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“It’s Back” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 22 September 2017 09:25

itsbackSTATEWIDE - The GOP health care zombie bill is back and worse than ever! We discuss the latest conservative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and welcome Healthcare for All Cooperative organizer Katie Dunn to discuss next Monday’s 1:30pm rally in opposition to the GOP repeal plan at Sen. Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office.

We also welcome Cooperative organizers, Jeff Smith and Joel Lewis, to discuss the Western and North Central Wisconsin Organizing Cooperatives, including member-led organizing on health care, CAFOs and green energy jobs.

LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #312

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Senator Chris Larson on the State of Education PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Chris Larson, State Senator, District 7   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:10

school-kidsIn budget after budget, Republicans in control of our state have failed our children by denying them adequate funding for their education.


MADISON - Today, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, reminded all of Wisconsin of the importance our public schools have in our communities. This annual address comes just days after the passage of the largest budget in our state’s history. Despite spending a record of $76 billion, our kids were not a priority.

tony_evers_statesuptSuperintendent Evers reminded us that budget after budget, Republicans in control of our state have failed our children and put their future in jeopardy by intentionally denying them adequate and equitable funding for their education.

Under Walker and the GOP, our state’s commitment to our neighborhood schools has plummeted. The state budget signed by the governor today marks the second-lowest percentage of state general spending on education of the last 12 state budgets. With the passage of the 2017-2019 state budget Wisconsin has dropped below the national average in per-child funding.

In his speech, Superintendent Evers recognized the vital role our schools play in ensuring access to the most basic needs: food, reliable transportation, health care, and a supportive environment. If Wisconsin finally accepted our share of the Medicaid expansion, our community schools would be able to offer our children critical services to reduce roadblocks to learning. I applaud his leadership and offer my full support to the effort to provide safe, supportive learning environments for our kids.

As noted by Superintendent Evers, Wisconsin has a long way to go to restore our schools to the pre-Walker era; however, the citizens of our great state have stepped up along the way.

Faced with years of budget cuts to our local schools, over a million of our neighbors have voted through referendums to invest more in their local neighborhood schools to offer their children, community, and state the brightest possible future. We are truly stronger together. It is time those in power hear the call of the people and finally realize there is nothing more important than our children.

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This statement was made by Senator Chris Larson regarding the State of Education speech given by State Superintendent Tony Evers on Thursday.

 
Walker Goes Wrong Way on DOT Budget Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Scott May   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:00

road-repairGOP approach to run up credit card debt and pay 21% of every dollar just to pay interest shortsighted. Sen. Tim Carpenter calls for Special Session this October to fix oversights.


MADISON - State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) today released the following statement regarding Governor Walker's abysmal failure to address Wisconsin's DOT Budget fiscal crisis.

tim-carpenter“Governor Walker ignored his fiscal responsibility in eliminating JFC oversight on the $252 million dollar I-94 North/south freeway expansion.

Unfortunately, Republicans proved their political priorities by supporting $28.3 million in pork projects and earmarks, like the $4 million taxpayer dollars for a Wisconsin Rapids golf course airport expansion that caters to corporate republican campaign donors, over of increasing urgent local road aids by 51%.

It's not the fiscally responsible conservative approach to run up credit card debt and now pay 21% of every dollar just to pay interest.

I request Governor Walker call a Special Session this October to finally address Wisconsin's DOT burgeoning Budget Crisis. Our transportation system is simply too important to fail our tourism, agriculture and manufacturing jobs industries. Wisconsin drivers don't deserve third world road conditions because of Governor Walker's political games.”

 
Rich Win While Taxpayers Lose in State Budget Vote says Hansen PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:44

uwgb-studentSenate Republicans force Wisconsin taxpayers to spend a record $76 billion, but fail to address problems with local schools, roads, and student loans.


MADISON - Senate Republicans continued to pick winners and losers this week forcing Wisconsin taxpayers to pay up to $3 billion in cash payments over the next 15 years to a Chinese corporation with a less than stellar record when it comes to the way in which it treats its workers and the environment.

Nowhere was this better reflected than in the state budget where they spent a record $76 billion but failed to adequately address any of the serious issues facing working families and the middle class.

dave_hansenWhile 47 millionaires get yet another tax cut, Governor Walker and the Republicans failed to fully fund our public schools and continue to give even more taxpayer money to unaccountable private schools.

Despite Wisconsin having some of the worst roads and highways of any state in the nation, the Governor and Republicans decided yet again to kick the can down the road meaning drivers will face longer delays and drive on increasingly worse roads.

The nearly 1 million Wisconsin residents struggling to pay their student loans will have to wait even longer for relief as Republicans continue to oppose a low-cost plan to help them refinance their student loans at lower interest rates.

After voting for the largest taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in our nation’s history, today’s action by Senate Republicans clearly shows whose side they are on. And it’s not the side of working families or the middle class.

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State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) released this statement after the passage of the State Budget Friday.

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