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Gov. Evers Signs Wisconsin's 2019-21 Biennial Budget into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 19:57

evers-budget-signBudget includes largest general school aid and special education increases in a decade, increases revenue to fix our roads for the first time in a generation, provides 10 percent tax cut for Wisconsin's working families.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 July 2019 10:19
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Gov. Evers Signs Act 185 Trailer Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 09:04

boy-in-docModifies deadlines and timing processes for county-run juvenile facilities, Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake.


MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers last Friday signed Assembly Bill 188, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 8, into law. Wisconsin Act 8 makes a number of technical changes to 2017 Wisconsin Act 185, including modifying the deadlines related to county-run juvenile facilities, modifying the deadline for closing Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake, and clarifying the process for transferring between facilities.

tony-evers“Our top priority remains getting our kids out of Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and closer to home as soon as we safely and responsibly can, and our agencies are working to collaborate and find efficiencies in this process,” said Gov. Evers. “I look forward to having a larger conversation about reforming our juvenile justice system. We need to focus on investing in front-end prevention, alternatives, and diversion when youth intersect with the justice system, and trauma-informed, evidence-based practices.”

 
New Student Veteran Renter Protection Act Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Monday, 01 July 2019 18:50

veterans_armyBill will protect student veterans from late fees or eviction in future cases where VA housing allowances are delayed or incorrect.

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GOP Budget Misses the Mark PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:04

teaching-studentsClassrooms and Communities Denied Funding Under GOP Budget


MADISON – Despite overwhelming public support for Governor Tony Evers’ state budget proposal that addresses issues impacting Wisconsin families, Republican politicians settled for a budget full of missed opportunities. After securing their final votes with a last minute amendment crafted behind closed doors, the Republican majority is ignoring the will of voters, refusing to fund Wisconsin’s core priorities, and limiting support for local communities.

jennifer-shilling“Wisconsin families are frustrated with fiscally irresponsible Legislative Republicans who would rather protect their special interest agenda and tax giveaways to the wealthy,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “The Republican budget acknowledges the failure of their policies over the past eight years but refuses to adopt the solutions and investments we need to protect our schools, health care and drinking water.”

The Republican budget blocks Gov. Evers’ proposal to invest $1.4 billion more into local classrooms and cuts over $500 million in special education funding from his budget; rejects $1.6 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid and expand affordable health care access to 82,000 Wisconsinites; blocks funds to address the contaminated drinking water crisis; and cuts funding for local governments to fix potholes. Most troubling, the Republican refusal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid will end up costing the state more money while covering fewer people.

Simply put the Republican budget:

  • Cuts Gov. Tony Evers’ special education funding proposal by 83% while increasing property taxes.
  • Fails to meet the 2/3rd state funding commitment for public schools while spending more on vouchers for unaccountable private schools.
  • Spends millions more taxpayer dollars in order to reject Medicaid funding and the enhanced care it could provide.
  • Increases taxes on Wisconsin drivers while letting Minnesota and Illinois motorists off the hook for our increased road repair costs.
  • Rejects funding for clean water protections while thousands of children continue to be poisoned by lead pipes.

“Gov. Tony Evers’ original budget proposal was a responsible plan for families and communities that have been ignored for too long,” added Sen. Shilling. “Instead of living with the failed policies of the past, we need to move forward with bold, innovative solutions that promote a fair economy and expand opportunities for families and communities. Democrats stand united in the belief that quality schools, affordable health care, and clean drinking water are vital to restoring Wisconsin’s reputation as a place where the next generation wants to live, work, and raise a family. This budget misses the mark, and I will be voting no.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:19
 
Senate Passes Republican Budget Changes, Sends to Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 27 June 2019 09:44

wisconsin_senateLocal needs cut back as GOP lines up the votes it needed on Wednesday.

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