It is sometimes easy to forget things that happen just a few months ago, let alone eight years ago. However, it is important to think a about what things were like in Wisconsin in the fall of 2010, compared to where things are in 2018 hearing into another important election. It is also a good exercise to think about all we have been able to accomplish working with Governor Scott Walker and the legislative majorities in each house since they took office in early 2011.

In September 2010, the unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 8.4%, Wisconsin families continued to see increase after increase in their property tax rates, and our state budget deficit was a staggering $3.2 billion. Compare those numbers to where we are today. The last statistics released showed our state unemployment rate at 2.9%, almost full employment. Property taxes have either been held flat or have decreased for the majority of Wisconsin families. Finally, the state budget deficit has been erased, income taxes cut, refunds issued this summer for those families with children, and we just had the first ever “sales tax holiday” to save a few dollars on items families need to send their kids back to school.

Before 2011, we were continually faced with building code changes that did not improve the safety or efficiency of homes, but went a long way to increase the cost of a home to the family that moved in. Since 2011, state statues have been updated to allow those with backgrounds in home construction to serve on the Uniform Dwelling Code Council (UDC Council); the current UDC Council has 13 members and 7 are WBA members (with WBA members serving as chair and vice chair), and the UDC and electrical code are now updated every six years. …

Developers were required to pay two different “conversion fees” to develop land into neighborhoods, and were also required to pay “prevailing wage” on infrastructure that they paid for and then gave to the municipality. The conversion fee associated with the PACE Program and prevailing wage requirements on infrastructure were both eliminated and reduced the cost of housing development during the 2011-2012 legislative session.

These are only a few of the legislative and regulatory wins we have been able to accomplish since 2011, a brief snapshot of the economic gains and tax reductions that have been passed.

2010 was a very important election for housing and for our economy. All of the gains that have been made can be erased with different election results on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Please take some time to read and share the pieces in this magazine by the WBA endorsed candidates for governor and attorney general, Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel.

This election is too important to sit out and just be happy with what we have been able to accomplish since 2011.