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Budget Makes Critical Investments in Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by LaTonya Johnson, State Senator District 6   
Thursday, 04 April 2019 15:02

school-bus-kidsSuperintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor puts children’s future and the needs of local schools first to members of Joint Finance Committee says Johnson.


MADISON - What zip code a child lives in should not determine what opportunities they are provided. Today, we heard from State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor who gave members of the Joint Finance Committee a chance to ask questions about the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) provisions included in the state budget.

After years of underfunding from Republican lawmakers, the governor has put our children’s future and the needs of our local schools first. We know that the people of Wisconsin, from every corner of the state, have been asking for a greater investment in our public schools. Under Walker, local taxpayers have voted in favor for $1.4 billion in referenda funding to support their schools.

latonya-johnsonThrough the years, special education support to local schools has not kept up with the needs of our children. In fact, Wisconsin provides the lowest reimbursement rate for special education in the nation. The governor invests over $600 million in special education, bringing state support for these critical state programs up to 60% by the end of the biennium. This investment supports our Wisconsin value that every child in our state should have access to a high-quality education.

Another significant investment the governor makes in his state budget proposal is in mental health care for students. According to DPI, one in five students face a mental health issue and 80% of mental health incidents go untreated. For those who do receive treatment, roughly 70% of the time it is administered at school. For these reasons, I am happy to see roughly $64 million go to mental health services for students in the state budget. This includes ensuring schools are supported in their ability to hire critical health and safety staff, such as social workers and nurses.

The Evers administration worked hard to listen to the needs and values of Wisconsinites, and that is exactly what is reflected in his state budget. I look forward to continuing this budget process in a positive, bipartisan way to ensure the People’s Budget lands on the governor’s desk for his signature into law.

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Statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding Wednesday’s agency briefings in the Joint Finance Committee on Governor Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 state budget.

 
Nygren Wrong on State Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 08:54

wisconsin-koch-industriesState Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay responds to Rep. John Nygren’s column on the State Budget in the Marinette Eagle Herald.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 March 2019 10:53
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Wisc Democracy Campaign "Please Vote on Tue!" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 29 March 2019 10:33

wdc-logoMADISON - This coming Tuesday, April 2, is Election Day in Wisconsin, and I’m not too proud to beg: I beg you to go out and vote.

lisa-neubauerThere is a highly competitive race for Wisconsin Supreme Court between Judges Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn, and the money contest has tightened considerably, as we noted here:

brian-hagedornOutside Spending Groups Make Homestretch Push for Hagedorn

In Madison, there is a big mayoral race between Paul Soglin and Satya Rhodes-Conway.

And in La Crosse County, Vernon County, and the town of Newbold (near Rhinelander), citizens get to vote on an advisory referendum for banning gerrymandering in Wisconsin. We urge a yes vote on that one!

Here’s another reason to go vote: In spring elections, your vote has much more weight than at other times because turnout tends to be much lower. So enjoy your increased power, and throw your weight around on Tuesday.

matt-rothschildThanks for being such an active and responsible citizen.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Last Updated on Saturday, 30 March 2019 10:45
 
Democratic Radio "The Power of Your Vote" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 28 March 2019 10:16

vote_buttonsMADISON - State Representative LaKeshia Myers (D - Milwaukee) says it's important you vote next Tuesday, April 2nd and gives some links to help you do that.

Audio File of Radio Address

lakeshia-myersHello, this is Representative LaKeshia Myers with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

I'm here to remind you that the Spring General Election is on Tuesday, April 2nd.

There's something powerful about voting.

When we vote, we decide the future direction of our state.

I am asking that you not take that powerful tool for granted.

In order to make your voice heard, it is important to be aware of how, when, and what you’ll need to vote.

First, make sure you're registered.

You can check myvote.wi.gov to see if you’re currently registered, if not, you can register at your local clerk’s office during business hours or at your polling place on Election Day.

Second, you need to make sure you have the proper ID needed to vote.

Go to bringitwisconsin.com to find out the acceptable forms of identification.

If you need a free ID to vote - take proof of identity, proof of residency, proof of citizenship, and social security card to your local DMV.

And finally, polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. So make a plan for “how” and “when” you will get to vote.

Your vote is your voice. Make sure you are heard on Tuesday, April 2nd. Don’t forget to vote.

 
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