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State Budget Hearing Coming to Green Bay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:18

dave-hansen-listeningDemocratic Lawmakers Dave Hansen and Eric Genrich to host event. Will listen to public testimony from local residents on the State Budget.

GREEN BAY, WI - With the State Legislature preparing to begin debate on the 2017-19 State Budget, a group of Democratic lawmakers led by Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) will host a Budget Listening Session on the UW-Green Bay campus this Saturday, April 8th. Rep. Genrich and Sen. Hansen will be joined by other Democratic lawmakers from across the state and will listen to public testimony from local residents on the State Budget which will be debated before the full legislature later this spring.

Additional details can be found below:

WHAT: Democratic Budget Hearing

WHERE: UW-Green Bay, Christie Theatre, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311

WHEN: Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

This event is open to members of the public and the press. In addition to listening to testimony from members of the public, legislators will make themselves available to the press as needed to discuss the State Budget.

GOP HiCap Well Bill Demolishes Over 150 Years of Wisconsin Heritage PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 06 April 2017 15:11

hicapSenate passage Wednesday of SB 76 on High Capacity Well regulation considered a defeat for our proud tradition of environmental protection.

MADISON – In a particularly destructive move for Wisconsin small farmers, property owners, boaters, and fishermen, the Senate voted 19-13 on Wednesday to approve SB 76 to relax high-capacity well regulations. The bill is considered another giveaway to powerful corporations and corporate farms and a defeat for our proud tradition of environmental protection.

chris-larson“Today Democrats in the State Legislature stood up for farmers, neighbors, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who depend on clean well water to live," said Senator Chris Larson in a statement. "Republicans betrayed the public by siding with special interests bent on profiting from controlling access to Wisconsin waters."

This Republican water grab will end over 150 years of water predictability. The founding vision of the public trust doctrine led to our shared waters shaping our state’s traditions, economy, recreation, and identity. Our rich history has been shaped by the deep value that we have a fundamental right to clean water. This is true for all, from the small farmer to the child enjoying a cool beach on a hot Wisconsin summer day. Each of our neighbors deserves the predictability of fair access to our shared, public waters and that they will remain accessible for generations to come.

“Today’s rushed bill passage comes after the alarming news last summer that Walker's Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources quietly moved to ignore the public trust doctrine, using the political opinion of Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel to cease evaluating the negative cumulative impacts of drilling new high capacity wells," continues Larson. "Further, under Walker’s administration, there have been no high-capacity well permits denied."

Wisconsin Republicans continue to play pay-off politics with our water, allowing for a flood of high-capacity well permits to be approved, leaving our water depleted and unprotected. SB 76 eliminates a crucial check and favors whoever has the most money to dig the deepest well, leaving their neighbors barren and dry.

“The passage of this destructive bill is a painful reminder that while Democrats are fighting for greater opportunity for our neighbors and communities, Republicans are giving away our future," concludes Larson. "Wisconsin must reclaim our tradition of protecting our shared lands and waters.”

Republicans Vote to Privatize Wisconsin Water PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 14:09

hicap-longlakeHigh capacity well bill SB 76 threatens local lakes, rivers and groundwater.

Progress Incomplete on Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 13:01

workingProgress has been made since the Equal Pay Act of 1963, but it's unacceptable that in 2017 women still lose wages to discrimination and have less money than their male counterparts.

MADISON - The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning on Equal Pay Day marking how far into the year women have to work to earn as much as their male counterparts made the previous year:

martha-laning"We've made much progress since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. On the 21st anniversary of Equal Pay Day, we recognize that we still have a long road ahead to eliminate the general pay gap.

"In Wisconsin, women make 78 cents for every dollar men make and the gap is even larger for women of color. Among the women in our state who hold full-time, year-round jobs, African-American women are paid 62 cents, Latinas are paid 53 cents and Asian women are paid 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

"It's unacceptable that in 2017 women still lose wages to discrimination and have less money to save for their future or to spend on basic goods and services in their community.

"The bottom line is that women should always receive the same pay when they do the same work as a man. This is a matter of basic fairness. We have to give everyone in our state the opportunity to be successful. That's why I'm proud Democrats continue to work towards eliminating the gender pay gap. Working women in our state, and across the nation, deserve a fair shot at the American dream."​

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