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05
Mar
2016

criminals-find-workMADISON - Employment for ex-felons should always be a bi-partisan issue. That’s why I am excited to co-author a bill that will remove barriers that prevent people who have been convicted of a crime from finding work.

Assembly Bill 614 was introduced by Rep. Dave Knudson, passed in the Assembly last month and had a hearing in the Senate this week. This bill will allow a person who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime to apply for a certificate of qualification for employment (CQE).

This certificate removes many sanctions that come with a conviction and can prevent a person from being hired. Unemployment rates for ex-felons can be as high as 60-70% and men with convictions account for about 34% of all nonworking men from ages 25-54. Also, formerly incarcerated people with one year of employment had a 16% recidivism rate over three years compared to 52.3% recidivism in three years among un-employed ex-convicts.

Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
 
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03
Mar
2016

uwgb-studentRefinancing good enough for Minnesota graduates but not Wisconsin residents. Up to $295 million per year could be lost to state's economy.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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03
Mar
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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