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Milwaukee Residency Requirement Ruling Promotes GOP Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Monday, 27 June 2016 08:45

police-officers.MADISON – Last Thursday the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Milwaukee cannot require it's workers to live in the city. The decision effectively ends a long, drawn-out battle between the city and local police and firefighter unions.

chris_larson“Decisions regarding residency requirements should be left to local communities to make," said Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling. "Local elected leaders have the closest ear to their neighbors’ wants and needs and are in the best position to act on concerns regarding residency requirements."

Larson believes such residency requirements make sense for the same reason every legislator has a requirement to live in their district. It makes you a better public servant when you live among the neighbors you serve.

“It's unfortunate that even in the state's supreme court, scheming to push the Republican party agenda is more important than standing up for established case law and what's best for Wisconsin,” concludes Larson.

Many people in other areas of the state assume that all union members tend to be Democrats. However, it is widely known in Milwaukee that the Police and Fire Department union members have been overwhelmingly Republican in recent years.

GOP Shortchanges 854,000 Students to Benefit Voucher Operators PDF Print E-mail
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Friday, 24 June 2016 10:24

school-bus-kidsAfter five years of neglect and giveaways to unaccountable voucher schools under Scott Walker, our public school students have seen general aid supporting their education cut by over $200 each. Voucher school students are getting nearly $1000 more.

Fractured State Senate GOP in Disarray PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:49

senateMembers at odds over transportation delays, Trump candidacy.

MADISON - In a week marked by inaction among congressional Republicans, Wisconsin’s GOP leaders are facing turmoil of their own.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans reiterated their hard-line opposition to infrastructure investments, contrary to overwhelming public support for investment into our state’s decaying roads and bridges.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has struggled to maintain support of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy amid ongoing controversies surrounding his racist remarks.

"This week has proven that Republicans are incapable of making the tough choices needed to move our state and our nation forward," said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. "While Republicans continue to bicker amongst themselves, Democrats remain focused on promoting positive reforms that strengthen the middle class, invest in the future, and move Wisconsin forward. Instead of partisan posturing, Wisconsin families want to see results."

Experts have said that failing to invest in our infrastructure now will result in costly project delays, decreased road safety, and fewer jobs. In spite of this, Republican leaders have been unwilling to stand up and propose any long-term transportation funding solutions.

Donald Trump's candidacy has also presented challenges to the fractured Republican caucus. Senate Republicans have refused to condemn the erratic candidate's blatantly racist remarks, while Senator Fitzgerald doubled down on his support of the divisive presidential contender this week in an attempt to unify an increasingly fractured and dissatisfied base.

"Hardworking families are tired of Republican inaction and are eager for a change in Wisconsin," added Ullsvik. "Across the state, Democratic candidates are offering a positive vision for the future that focuses on growth, innovation, and opportunity. Commonsense Democratic proposals to expand student loan refinancing, childcare tax credits, and retirement security are resonating with voters who have grown tired of the misplaced Republican agenda. This week's public display of inaction and partisanship from majority party members reinforces the need for new leadership."

Great Lakes Leaders Approve Waukesha Water Diversion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Abby Kuranz, WiscCIC   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:33

lake-michigan-shoreWisconsin environmental groups' concerns remain; modified diversion plan will require vigilance.

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