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UWFox Hosts Public Forum on 'Taxpayer Protection Amendment: Alternative Views'

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting a public forum focusing on the “Taxpayer Protection Amendment” (TPA), scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 from noon to 1:30 in the campus’ Student Union. The forum is entitled, “Taxpayer Protection Amendment: Alternative Views,” and features Frank Lasee, Wisconsin state assembly representative (R-2nd Assembly District) and Dr. James Perry, UWFox campus executive officer and dean.

The forum is being facilitated by Jeff Jirschele, talk show host for AM 1150 WHBY radio.

Frank Lasee, Wisconsin state assembly representative (R-2nd Assembly District)The TPA is formally known as, “Senate Joint Resolution 63 (SJR 63)/Assembly Joint Resolution 77 (AJR 77).” The TPA would place a constitutional cap on raising taxes in Wisconsin.

Rep. Lasee, who has represented his district since 1994, is the author of the Lasee-Wood “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” a legislative proposal that was the forerunner of the current TPA. He is presenting the point of view that the TPA is needed and wanted by the residents and citizens of Wisconsin.

Dr. Perry has been the CEO at the Menasha campus since 1993, and is also a tenured professor of biological sciences within the UW Colleges and the UW System. He is presenting the point of view that the TPA is not in the best interests of the residents and citizens of Wisconsin, and that it has the potential for detrimental effect on the UW System campuses, including UWFox, and its students.

Dr. James Perry, UWFox campus executive officer and deanThe public forum provides for Rep. Lasee and Dr. Perry to each have 12 minutes at the start to present their respective point of view. After that, facilitator Jirschele will present questions and issues about the TPA to each presenter, and will coordinate questions from the audience for each presenter to address.

The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is one of the thirteen two-year campuses that comprise the UW Colleges, and one of the 26 campuses in the UW System. For more information about the public forum, contact Jeff Kuepper, Student Activities Coordinator, at 832-2671 or email jeff.kuepper@uwc.edu.

The forum is free and open to the public. Seating is open and unreserved. UWFox is located at 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. Free parking is available on the west side of the campus.

Posted 4/11/2006