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Audit Raises Questions About Clean Water Protection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 06 June 2016 14:49

wastewater-treat-manitowocThe Legislative Audit Bureau’s recently released audit of the DNR Wastewater Permitting and Enforcement efforts should raise concern about how well that agency is protecting water quality in Wisconsin. The problems identified by the nonpartisan auditors could be remedied with adequate staff and close adherence to policies established in partnership with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to assure compliance with the Clean Water Act.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 June 2016 15:11
Praise for WPPI’s Planned Investment in Wind Power PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Clean Wisconsin   
Monday, 06 June 2016 14:14

windfarm-wiscClean Wisconsin applauds the utility’s action to add 100MW of clean energy for the state.

MADISON - Clean Wisconsin praises today’s announcement by Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) that it plans to invest in wind power for its next electric generation need. Based in Sun Prairie, WPPI issued a request for proposals today for 100 MW of wind power, enough electric generation to power approximately 30,000 homes.

“WPPI has been a leader in renewable energy development for a long time, and we are very encouraged to see them expand their clean, renewable energy portfolio,” says Keith Reopelle, policy director for Clean Wisconsin, the state’s largest environmental nonprofit. “The move by WPPI demonstrates that wind power is a low-cost option, even with historically low natural gas prices.”

WPPI is one of several utilities that met the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires that 10% of electricity come from renewable sources, several years ahead of the 2015 deadline.

“Wind energy is not only a good option for WPPI, but it’s also a great option for the state of Wisconsin as that investment will create jobs and keep dollars in the state that would otherwise be spent importing dirty fossil fuels,” says Reopelle. “It’s also an important investment because wind power brings a multitude of public health benefits by displacing emissions from coal generation that cause smog, mercury pollution and climate change.”


On behalf of its more than 30,000 members, supporters and its coalition partners, Clean Wisconsin protects Wisconsin's air, water and natural heritage.

Larson to Speak at Milwaukee Moms Demand Action’s ‘Wear Orange’ Rally PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 02 June 2016 11:22

chris_larsonMILWAUKEE - On Thursday, June 2, 2016, Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) will be attending and speaking at an event to help raise awareness about the gun violence plaguing both our nation and Wisconsin.

The Wear Orange movement started when the friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from Chicago who died from gun violence, commemorated her memory by wearing the color orange – the color hunters wear as a warning to each other. Starting in 2015, June 2 has been recognized as National Gun Awareness Day by a growing number of states throughout the country.

Nearly 500 Wisconsin residents die due to gun violence each year. Of these 500 victims, over 20 are Wisconsin children – this is unacceptable. All Wisconsinites deserve to live in a safe community.

Tragedies that have occurred across the nation and in our own neighborhoods have sparked a campaign; one that promotes real understanding of the consequences of gun violence and genuine action against its spread.

This movement has been advanced by the public and lawmakers alike, with tremendous help from national groups such as Everytown and our own local organizations such as the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) and Moms Demand Action.

What: Milwaukee Moms Demand Action media event to raise awareness about gun violence in our communities

When: Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 12 p.m.

Where: The Calling Sculpture – 941 E Wisconsin Ave # 999, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Who: State Senator Chris Larson and other community leaders

Walker Must Release 'Wisconsin Idea' Change Records PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 10:39

walker-signs-budgetCMD wins judgement last Friday. Governor's efforts to hide public records about his role in trying to delete "the search for truth" and the Wisconsin Idea from the UW's mission statement rejected.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 June 2016 11:24
Abele Wants to Work with MPS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Milwaukee County, Melissa Baldauff   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 09:56

mke-walk-public-schoolsMILWAUKEE – In an interview that aired over the weekend on WISN’s UpFront with Mike Gousha, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele again reaffirmed his commitment to working with Milwaukee Public Schools to implement the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program in a way that is, “as pro-MPS as possible.”

Read WISN’s recap of the interview below, or view online here.

Recap of "Abele wants to work with MPS" on UpFront with Mike Gousha:

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said he wants to work with leaders of the Milwaukee Public Schools to turn around some struggling schools, as required by a new state law.

The Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program was written by state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield. It calls for a few struggling MPS schools to be placed under the control of the county executive, and his appointed commissioner. Abele chose the Mequon-Thiensville superintendent, Dr. Demond Means, to lead the Opportunity Schools program.

But so far, the program has received a chilly response from the leaders of Milwaukee schools.

Appearing Sunday on "UPFRONT with Mike Gousha," Abele said he and Means have tried to address the district's concerns about how the program would work.

Abele said the plan he and Means have proposed would allow teachers in the Opportunity Schools program to remain MPS teachers, stay in their union and keep their salaries and benefits. The program would also start with just one school, and eventually return it to MPS, Abele said.

"We have proposed a way of implementing it that is as pro-MPS as possible," Abele said.

To date, MPS leaders have not agreed to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement with the county for operation of an OSPP school, or even meet with Abele and Means, according to Abele's office.

Abele said it is not an option to just ignore the law and hope the authors of it will go away.

"It is not the case, for anybody who is considering this issue right now, that we can simply say 'We don't want to do anything. Pass.' That is not an option we have," Abele said.

"We have to do something," he said. "If we don't do this, I think you might see something more heavy-handed and honestly, I'm concerned about that," he said.

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