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GOP Tries To Hide Another Dismal Jobs Report PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 13:26

walker_tells_big_oneWisconsin lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs in 2016 and ranked dead last in start-ups.

MADISON, WI – A newly released jobs report, touted by Gov. Walker as the “gold standard,” revealed that 2016 was the worst year for Wisconsin’s economy since Walker took office. According to the report, Wisconsin lost 3,776 manufacturing jobs and posted its worst private sector job creation numbers since 2011.

jennifer-shillingThe report, which the administration released late Friday afternoon before the Memorial Day weekend, drew immediate criticism from Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

“I don’t think anyone is surprised that Gov. Walker’s tax breaks for millionaires haven’t resulted in the 250,000 jobs he promised six years ago,” said Shilling. “What’s most alarming is that our state lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs and ranked dead last for new start-ups. These disappointing numbers prove that Democratic solutions to invest in safe roads, expand health care access and reduce student loan debt are needed now more than ever.”


The report can be found on the DWD website by clicking here.

Is There a “Good” Tax? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:09

roads-i-39-90-94Sen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about a public hearing before a committee, of which she is a member, on a bill to eliminate the personal property tax. What will be the financial impact of the proposed change, who pays more, and what goods and services do we do without?

Vinehout to Host State Budget Town Hall Meeting in River Falls June 5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Linda Kleinschmidt   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 11:17

meeting-crowdSeeks feedback from people at River Falls Public Library June 5 7:00pm-9:00pm. Public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited.

ALMA, WI - Senator Kathleen Vinehout will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in River Falls on June 5, 2017.

kathleen-vinehout“This state budget will have significant impact on our schools, our roads and our natural resources,” Vinehout said. “The state budget is all about priorities and people need to let their voices be heard on where the state should invest its precious resources.”

“I look forward to getting feedback from my constituents about the budget. The decisions made in Madison will impact our communities for years to come.” said Vinehout.

The public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited to participate.



June 5 7:00pm-9:00pm River Falls Public Library

(Monday) Lower Level Meeting Room

140 Union Street


JFC Approves Transfer of State HR Functions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
Friday, 26 May 2017 22:36

scott-walker-talksWalker administration moves to consolidate power.

MADISON - Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved a Walker proposal Tuesday to transfer nearly 400 administrative jobs from most state agencies to the Department of Administration (but not physically move them).

union-members-at-capitolOn July 1, 2018, all human resource positions and related equipment and properties in the state agencies HR would belong to DOA, except the departments of Justice, Military Affairs and Public Instruction, UW and tech college systems, the Employee Trust Fund, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) and Public Defenders.

Human resources includes but is not limited to decisions regarding: recruitment, selection, employment relations, payroll, benefits, affirmative action and equal opportunity compliance, classification, compensation, employee services, training and business analysis.

Democrats voiced concerns that this would erode agency decision-making and legislative oversight, and expressed concern that the proposal could actually cost more over time. This represents a troubling overall trend of the Walker administration to consolidate power.

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