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20
Apr
2015

senateSenator Kathleen Vinehout writes about some of the myths that are circulating about the Wisconsin state budget. A popular myth is Governor Walker has spending under control, but did you know the state owes $600 million more than when Governor Doyle left office or that the 2015-17 state budget spends $4.76 billion more than the last?

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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18
Apr
2015

uw-madison-bascomUW-Madison  Chancellor makes announcement on Friday due to historically-large state budget cuts proposed by Walker Administration. UW will drop courses and reduce class seats. Shortsighted budget continues de-investing in our world class University of Wisconsin System and is devastating to our future competitiveness say officials.

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18
Apr
2015

veteransGOP cuts restrict program access and deny economic opportunities.


MADISON – As Republicans continue reducing veteran benefits to balance their $2.2 billion budget deficit, Democrats have argued against these cuts in favor of pro-growth initiatives to preserve economic opportunities and access to health care for returning veterans.

“Wisconsin veterans and military families have already sacrificed for our state,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “As Democrats, we believe that our men and women in uniform have earned these benefits and they should not be taken away simply because Republicans dug themselves into a $2.2 billion budget deficit.”

During the budget debate, Democrats put forward several motions to support veterans and expand economic opportunities. These motions included investments in veteran skill training and job placement assistance, support for mental health and AODA treatment and preventing a new cap being placed on travel expenses for veterans. All of these motions were rejected by the Republican majority.

“Wisconsin has a jobs problem and we need to do everything we can to invest in worker training, raise family wages and expand access to affordable health care,” added Shilling. “Instead of cutting services and eliminating support programs, we should expand economic opportunities by making worker training assistance for veterans a priority.”

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