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Walker Republican Budget No Fix to Education, Transportation Needs says Erpenbach PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:17

school-parentsMost costly budget in history still short changes our public schools and transportation funding crisis.


MADISON - This state budget will spend over $76 billion dollars, more than any other state budget. The money is there to support our schools and our roads; Republicans just have to make that their priority. Our schools have faced over $1.1 billion in cuts in the Governor Walker Republican era in Madison and anything short of fully restoring those funds is shortchanging our communities and our children. Without strong educational experiences our children will not be ready to work at Foxconn or anywhere else when they graduate.

For years Democrats have been willing to work with any Republican who is interested in a long term solution to solve our transportation funding crisis. Still there seems to be not one Senate Republican willing to fix what we know is broken and have the courage to fund the infrastructure needed to improve our state’s economy. Kicking the can down the road again this budget is a nightmare for our economy. The Republican Senate “solutions” are failures for our people and it is inexcusable.

 
Democracy Campaign 'Join the Fair Maps Movement!' PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:51

wdc/fair-mapsMatt Rothschild supports a bill that would bring nonpartisan redistricting to Wisconsin.


MADISON - Just last week, the Green County Board voted overwhelmingly to support a nonpartisan model for drawing our political maps in Wisconsin. It’s time to end gerrymandering in Wisconsin, and momentum is on our side!

Green County became the 14th county this year alone to pass such a resolution, and 21 counties in total are now on board—see the full list here.

If your county is not on the list and you want to put it there, please use this handy guide from our friends at Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative:

Guide to Passing a County Resolution on Fair Maps

A good contact person is Anna Dvorak at Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Here’s her email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Another good contact person is Hans Breitenmoser, a Lincoln County supervisor who helped get the ball rolling this year: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

One other thing you could do is call your legislators and urge them to support a bill that would bring nonpartisan redistricting to Wisconsin. It’s been introduced by Sen. Dave Hansen and Rep. Don Vruwink (SB13/ AB44). You can contact your legislators by calling 1-800-362-9472. 

Thanks for joining the Fair Maps Movement (#FairMaps)!

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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“Zaxs in DC & Madison” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 14 July 2017 18:47

zaxs_in_dc_and_madisonRepublicans in DC & Madison are failing to repeal health care or approve a state budget.


STATEWIDE - Much like Dr. Seuss’ Zaxs, GOP leaders who control all levers of power in DC & Madison are puffing their chests up with pride but failing to repeal health care or approve a state budget.

We discuss the Senate healthcare bill 2.0 that GOP leaders are hoping to pass next week without the CBO score they promised. The panel reviews the GOP stalemate in Madison over the state budget and explores the opportunity it presents progressive leaders to articulate a compelling vision ahead of 2018 elections.

We also take a sneak peek at the electoral opportunity Paul Ryan’s failed Speaker-ship is presenting Democrats, and the Congressional town hall we held without Ryan in his own district with another Congressman.

LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #302
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Citizen Action of Wisconsin · 221 S 2nd St, suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53204, United States

 
Democracy Campaign 'Back in touch...Fair Maps Town Halls near you' PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 14 July 2017 10:42

highway-wiSpecial interests and the road funding plan, the Wisconsin Supreme Court copout on conflict-of-interest rules, the influence peddler of the month, and more...


MADISON - Sorry I haven’t been in touch for a bit. Between the long July 4th weekend and my son coming home for my birthday (which was yesterday), I didn’t get around to updating you on what we’ve been posting and on some exciting redistricting reform efforts under way.

So please let me catch you up.

On the budget transportation impasse, we noted the power of the trucking industry and the big business lobby:

GOP leader tells special interests to cough up road funding plan

Then, in a story that we broke here at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, we reported on Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s scorching response to the Court’s written justification for not tightening its conflict-of-interest rules:

Wisconsin Supreme Court buries recusal in “feeble” move

And, as we do every month, we anointed another special interest group with our not-so-highly-coveted Influence Peddler of the Month Award. Here’s who won it this month:

Influence peddler of the month - Wisconsin Hospital Association

On the gerrymandering issue, I have to say it’s really getting hot. About a dozen counties, just this year, have passed resolutions urging the State Legislature to draw district maps in a nonpartisan manner. Contact us if you do not see your county on the list.

And we got a record number of signatures on our petition for fair voting maps when we were tabling at the Farmers’ Market in Madison for a couple hours on July 1. And attendance at #FairMaps events all over the state are high. We encourage you to share and attend an upcoming Fair Maps Town Hall convenient to you. A complete list can be found here.

  • Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 PM, at the Germantown Library, N112W16957 Mequon Road, Germantown. Paul Geenen, OFA_WI State Lead, is the speaker. Facebook event page here.
  • Sunday, July 16, at at 4:30pm - 6pm, North Shore Presbyterian Church, 4048 N Bartlett Ave, Shorewood. The Democracy Campaign is a co-sponsor. Share Facebook event page here.
  • Wednesday, July 26, at 6:00 PM, at the Brewer Public Library, 325 N. Central Avenue, Richland Center. Former Senators Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen are the speakers.
  • Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 PM, at the Orbiletti Center Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Avenue, Kenosha. Sachin Chheda, Fair Elections Project, is the speaker. Facebook event page here.

And there is legislation introduced by Sen. Dave Hansen and Rep. Don Vruwink (SB13/AB44) to enact nonpartisan legislative and congressional map-drawing here in Wisconsin. So please call your legislators at 1-800-362-9472 and urge them to pass this bill.

Thanks for your interest and your activism, as always.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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P.S. If you like what we’re doing, please support our urgent work with a tax-deductible gift to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. It’s simple: Just click here. Thanks!

 
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