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Rep. Sargent on Child Tax Rebate and Annual Sales Tax Holiday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly, Britt Cudaback   
Friday, 16 February 2018 16:10

scottwalker-dreamWalker’s plan for a one-time child tax credit and sales tax holiday is an election-year gimmick says legislator.


MADISON – On Wednesday, Assembly Bill (AB) 944, Governor Walker’s plan for a one-time child tax credit and sales tax holiday, was recommended for adoption on a party-line vote by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement about the vote:

melissa-sargent“The chickens are coming home to roost for Wisconsin Republicans. Seven years’ worth of their failed policies have finally caught up with them, so their last-ditch effort is to buy votes at $100 apiece. Well, I have news for Governor Walker and Republicans in the Legislature: you can’t buy our votes.

Governor Walker might not be handing these checks out at polling locations in November, but Wisconsinites are smart enough to read between the lines. This is a one-time sales tax holiday and a one-time $100-check to be delivered right before an election—if that doesn’t scream ‘election-year gimmick,’ I don’t know what does.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:07
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"Tim Burns for State Supreme Court: A breath of fresh air in corrupt Supreme Court" Battleground Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 16 February 2018 15:19

burns-sc-bgwWe discuss State Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns' progressive values and his fight for average people against the big corporate interests, the latest mass school shooting in Florida, and more...


STATEWIDE - We welcome Tim Burns, Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s endorsed candidate for State Supreme Court (primary next Tuesday, February 20) to discuss his novel willingness to run on his progressive values and fight for average people against the big corporate interests that are rigging the system.

We also talk about the latest mass school shooting in Florida and the GOP’s serial appeasement of gun extremists. We also are joined by Citizen Action Western Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative member Sarah Godlewski who educates us about the referendum to abolish the State Treasurer, a move that would further reduce fiscal accountability in Wisconsin government.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 February 2018 15:30
 
Bowen: Gov. Walker’s Plan for Milwaukee State Building PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BOWEN PRESS   
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:12

milw-state-ofcBuilt in 1963, the current State Office Building on 6th Street in Milwaukee is old and needs to be replaced, but maybe we should combine it with some County functions to save time and money.


MILWAUKEE – Last week, Governor Scott Walker announced his plans to sell state offices in Milwaukee to a private developer and build a new state building in the Milwaukee area. The current state office, located at 819 North 6th Street in downtown Milwaukee, was built in in 1963 and houses multiple state offices and the Governor’s office. State Representative David Bowen (D-10) attended the announcement and released the following statement:

david-bowen“While the Milwaukee State office is aging and needs to be replaced, I’d like to take Walker’s plan for a new facility a step further. In order to ensure that even more taxpayer dollars are saved, I call on Milwaukee County to submit a proposal within the RFP 30 day time period to replace our current state building with one that houses both the state and county offices together in order to save taxpayers more money. The County Safety Building serves important functions and has long been in the category of severely needed replacement.”

“Before my time in the legislature, I served on the county board and am aware of the challenges of budget constraints and Capital improvement challenges at the county level. Placing the county and state in the same new & energy efficient building will help alleviate some of those constraints savings millions that can be invested in other needs.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:48
 
“You get a Foxconn deal, and you get a Foxconn deal...“ Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 09 February 2018 16:42

you_get_a_foxconn_dealWalker’s plan to give Kimberly-Clark a Foxconn-style public subsidy, we preview our Democratic Governor candidate forum in Eau Claire, and more...


STATEWIDE - We discuss Gov. Walker’s plan to lure Kimberly-Clark a Foxconn-style public subsidy.

We then dig into what elected Democrats from the region and the some of the Democrat governor candidates are saying and proposing as alternatives. We preview our Democratic Governor candidate forum in Eau Claire this Saturday at 9:30 am that will kick off Citizen Action's endorsement process.

We also talk about the new data showing unexpectedly high enrollment in Obamacare. What are the implications for the GOP's sabotage and repeal crusade.

