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Hansen, Genrich Disappointed In Delayed DNR Response to Groundwater Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 06 May 2016 14:45

clean-drinking-waterDepartment to enact aspects of Democrats’ Groundwater Proposal as Administrative Rules over a year after environmental groups petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to act in response to Clean Water Act Violations.

Immediate Action Needed for Safe Drinking Water in Kewaunee County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Clean Wisconsin   
Friday, 06 May 2016 14:05

clean-drinking-waterWith sound science and recommendations in hand, it’s time to get to work on the county’s public health emergency.

MADISON - When it comes to having access to clean, safe drinking water, 19 months is too long to wait. The time to send clean water to those with contaminated drinking water wells in Kewaunee County is now.

In October 2014, Clean Wisconsin and Midwest Environmental Advocates, along with petitioners Environmental Integrity Project, Midwest Environmental Defense Center, Kewaunee CARES and Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin, filed an emergency petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking immediate relief for county residents. The three requests in that petition were simple and clear: Provide people with clean drinking water, investigate the source of the well water contamination and hold the polluters accountable.

Wachs Comments on GOP Response to UW-Madison Faculty Senate Vote PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Friday, 06 May 2016 10:42

dana_wachsMADISON - On Wednesday, May 4, Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, issued the following statement regarding Rep. Jim Steineke’s comments on the UW-Madison Faculty Senate vote of no confidence:

“Rep. Steineke’s statement criticizing the UW-Madison faculty vote of no confidence in UW System President Ray Cross and the Board of Regents is misplaced. While it is refreshing that Rep. Steineke admits that UW-Madison and, presumably, the UW System are important to economic growth, he fails to mention the $795 million in reduced state aid faced by the UW System since Walker took office. While private industry clearly understands the importance of higher education, it is clear that this administration and the Legislative Republicans do not.”

Rep. Wachs also renewed his call for public hearings to be held on the effects of the cuts to the UW System.

“Instead of allowing Legislative Republicans to divert attention away from these cuts to higher education, we should be holding hearings on how the reduction in state aid is damaging our state’s economic future and reputation as a leader in higher education. Students have fewer course offerings and academic advising services have been reduced. UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR), which helps local non-profit groups to better serve their community, recently announced that they will close after 40 years due to ‘unprecedented budget challenges’. We owe it to Wisconsin taxpayers to take a long, in-depth look at how the misguided and short-sighted policies of this administration and Legislative Republicans are hurting Wisconsin.”

The Mississippi River is One of America’s Greatest Treasures PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 12:33

mississippi-travelGayle Harper traveled the entire length of the Great River Road after reading that it takes 90 days for a raindrop that falls at the Mississippi River headwaters to travel to the Gulf of Mexico. She spent time with people along the river and celebrates the peoples, the land and America’s greatest river in her new book, Roadtrip with a Raindrop.

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