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Wisconsinites Speak Out to Save SeniorCare PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 17:00

kathleen-vinehout-dave-hansenSenator Kathleen Vinehout joined her legislative colleagues at a press conference today announcing the 13,500 petition signatures gathered to Save SeniorCare. Governor Walker wants to cut SeniorCare funding and force participants to sign-up for MediCare part D. She turned in over 1,000 signatures gathered by her office alone. The petitions were delivered to the Governor and legislative leaders.

MADISON - Today, I was happy to join several of my legislative colleagues, including Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Andy Jorgensen (D- Milton) and Senate Democratic Assistant Leader Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), at a press conference announcing the number of petition signatures gathered calling on the Legislature to Save SeniorCare.

Governor Walker included a provision in his budget to cut SeniorCare funding by $15 million and require all SeniorCare participants to sign up for Medicare Part D. Thousands of Wisconsinites are united in opposing the governor’s proposed changes to SeniorCare.

I added over 1,000 signatures gathered by my office from people in the 31st Senate District and surrounding communities to the more than 13,500 petitions calling on the Republican majority to save SeniorCare. The petition signatures were delivered to the offices of the governor, legislative leaders and the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee.

The people of Wisconsin told us in no uncertain terms, Save SeniorCare! People all over the state are calling on the legislature to preserve SeniorCare just as it is with no fee increase or limitations on enrollment.

SeniorCare is a cost effective Wisconsin invention that helps seniors of modest income afford prescription drug coverage. Swapping out SeniorCare for expensive, confusing Medicare Part D makes no sense.

I want to thank the office of the people of the 31st Senate District who turned in over 1,000 signatures on petitions to Save SeniorCare. Thank you to everyone who circulated and signed the petitions. Your citizen advocacy makes a real difference.

Democrats Deliver 13,500 Petitions to Save SeniorCare PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:32

seniorsAssembly and Senate Democratic Leaders Andy Jorgensen and Dave Hansen deliver petitions to Republicans, Push for No Enrollment Limits, No Fee Increases.

With Budget in Hole, Walker Still Wants to Give $220 Million to Milwaukee Bucks PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:03

milwaukee_bucksGREEN BAY - With the people of Wisconsin in major protest mode over drastic budget cuts proposed to public education and healthcare services, Governor Scott Walker still found time Monday to renew his plan to use $220 million in bonds as part of the state's commitment toward a new Milwaukee area arena.

The new area would house the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. Walker made his comments Monday at a Sojourner Family Peace Center event held at the Gehl Club in Miller Park.

Walker suggested using bonds as part of the state's money toward a new arena in January. Asked by reporters if his plan was dead, the governor said it was still an option. He added that he did not think the arena project was in trouble.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Walker hopes stakeholders who are trying to get a new downtown Milwaukee arena built may be able to find a another financing option. Asked if he had moved on from his plan, Walker said the goal was to find a plan that "everyone can sign off on. If we can get agreement, we'll be announcing it in the next week or so."

Last week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported that the debt repayment of Walker's January bonding proposal ultimately could be costly to state taxpayers, as much as $488 million under one scenario.

The state bonds would be used in conjunction with $150 million the Bucks' owners have committed, as well as $100 million from former Sen. Herb Kohl. Kohl sold the team last year for $550 million. In addition, there is an expectation that the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County will be asked to contribute.

Just this week, the Brown County Board voted to end a local .5% sales tax that had been used for 15 years here to help finance improvements for the Green Bay Packer's Lambeau field.

Eliminate the Proposed $127 Million Cut to Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:21

dave-hansenLocal Senator Dave Hansen calls on Joint Finance Committee to eliminate $8.5 million in cuts to Green Bay Area schools proposed in Governor Walker’s budget. Cuts threaten quality of area public schools.

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