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WisDems Launch Billboards Calling on Scott Walker to Return to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melissa Baldauff   
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 09:37

MADISON – With Scott Walker again out of Wisconsin this week, on a presidential campaign trip to Israel, Wisconsin Democrats today launched a series of billboards running in Milwaukee and Green Bay calling on Walker to come home, do his job, and accept federal funds to strengthen BadgerCare.


As a result of four years of irresponsible budgeting under Republican leadership, Wisconsin is faced with a self-inflicted $2 billion budget deficit. Instead of doing the responsible thing for our bottom line and what’s best for Wisconsinites, Scott Walker and his Republican legislature are rejecting $345 million in federal funds to strengthen BadgerCare -- a politically-motivated decision designed to further Scott Walker's personal ambitions at the expense of working Wisconsin families.

On a call with reporters today, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said:

“We launched these billboards today to remind voters in Wisconsin, and maybe even some of Walker’s Republican colleagues, that Wisconsin’s middle class has to come before Scott Walker’s political career.”

Joining Tate on the call were Assembly Leader Peter Barca and state Senator Chris Larson.

Larson commented on the call that in addition to the partisan political decision to reject federal funds to strengthen BadgerCare, Republicans have made many choices that hurt the middle class. “Whether it’s tax cuts targeted to those at the very top, repeated attacks on women’s rights to make their own healthcare choices, or chronically underfunding our public schools in favor of an unaccountable voucher system supported by Walker’s donors, the choices that have been made over the past four years have hurt our middle class – because they are about Scott Walker selling out Wisconsin to reward special interests and further his political career,” Larson said.

Barca added, “It’s time for Scott Walker to come home, take the BadgerCare money, do his job, and pass a budget that reflects our values, funds needed investments in healthcare, education, and infrastructure, and puts middle class Wisconsin families before his personal political ambitions.”

GOP Cuts Recycling While Boosting Walker’s Office Pay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by State Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 15:42

scott-walker-cpac15Taxpayers continue to shoulder the burden of Governor's presidential campaign.

MADISON – Legislative Republicans eliminated $4 million in state funding for local recycling programs today while voting to give Gov. Walker’s office a 5% pay bump ahead of his expected presidential campaign. After the vote today by the Joint Finance Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

jenshilling“It’s time for Republicans to stop selling out Wisconsin families to support Gov. Walker’s presidential ambitions. State cuts to recycling programs will shift an even greater burden to local property taxpayers and reverse decades of progress we've made to reduce landfill waste. Legislative Republicans need to stop subsidizing Gov. Walker’s presidential campaign and start investing in state programs to improve our communities.”

According to an investigative report by the Wisconsin State Journal, Gov. Walker has traveled out-of-state for more than two full months so far this year. While the Department of Administration has not disclosed the full cost of these trips to state taxpayers, it was revealed that Gov. Walker’s six-day trip to Great Britain cost taxpayers $23,000 per day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 15:58
Senator Tim Kaine Will Be WisDems State Convention Keynote Speaker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melissa Baldauff   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 09:56

Senator Tim KaineEvent Will Be Held in Milwaukee, June 5-6

MADISON -- This year's Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention will feature U.S. Senator Tim Kaine as its keynote speaker in Milwaukee on June 5th.

Held on June 5-6 in Milwaukee this year, the convention is the state Party's biggest annual event where Democrats from all corners of Wisconsin join together to build the Party, hear from outstanding Democratic leaders, see old friends and make new ones.

This year’s convention will focus on what Democrats must do this year and next to take back Russ Feingold’s Senate seat and deliver our state’s ten electoral votes for our next Democratic President. We must also focus on long-term Party building so that we can elect more Democratic leaders who are committed to addressing income inequality and fighting for the very institutions that ensure a strong, vibrant middle-class. Together we will not only undo the damage Scott Walker has done to our great state, but rebuild our progressive legacy and become once again a leader in education, civil rights, workers rights, healthcare, and environmental standards.

“As Wisconsin Democrats prepare to organize and grow our Party in advance of a critical election year, it’s with great excitement that we welcome a progressive champion like Senator Tim Kaine, who has worked tirelessly at every level of government to fight for veterans, healthcare, our environment, education, and civil rights," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. "I’m certain that Party members will be inspired by Senator Kaine’s commitment to making sure everyone has a fair shot at climbing the ladder of opportunity, and will leave Milwaukee this June ready to fight for a better Wisconsin.”

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