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Republicans Break Promise to Public Schools, Push Last-Minute $14 Million Cut PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:26

teensMADISON - The State Assembly is set to ram through a last-minute change (AB 751) to the school funding formula today that will cut another $14 million in revenue limit authority from public schools in the 2016-17 school year. The change, which breaks a major promise that Republicans made to schools, is being pushed by special interest groups to appease far-right wing activists.

peter_barca“Republicans cannot be trusted to do what’s right for our kids and our schools and these cuts will harm our already-starving public schools,” Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. “The people of Wisconsin overwhelmingly agree we are investing too little in our schools and yet legislative Republicans continue to break their promises to our schools. Many education leaders have spoken out against this change. I hope that Republican legislators will side with the children and schools in their districts – not with their party bosses and special interests.”

According to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), Republicans have cut more than $1 billion in state aid from public K-12 schools since 2011. The latest state budget also featured an unprecedented giveaway that harms local school districts by taking taxpayer funds directly from public schools to subsidize private school vouchers. The LFB estimates this change will divert up to $800 million from public schools to private schools over the next decade.

jennifer-shilling“Democrats stand united in support of our public schools,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Local taxpayers can’t afford to continue subsidizing an alternative school system that isn’t accountable to the public. We need to support our local community schools and ensure that every child has access to a quality public education.”

The latest Marquette Law poll found that 57 percent of voters believe our public schools are already receiving too little state support. Despite their unpopularity, legislative Republicans continue to push forward anti-public school policies to appease the pro-voucher lobbying interests who are bankrolling their campaigns.

During the state budget, Republican lawmakers promised that voucher students “would be fully counted by their school district of residence under revenue limits in the first year” (JFC motion #457). Under the new Republican proposal, public school districts will subsidize the cost for every new student enrolled in the voucher program for the first two years of their participation – a number that could face explosive growth as the voucher enrollment caps phase out over the coming years. For example, in year one, aid to the Appleton Area School District will be slashed by more than $587,000, La Crosse School District will lose more than $228,000 and Sheboygan Area School District will lose $381,000. Without the ability to ask their local taxpayers to make up those losses, opportunities will be taken away from public school students.

An LFB memo on the potential cuts to school districts under Assembly Bill 751 is available here.


Legislative staffers Tony Palese and Laura Smith contributed to this story.

Shilling Questions GOP Obstruction On Child Abuse Scandal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 15 February 2016 12:03

scott-walkerDemocratic leader troubled by withholding of public records in Gov. Walker's DOC scandal.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 12:21
Walker, Republicans Must Be Held Accountable for Corrections Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Laura Smith   
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:05

boy-in-docUnder the Walker Administration there have been severe and systemic problems at the Department of Corrections, and the resignation of Secretary Ed Wall is not enough to solve them. Assembly Democrats officially request Audit of the Department of Corrections.

MADISON – Following the resignation of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall last Friday, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said that the Walker Administration and Republican legislators must also be held accountable for the crisis at the Department of Corrections. Assembly Democrats also officially requested an audit of the Department of Corrections in response to the severe health and safety concerns.

peter_barca“While a leadership change is warranted, the Walker Administration and Republican legislators must also be held accountable for the crisis at the Department of Corrections,” Rep. Barca said. “Under Gov. Walker and Republicans, our correctional institutions have become dangerously mismanaged and a toxic environment for staff and inmates."

The Walker Administration and Republican lawmakers have known for years that there were significant problems at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and yet took no action. Wisconsin deserves accountability not only at the Department of Corrections but also throughout the Walker Administration and from Republicans in power to ensure that all our correctional facilities are the safest possible for workers, inmates and the citizens of Wisconsin.

In response to the ongoing issues at the state’s correctional system, members of the Assembly Democratic caucus also formally requested the Joint Committee on Audit to audit the Department of Corrections. A copy of their letter is available here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2016 00:02
DOC Secretary Ed Wall Resigns Amid Lincoln Hills Probe PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 09:23

ed-wall-docCorrections head Wall falls on sword as the investigation of potential abuse of youth at the Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools moves on to the FBI. Democratic leaders concerned with the Walker cover-up of the problems at the youth prison.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 15:50
Apply for Energy Assistance Now PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brown County   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 09:07

snowedinGREEN BAY - Brown County Human Services Economic Support administers the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). WHEAP provides assistance with heating costs and non-heating electric costs. A one-time payment is available between October 1 and May 15 of each year. Most fuel types are eligible to receive assistance. Whether you use wood, propane, natural gas, electricity, or fuel oil to heat your home, energy assistance is available if you qualify.

A household may qualify for crisis assistance if you have no heat, have received a disconnect notice from the heating vendor or are nearly out of bulk fuel and cannot afford to purchase more.

WHEAP furnace assistance can provide services to eligible home owners if the furnace or boiler stops operating. Contact our office immediately if you are experiencing a no heat situation.

Contact us today for an appointment (in office or by phone) or a paper application!

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