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Problems Left for the Next State Budget Writers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:49

school-bus-kidsSen. Kathleen Vinehout examines the lack of foresight in the current budget just passed and how it relates to three major issues – education, transportation and shared revenue.

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Conservationists Urge Strong Manure Pollution Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:24

dairy_cow_merry_go_roundAs drinking water is inundated with manure, NR 151 is a chance to help families.

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Vukmir Votes To Raise Own Benefits While Opposing Pay Raise For Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:00

leah-vukmirNicholson Backed By Washington Special Interest Group That Fights Against Minimum Wage Increase


MADISON, WI – Look no further for another example of how State Senator Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson are wrong for Wisconsin than failure to stand up for working families. While Vukmir has voted to raise her own taxpayer-funded benefits, she’s voted against measures that would raise what working Wisconsinites earn.

kevin-nicholsonMeanwhile, Kevin Nicholson – who increasingly takes his cues from Washington special interest groups – is backed by one that fights against measures to raise the minimum wage, Club for Growth.

“Yet again, the declared Republican candidates for Senate find themselves on the same side – and that’s against Wisconsin’s working families,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning. “Rather than advocating for wages that would help middle-class families succeed, these candidates are only looking out for themselves and the wealthy special interests that back their political careers.”

Background:

  • Vukmir Cosponsored Legislation “Straight From The ALEC Playbook” That Would Repeal The Prevailing Wage. [Associated Press, 5/5/15]
  • In Summer 2017, Vukmir Demanded The Next State Budget Include Full Repeal Of Prevailing Wage Law. [La Crosse Tribune, 7/14/17]
  • Midwest Economic Policy Institute Reported Vukmir’s Demand Would Cost “From $224 Million To $337 Million Every Year.” [Door County Pulse, 6/30/17]
  • Vukmir Is A Member Of ALEC’s National Board Of Directors, A Koch-Funded Group That Brings Together State Legislators To Write Corporation-Friendly Bills. [Bloomberg, 5/3/12]; [American Legislative Exchange Council, Board Of Directors, Sen. Leah Vukmir, Accessed 3/13/17]
  • An Deep-Dive Into ALEC’s Practices Showed That ALEC Essentially Turns Lawmakers Into “Stealth Lobbyists,” Providing Them With Talking Points, Signaling How They Should Vote.[New York Times, 4/21/12]
  • In 2017, Vukmir Voted To Increase Her State Senate Per Diem Benefits By 31 Percent. [Green Bay Press-Gazette, 2/23/17]
  • Nicholson Was Endorsed By Club For Growth, Which Has Endorsed A $0 Minimum Wage. [Club For Growth, 8/15/17; Club For Growth, 10/29/14]
 
Republican Budget Week Puts Foxconn Ahead of 850,000+ Wisconsin Students PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 09:33

school-bus-kidsGOP budget will take more from Wisconsin taxpayers for Foxconn over the next 8 years than school aid.


MADISON - Ahead of Republican claims about K-12 funding in the state budget, three Democratic leaders pointed out that Republicans voted last week to regularly take more from Wisconsin taxpayers for Foxconn over the next FOUR state budgets than any GOP school aid increase.

“Our Republican colleagues will take to the floor today and tell us a lot about their school aid budget,” Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Delta) said. “What they won’t tell you is that the numbers show clearly where their real priorities are. They’ve made the largest giveaway to a foreign corporation in history a higher priority than 850,000 children of Wisconsin taxpayers.”

walker-terry-gou-foxconnSen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), ranking Democratic member of the Education Committee, Caucus Chair Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Assistant Minority Leader Bewley pointed to a memo that shows GOP-forced taxpayer handouts to Foxconn exceeding the very highest GOP school aid increase in five of the next eight years.

“It’s bad enough that we don’t know how many generations of Wisconsinites are being shackled to this Foxconn handout,” Sen Mark Miller said. “It’s even worse that public education for the first generation that will grow up under this deal is at risk because our Republican colleagues have put Foxconn ahead of schools in Wisconsin communities.”

The legislators released a September 12 memorandum from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau comparing K-12 school aid budgets under Republican leadership and taxpayer expenditures to Foxconn that Republican legislators approved earlier this week.

“Republicans voted this week to put every Wisconsin taxpayer on the hook for Gov. Walker’s handout to Foxconn,” Sen. Larson said. “This memo starts to tell the story of what that $3 billion giveaway will cost our neighbors, our communities, our schools and our children in the budgets ahead.”

 
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