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Taxpayer Oversight of Voucher Spending Increases Proposed PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 07 April 2017 09:12

teaching-studentsBill would require referendum before funds diverted to private schools at property taxpayer expense.

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Refusing BadgerCare Will Cost Taxpayers $700 Million PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 07 April 2017 08:22

badgercareLFB report also shows that by June 30, 2020, this failure will cost Wisconsin more than $1 billion. Wisconsin has missed out so far on more than $1.7 billion in federal dollars available under the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate HiCap Well Bill Another Corporate Giveaway PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 06 April 2017 17:30

hicap-residentsSB 76 will lead to long-lasting harm to our lakes, rivers and streams and to our economy as hunters, fishers and vacationers choose to spend their time and money in other places. "Unfair preference to the well-heeled at the expense of average Wisconsinites" says Hansen.


MADISON – In a destructive move for Wisconsin small farmers, property owners, boaters, and fishermen, the Republican controlled Senate voted 19-13 on Wednesday to relax high-capacity well regulations by passing SB 76. The bill goes next to the state Assembly.

The bill is considered another giveaway to powerful corporations and corporate farms and a defeat for our proud tradition of environmental protection. Supporters of the bill include the powerful state Dairy Business Association, the Potato and Vegetable Growers Association, and other large-scale water user lobbyists.

dave-hansen“Once again when faced with decision on whether to side with the majority of Wisconsin residents or corporate special interests, Republicans today got it wrong," said Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in a statement released Wednesday. “If last fall’s election told us anything it’s that Wisconsin residents on both sides of the aisle are tired of a system in this state that has one set of rules for corporations and the wealthy and another for the rest of us."

Republicans in the Senate chose to sell out our proud tradition of environmental protection by giving powerful corporations and corporate farms unfettered access to our groundwater, allowing high capacity wells to be permitted permanently. It is a decision that will lead to long-lasting harm to our lakes, rivers and streams and to our economy as hunters, fishers and vacationers choose to spend their time and money in other places that place a greater importance on protecting their precious natural resources.

“The Republican legacy continues to be one of giving unfair preference to the well-heeled at the expense of average Wisconsinites and of denying average families and small business owners a level playing field that truly affords them the opportunity to succeed and enjoy a high quality of life.”

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Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this story.

 
Legislature Honoring UWGB Women’s Basketball Team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:54

uwgb-womenBi-partisan team of local legislators, led by Dave Hansen, line up to grant much deserved honor to Horizon League Championship Phoenix.


GREEN BAY - State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced today that the Legislature passed a resolution honoring the accomplishments of the UWGB Women’s basketball team this week. Senate Joint Resolution 29, introduced by Hansen and sponsored by area representatives Eric Genrich and Andre Jacque and area senators Rob Cowles and Frank Lasee, was adopted by both the State Senate and the State Assembly on Tuesday.

dave-hansen“This is a well-deserved honor for great group of young athletes who excelled both on and off the court,” said Hansen. “I am pleased that my colleagues in the Legislature recognized their accomplishments in this way and I am so proud of our team and our university.”

By defeating Detroit Mercy 64-52 in the championship game of the Horizon League Championship the Phoenix captured their 15th tournament championship in the last 20 seasons and another trip to the NCAA tournament.

“Enough cannot be said about the UWGB women’s program. They are one of the best programs in the country year in and year out and a great source of pride for our university, our community and our state,” said Hansen who is a UWGB graduate.

UW-Green Bay is one of only three Division I programs that has had a winning record every year since 1981 and by securing their 40th-consecutive winning season this year they now trail only Tennessee (43) for the longest active streak in the nation.

“This is a very exceptional group of young athletes who are well-coached and who have shown us yet again the kind of success that comes from hard work, discipline and team effort. There is an expectation of greatness at the start of every season and they lived up to that and more.”

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