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Madison to Get Air National Guard F-35 Mission PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:17

f-35aFormer fighter pilot Sen. Mark Miller comments on the F-35 landing in Madison.

MADISON - Senator Miller released the following statement on the U.S. Air Force choice to house F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field:

mark-miller“Congratulations to my former colleagues at the 115th Fighter Wing on your selection to be a preferred location for the Air National Guard F-35 mission. As a former fighter pilot stationed at Truax and as the State Senator who represents the airport and the base, I know the value to the community of hosting the F-35 mission and also the value to the members of the 115th of the community support for that mission. The 115th Fighter Wing’s dedication to excellence and the support of our community, helped them rise above the other contenders for this mission.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 December 2017 16:36
Stepp to Oversee Environmental Protection for Midwest PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 08:42

cathy-stepp-fishTrump’s EPA Appoints Former DNR Secretary Who Left the Agency in Tatters

MADISON – In a damaging blow to Wisconsin’s – and its neighbors’ – environmental and public health, former Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp is now in charge of environmental protection for the entire Midwest.

As regional administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5, Stepp will oversee all of the upper Midwest including Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio.

The news comes at a time when the Walker Administration, and many of its allies in the legislature, are rolling back crucial protections for the state’s environment and public health.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann had this to say:

“Before Cathy Stepp's appointment as secretary of the Wisconsin DNR, the agency was widely considered one of the best of its kind in the country. Under her watch, the agency’s environmental enforcement abilities were dismantled, its scientists kicked out, its website scrubbed of climate change information and, under the orders of the Walker Administration, she shifted its focus from protecting Wisconsin's natural resources to handing out favors to polluters. It makes sense the Trump EPA is looking for people like Cathy Stepp, people who are willing to sell out our environment to the highest bidder. The consequences will be stark. With environmental rollbacks like the Foxconn disaster, the pending removal of wetlands protections, and the elimination of all our air quality standards in the state, Wisconsin will also have fewer and fewer protections from the EPA to help maintain water we can drink, air we can breathe, land that doesn't flood, and its public health.”

GOP Tax Plan Hikes Taxes On Working Families In Giveaway To Wealthy, Corporations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Monday, 18 December 2017 17:06

trump-ryanPlan would hike taxes on 53% of Americans while the richest 1% receive nearly 83% of the bill's tax benefits.

MADISON -- The Tax Policy Center today released a new report on the #GOPTaxScam that once again confirms that Republicans' latest iteration of their tax plan is as bad as every version that came before it. According to the TPC, the GOP tax plan supported by Senator Ron Johnson, Speaker Paul Ryan, and U.S. Senate candidates Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson would:

  • Hike taxes on 53% of Americans;
  • Gift the richest 1% of Americans 82.8% of the bill's tax cuts; and,
  • Ensure that nearly 4-in-5 members of the richest 1% get a tax cut, even as most Americans are forced to pay more in taxes.

The GOP tax plan also repeals the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which would have the effect of spiking Americans' healthcare premiums by 10% and leaving 13 million more Americans without health insurance coverage.

The TPC report comes as national polling shows that 50% of Americans correctly expect to face a tax hike under the GOP tax plan and that 47% of Americans disapprove of the legislation. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today reported deep skepticism toward the GOP plan in rural Wisconsin, and quoted former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson as saying, "I don’t think (people) understand [the plan]. I don’t think they think there’s going to be anything in it for them. … A business tax cut from 39 to 22 (percent) doesn’t mean jack to them."

Johnson famously held out on supporting the bill until he could be certain he'd be gifted a Badger Bribe tax cut for his family business, but Vukmir, Nicholson, and Ryan have throughout dutifully supported their party's efforts to hike taxes on working families in a corrupt transfer of wealth to corporate special interests and the megadonor class.

"This tax plan is corrupt DC-corporate special interest collusion at its worst," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning. "Rather than focus on delivering needed real tax reform for middle-class Wisconsinites and small business owners, Republicans are instead forcing through a scam tax hike on half of Americans in a massive giveaway to corporate special interests and billionaire CEOs.

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