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What You Won't Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 08:02

studentsThe state budget proposed this week by Republicans in Madison lacks bi-partisan ideas and real solutions to the transportation funding crisis, creating good jobs, public education, and student loan debt relief.

Talk Is All Health Care at the Stockholm Art Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 07:07

art-fairSenator Vinehout shares what she learned at the Stockholm Art Fair about dwindling health care options in Western Wisconsin.

State Budget Provides Debt, Debt, And More Debt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:07

walker-state-denialWisconsin Senate Republicans propose more credit card spending, tax breaks for millionaires.

MADISON – With funding for schools and road projects in jeopardy, Senate Republicans are poised to announce a plan for more state borrowing that already appears dead on arrival. With a state budget more than two weeks overdue, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

jennifer-shilling“It is completely irresponsible for Republicans to continue racking up credit card debt while expanding tax breaks for millionaires. I can’t imagine why anyone would support a budget that prioritizes tax breaks for 11 millionaires over funding for our local schools and roads. Working families are tired of the Republican dysfunction that is paralyzing our government from the federal level down to the state.

“Rather than more tax breaks for the rich, we should be making our schools whole. Rather than more borrowing and record debt payments for roads, we should be making long-term investments in our infrastructure. It’s time to eliminate tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs, get back to our Wisconsin values and pass a budget that actually invests in the future of our state.”

Gov. Walker introduced his state budget proposal more than five months ago. Despite having total control of the statehouse and Governor’s office, Republican infighting has prevented progress for weeks. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee hasn’t met publicly since June 15th. Their failure to complete a budget by the state’s July 1st budget deadline has created uncertainty for Wisconsin schools, families and communities.

Walker Silent On Donald Trump Jr. Russian Collusion Scandal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 14 July 2017 18:56

donald-trump-jrsrAs evidence of the President's campaign team colluding with a hostile foreign government to influence our elections grows, Wisconsin Republicans have joined their national leaders in looking the other way. Gov. Walker hasn't made any public statement on the unfolding scandal.

MADISON - This week, we learned about a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and a Russian lawyer who sought to pass on allegedly incriminating information about Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign. Yet, Gov. Scott Walker has remained silent on this troubling revelation.

Democrats have condemned the Trump campaign for their willingness to accept the help of a hostile foreign government to sway the election and called for the President, his family. and his campaign team to come clean about their contacts with Russia. At both the state and the federal level, Democrats have supported an investigation to figure out the truth about Russia's meddling to ensure that it never happens again and allow lawmakers to get back to work creating good-paying jobs, improving access to health care, and creating educational opportunities for all Americans.

scott-walkerGov. Walker, the standard bearer for Republicans in Wisconsin, simply hasn't made any public statement on the scandal as it continues to unfold. On Monday, Donald Trump, Jr. released a batch of emails which provided proof that he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer under the pretense that she had damaging information to share about his father's political opponent, Sec. Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump, Jr. wrote, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer."  

In the past, Governor Walker went out of his way to criticize Sec. Hillary Clinton for using a personal email account during the four years she was Secretary of State, even taking his attacks so far to say he wouldn't give her the password to his own phone. But in the days since the scandal surrounding Donald Trump's campaign team broke, the governor has been silent about the scandal or his confidence in the Trump administration given the apparent close ties of the Trump family and Russians acting on behalf of the Kremlin.  

The Governor's silence can't be chalked up to budget negations, as the Joint Finance Committee isn't set to meet this week or the following week. Furthermore, the Governor has had the time to post milk cartons on social media but won't comment on the latest developments regarding Russian interference in our national elections.

martha-laning"Governor Walker's silence on the possibility of the President's campaign team colluding with a hostile foreign government to influence our elections is appalling. I never thought I would see the day when the Governor of our state would allow partisan politics to come before our national security and the integrity of our elections," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning. "It's clear that Gov. Walker only cares about himself and his political future, but Wisconsin families deserve leaders who will value our national security and safeguard the integrity of our electoral system."

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