Patricia Strachota

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Patricia Strachota is a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing Assembly District 58, located in the Greater Milwaukee suburban area.[1][2]

She sits on the Health and Finance Committees, the Joint Committee on Finance, and the following Legislative Council Study Committees: Special Committee on Health Care Reform Implementation (Co-Chair); Special Committee on Nanotechnology; Special Committee on Building Wisconsin’s Workforce (Chair); and Special Committee on Strategic Job Creation (Chair).[3] She is also a member of the West Bend Chamber of Commerce.[4]

Strachota was reelected on November 6, 2012.[5]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Strachota is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force. In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rep. Strachota co-authored 12 bills that reflect ALEC models, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy. 

She received $1,404 from ALEC in 2011, according to her Economic Interest Statement.

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Budget Earmark Transparency Bill Co-Sponsorship

Strachota co-sponsored 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."[6] (SB-114)* (Compare with ALEC's "Act Relating to Creating a Searchable Budget Database for State Spending Model Language")

Rep. Strachota and Introduction of the ALEC Model “Prevailing Wage Repeal Act”

Strachota was a co-introducer of Wisconsin Assembly Bill 183[7] (AB 183)* (Compare with ALEC's “Prevailing Wage Repeal Act.”)

References

  1. “Patricia Strachota.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  2. “Assembly District 58.” Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  3. “Patricia Strachota – 2011-2012 Committee Assignments.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  4. “’Patricia Strachota.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  5. Wisconsin Vote, 2012 Election Results, accessed November 27, 2012.
  6. “2011 Senate Bill 114.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.
  7. “2011 Assembly Bill 183.” Wisconsin State Legislature. Legis.Wisconsin.Gov. Accessed Aug. 1, 2011.