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Public Invited to South Milwaukee Forum on Private School Vouchers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Guy Costello, WEAC Region 7   
Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:10

teaching-studentsEvent focused on the impact of vouchers on public schools will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at South Milwaukee High School.

MILWAUKEE - The public is invited to a forum about the impact of private school vouchers on neighborhood public schools at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, at South Milwaukee High School. Presenters at the Community Forum on Private School Vouchers will include representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the South Milwaukee School Board, Schools and Communities United and the Wisconsin State Legislature.

The number of private schools taking tax dollars has expanded significantly since the stateside voucher program was expanded four years ago, resulting in a loss of millions of dollars from neighborhood public schools – including in South Milwaukee and the area. Many public schools are forced to increase class sizes, reduce student opportunities, lay off teachers, and cut arts and after-school programs because of the loss in funding.

Nearly 300 private schools in Wisconsin are registered to get tuition subsidies in the coming school year through the statewide voucher system. The governor’s budget plan estimates the state’s voucher programs are expected to cost taxpayers about $263 million in 2017-18.


What: South Milwaukee Community Forum on Private School Vouchers

When: Tuesday, May 16, 6 p.m.

Where: South Milwaukee High School, 801-15th Ave., South Milwaukee

Schimel's DOJ Priorities Questioned PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:25

rapeDepartment of Justice spent $50,000 on promotional items like challenge coins while rape kit backlog still looms.

MADISON - As the Joint Finance Committee moves ahead today on priorities in the state budget, extra scrutiny must be given to Attorney General Brad Schimel's Department of Justice which spends recklessly on frivolous items and struggles to address the state's rape kit backlog. 

Records obtained by One Wisconsin Now show state taxpayers have forked over more than $50,000 to pay for promotional items for Schimel's agency. Schimel's reckless spending was put on display in January after news reports surfaced that the agency spent $10,000 on commemorative coins. Schimel later commented to the Joint Committee on Finance that he didn't even know how much money his department was spending on coins.

In addition to reckless spending, Schimel was caught in a lie the very next month after claiming that "a few hundred" of the state's 6,000 backlogged rape kits had been tested. To the contrary, the real number of kits tested at the time was just nine. 

"There is a clear trend of the Department of Justice spending recklessly and neglecting to do its job," Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Tuesday. "The Joint Finance Committee has an obligation to give Schimel's Department of Justice a closer look to ensure taxpayer dollars are going towards keeping the public safe - not promote the Attorney General."

Citizens Invited to Eau Claire State Budget Town Hall Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 15:44

eau-claireEAU CLAIRE, WI - Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Dana Wachs will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Eau Claire on May 20, 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.”

“We look forward to hearing from our constituents. The important budget decisions that are made in Madison will have an impact on our communities for years to come. The input from citizens help us make decisions as legislators,” said Wachs.

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


May 20 2:30pm-4:30pm L.E. Phillips Memorial Library ~ Eau Claire Room

(Saturday) 400 Eau Claire Street, EAU CLAIRE


Linda Kleinschmidt contributed this story.

“REINS Act” - New Power for Leaders to Stop Public Protections PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 10:13

flint-water-crisisThe REINS Act (SB 15) allows the Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker, or Chairs of the administrative rules committee to stop development of administrative rules if the cost to implement the rule is over $10 million, regardless of the benefit to the public.

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