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Democrats Make Student Loan Debt Relief A Top Budget Priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joint Finance Committee Democrats   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:10

uwgb-studentDemocrats on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee announce plan to address the growing student loan debt crisis. Nearly 1 in 5 adults in Wisconsin has student loan debt.


MADISON - Democrats on the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee announced their plan to offer a budget amendment addressing the growing student loan debt crisis. The four Democratic members plan to introduce a motion today allowing the refinancing of student loan debt similar to how individuals can refinance car loans or mortgages.

chris-taylor“The growing student loan debt crisis is one of the biggest barriers preventing Wisconsin families from getting ahead,” said Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison). “Democrats want to help families get out from under the crushing burden of student loan debt that's hindering their ability to get by and hurting the growth of our economy."

“The Higher Ed., Lower Debt proposal will save students, families and taxpayers millions of dollars while boosting our economy,” added Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). “We know that by reducing interest rates and leveling the playing field, Wisconsin families will have more opportunities to own a car, buy a house and start a family.”

“For too long, Republicans have ignored the big Wall Street banks who profit by preying on Wisconsin students and families,” said Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh). “By preventing Wall Street banks from charging unreasonable interest rates, we can make higher education more affordable and help families achieve the American Dream."

“Governor Walker is too busy running for president that he’s forgotten about the very people he was elected to serve,” concluded Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). ““With over 800,000 Wisconsin residents burdened with student loan debt, Democrats want to address this crisis now before it gets further out of hand.”

Nationally, student loan debt has surpassed $1 trillion as Wall Street banks continue to profit from excessive interest rates. Nearly 1 in 5 adults in Wisconsin has student loan debt.

 
How the Koch Brothers Helped Scott Walker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:54

koch-brothersInstrumental to Walker’s success was controlling the state legislature and keeping the state supreme court in conservative hands. If you add it all together, you get a figure of $8,767,000.


MADISON - Conservatively, the Koch Brothers spent more than $5.6 million in support of Scott Walker from 2010 through 2014. The number the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign arrives at is $5,639,000.

But instrumental to Walker’s success was controlling the state legislature and keeping the state supreme court in conservative hands. In 2010, Koch Industries PAC spent $8,000 on GOP legislative candidates in Wisconsin (and $1,000 on Dems). In 2012, the Koch PAC spent $6,000 on GOP legislative candidates. And in 2014, the Koch PAC spent $9,500 on GOP legislative candidates.The Koch Brothers, via Americans for Prosperity, spent $420,000 on the state senate. And another group with Koch ties spent $1.7 million on the Senate recalls and $985,000 on the supreme court race. The total for the Koch spending on the state supreme court and state senate races comes to: $3,128,000.

If you add all this together, you get a figure of $8,767,000.

Outline of Koch’s Support

Direct contributions from Koch Industries PAC to Walker’s campaign: $43,000 in 2010.

Expenditures on ads and mailings in support of Walker’s policies in early 2011, shortly after Walker “dropped the bomb” on public sector unions: $380,000 via Americans for Prosperity.

Expenditures on ads in favor of Walker during the recall: $4.1 million ($3.7 million via Americans for Prosperity, plus $400,000 via Coalition for American Values Action.)

Expenditures on ads in favor of Walker in 2014: $1,116,000 via Americans for Prosperity.

Direct contributions from Koch Industries PAC to GOP legislative candidates in Wis in 2010 $8,000. (Note that Koch PAC also gave $1,000 to Dems.)

Direct contributions from Koch PAC in 2012 to GOP legislative candidates: $6,000.

Direct contributions from Koch PAC in 2014 to GOP legislative candidates: $9,500.

Expenditures on ads and mailings to help Republican state senators repel recalls and thereby help keep the state senate in Republican hands: $420,000 via Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by the Koch Brothers, and $1.7 million via Citizens for a Strong America.

Expenditures on ads supporting Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s reelection, which kept the court in conservative hands: $985,000, via Citizens for a Strong America, which has Koch ties.

The Breakdown

--In 2010, Koch Industries PAC gave $43,000 directly to Scott Walker’s election campaign.

(One contribution of $15,000 on July 9, 2010, and another of $28,000 on Sept. 29, 2010.)

