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LWV Says Call Now to Support Public Education! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Monday, 28 August 2017 16:20

school-parentsMADISON - As kids statewide are gearing up for the new school year, the state legislature’s budget committee right now is considering a proposed increase in public support of $200 per student over the next two years. While that certainly won’t make up for recent cuts, it is critically needed to maintain high quality public education in Wisconsin.

Contact the Joint Finance Committee and urge them to support the proposed increase to public education in the state budget. Here's contact information for the Committee:

  • Senator Darling, Co-Chair - 608-266-5830,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Rep. Nygren, Co-Chair - 608-266-2343,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Joe Malkasian, Committee Clerk - 608-264-8314, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

See this Wisconsin Public Radio story for more information.

To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address under "Who Are My Legislators" next to the little map of Wisconsin.

Democratic Education Funding Plan Best Option for Wisconsin Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 13:09

ed-fund-mapMADISON – An interactive map released Friday shows how a Legislative Democratic plan increases funding for every school district in Wisconsin. Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee released the K-12 funding plan in June and asked that Republicans join them in restoring funding levels for schools that have seen deep budget cuts since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011.

The map is available here.

“Our public schools are struggling after losing $1 billion in state aid,” said Katrina Shankland (D – Stevens Point). “How can Gov. Walker parade around the state taking credit for his budget while refusing to fully invest in our kids’ education? He’s consistently prioritized special interest giveaways over the future of our children ever since Republicans took total control. Our plan puts us back on track so our kids can have a brighter future.”

lena-taylor“Our children in Milwaukee have been back at school for more than a week, but Gov. Walker and his Republicans in Madison still can’t get their act together,” said Sen. Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee). “This budget should have been funded before the fiscal year started on July 1 and the budget should have fully restored the funding our schools need. It’s not just enough to keep the lights on, we have to make sure our teachers have the resources they need to educate the next generation of Wisconsinites.”

Gov. Walker went on tour in 2017 to applaud small funding increases from the last budget to the fiscal year 2017 – 2019 budget. His tightly controlled press stops failed to mention the historic reductions in K-12 funding made by a Republican-led legislature that left many schools cutting teachers, training, school repairs, and supplies.

jon-erpenbach“The only reason Republicans haven’t been able to increase school funding in the last three budgets is that they chose not to,” said Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). “When Republicans don’t prioritize local schools, they hurt our ability to build a strong workforce. This map shows that the Democratic education plan is the best plan for Wisconsin families.”

“If education is truly the biggest priority for Wisconsin state leaders, there should be no disagreement. Our plan restores school funding, reduced property taxes and expands education opportunities across the state. The fact that the majority continues to stall and argue over adequately funding public education makes it clear this issue is still not a top priority for Republicans,” said Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh).

A copy of the Democratic education funding plan is available here. A PDF of the data used to compile the map is available here. Data were provided by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Audit of Wisconsin Veterans Home at King Shows Progress PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Saturday, 26 August 2017 12:41

veterans-home-kingLAB King audit announced Friday also highlights need for continued reform, legislative oversight.

Senator Taylor Demands Action for Victims of Sex Trafficking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jordan Krieger   
Friday, 25 August 2017 08:18

sex-traffickingLegislation to protect our young people from potential online predators soliciting sexually explicit photographs from them and increase the penalty for the crime of patronizing a prostitute to a felony.

MADISON - On Wednesday Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) took part in the Senate Judiciary Committee to introduce several bills, all of which are aimed at creating a safer environment for the people of Milwaukee. The first bill, Senate Bill 300, creates a crime for soliciting a sexually explicit photograph from a minor. The Senator expressed her support for this bill, stating:

lena-taylor“It’s about time we started implementing legislation to protect our young people from potential online predators soliciting sexually explicit photographs from them. I believe this bill will offer that protection by creating a criminal offense for this grotesque behavior.”

Additionally, Senator Taylor introduced Senate Bill 308, a piece of legislation aimed at putting an end to sex trafficking in Wisconsin. This particular bill would increase the penalty for the crime of patronizing a prostitute from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class I felony, if the individual has been convicted of that crime at least twice. The Senator made the following remarks in support of that bill:

“Human trafficking happens here in the United States, and is something that needs to be shut down with swift legislative action. With the introduction of this bill we can continue putting an end to the human trafficking in Wisconsin by penalizing the people who take part in the buying and selling of women, men and children.”

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