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Walker Wants $7 Million To Paper Over 7 Years Of Neglect PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melanie Conklin   
Friday, 09 February 2018 11:37

walker-terry-gou-foxconn-flagWalker plans to spend $7 Million on recruiting out of state for Foxconn workers while we are losing jobs from major employers like Kimberly Clark say Dems.


martha-laningMADISON - “Taxpayers are being taxed twice for Gov. Walker’s election year stunt,” said Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “If we don’t have the workers to fill Foxconn jobs, why is Walker gambling away $4.5 billion taxpayer money to bring Foxconn here when we are losing jobs in our communities from major employers like Kimberly Clark?

“This only serves Scott Walker, who is scrambling to paper over seven years of neglecting our state,” added Laning. “Wisconsinites need a leader who will work every year of their term to make our state a place people want to live, work and grow their business.”

 
Democratic Radio "Celebrating Black History Month" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate, Bridget Esser   
Thursday, 08 February 2018 16:05

blackhistorymonthMADISON, WI – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

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

A written transcript of the address is below:

“Hello.

“I’m State Senator LaTonya Johnson.

“There is always reason to celebrate black excellence, but this black history month, I would like to take some extra time to honor the greatness of my fellow African Americans.

latonya-johnson“In 1906, Lucien Palmer became the first African American elected into the Wisconsin Legislature. Years later, in 1978, Vel Phillips made history by becoming the first woman, and first African American to be elected secretary of state in Wisconsin. Representative Palmer and Judge Phillips’ dedication to improving Wisconsin inspires me to do the same. But Representative Palmer and Judge Phillips are only two amongst millions of African Americans enacting change and fighting against the inequities we face.

“Today, I encourage each and every one of you to join me in working to improve outcomes for our African American friends and neighbors, because in doing so we will improve the nation. As Wisconsin has some of the worst African American disparities in the country, we have a long way to go and a lot that must be accomplished. This month we will celebrate black history, but we must also look ahead to the future knowing that, standing side-by-side with one another, we can create the community that Lucien Palmer, Vel Phillips, and many others worked so tirelessly to achieve.

Thank you.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 February 2018 16:23
 
“Walker punishes poor to help his re-election” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 02 February 2018 17:10

walker_punishes_poorCovering up political failings, Gov. Walker chose to divide us this week by scapegoating the poor. And, a new report reveals $1.6 billion of the Foxconn state payout won’t be tied to job creation.


STATEWIDE - Gov. Walker rightly understands that he and Republicans are in serious political danger heading into his 2018 campaign. In an attempt to cover up political failings, Walker called a special session this week to further punish the working poor and struggling families in Wisconsin. Instead of calling a special session to address the shortage of family-supporting jobs in most parts of the state, Walker chose to divide us by scapegoating the poor.

Next, we discuss a new report revealing that $1.6 billion of the Foxconn state payout won’t be tied to job creation and that 39% of the water Foxconn takes from Lake Michigan won’t be returned to the lake. Finally, we discuss the news that the state’s school choice program now has nearly 400 private schools registered for 2018-19.

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Democratic Radio "Governor Walker’s Flip-flops" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 01 February 2018 16:54

amanda-stuckMADISON - This week, Wisconsin Assembly Democrats speaker Representative Amanda Stuck (D - Appleton) welcomes Governor Walker to the Democratic Party.

Audio File of Radio Address

Hello, this is State Representative Amanda Stuck with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

I would like to start off by welcoming Governor Walker to the Democratic Party, over the Governor’s 25 year political career he has rejected good ideas put forward by his political opponents.

However, after seeing poll numbers and heeding his self-proclaimed “Wake Up Call” after the special election, the Governor has gone full flip-flop, embracing ideas he has rejected for years.

For instance, in two of his budget proposals he wanted to eliminate SeniorCare which saves Wisconsin’s seniors money on prescription drug costs, now suddenly he wants it to be a permanent program.

