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Walker chases “Disillusioned” Chicago Millennials - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 12 January 2018 15:41

walker_chasesThe laughable $7 million WEDC ad campaign recruiting white millennials in Chicago, Trump administration’s decision on Medicaid work requirements, GOP House resignations increasing the odds of a Democratic sweep in 2018, and more...


STATEWIDE - We discuss the Trump administration’s decision to legalize the imposition of  Medicaid work requirements designed to force people off health coverage. We look closer at the historic number of GOP House resignations that are increasing the odds of a Democratic sweep in 2018. The panel analyses the state of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial election with this week’s addition of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and Walker's curiously overwrought reaction. We dissect the laughable $7 million WEDC ad campaign recruiting white millennials in Chicago with idyllic images of Madison and Milwaukee. Ironically in the same week Walker blasted Madison as crime ridden socialist wasteland.


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Democratic radio "Governor’s potholes and policies driving people away" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 15:20

walkerA 2017 National Movers Study showed more people moved out of Wisconsin than into it last year. Wisconsin was one of the top 10 states in the Nation for people moving out and 60% of those moves were for jobs.


MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:

http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen16/millerradio011118.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below:

mark-miller“Hello, this is Senator Mark Miller with this week’s democratic radio address.

“Despite Governor Walker’s statements to the contrary, Wisconsin is clearly not open for business. According to a 2017 National Movers Study by United Van Lines, more people moved out of Wisconsin than into it in the last year. The study shows that Wisconsin was one of the top 10 states in the Nation for people moving out and 60% of those moves were for jobs.

“With crumbling roads and aging water systems, a willingness to throw $3 billion in taxpayer money away to a Chinese manufacturer and the administration’s continued disdain for public education at all levels, there is little wonder why people don’t feel optimistic about the state of the state.

“This is not the Wisconsin we hoped for, this is not the Wisconsin we deserve. State economies rise and fall with the national economy. The critical measure is how a state compares to the rest of the country. By that measure, Walker has moved Wisconsin backwards. In the last 7 years there have been huge cuts in funding crucial services, more and more put on the credit card to balance the budget, giant tax breaks given to the wealthy and now a proposal to spend $7 million to beg people to come back to Wisconsin, something has got to give.

“Perhaps Governor Walker’s New Year’s Resolution should be fixing problems instead of creating new ones. I don’t think he wants to be known as Governor Pothole, but until the roads become a priority over wooing Chinese billionaires, resident’s cars will need to be realigned each year before moving out of state.”

 
Walker’s Latest Hypocrisy on Schools PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Monday, 08 January 2018 09:58

teaching-studentsGov. Walker introduces proposal to fund program he vetoed four months ago.


MADISON, WI – After vetoing additional funding for low-spending school districts just four months ago, Gov. Walker announced today that if re-elected, he will propose doing exactly that. Despite school districts struggling with tight budgets, teacher shortages and growing classroom sizes for years, Gov. Walker and Republican lawmakers instead prioritized the largest state taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S history.

jen-shilling“Republicans must think taxpayers have a short memory when it comes to their actual priorities. This is another hollow campaign gimmick from Gov. Walker to further his own political ambitions at the expense of local schools,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “If Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans were serious about funding our local schools, they wouldn’t have scrapped this plan in the 2017-19 budget. Instead, Republicans prioritized the largest taxpayer handout to a foreign corporation in U.S. history and are now in damage control mode as Election Day looms. School districts are still struggling from years of historic cuts and can’t wait until 2022 for the possibility of funding relief.”

 
Time to Work Smarter As We Fight Veteran Suicide PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 10:32

veterans_army_medicIn Wisconsin we say we value military service and our veterans, but some of our financially failing services will not survive unless we make smart decisions.

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