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03
Feb
2017

road-closed-delayState highway Projects have cost $3 billion more than projected, and the quality of Wisconsin roads have deteriorated in just five years. What's wrong, and what can we do better?

Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
 
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03
Feb
2017

money-behind-politicsBetsy DeVos and her family invested $3.2 million to help elect 21 US senators who will now vote. Will Monday’s Vote on Senate Floor Be Payback time? Will Sen. Johnson Pay Her Back or Recuse Himself?

Written by Buzz Davis, Army Veteran & Activist   
 
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02
Feb
2017

wi-dist-mapsWisconsin voters have been voting in gerrymandered districts that were ruled unconstitutional and must be redone by 2018. The League of Women Voters offers possible ways to accomplish that effort fairly.

Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
 
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01
Feb
2017

back-to-schoolGOP school cuts continue to hurt students, communities and taxpayers.


MADISON, WI – After cutting $1 billion from Wisconsin’s K-12 schools since 2011, Republicans continue to prioritize tax breaks for the wealthy over funding for local schools. Several recent reports have highlighted massive tax breaks that have ballooned out of proportion which largely benefit individuals making over $1 million a year.

jennifer-shilling“Students are being denied a quality education and Wisconsin schools are falling further behind because Gov. Walker continues to prioritize tax breaks for the wealthy,” said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Gov. Walker’s decision to cut $1 billion from our local schools and force families to pay higher school property taxes has been devastating for many communities.”

“Public schools are the heart of every community and Democrats are committed to restoring state funding, lowering property taxes and giving Wisconsin children the education opportunities they deserve,” added Shilling. “We need to restore the $1 billion in state aid that has been cut from our schools and put an end to Gov. Walker’s tax breaks that benefit millionaires and companies that outsource Wisconsin jobs.”

In most Wisconsin communities, state aid for local schools remains below funding levels from 2010-11. The three communities Gov. Walker is visiting today have been particularly hurt by Republican school cuts. Over the last five years, the Wauzeka-Steuben School District has seen a 12.4% state funding cut, the Hilbert School District has seen a 16% state funding cut and the Crandon School District has seen a 33.9% state funding cut.

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Tony Palese contributed to this story.

Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
 
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31
Jan
2017

highway-const-zooThe recent Legislative Audit Bureau audit of State Highway Program showed the estimated costs at the time of a highway project approval were much less than costs at completion. The LAB makes many recommendations to DOT to improve their practices.

Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
 
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30
Jan
2017

muslim-ban-airportAbout innocent people, families who waited months for their visas, Iraqis who risked their lives helping U.S. troops, permanent residents who've lived in the U.S. for years who were detained in airports, or worse, deported.


MADISON - Millions of us watched in horror this weekend as Donald Trump's reckless Muslim ban went into effect.

Innocent people--families who waited months for their visas, Iraqis who risked their lives helping U.S. troops, permanent residents who've lived in the U.S. for years--were detained in airports, or worse, deported.1

From coast to coast, massive, spontaneous protests showed that Americans won't stand for this. It's critical that we continue to speak out and show Trump that was only the beginning. Here are three things you can do today:

1. Call your member of congress and both of your senators. Our elected officials work for us, not Trump. They need to know that we are demanding they take action now to stop the draconian immigration actions by president Trump.

2. Donate to the National Immigration Law Center. There are a lot of great groups working to stop the Trump's actions and help those who have been detained and the National Immigration Law Center is one that you don't hear about enough. They're leading the legal resistance to the Muslim ban now and will be there to protect immigrants in the months to come. 

3. Find a protest near you! One of the rays of hope this weekend was seeing thousands pour into the streets and into airports to speak out for our values. But protesting can't be someone else's job, it's up to all of us.

These are dark times for sure, but we will get through this together.

Thanks for taking action,

--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide, New York Times, January 28, 2017.

Written by Nita and Shaunna, UltraViolet   
 
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