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More Funding Cuts Wrong for Milwaukee, State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 08:47

Janel BrandtjenMADISON - On Tuesday, June 7, Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), issued a press release calling for “funding cuts to Milwaukee until policies change.” Rep. Brandtjen claimed that this was necessary because of crime spilling over from the city of Milwaukee into its suburbs.

In her comments, Brandtjen called out Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, saying “Mayor Barrett may not care about the safety of his family but I certainly do care about mine.”

dana_wachsRep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) issued the following statement in response to the comments made by Rep. Brandtjen:

“I am appalled but not all that surprised by the offensive comments made by Rep. Brandtjen. Instead of investing in our flagship city, she and her Republican colleagues continue to ignore it and make disparaging comments about it without recognizing its importance and true potential. Instead of directing comments at Mayor Barrett, including tasteless comments about his family, perhaps she should look at how her colleagues in the Legislature and Governor Walker have treated Milwaukee. While we all recognize the value and importance of public safety, we also need to understand that Republican policies regarding education and economic development have not helped our flagship city.

“In Eau Claire we have a unique perspective on how a state should invest in its key Metropolitan areas. We only have to look an hour or so west to see how Minnesota has invested in the Twin Cities. Once again, I think that my colleagues like Rep. Brandtjen should follow the example of Minnesota instead of using scare tactics and threats. We need to invest in Milwaukee and its infrastructure as that city is critical.”

Audit Raises Questions About Clean Water Protection PDF Print E-mail
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.

Praise for WPPI’s Planned Investment in Wind Power PDF Print E-mail
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
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

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