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Union Backs New Proposals for Public Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by AFSCME Wisconsin, Valerie Landowski   
Saturday, 01 February 2020 13:33

union-members-at-capitolAFSCME says Collective Bargaining Freedom Act along with the Civil Service Restoration Act recently sponsored gives workers the freedom to organize and the right for coworkers to stand together to improve workplace conditions.

MADISON - AFSCME Wisconsin released the following statement on Collective Bargaining Freedom Act Thursday.

“AFSCME Wisconsin enthusiastically endorses the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act along with the Civil Service Restoration Act sponsored by State Senator Chris Larson and Representative Chris Taylor, and co-sponsored by Representatives Jonathan Brostoff, Marisabel Cabrera, and Christine Sinicki. The freedom to organize and the right for coworkers to stand together to improve workplace conditions is foundational to healthy, thriving communities and Wisconsin’s proud progressive heritage.

Public servants across Wisconsin safeguard care for our aging and vulnerable populations, plow and maintain our roads, and provide our homes with clean drinking water. The freedom to organize means restoring pride in public service, ensuring safe working environments, and investing in Wisconsin’s working families.

AFSCME Wisconsin President Paul Spink stated, “if our elected representatives truly care about addressing crisis levels of understaffing, shrinking access to community services, high employee turnover, poverty wages, and plummeting worker morale the way they say they do, they must support this legislation’s passage.”

The bills are scheduled to be introduced to the legislature on February 8, 2020.

Spink continued, “our communities work because we do. Worker investment is community investment, it’s as simple as that.”

Gov. Evers Acts on Seven More Bills PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 22 November 2019 16:08

evers-budget-signMADISON - Gov. Tony Evers today acted on nine bills to finish the week. In addition to Assembly Bill 168, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 48, and Senate Bill 74, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 49, that were signed and announced earlier today, the governor acted on the following seven bills:

Senate Bill 86, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 50:

  • Eliminates the existing Type 1 and Type 2 motorcycle definitions;
  • Establishes a new definition for motorcycles;
  • Creates a new classification of motor vehicle called an autocycle;
  • Allows anyone with a regular driver's license to operate an autocycle; and
  • Sets the registration fee for an autocycle at $45 annually.

Senate Bill 106, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 51:

  • Expands on 2017 Act 255 by providing additional licensing and inspection powers to local health departments that are granted agent status to issue retail food establishment licenses for micro markets by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection;
  • Requires the agent inspect a micro market within one year of licensure;
  • Allows a local health department to collect either a prelicensing inspection fee or an annual licensing fee; and
  • Requires that a local health department conducts a prelicensing inspection within two business days after the micro market submits an application for license or issues a retail food establishment license to a micro market and inspects the micro market within one year of issuance.

Senate Bill 290, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 52:

  • Permits the use of nonatomizing CS gel as a personal self-defense device.

Senate Bill 320, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 53:

  • Establishes a process and a reasonable set of criteria for an insurer to follow to prove ownership of a totaled vehicle, if a policyholder fails to transfer the title within 30 days of receiving notice.

Senate Bill 362, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 54:

  • Repeals six refundable income and franchise tax credits that taxpayers may no longer claim due to statutory language that sunset the credits, including the meat processing facility investment credit, the food processing plant and food warehouse investment credit, the film production company investment credit, the film production services credit, the dairy manufacturing facility investment credit, and the beginning farmer and farm asset owner credit;
  • Repeals the woody biomass harvest and processing credit after the final filing deadline for claiming that credit; and
  • Repeals a defunct appropriation that limited the amount paid to the state of Illinois under the income tax reciprocity program between 1997 and 2000.

Senate Bill 495, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 55:

  • Makes technical changes to the application deadline dates for the statewide parental choice program to ensure that the deadline does not fall on a weekend;
  • Modifies the statute that specifies accrediting agencies to reflect the name change from AdvancED to Cognia, Inc.; and
  • Requires notice, rather than a letter, is required for evidence of accreditation for any school participating in a parental choice program.

Gov. Evers today also vetoed Senate Bill 60. Veto message here.

2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Saturday, 09 November 2019 09:34

xmasornamentMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers has announced the theme for the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree. Each year, students from around the state are invited to make ornaments to hang on the holiday tree that is displayed in the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol. In a letter to teachers across the state, Gov. Evers announced the theme for this year is “Celebrate Science.”

tony-evers“I first began my career as a science teacher in Baraboo, so I know how important science is to the future of our state,” said Gov. Evers. “From computer science to dairy science, to clean water and natural resources, to sustainability and renewable energies, this year we want students to make holiday ornaments that celebrate what science means to them, their families, and their communities.”

“Celebrate Science” themed ornaments should be sent by Fri., Nov. 22, 2019 to:

Claire Franz

Wisconsin Department of Administration

Division of Facilities Development & Management

17 West Main Street, Suite 119

Madison, WI 53703

The letter sent to Wisconsin educators with additional information and instructions regarding the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree can be found here.

Governor takes another step toward cleaner drinking water PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Saturday, 24 August 2019 08:45

clean-drinking-waterExecutive order creates a public information website to inform the public on PFAS and the risk these chemicals pose to public health and Wisconsin’s natural resources.

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 August 2019 08:56
Evers Takes Action To Protect Children From Lead Exposure PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:53

clean-drinking-waterMore than 176,000 lead service lines are in operation in Wisconsin today. Child blood-lead levels exceed the national average, hovering around five percent, and more than 200,000 children have been identified as having dangerous amounts of lead in their bodies.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12:07
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