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“Faces of Addiction and Recovery” Came to the Capitol PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:18

opioid-overdoseSen. Vinehout shares a story about her discussion with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation who are working to get the resources necessary to address addiction.

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Senators Seek Pharma Accountability For Opioid Crisis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Monday, 13 November 2017 16:26

opioid-epidemic-big-pharmaSens. Janet Bewley (Ashland) and Dave Hansen (Green Bay) send letter to A.G. on Friday to hold pharmaceutical manufacturers to account for their role in the state’s opioid crisis.

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Conservationists, Local Leaders Call for Great Lakes Protection PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 10 November 2017 17:14

greenbay-lakemichConservationists and local leaders will gather in Green Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to highlight increasing threats to the Great Lakes like invasive species, the terrible Foxconn giveaway, and the possible rollback of the Clean Water Act.

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Rep. Wachs Votes Against Foxconn Contract PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:48

walker-wedcThese billions of dollars could be spent on thousands of Wisconsin startups, using our homegrown talent and taking advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit that we have here in Wisconsin instead.


MADISON - On Wednesday, November 8th, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors met to vote on the Foxconn contract. In his first official meeting as a member of the WEDC Board, Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) voted against the contract, expressing concerns over the unprecedented investment in one single foreign company.

dana_wachs“I cannot in good conscience vote for a contract that is such a massive gamble in a foreign company,” said Wachs. “These billions of dollars could be spent on thousands of Wisconsin startups, using our homegrown talent and taking advantage of the entrepreneurial spirit that we have here in Wisconsin.”

Wachs expressed similar concerns when the Legislature passed the Foxconn proposal in August and September. The approval of the contract by the WEDC Board marks an important step for the project.

“Since we received this contract a few days ago, I have spent hours reviewing it and reading the supporting materials and I remain gravely concerned that we are putting too many eggs in one basket,” added Wachs. “I support economic development and job creation measures that ensure a reasonable investment of taxpayer money in multiple industries and fields, and the Foxconn deal is just too much of a risky investment in one company.

“Those of us who serve on the WEDC Board and in the Legislature are entrusted with responsibility. We must invest taxpayer money wisely and with the highest rate of return. I simply cannot vote for $3 billion in tax credits for one company when that money could be more effectively used elsewhere.”

 
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