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18
Aug
2016

milw-riot-2016MILWAUKEE - Over the weekend, another young black man lost his life and civil unrest exploded in MIlwaukee.

Our hearts go out to all the residents of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood who have experienced this weekend’s civil unrest, to the family of the young man who lost his life, and to the peace officers who have put their lives on the line to protect public safety. As public order is restored, it is important we take stock of what happened, and what we have to do together to create a Wisconsin where everyone has an equal chance to live a fulfilling life.

kraigAlthough the violence and property destruction seemed spontaneous to outsiders, for many African American residents it was a predictable outpouring of frustration flowing from unbearable racial inequality and exclusion. Shocking statistics support this, as the Milwaukee metro area has for many years consistently ranked among the worst in the country for African Americans across a variety of indicators including, segregation, incarceration rates, black male nonemployment, child poverty, and many others.

African Americans in Milwaukee, who came during the Great Migration to work and work hard and claim their piece of the American Dream, where drawn by the plentiful opportunities to work in union manufacturing jobs. They have borne the brunt of deindustrialization since the late 1970s. According to the UWM Center for Economic Development, the percentage of African Americans working in manufacturing declined from 54.3% in 1970 to 14.7% in 2009.

Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
 
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17
Aug
2016

teensOSHKOSH, WI – A recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo detailed that school districts serving students in Senate District 18 saw $14.5 million worth of cuts in general school aid since 2010. Additionally, nearly half of local school districts saw more than 10% of their general school aid funding cut.

mark-harris“This new memo shows yet again the misplaced budget priorities of Madison Republicans, who have repeatedly given millions in tax breaks for the wealthy while cutting K-12 general school aid," said Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris in a statement released earlier today. "These cuts have resulted in serious challenges for our local schools and harmed the quality of education that our children receive.”

“We cannot continue to turn our backs on the futures of our children," said Harris. "As your next State Senator, I will fight to reinvest in local public school funding and restore Wisconsin’s reputation as a national leader in K-12 education.”

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
 
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16
Aug
2016

road-closed-delay$472.1 million in awards to businesses through August 1 this year produce fewer new jobs, but would go far in covering the cost of reforming our state’s flawed school funding formula or funding repairs for local roads.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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