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29
Aug
2016

veterans-seniorThe once proud home for aging veterans has been betrayed by the Governor and Republican-controlled Legislature who sought to divert the home's $38.9 million “surplus” and increasing amounts of federal funding to shore up the State's ailing Veterans Trust Fund.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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26
Aug
2016

sherman-park-youthGov. Walker unveiled his economic plan for Sherman Park and other depressed areas of Milwaukee today, and his plan is more hype than substance.


MILWAUKEE - Governor Walker unveiled his economic plan for Sherman Park and other depressed areas of Milwaukee today near the site of civil unrest two weeks ago.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin and our community allies are calling for major investments in Sherman Park and other economically distressed neighborhoods at the scale necessary to dramatically increase opportunity and reduce racial disparities in income and employment.

Rather than offering outcome and evidence based solutions that would actually address the deep economic crisis on Milwaukee’s north side, Walker is offering a grab bag of small scale initiatives and repurposed federal and state dollars which will not dramatically expand economic opportunity. Like his Transform Milwaukee initiative, this plan is more hype than substance.

Walker’s plan also does nothing to address the crisis in wages. Most of the new jobs currently being created in Milwaukee and Wisconsin do not lift families out of poverty. This low wage economy depresses spending, further damaging small business and further reducing job opportunities.

Walker’s plan also blames workers for the lack of family supporting jobs, relying on the non-evidence based assumption that additional job training will by itself cause job creation to scale. Stunningly, Walker cites a line from the movie the Field of Dreams: “If you build it they will come.”

Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
 
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25
Aug
2016

walkerFor the second year in a row, Wisconsin has earned a bottom-of-the-barrel ranking for startup business activity, according to a report released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
 
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25
Aug
2016

eric-genrichReport to address challenges facing urban schools in Wisconsin.


GREEN BAY - State Representative Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay), GBEA President Lori Cathey, GBAPS Board of Education Member Mike Blecha, and Amy Bahena-Ettner of Green Bay Advocates 4 Public Education unveiled the Minority Report of the Speaker’s Task Force on Urban Education this morning at the Brown County Courthouse Rotunda.

The Urban Education Task Force was originally created to address challenges facing urban schools in Wisconsin. However, the official report issued by the chair did not fully reflect the content of the hearings and necessitated the release of a second report.

The mission of the Task Force was to study issues pertaining to teacher recruitment and retention; best practices to address problems such as truancy, below average academic performance, and low graduation rates; ways to improve access to technology in high poverty urban communities; and review the “Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program” created in the 2015-17 budget.

Speakers were available to answer questions about the report and share their thoughts about the direction of urban education in Green Bay and Wisconsin.

A more complete summary of the findings will follow.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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