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Mark Harris Urges Support for Waupun Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:20

studentsGeneral state aid for the Waupun Area School District has dropped below 2010 levels. The funding cuts have increased classroom pressures and delayed needed infrastructure improvements. Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris urges residents to vote yes on the referendum question Nov. 8th.


WAUPUN, WI - On November 8th, families in the Waupun Area School District will consider a $36 million referendum to provide needed maintenance and infrastructure improvements at all four public schools. The referendum will place $13 million towards deferred maintenance and safety upgrades and $23 million towards classroom renovations and a new gymnasium at Meadow View Primary School.

mark-harris“In recent years the state has failed to fully invest in education and failed to adequately support our public schools, forcing many communities like Waupun to resort to referendums,” said Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris. “While Republicans continue to expand tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas, our local schools are struggling due to inadequate state funding.”

General aid for the Waupun Area School District has dropped below 2010 levels. The funding cuts have increased classroom pressures and delayed needed infrastructure improvements — challenges now faced by many Wisconsin communities. Last spring, over fifty school districts across Wisconsin passed referendums similar to the one Waupun voters will consider.

“Our legislators need to stop shifting the cost of schools onto local taxpayers,” noted Harris. “We know that a quality education is the key to success, and the Waupun School District has been nothing but a good steward of taxpayer dollars. I fully support the work of the Waupun School District and urge residents to vote yes on the referendum question Nov. 8th.”

 
Looking for Answers About Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 05 September 2016 11:51

disability-old-windowSpending on Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program, which provides health care for low-income families, is going up. Where is the money going? Is health care really costing that much more?

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Republicans Ignore Pattern of Neglect At King Veterans Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 03 September 2016 13:03

veteranflag2Walker Administration, Key GOP legislators in Madison Shrug Off Whistleblower Complaints, Shortfalls in Staffing, Funding, and the overall Quality of Care.

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Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied at King Veteran Home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 01 September 2016 15:45

veterans-seniorGOP inaction once again jeopardizes vulnerable residents at state facility.


MADISON – A troubling pattern of Republican inaction exposed by investigative reporters is once again raising questions about the handling of staff shortages, whistleblower complaints and reports of neglect at state facilities. Despite Democratic calls for action over the past several years, Republican leaders were slow to act until it became clear that The Cap Times and other media outlets were planning to expose numerous tragic reports of veteran neglect and understaffing at the King Veteran Home.

jennifer-shilling“We’ve seen a troubling pattern of inaction from legislative Republicans and the Walker administration every time serious concerns are raised about mismanagement, understaffing and neglect at state facilities,” said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “From day one, Republicans have been more focused on boosting Gov. Walker’s presidential ambitions than addressing tragic reports of veteran neglect at King, mistreatment of children at Lincoln Hills and understaffing at correctional facilities.”

Democrats, including Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), tried for years to get the attention of Gov. Walker, legislative Republicans, and state officials. Senators Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) raised concerns about the King nursing home in March 2015, and Democratic requests for an audit of King in 2015 were rejected by Legislative Republicans because it wasn’t a “priority at the moment.” While Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) admitted he “had heard concerns about staffing at King throughout his 12­-year tenure,” he failed to call for an audit until just days prior to The Cap Times report.

“I’m glad people are finally paying attention to this crisis, but waiting another nine months for an audit would represent another failure of leadership from the Walker administration,” said Shilling. “We need an immediate, impartial investigation into whistleblower complaints and a commitment from Republican leaders that they will not follow through with their plan to raid $18 million from our veteran nursing homes.”

 
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