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League Opposes Proposal to Criminalize Free Speech PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Monday, 22 May 2017 08:21

cuffsBesides being unconstitutional, new law where none needed could make it a felony simply to be present at a gathering of 3 people in the State Capitol.


MADISON – The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin vigorously opposes a proposal currently circulating in the State Capitol that could make it a felony simply to be present at a gathering that could be designated a riot because it is an assembly of at least three persons in which there is violence or property damage, or even just "a clear and present danger" of such.

“This proposal is clearly intended to squelch free speech through intimidation, and it is not the way we do things in America. It is a drastic overreach and it is unconstitutional,” said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.

The League supports the right and responsibility of individuals and groups to oppose, by any non-violent means, government actions that weaken or abridge the individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Wisconsin Constitution. We support free speech and people’s right to assemble. We work hard to promote civil dialogue in all of our activities at the local, state and national levels.

“There are already sufficient laws in place to deal with violence and property damage. We do not have to deny citizens’ First Amendment rights to address such problems,” Kaminski said.

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The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is a nonpartisan organization that advocates for informed and active participation in government. The League welcomes women and men across the state as members. There are 18 local Leagues in Wisconsin. Follow @LWV_WI on Twitter.

 
Barca Calls for Special Session to Spur New Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 11:12

manufacturingReport shows Wisconsin last among 50 states in startups again. New jobs and economic growth needed.


MADISON - Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement Thursday on the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation report placing Wisconsin 50th among 50 states in startup activity for the third year in a row:

peter_barca“This is nothing new. For years, we’ve been trailing the rest of the country in entrepreneurship. This trend must end. We need to invest in our world-class universities -- keys to the creation of new ideas and invention. We need to focus on workforce development and attracting investors to our state. Instead, we’ve had six years of Republican policies that have hurt Wisconsin families and slowed job growth.

“I’m calling for a special legislative session to find meaningful solutions to the lack of entrepreneurship in our state. As a WEDC board member, I’m also asking that we address this at our next meeting. New businesses and innovation are crucial to our economy and the future of our state. Our current policies are simply not working.”

 
Motion For Free Tuition For Wisconsin Technical College Students Blocked PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 19 May 2017 16:09

matc-studentsRepublican controlled Joint Finance Committee votes down idea 12 to 4.

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WEDC Audit Shows Little Improvement PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:09

walker-wedcAfter six years, the jobs creation agency fails on basic accountability.


MADISON - Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement Wednesday regarding the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) audit:

peter_barca“There continue to be bi-partisan concerns about how WEDC is spending taxpayer money. It’s time to turn that bi-partisan concern into bi-partisan reform. The purpose of WEDC is to create jobs for Wisconsin workers and grow our economy.

“As a board member, I am heartened that some administrative improvements have been made, but fundamental issues still remain.

“As a legislator, it is disappointing to see that two audits two years apart point out identical problems. WEDC must take immediate steps as the governor has not been willing to correct these problems as part of his budget.

“Walker’s agency is handing out millions of taxpayer dollars without proof that our money is creating jobs or even significantly enhancing the economy. Taxpayers deserve to know that they are getting the biggest bang for their hard-earned bucks.

“Another major issue is that the total number of unpaid loans has skyrocketed from $1.3 million two years ago to more than $11 million today. This also needs immediate attention."

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Olivia Hwang contributed this story.

 
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