--In 2010, the Koch PAC gave $8,000 to GOP legislative candidates (and $1,000 to Dems).

--In March 2011, Americans for Prosperity, which was founded by David and Charles Koch, spent $380,000 on television ads in defense of Walker’s attack on public employee unions.(http://www.wisdc.org/afp2011.php)

--In the spring of 2011, Citizens for a Strong America, which is in the same building as Americans for Prosperity and whose website was registered to John Connors, who used to be national director of Students for Prosperity, an arm of Americans for Prosperity, spent $985,000 on ads supporting state supreme court justice David Prosser in his race against challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. (http://www.wisdc.org/csa11supreme.php)

--In the summer of 2011, Citizens for a strong America spent $1.7 million on 3 TV ads in favor of Republican state senators facing recall. ( http://www.wisdc.org/csa11.php)

--Later in 2011, Americans for Prosperity spent an additional $420,000 to help Republican state senators repel their recall challengers. (http://www.wisdc.org/afp2011.php)

--In late 2011 and early 2012, Americans for Prosperity spent $3.7 million on ads and mailings against the Walker recall and supporting his policies. http://www.wisdc.org/afp2012.php

--In 2012, shortly before the June 5 recall elections, the Coalition for American Values Action--which gets most of its money from the Center to Protect Patient Rights, a group controlled by the Koch Brothers—spent $400,080 on ads against the Walker recall.(http://www.wisdc.org/ind12-1100054.phphttp://www.wisdc.org/index.php?module=wisdc.websiteforms&cmd=pacspending&year=2012&election=recall&pac=1100054)

--In 2010, Koch PAC gave $6,000 to GOP legislative candidates.

--In May 2014, Americans for Prosperity sponsored a statewide TV ad boasting about Walker’s policies, without mentioning his name, to the tune of $866,000. They followed that up with five mailings at approximately $50,000 each for a total of $1,116,000. (http://www.wisdc.org/afp2014.php)

--In 2014, Koch PAC gave $9,500 to GOP legislative candidates (along with 10k each to successful AG candidate Brad Schimel and Lt. Gov Kleefisch.)

 
Healthy Youth, Bright Futures Coalition Fights Youth Addiction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 08:34

drugaddicts-youngIn the face of a statewide heroin epidemic, advocates to join Rep. LaTonya Johnson in announcing new legislation to prevent youth addiction.


MADISON - As heroin and other drug use continue to rise across Wisconsin, on Tuesday May 12th at 11:00 AM, Citizen Action of Wisconsin will join state Representative LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) announcing new legislation prioritizing early youth screening and intervention in Wisconsin schools.

The proposed legislation guarantees Wisconsin school districts access to training to administer comprehensive and effective screening, intervention and referral to treatment for illicit drug and alcohol use with all students in a chosen grade level on an annual basis.

According to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Wisconsin ranked above the national average in both youth illicit drug use and binge drinking in 2014. A Wisconsin Department of Justice report shows that heroin-related cases rose to record levels in nearly every county in Wisconsin in 2014.

What: Media event: Annoucement of legislation to prevent youth addiction in Wisconsin

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 – 11:00 AM

Where: Wisconsin state Capitol building, Assembly parlor (2nd floor, NW)

Speaking:

State Representative LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee

Erik Kirkstein, Citizen Action of Wisconsin health organizer and coordinator of the Healthy Youth, Bright Futures coalition

Dr. Richard Brown, MD, MPH, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine

Anthony Alvarado, co-founder of Rise Together, a Wisconsin-based recovery advocacy group focusing on raising the voices of young people impacted by addiction

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The Healthy Youth, Bright Futures Coalition for the Prevention of Youth Addiction in Wisconsin includes Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Rise Together, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, IMPACT, Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, Wisconsin United We C.A.N.(Change Addiction Now),Elevate, Inc, and Community Advocates.

 
Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 11 May 2015 16:58

wis_jobs_nowSen. Kathleen Vinehout writes about the latest audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The Legislative Audit Bureau reports again on the failure of WEDC to follow state law and its own policies when awarding grants, loans and tax credits to businesses and to verify whether or not promised jobs were actually created.

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