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Risser’s Reaction to Senate’s Extraordinary Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fred Risser, State Senator District 26   
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 09:55

fred-risserSenate work a small step in the right direction, but there are other issues that Wisconsin will need to address.


MADISON – Tuesday the Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation in response to the State’s COVID-19 crisis.

“I think this bill is but a small step in the right direction,” said Risser. “Quite frankly, this bill doesn’t go far enough. It is unfortunate that given the length of time Republican Leadership took in drafting legislation they chose to ignore many of the priorities laid out in Governor Evers’ COVID-19 bills.”

Continued Risser, “we must act now to provide hazard pay for healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis and ensure that all our healthcare workers have proper PPE, further invest in programs that support small businesses and farmers, and adopt provisions to mail all registered voters a ballot for the remaining 2020 elections so that never again is voting a life or death decision.”

“These are but a few of the issues that Wisconsin will need to address as the effects of the global pandemic continue to evolve. I am hopeful that the legislature will continue to meet and work on legislation to provide needed assistance. Wisconsinites who have lost their jobs or are on the verge of losing their business need to know that their government has their back during these trying times.”

 
Stubbs on COVID-19 Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelia Stubbs Press   
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 08:52

shelia-stubbs-rep-district 77Despite some positive steps, more work remains.


MADISON- Today, Representative Stubbs called attention to the COVID-19 legislation’s lack of robust, equitable measures needed to meet the needs of Wisconsin citizens during this crisis. “Today cannot be the final date the Assembly meets. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we must be responsive to the needs of our state and the many unforeseen challenges in the days ahead,” Rep. Stubbs stated. “The health and safety of the people of our state must continue to be our top priority, and our state government must do everything possible to keep our communities safe, protect our democracy, and support our businesses.

Rep. Stubbs expressed, “Assembly Democrats offered amendments that would help achieve those goals. First and foremost, we cannot seek short-term solutions to long-term problems. I am ready to work on whatever is needed to help get our state through this crisis. We cannot turn our backs on the people we represent who are relying on us to act in their best interest during this unprecedented time.” The bill has some positive provisions. But this is not nearly enough. States like Minnesota have passed multiple, bipartisan bills addressing COVID-19 and are already considering more legislation. We need to do more.

Rep. Stubbs asserted, “Inequities in access to the workforce, healthcare, and education still exist and are now compounded because of this crisis. These underlying issues have not changed; instead, they are leading to disproportionate mortality rate as almost half of COVID-19 related deaths in Wisconsin are Black people despite the extremely small population of us (6%) in this state.”

Rep. Stubbs urged, “This cannot be the last time the Assembly meets. We need to pass equitable, comprehensive, and immediate legislation that takes care of all of our citizens with more support than is being offered in this bill. And we need to do it now.”

 
Hintz on COVID-19 Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 08:44

gordon_hintzThe bill passed Tuesday was a positive first step, but this cannot be the end.


MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed 2019 AB 1038 regarding the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement:

“One of the core responsibilities of government is to keep people safe, and to prevent people from getting sick and dying. Our state government has a role to play in helping people manage and navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented public health and economic crisis has caused harm to so many families and businesses across Wisconsin,” Rep. Hintz stated. “While too often our politics are broken and dysfunctional, more than ever people are looking for leadership and not politics. In this moment, we must assess and act upon what government can do right now to best support the public.”

“The bill we passed today was a positive first step. Eliminating the one week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance and securing additional federal resources will help those struggling immediately. However, today cannot be the final day the Assembly meets. This situation is rapidly evolving, and we must be responsive to the needs of our state and the many unforeseen challenges in the days ahead. I refuse to admit that what we passed today is all we can do as a state. The fact is, we don’t know where things will be a month from now, and what the needs will be. I am hopeful we can build on today’s actions if we all keep trying to move together to do everything possible to end this crisis. Let’s not write off coming back for the things we need to get done for the people of our state.”

 
Gruszynski on Tuesday's Extraordinary Session PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Ryan Neigbauer   
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 08:30

staush-gruszynskiWork of the legislature to address the COVID-19 crisis is not done.


MADISON – Today, the State Assembly met in an extraordinary session to address the COVID-19 crisis. Representative Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) released the following statement:

“The health and safety of the people in Green Bay is my top priority and our state government must do everything possible to keep our communities safe, protect our democracy, and support our local businesses. Since March 13th, I have called upon the state legislature to take action to repeal the oneweek waiting period to collect unemployment benefits, and to lift Medicaid restriction in order to accept federal aid. Today we passed a bi-partisan bill to get those provisions done and we should be proud of that action, but this needs to be the start, not the end of our work.

There is still much more to do for the constituents of Green Bay and today cannot be the final date the Assembly meets. The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, and we must be responsive to the needs of our state and the many unforeseen challenges in the days to come. We cannot turn our backs on the people we represent who are relying on us to act in their best interest during this unprecedented time.” Rep. Gruszynski stated.

 
Sen. Tammy Baldwin: My thoughts on the Wisconsin election results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy Baldwin, Senator from Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 10:39

tammy-baldwinThe Wisconsin GOP tried to steal an election, but last night, we found out they lost. Please sign my petition demanding universal vote-by-mail be included in the next coronavirus relief bill.


WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, the Wisconsin GOP tried to steal a seat on the state’s Supreme Court by refusing to move our election or provide safe voting options during this unprecedented pandemic.

Last night, we found out they lost.

vote-47-mbNo one should have been forced to choose between their safety and their right to vote — and far too many Wisconsinites were unable to participate in this election. It was a disgraceful act of voter suppression on the part of Republicans.

jill_karofskyEven in the face of these unprecedented circumstances, Judge Jill Karofsky won a well-deserved seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I have no doubt she will work to make sure everyone can participate in our elections moving forward. But we must join her in that fight.

Republicans will continue their dangerous voter suppression tactics unless we act, and the best way for us to stop them is to demand universal vote-by-mail.

That’s why I’m asking you to sign my petition demanding universal vote-by-mail be included in the next coronavirus relief bill to avoid this sort of disaster from happening again. We must do better in November.

Thank you to the Wisconsinites who showed their resiliency in last week’s election. We won’t forget you.

Stay safe and healthy.

— Tammy

 
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