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Larson on Recognizing Workers’ Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 13:21

unionworkersWorkers’ Memorial Day is a day to remember workers who have been killed by incidents or illnesses caused by their work.


MADISON - Across the state and nation, services were held to honor workers who lost their lives or were seriously injured due to a workplace incident and to stand in solidarity with Wisconsin workers.

Wisconsin’s tradition of fighting for fair treatment and safe working conditions run deep in our history. From our factory workers, nurses, and firefighters to construction workers and teachers, these are the everyday heroes who help shape our future, keep us safe, and drive our economy.

All of our neighbors deserve to go to work each day knowing they have security and protection from preventable tragedies. Unfortunately, the GOP has continually betrayed these values. For instance, despite the facts from other states that show repealing prevailing wage protections drives down wages, promotes the outsourcing of workers, lowers productivity levels, decreases workplace safety, and limits access to health care, Republican still chose to gut this worker protection in the last state budget. Now, they have gone so far as to introduce a bill to complete their repeal of prevailing wage laws, further harming Wisconsin workers.

The right to organize, receive fair treatment, and work in safe conditions are fundamental values that we, as Americans, hold. We must recommit to these core principles if we want America to be a place of opportunity, fairness, and freedom. We must keep working together to improve and enforce workplace safety standards in order to ensure safe and secure communities. I hope my Republican colleagues take this Workers’ Memorial Day as an opportunity to stand with Democrats in supporting hardworking Wisconsinites from every corner of the state.

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Senator Chris Larson issued this statement regarding Friday’s recognition of Workers’ Memorial Day. Workers’ Memorial Day is a day to remember workers who have been killed by incidents or illnesses caused by their work and is also the day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established in 1971. This day also serves as a reminder that there is much more to be done to ensure everyone has a safe work environment.

 
Wisc Democracy Campaign "Another Koch group comes to Wis!" PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 10:42

matthew_rothschildMADISON - A huge Texas-based think tank, funded by the Koch Brothers, just set up shop in Wisconsin, as Mike Buelow, our ace researcher, found out this week:

Koch-backed Texas group lobbying in Wisconsin

Meanwhile, legislators in Madison have been up to their same old tricks this week:

GOP bill goes after local control on wheel taxes

Authors of bill coddling polluters get $ from manufacturers

As for me, I went back up to the State Capitol this week to testify in favor of a good, sensible bill that would require lawyers to disclose any donation to a judge or justice while that judge or justice is hearing their case. Here’s what I said:

WDC supports bill requiring more judicial donor transparency

Really, who could be against such a bill? Well, for one, Representative Samantha Kerkman seemed hostile to it. I’ll try to let you know who else when the final votes are cast.

Have a nice weekend.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Check out the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign at www.wisdc.org

 
Larson Pushes Right to Internet Privacy PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:29

chris_larsonMADISON – The reasonable expectation of privacy and the right to protect our sensitive personal information is a right important to all Wisconsinites. With the federal government recently reversing course on implementing common sense FCC Internet privacy rules designed to address the capture and use of a customer’s personal information by an internet provider, state governments have an urgent responsibility to step in to protect the privacy rights of our neighbors.

uw-mdsnIf enacted, the Internet Privacy Act would protect consumers by prohibiting an internet service provider from using, disclosing, or permitting access to a customer’s proprietary information unless the customer approves of the data usage. Additionally, this bill would offer stronger protections for sensitive personal information, such as financial or health information or information pertaining to a child. For non-sensitive information, the customer must object to the provider’s request to use, disclose, or permit access to that information. The bill also prohibits providers from refusing to provide coverage to a customer because they do not grant approval to use information.

The Internet Privacy Act would allow those wishing to protect their privacy the opportunity to do so. Making sure our neighbors can protect their privacy should be a bipartisan priority, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to recognize and safeguard that right for each of our neighbors.

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Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) issued this statement regarding the circulation of LRB 3273, the Internet Privacy Act, for co-sponsorship. The deadline for legislators to sign on to the bill is Friday, April 28.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 April 2017 10:03
 
Blue Jean Nation 'Wisconsin’s biggest problem' PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:19

wisconsin-rustedIn recent years, Wisconsin appears to have lost its ambition to be first or best. Roads are going to hell, we rank 49th in Internet speed. We’re lagging badly in renewable energy development and jobs. Recovery starts with wanting to be a state of firsts again.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:45
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