of the Wisconsin state Assembly, representing District 2. According to his biography provided on the Wisconsin State Legislature’s website, he is a Board Member of the Green Bay Area Crimestoppers, a member of the Brown County Taxpayers Association, a member of both Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life, and a member of the National Rifle Association.[1] He sits on the following Committees: Criminal Justice and Corrections, Judiciary and Ethics, as well as Urban and Local Affairs.[2]

Jacque was reelected on November 6, 2012.[3]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Rep. Jacque is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council and sits on ALEC's Civil Justice Task Force. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Jacque co-authored 16 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy. 

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Budget Earmark Transparency Bill Co-Sponsorship

Senate Bill 114 (the non-partisan WI Legislative Reference Bureau Bill Summary): "The bill requires the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) to prepare an earmark transparency report on each biennial budget bill and on each amendment thereto. The report must contain all of the following: a list of all earmarks; the cost of each earmark; and the beneficiary of each earmark. If the beneficiary is an individual, LFB must identify the assembly and senate district in which the beneficiary resides. If the beneficiary is an entity, LFB must identify the assembly and senate district in which the beneficiary is located, incorporated, or organized. With respect to an amendment to a biennial budget bill, LFB must identify the representative to the assembly or senator who proposed the earmark."[4] (SB-114)* (Compare with ALEC's "Act Relating to Creating a Searchable Budget Database for State Spending Model Language").

Co-Introduction of the ALEC Model “Prevailing Wage Repeal Act”

Jacque was a co-introducer of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 183[5] (AB 183)* (Compare with ALEC's “Prevailing Wage Repeal Act.”)

Assembly Bill 85 and the ALEC Model “Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act”

Jacque was a co-introducer of Assembly Bill 85, described by the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau as follows: "This bill reverses the changes made to the taxation of capital gains in the 2009−11 biennial budget act and restores the income tax exclusion for capital gains to 60 percent of the net long−term capital gains realized from the sale of assets held more than one year and the sale of all assets acquired from a decedent and repeals the separate 60 percent exclusion for farm assets."[6] (AB 85)* (Compare with ALEC's “The Capital Gains Tax Elimination Act.”)

References

  1. “Andre Jacque: Biography.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  2. “Andre Jacque – 2011-2012 Committee Assignments.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  3. Wisconsin Vote, 2012 Election Results, accessed November 27, 2012.
  4. “2011 Senate Bill 114.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  5. “2011 Assembly Bill 183.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  6. “2011 Assembly Bill 85.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.