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Walker Weakens Proposed Changes to Manure Pollution Rules PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:17

clean-drinking-waterNatural Resources Board now last line of defense against groundwater crisis.

MADISON, WI – As citizens call on the Department of Natural Resources to develop strong manure pollution rules, Governor Scott Walker – at the behest of the Dairy Business Association – used his unchecked power to significantly weaken the scope of a set of rules aimed at protecting Wisconsin’s water from manure pollution.

wastewater-treat-manitowocThe new information about Walker’s secretive meeting with the DBA comes just two days before a Natural Resources Board meeting where the rules will be discussed. Citizens from across the state – some of whom are personally impacted by manure-contaminated drinking water, lakes, and rivers – are planning to attend the meeting to make sure the NRB knows the importance of developing strong water protections.

“This move makes it abundantly clear Gov. Walker puts very little value on the health and safety of Wisconsinites,” said Kerry Schumann, executive director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. “Instead, he seems to favor business interests that refuse to make common sense changes to drinking water regulations.”

Governor Walker’s brazen move diminishes more than a year’s worth of work by a coalition of citizens, government officials, and the Department of Natural Resources – called the Groundwater Collaboration Working Group – to address Wisconsin’s groundwater pollution crisis.

Walker Announces Zero-Growth UW System Budget Proposal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:44

uw-mdsn-studentsMADISON – In a letter sent on July 25th, Governor Scott Walker told most state agencies they will receive no new funding in the next budget, and that the University of Wisconsin System schools will have their tuition frozen. A tuition freeze and a zero-growth budget, combined with inflation, means the UW System will face, essentially, another budget cut.

dana_wachs“It’s inconceivable that Governor Walker and the Republicans in the Legislature inherited one of the best university systems in the world and have done nothing but attack it,” said Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), the ranking Democratic member on the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities. “Other states, and private industry, understand the importance of higher education for job growth. For example, General Electric is moving their headquarters from a Connecticut suburb to Boston. Their CEO said that spending on R&D at Boston's 55 colleges and universities has spun off thousands of businesses and a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem which will benefit their power and clean energy, health technology and aeronautics divisions.”

“Wisconsin has strengths in these very same industries,” added Wachs. “GE sees vast business and workforce development opportunities because of Boston’s colleges and universities. In contrast, Governor Walker and Republicans in the Legislature look at the UW System and see an enemy to be attacked. Only eight states invest less in their higher education system than Wisconsin. Even Governor Mike Pence’s state of Indiana invests more than 21 other states. How many potential GE’s have the Republicans scared away from investing in our state?”

Since Republicans took control of state government, the UW System has lost $795 million in state funding. This has led to larger class sizes, fewer class offerings, and the loss of excellent faculty and staff to termination, early retirement, and employment opportunities in other states.

In addition to these drastic cuts, Republicans have continuously rejected proposals introduced by Democrats that would create refinancing programs to ensure that students can attend UW System schools without accumulating massive debt. Wachs also stressed that while freezing tuition may be helpful in the short-term for students, without providing additional support for UW System schools Republicans have created an unsustainable higher education system in Wisconsin.

Our colleges and universities have an economic impact of billions of dollars everywhere in the state. Supporting them will lead to the development of incredibly exciting and innovative technologies. It will also develop the students who will eventually take those technologies and create businesses and jobs in every region of Wisconsin.

"If the Governor and legislative Republicans do not invest in the UW System, Wisconsin’s long-term economic prospects will look less like Boston and more like Mississippi,” says Wachs.

Clean Water Regulations Scaled Back PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 11:12

dairyfarmAfter Scott Walker's office alerts farm lobby, business group pressures DNR to roll back rules on industry manure-spreading blamed for widespread drinking water contamination in Kewaunee County.

Federal Judges Hand Down Voting Rights Victories For Wisconsinites PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Sunday, 31 July 2016 11:32

voter-idMany of the voter suppression laws signed and defended by Gov. Scott Walker were unconstitutional, as they purposefully make it harder for people to vote. Decisions help in-person absentee voters, return residency requirements from 28 to 10 days, and lift restrictions on student IDs. Individuals waiting for a photo ID will be given credentials to vote.

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