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Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:30

internet-ruralThe internet, like the waterways, railways, and highways before it, has become the road to participation in the 21st century economy. Wisconsin ranks last in the Midwest in both rural and urban broadband, and neither the Governor’s proposed budget funding or a bill authored by Sen. Marklein provide rural areas with the investment necessary to make us competitive.

Protect Lake Michigan and the Other Great Lakes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:16

manitowocThe Federal budget proposed by President Trump would cut funding to preserve and improve our area's fresh water treasure from $300 million to $10 million. Stand up for the lakes with the a plan from the League of Women Voters.

MADISON - Funding for the Great Lakes is cut by 97% in President Trump’s proposed budget, from $300 million to $10 million.  Only $10 million for projects in eight states surrounding all five Great Lakes means that virtually no restoration, protection or research projects will be possible to ensure the future of our natural treasures.

Five members of LWV Lake Michigan Region are traveling to Washington DC to tell Congress that League members support the Great Lakes and that funding is critical. Help get the message across by calling your Representative and Senators on March 14, 15, or 16 and tell them that the Great Lakes are important to you.

Tell them to stand strong for the lakes and support:

  • Maintenance of $300 million in Great Lakes funding through the EPA.
  • Increases in water infrastructure program funding. We need to replace and improve our wastewater and drinking water systems so that no other community experiences a crisis like our friends in the LWV of Flint, Michigan.
  • If your legislator has already pledged to fight for the Great Lakes funding, say thanks!

Any member of Congress may be reached through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. To get their direct phone numbers, use your zip code to look up who represents you.

Our members will be posting about their experiences on Capitol Hill on social media. Follow along at and on twitter at @lakelwv.

Please amplify the messages our members bring to Congress by sharing this request among your networks. And be sure to make those calls yourself!

New Bill Would Crack Down on Corporate Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:50

walker-wedcNE WI Senator Dave Hansen teams with SE WI Republican to introduce legislation that would make it a crime to commit fraud in pursuit of taxpayer economic development assistance from WEDC.

Republicans Renew Effort To Block Lifesaving Medical Research PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Friday, 10 March 2017 14:17

critical-illnessGOP proposal would criminalize Wisconsin’s cutting edge biomedical advances.

LA CROSSE, WI – Republican lawmakers and anti-choice special interest groups are renewing their push to ban medical research in Wisconsin. Led by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), LRB 1754 would ban lifesaving medical research and impose criminal penalties on biomedical researchers.

jennifer-shilling“This bill is a twisted effort to push a misguided special interest agenda," said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) in a statement Friday. "Anyone who knows a family member or loved one affected by cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease wants hope that one day we can find cures for these devastating illnesses. LRB 1754 would crush that hope for Wisconsin families and patients by blocking the cutting edge research that could one day lead to a breakthrough cure."

“Lifesaving medical research in Wisconsin already follows the highest level of ethical standards and federal laws regarding tissue donation," continues Shilling. "Bioscience accounts for over 100,000 private sector jobs in Wisconsin and has an economic impact of $27 billion a year. Rather than blocking lifesaving research and outsourcing Wisconsin jobs, we should be building on our state’s strong reputation as a leader in cutting edge bioscience and medical breakthroughs.”

A similar attempt by Republican politicians to ban medical research last session garnered widespread opposition from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Medical Society, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, BioForward and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

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