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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.

GOP Senate Candidates Promise “No New Funding” for Wisconsin’s Crumbling Roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 13:54

highway-wiDivided Majority Party lacks leadership needed to solve transportation crisis.

MADISON – For the past five years, Republicans have fought to block infrastructure investments and deny funding for Wisconsin’s crumbling roads and bridges. Senate Republicans, fearful of taking on Gov. Walker and his special interest allies, have failed to advance a long-term transportation funding solution since taking the majority in 2011.

“The poor condition of Wisconsin’s roads and bridges are jeopardizing driver safety and costing families more in repairs,” said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. “We need real transportation funding solutions, but Republicans across the state continue to campaign on a platform of ‘No New Funding.’ Their stall tactics and lip service have increased project costs and created a massive bottleneck of transportation repairs.”

Infrastructure funding opponents like GOP Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have begun traveling across the state and holding fundraisers with like-minded candidates who want to block road repair funding. On Tuesday, Sen. Stroebel plans to campaign with Republicans in the Fox Valley to promote his agenda of ‘No New Funding.’

“Instead of more broken promises from Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans, we need leaders who have the courage to put forward solutions and make tough decisions,” said Ullsvik. “While Republican squabbling has resulted in costly project delays and more potholes, Democrats are thinking outside the box and proposing commonsense, long-term transportation funding solutions. It’s time to remove Republican roadblocks and let Wisconsin men and women get back to work repairing our crumbling roads and bridges.”

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