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Republican Assembly Rep. Oldenburg on inheriting La Crosse, homelessness, taxes, budget surplus, weed



Wisconsin Republican state Assembly Rep. Loren Oldenburg joins La Crosse Talk PM on Monday to discuss the possibility of inheriting La Crosse if he wins election, homelessness, taxes, what to do with the budget surplus, marijuana, vaccines and more.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Oldenburg is the incumbent in the 96th District, which will change next year, going from mostly rural to incorporating the south side of La Crosse. And that’s where we started the show, just the philosophy of having mixed city-rural districts, whether Oldenburg will legislate differently and how he separates himself from his Democratic opponents.

Oldenburg will face the winner of the Aug. 13 primary between Democrats Tara Johnson and Steven Campbell.

With the possibility of representing La Crosse, we discussed what the state Legislature has done about homelessness, being the city has been dealing with the growing issue since the pandemic, and what ideas he might have to help solve it.

Also on the show, we discuss the $500 million in public funding to renovate the Brewers stadium, and if Oldenburg would sell the ballpark to the team for $1.

We also talked about taxes and what to do with Wisconsin’s $3.5 million budget surplus, which has been at or above that level for 2.5 years. Plus, where he stands on legalizing marijuana.

Oldenburg brought up vaccines in regards to COVID, but also others and whether they should be mandated.

Ended the show on the Wisconsin Senate’s veto overrides from a few weeks back, and why the Assembly didn’t even meet in session to take up any of the bills its counterpart passed.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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