After railing against the Affordable Care Act in his campaigns and rejecting every provision since taking office, he suddenly wants to stabilize the insurance marketplace and protect those with pre-existing conditions.

In last year’s budget, he vetoed a plan to help fund rural schools, but now with early polls looking bad he is embracing increasing sparsity aid.

For six years, he has ignored the crisis at Lincoln Hills and refused to visit the facility, now suddenly he is embracing Democratic plan to regionalize our juvenile corrections system.

There is still time for Governor Walker to embrace a few more Democratic ideas before the November election.

We could find a long-term solution for our transportation system.

The Governor could also accept the proposal to allow college graduates to refinance their student loans, rather than being weighed down with student loan debt.

We could repeal the $4.5 billion giveaway to Foxconn. Instead we could help the Wisconsin businesses and families in northeast Wisconsin who have seen plants shuttered or file for bankruptcy. We can help the family farms in western Wisconsin who led the country in bankruptcies last year, making sure that family farms can make their payments.

While there seems to be nothing that the Governor won’t say or do to help him get re-elected, Democrats will continue to work on good ideas that help the people of Wisconsin, because they will help people in our state, not just to use as an election year talking point.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 17:04
 
“Scott Walker’s SOS distress signal to voters” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 26 January 2018 19:14

walker_sosWalker tries to re-brand himself heading into the 2018 election, AFSCME Council 32’s Mike Horecki to talk about efforts to close Lincoln Hills, and more...


STATEWIDE - Our panel reviews Gov. Walker’s State of the State (SOS) address which reveals a massive re-branding effort heading into the 2018 election. Robert analyzes Walker’s 11th hour conversion on health care designed to address his biggest electoral vulnerability.

We welcome AFSCME Council 32’s Mike Horecki to talk about Walker’s belated effort to close Lincoln Hills after 7 years of pressure from workers and advocates to address the destructive impact of his policies.  Health Care Co-op Organizer  Katie Dunn joins us to promote this Saturday’s Healthcare Jeopardy forum with Democratic candidates for Governor in Milwaukee. We close with Rebecca educating us about a police shooting in Racine that has the community organized and searching for answers.


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Democratic Radio "The real state of the state" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate, Bridget Esser   
Friday, 26 January 2018 16:59

farm-familyWe feel seven years of failed Republican budgets every time we drive over a pothole, or cast a ballot for a school referendum. We feel it in our pocketbooks as our wages remain stagnant, while 47 millionaires receive a new tax break.


MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting the failed leadership of Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans and the Democratic solutions to help Wisconsin families.

“Wisconsin families are working harder than ever but can’t get ahead because Republicans continue to favor the wealthy and foreign corporations. Gov. Walker has drained resources from our schools, roads and local communities in order to fund the largest taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.” – Sen. Jennifer Shilling

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

http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen32/shillingradioaddress012518.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below:

jennifer-shilling“Hi, I’m State Senator Jennifer Shilling.

“Despite Governor Walker’s frantic attempts to improve his public approval ratings in a tough election year, Wisconsin residents will not be fooled.

“Seven years of failed Republican budgets are felt every time we drive over a pothole, or cast a ballot for a school referendum. We feel it in our pocketbooks as our wages remain stagnant, while 47 millionaires receive a new tax break.

“Wisconsin families are working harder than ever but can’t get ahead because Republicans continue to favor the wealthy and foreign corporations. Gov. Walker has drained resources from our schools, roads and local communities in order to fund the largest taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.

“Senate Democrats remain united in the Wisconsin Way Forward that expands access to affordable health care, expands the family medical leave act, and invests in our infrastructure and local schools.

“These are the issues that impact families across Wisconsin and these are the issues that families want fixed. By focusing on policies that encourage growth and drive innovation, we can expand economic opportunities and move Wisconsin forward.

Thank you.”

 
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