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Bowen Introduces “Heat & Eat” Legislation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 30 January 2018 13:12

grocery-store-checkoutGov. Walker’s Wisconsin one of two states that has failed to adjust to 2014 federal SNAP cuts.

MADISON – In 2014, the federal government passed a farm bill that modified the formula by which certain states can help ensure hundreds of thousands of their most vulnerable residents have enough food to eat. By increasing the minimum low-income heating assistance benefit from $1 to $21, Wisconsin could restore an additional FoodShare benefit to over 250,000 residents who saw big cuts to their benefit as a result of the 2014 farm bill, and it wouldn’t cost any additional state tax dollars.

david-bowen“Yesterday, Governor Walker announced a desperate, campaign year gimmick to shell out $100 per child to adults with no income limits,” said Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee). “Yet for four years, he has neglected to take simple action – which Republican and Democratic governors and legislatures have done nationwide – to bring back $275 million of our hard earned federal tax dollars to make sure people can eat.”

Of the 15 states and Washington D.C. who participated in the Heat & Eat program, only New Jersey, by way of former Governor Christ Christie’s veto pen, joins Wisconsin in failing to adapt to federal law and instead letting thousands of our residents go hungry for no good reason.

“In Michigan, a Republican governor and legislature managed to include Heat & Eat in their state budget the past two years,” Bowen said. “Yet in Wisconsin, Republicans are dead-set on stigmatizing our neighbors who are trapped in poverty, even when it means bringing in hundreds of millions of our own federal tax dollars to boost our economy.”

After nine years of a growing national economy, Wisconsin’s poverty rate still sits higher than it was when the Great Recession began in 2008.

“If the governor’s bizarre surge of interest in suddenly helping the people of our state were genuine, this would be high on his priority list,” said Bowen. “It is telling that this easy fix isn’t part of the governor’s special session on welfare.”

Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Bill to Fund Suicide Prevention Text Hotline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jordan Krieger   
Monday, 29 January 2018 16:06

opioid-overdoseHOPELINE, a statewide, no cost, 24/7 text-based hotline will provide support to those in need.

MADISON - Today, Senators Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee), Alberta Darling (R – River Hills), and Janet Bewley (D – Ashland) along with Representatives Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah), Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna), and André Jacque (R – DePere) introduced a bill to provide grant funding to the Center for Suicide Awareness to operate HOPELINE, a statewide, no cost, 24/7 text-based hotline providing support to those in need.

lena-taylor“Wisconsin’s suicide rate has increased between 2005 and 2015, and the suicide rate among teens has doubled between 2007 and 2015,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee). This bill will help fund a critical, accessible service so that the Center for Suicide Awareness can continue to address this devastating issue.”

Senator Lena Taylor, along with other Democratic members of the Joint Committee on Finance, first introduced funding for HOPELINE in an omnibus motion during the 2017 – 2019 biannual budget.

The bill is supported by Mental Health America of Wisconsin, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Wisconsin (NAMI – WI), Wisconsin Council on Mental Health, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and Reentry Associates LLC.

Milwaukee Launch of ‘America’s Cabinet’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Monday, 29 January 2018 10:46

tax-plan-2017Senator Chris Larson, Representative David Bowen, Representative Daniel Riemer, and Milwaukee School Board Director Paula Phillips announce new group with a positive vision for what our country could be with effective, constructive leadership.

MILWAUKEE, WI – In answer to growing national frustration, the America’s Cabinet is launching today. America’s Cabinet is a non-partisan effort by a group from the Young Elected Officials Network (YEO). The Cabinet offers a positive vision for what our country could be with effective, constructive leadership.

America’s Cabinet will launch today at 11:30 AM (CST) at the National Press Club (529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045 - 13th Floor). The launch will be available live at or via Facebook at

statue-of-libertyA growing number of our neighbors in Wisconsin and across our nation are concerned about the direction of our democracy, but they are also frustrated by the lack of positive, innovative ideas that once defined the spirit of American democracy. America’s Cabinet will go beyond voicing opposition to harmful policies coming out of Washington, the Cabinet will offer a bold vision backed by solid policy ideas to ensure America lives up to its promise and to create a nation that works for all Americans.

Our nation is at a critical crossroad and America’s Cabinet is here to offer solid policy recommendations tackling issues that impact everyday Americans.

Click here for the complete list of America’s Cabinet members and short videos about what we believe needs to change.

Economy a Challenge for Most of Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Friday, 26 January 2018 16:02

lines-farmsMeasures of the economy are split, with some booming counties and others struggling. We need to use our funds wisely when we invest in schools, roads and economic development.

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