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Corporate Mining Handout Overwhelmingly Unpopular PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 22 September 2017 14:20

metallic-sulfide-mining-runoffPublic Opposition to Tiffany’s Senate Bill 395 Intensifies.

State Budget Devotes Second Lowest Percentage To Public School Aids Since 1995 PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Friday, 22 September 2017 09:37

teaching-studentsLFB memo shows the real priority budget gives to 850,000+ public school students.

MADISON - Despite Republican claims about K-12 funding, two Democratic leaders released a memo showing that school aids will receive the second lowest percentage of state general spending of the last 12 state budgets in the bill Gov. Walker will sign today.

janet-bewley“We’re going to hear a lot about school aids from our Republican colleagues, but this memo shows the real priority this budget gives to 850,000+ public school students – 2nd worst in the last 22 years,” Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Delta) said. “People in Northern Wisconsin have a high tolerance for exaggeration (as in how big was that fish?) but they don’t like being misled, especially when it comes to their children’s education.”

The legislators released a September 21 memorandum from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau comparing state school aids to all state spending from the general fund under the budget approved despite bi-partisan opposition last week.

“We put forward amendments that would have increased support for every public school district, would have given local voters oversight over property tax increases for voucher schools and would have truly made our public schools a priority,” Rep. Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) said. “Republicans passed a budget that put our public school students 11th out of the last 12 budgets.”


Read Legislative Fiscal Bureau document LFB 92117 GPR School Aid Appropriations as Percent of Total GPR.

Walker Prioritizes Politics Over Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Assembly Democrats, Britt Cudaback   
Thursday, 21 September 2017 16:26

walker-signs-budgetWalker even scheduled State budget bill signing during Supt. Evers’ State of Education Address

MADISON - Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) slammed Governor Scott Walker today for signing his state budget during State Superintendent Tony Evers' State of Education Address.

melissa-sargent“This speaks volumes, and it’s symbolic of Governor Walker’s reign in Wisconsin. Nothing says more about how little Governor Walker cares about schools in our communities than the fact he decided to sign his state budget right in the middle of a report on the state of schools in Wisconsin.

After seven years of his administration's cuts to education, the demonization of school teachers, and the belittling of intellectualism, this move is quintessential Walker: he puts politics before governance and self-preservation before the public good.

Our kids deserve better this and the calamitous mess Governor Walker has made of public education in Wisconsin over the past seven years.”

Republicans Prioritize NRA Over Families PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 16:33

gun-control-debatesNew legislation would allow concealed carry without a permit.

MADISON, WI – Despite concerns raised by school advocates, health professionals and law enforcement officials, legislation that would remove training requirements and give dangerous individuals greater access to firearms passed in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.

In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

Jennifer Shilling“At a time when wages remain stagnant and Wisconsin’s economy continues to fall behind the rest of the nation, it is unfortunate that Republicans continue to side with gun lobbyists over working families. Allowing anyone to carry a loaded, concealed firearm in public without any safety training or a simple background check is completely irresponsible.”

“The overwhelming majority of Wisconsin residents agree that responsible individuals who want to carry a concealed weapon should go through a background check and obtain a permit. Too many men, women and children have already died as a result of gun violence. Rather than putting more guns in the hands of dangerous individuals, we should protect families and communities by closing the gun show loophole, strengthening background checks and keeping guns off school property.”

Senate Bill 169 (SB 169) would eliminate current training requirements for individuals to carry concealed weapons, lower the concealed carry age from 21 to 18 years old and allow some individuals to carry concealed handguns on school grounds.

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