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Trump Budget Features Vukmir, Nicholson-Endorsed Earned Benefit Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brad Bainum   
Friday, 16 February 2018 15:40

elderlyTrump budget proposal would gut Medicare by $554 billion. Vukmir and Nicholson have previously endorsed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

MADISON - This week, President Donald Trump released his administration's 2019 budget request which calls for a dramatic, $554 billion ravaging of Medicare, a vital program that more than 1,000,000 Wisconsinite seniors count on for health care coverage.

The Trump Administration budget request also guts Medicaid -- a program that provides vital health care coverage for 1-in-3 kids in Wisconsin and 3-in-5 Wisconsin nursing home residents -- by $1.4 trillion.

leah-vukmirkevin-nicholsonRepublican U.S. Senate candidates right-wing state Sen. Leah Vukmir and out-of-state billionaire puppet Kevin Nicholson have previously endorsed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and now they're standing by Trump's plan to gut Wisconsinite seniors and future retirees' hard-earned benefits.

"It's no secret that Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson are on board with right-wing corporate special interests' plans to gut Wisconsinites' earned benefits," said Brad Bainum, Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson for the 2018 Senate race. "Of course Vukmir and Nicholson are standing with Trump as he attacks Wisconsin seniors and aims to slash Medicare by a whopping $554 billion."

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 February 2018 16:06
Walker Begs Trump for Help on Infrastructure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Monday, 12 February 2018 14:59

trump-walkerMeets with President Donald Trump at the White House Monday to plead for federal help to repair Wisconsin’s crumbling roads and bridges after his years of neglect.

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House today to plead for federal help to repair Wisconsin’s crumbling roads and bridges.

The threat of a tough election has Walker in a panic and groveling for Trump’s assistance after neglecting Wisconsin’s infrastructure crisis for years. Walker has every right to be scared, too. On his watch, Wisconsin’s roads have become the 2nd worst in the nation.

martha-laning“Scott Walker and his Republican Party have controlled Wisconsin government for seven years, and in that time our roads have crumbled,” said Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “Wisconsinites deserve better than Walker’s desperate, election-year stunts. We need long-term infrastructure solutions and it’s clear that Scott Walker has none to offer."

The Obama Administration had offered Walker federal infrastructure funding in the past, but he turned it down to cater to national conservatives in advance of his run for president. These rejected funds include over $800 million for high-speed rail and over $20 million for broadband. Most significantly, Walker rejected bringing our tax dollars back home to Wisconsin to fund an expansion of BadgerCare, which cost the state over $1 billion. Those funds would have freed up tax revenue for rebuilding our crumbling roads and unstable bridges.

Walker’s recent flurry of misleading statements on transportation are further evidence of his panicked attempt to cover up a dreadful record on infrastructure in an election year. His claims that he spent more on transportation than Gov. Jim Doyle and that road repairs are ahead of schedule were both found to be misleading and mostly false by Politifact Wisconsin.

Unfortunately for Wisconsinites, we are stuck paying for Walker’s neglect. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Wisconsinites spend an average of $637 a year on car repairs due to the abysmal quality of our roads. That is a price Walker is willing to make you pay and his Department of Transportation declares that “if your car is damaged due to a pothole... the state or county is not liable for your damage.”

“The sad result of Walker’s infrastructure neglect is that Wisconsin car owners are forced to shell out hundreds of dollars a year in repairs,” added Laning. “Walker’s failed leadership has cost Wisconsinites dearly. This November, it’s time to elect someone who will rebuild Wisconsin rather than kick the can down the road to fund tax breaks for the wealthy. Wisconsin can’t afford another four years of Walker’s neglect.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:12
Speaker Ryan Puts Partisanship Before National Security PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:45

trump-ryanRyan calls for “cleanse” of FBI and release of a classified memo that the DOJ labels “extraordinarily reckless”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:58
Madison to Get Air National Guard F-35 Mission PDF Print E-mail
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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
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Written by Wisconsin 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.”

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