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Walker Higher Ed Bills are Election-Year Smoke and Mirrors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, District 64   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 10:14

loanMADISON, WI - On Monday, Governor Scott Walker signed into law four higher education bills, Assembly Bills 740, 741, 742 and 744, calling the package 'college affordability bills' .

These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.

These anemic Republican bills do not provide a single ounce of relief for the roughly one million Wisconsinites burdened by the $19 billion student debt crisis. Republicans did not even pass the most significant of these weak bills which at least would have provided a tax break to a small percentage of those with significant debt.

Democrats provided Republicans ample opportunity to support our ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ bill which is a real solution to providing relief to Wisconsinites with student loan debt. The Democratic proposal allows borrowers to refinance their loans, just like a car loan or mortgage. It is a common sense, popular plan that would grow Wisconsin’s economy and unfortunately Republicans voted against this proposal several times this session.

Gov. Walker and Republicans also cannot hide from their record of gutting higher education in Wisconsin. Since they came into power, the UW System has lost $795 million in state aid* and the technical college system has lost $203 million in state aid.

(*excluding debt service. Source: Jan. 2016 Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo)

 
The Early Voting Window for April 5 is Quickly Closing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:03

voteridRecently passed Republican legislation changes absentee/early voting rules in Wisconsin, making the window for early voting very small and more difficult to use for many working people.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:48
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Pro-pollution Bills Push Wisconsin Backwards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 25 March 2016 11:08

walkerScott Walker signs the last of the nasty bills that Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald plopped on his desk, and Wisconsin keeps going backwards.


MADISON - We’re still waiting to see whether Scott Walker signs the last of the nasty bills that Speaker Vos and Majority Leader Fitzgerald plopped on his desk.

Here’s one of them:

Bill to ease sulfur dioxide pollution enforcement goes to Walker

Speaking of pollution, Tuesday was World Water Day, and Wisconsin keeps going backwards as far as protecting this vital resource goes, as we noted here:

Wisconsin all wet on World Water Day

For the big Wisconsin Supreme Court race on April 5, we just updated our files on the outside groups that are throwing their money around:

Hijacking Campaign 2016 updated with new PAC and issue ad group activity

And I’m still very concerned about the John Doe II appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, so I wrote the following open letter to the DAs involved:

Letter to DAs in John Doe II case appeal

I hope these postings interest you.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 11:22
 
UWM Coach Jeter Firing About More Than Sports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:15

rob-jeterCoach Rob Jeter had a winning record, a commitment to the community, and he was the only senior administrator of color in the Athletics Department. Sen. Lena Taylor questions the blatant under representation of people of color both in the UWM administration and in the student body.


MILWAUKEE - This past week, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee made a seemingly abrupt decision to fire Coach Rob Jeter. This is a man that has dedicated well over a decade to our athletic program. During his time as coach, he led the Panthers through the conference tournament championship in 2013-14, conference regular season champion in 2010-11 and seven winning seasons.

Amanda BraunMore than that, he is a leader in the community. Coach Jeter held the position of Campus Chair of the State Employees Combined Campaign and is always keeping a constant focus on community outreach. He also was the only senior administrator of color in the Athletics Department.

Only 33% of currently enrolled freshman at UWM are students of color, and only 18.1% are student athletes of color. The blatant under representation of people of color both in the administration and in the student body is something that cannot be ignored.

Further, I feel that Amanda Braun, the current athletic director, has had a hit out for him since she took up her position. I do hope that UWM can make the inclusion of people of color a larger focus in the future and not allow great people like Coach Jeter to be let go. I am certain he will be missed by many.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:53
 
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