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2016

walker-wedcThe entire Oscar Mayer ordeal has shown the incredible incompetence of the Walker administration and it's failed economic development agency.

Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
 
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02
Mar
2016

Rosemary HinkfussGREEN BAY - Former State Rep. Rosemary Hinkfuss has died.

Hinkfuss, who would have turned 85 in September, served in the Assembly from 1988-94, representing the 88th District. She also served on the Brown County Board and Green Bay City Council from 1974-92.

Hinkfuss was also the first female member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. She was named to that panel in 1980.

“Everything came my way and I accepted it and worked at it", Rosemary is recently quoted as saying.

Rosemary was born in 1931 in Lima, Ohio. Her mother worked in a woolen mill and her father was a tool and dye maker who quit school in the 4th grade. Rosemary went to college at Cardinal Stritch in Milwaukee. She got a remission on her tuition by teaching 3-4th grade at a Catholic school in Spring Green. “In my first year of teaching Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright invited me for dinner at Taliesen. Years later as a tourist, I thought it looked just like the night I had supper there.”

Rosemary met her future husband, Bill, when he came to Cardinal Stritch with a delegation from St. Norbert College. They began writing letters and corresponded while Bill was in the Korean War and later in law school. They married in 1957 and came to Green Bay soon after. Rosemary’s involvement in the community got a boost when she was invited to help plan a women’s tea for John F. Kennedy’s visit to Green Bay. “John Kennedy shook the hand of all the committee members and said when he came to me, ‘Thank you, Rosemary, for making this so wonderful.’”

dave-hansen“My wife Jane and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Rosemary Hinkfuss", said State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in a statement this morning. "Rosemary was, among other things, a progressive person, a pioneer and a proud parent who gave selflessly to her family, friends, community and our state."

Throughout her community involvement and her political career, Rosemary had the opportunity to meet and rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in state and national politics. Yet she remained a humble person. She was revered by her fellow Democrats and respected by all. If you wanted to understand Democratic politics in Green Bay, the one person you needed to talk to was Rosemary.

Her service on the Green Bay City Council and later in the State Assembly provided her with a greater opportunity to be heard, but it was through her relationships with others that she was able to accomplish so much for so many.

“As much as Rosemary’s intelligence, education and energy played a role in her success, it was her concern for others that truly motivated her and set her apart from the crowd", said Hansen.  "Rosemary truly cared for all people and worked tirelessly in support of better treatment of our most vulnerable citizens, better pay and conditions for all workers and their families, and making sure each child got the best education possible so they could fulfill their God-given potential."

“Our hearts go out to Rosemary’s family and friends. Her loss will be felt throughout our community and our state”, Hansen concluded.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Newcomer Funeral Home, but details have not been announced.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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02
Mar
2016

clean-drinking-waterSenate Bill 239 relating to groundwater is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism Committee today, Wednesday, March 2nd.


MADISON - Wisconsin is blessed with an abundance of water. Water provides the basis for our economy and way of life. Yet Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and their legislative allies continue to threaten that resource, pitting one user against another, undermining Wisconsin’s constitution and threatening economic stability.

Recently, the Legislature tried to pass Senate Bill 432 which would have allowed private companies to buy public water systems without requiring the consent of the people served by that system. A public outcry ensued, fueled by the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, resulting in Senate Republicans having to kill the proposal after it passed the Assembly. The public should be equally concerned about another end-of-session attempt to cut the public out of decisions affecting their water supply.

Senate Bill 239/Assembly Bill 874 would make permanent all current usage of high capacity wells. It allows the transfer, replacement and reconstruction of wells without a new permit. While that may not seem significant, under current law high capacity well permits are perpetual. There is no end date. If SB239/AB874 passes, any permit that is currently in existence, or any permit issued in the future will never be subject to review unless the well owner wants to change their permit terms. That essentially privatizes the groundwater for that well owner now and into the future. The waters of the state will be allocated on a first-come, first serve basis, running afoul of Wisconsin’s state constitution which protects the waters of Wisconsin for the benefit of all users.

Under the public trust doctrine in Wisconsin’s constitution, everyone is entitled to access our water, but no one is allowed to use the water to the detriment of others. Under AB874, new well applicants could be denied permits because existing permits already allow over-use of the water resource. This over- subscription of water is a current reality in parts of Wisconsin.

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