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Veterans Service Funding Cuts Jeopardize Health PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 13:00

vietnamwarBrown County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) among offices denied funding due to State Budget cuts, putting area veterans health at risk.

MADISON - A recent survey of County Veterans Service Offices found nearly half of all CVSOs funding requests were denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a result, State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) called on Governor Walker to restore the grants as soon as possible.

dave-hansen“If they can afford to give away over $2 billion in tax breaks to their wealthy and corporate friends they should be able to fully fund our County Veterans Service Offices,” said Hansen. “Taking money that was meant to help veterans receive the support and services they need when we have so many veterans suffering and so many are homeless shows a shocking lack of respect for those who put their lives on the line in service to our country.”

After a failed attempt by Republican lawmakers to close local veterans services offices and limit access to veteran services and benefits, GOP lawmakers instead called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to limit grants and funding for county offices and staff making it more difficult for veterans to get the services they’ve earned and need.

“The continuing budget crisis we are experiencing is the result of bad fiscal management on the part of the Governor and Republican lawmakers," said Hansen. "They should not be compounding those mistakes by trying to balance their budget on the backs of veterans and their families. Restoring these grants will not break the bank but they will make a positive difference in the lives of our veterans.”

Assembly Democrats Like Bucks Arena Labor Agreement Too PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 19 May 2016 14:44

milw-arena-plazaMADISON - On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks announced that a deal had been reached with labor groups regarding permanent jobs that will be created with the new Bucks arena district. The agreement includes a commitment to hire at least half of the employees from areas in Milwaukee with the highest unemployment rates.

The starting minimum wage of $12/hour for these jobs will eventually increase to $15/hour. Employees will be free to form labor unions.

dana_wachs“This is a great step for our flagship city and for the rest of Wisconsin," said Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire). "I was proud to support the state’s investment in the Bucks arena when it came to the Assembly floor, and I’m incredibly pleased to hear about today’s announcement."

"This commitment to improving the economic future of Milwaukee and to provide good, family-supporting jobs to people who live in high unemployment areas is something that we can all support and be proud of," continued Wachs. "This project isn’t just about a new basketball arena; it’s about making a strong, positive investment in our flagship city and the state of Wisconsin that will be felt for decades. I look forward to continued good news from this project and like many Wisconsinites I anxiously await the arrival of this new arena.”

New Federal Overtime Rule a Boon to Wisconsin Local Economies PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 12:23

business_peopleCitizen Action releases data documenting economic benefit of new overtime rule for major Wisconsin Metro Areas.

Sign Today to Protect Wisconsin's Clean Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:18

water_petitionGREEN BAY - A recent study found that 34 percent of tested groundwater wells in Kewaunee County in northeastern Wisconsin contained water that was unsafe to drink. That's one in every three wells.

I've heard from many Wisconsin residents about their concerns about clean water. Just yesterday, I was in Adams at a roundtable to learn more about what the community is doing to tackle this challenge, and I was so impressed with the stakeholders from all sides of the discussion coming together to address clean water issues.

Nobody should have to worry about whether or not they have access to safe, potable water -- this is unacceptable. We should all benefit from the health of Wisconsin's rivers, lakes, streams, and farmland. And, right now, it's so important we join our voices to call attention to this important issue.

Will you sign my petition calling for safe and clean drinking water for every Wisconsinite? Add your name here.

Groundwater can be contaminated by sewage, septic waste, and certain agricultural operations like Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. As community members and neighbors, we need to support efforts from county officials, local officials, and businesses to come together to keep our water safe and clean. Wisconsinites deserve a federal government that wants to partner with county and local officials, and together, they must urge state officials to act fairly and take the issue of clean water seriously.

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