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Walker Picks Foxconn Over Wisconsin Schools and Roads PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:35

walker-terry-gou-foxconnBudget fails to restore school funding and improve local roads, but hands $3 billion to a foreign corporation with a terrible record of keeping its promises.

MADISON - Gov. Scott Walker decided to sign the largest taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history on Monday rather than provide the money needed for Wisconsin schools, roads and families.

PolitiFact Wisconsin confirmed that the Foxconn bill is the most costly state-funded tax credit package ever offered to a foreign corporation in U.S. history. Under Governor Walker’s administration Wisconsin has trailed the nation in job creation for 23 consecutive quarters -- one of the longest periods of economic stagnation in Wisconsin history.

kewaunee-countyGiven Wisconsin’s lagging economy and declining family wages, Democrats have argued that the state should focus on boosting small businesses, strengthening workplace protections and encouraging more locally-grown start-up companies across Wisconsin.

“With a budget that fails to restore school funding and improve local roads, now’s not the time to hand over $3 billion in cash payments to a foreign corporation,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans are putting home-grown businesses at a competitive disadvantage while committing taxpayers to decades of economic costs and liabilities. Rather than creating special loopholes for a foreign corporation, Democrats remain committed to prioritizing Wisconsin workers, Wisconsin business, and Wisconsin taxpayers.”

janet-bewley“Gov. Walker and the Republicans put Foxconn first all summer long, they’re putting Foxconn first this week and as a result, Foxconn will have the first draw on Wisconsin taxpayers’ paychecks for at least a generation,” noted Assistant Democratic Leader Janet Bewley (D-Delta). “It’s a sad day when Wisconsin’s roads, bridges and schools are forced to play second fiddle to a foreign corporation.”

“This Foxconn deal reveals the desperation of a Governor who has yet to fulfill his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs,” said Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Miller (D-Monona). “Giving $3 billion to a foreign corporation with a terrible record of keeping its promises is a political stunt that will harm Wisconsin for a generation.”

“Giving $3 billion to a foreign corporation ties the hands of future generations to solve our education and transportation funding problems,” said Senate Democratic Vice Chair Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville).

Problems Left for the Next State Budget Writers PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:49

school-bus-kidsSen. Kathleen Vinehout examines the lack of foresight in the budget just passed by the legislature and how it relates to three major issues – education, transportation and shared revenue.

Conservationists Urge Strong Manure Pollution Rules PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:24

dairy_cow_merry_go_roundAs drinking water is inundated with manure, NR 151 is a chance to help families.

Vukmir Votes To Raise Own Benefits While Opposing Pay Raise For Workers PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Press Office   
Sunday, 17 September 2017 14:00

leah-vukmirNicholson Backed By Washington Special Interest Group That Fights Against Minimum Wage Increase

MADISON, WI – Look no further for another example of how State Senator Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson are wrong for Wisconsin than failure to stand up for working families. While Vukmir has voted to raise her own taxpayer-funded benefits, she’s voted against measures that would raise what working Wisconsinites earn.

kevin-nicholsonMeanwhile, Kevin Nicholson – who increasingly takes his cues from Washington special interest groups – is backed by one that fights against measures to raise the minimum wage, Club for Growth.

“Yet again, the declared Republican candidates for Senate find themselves on the same side – and that’s against Wisconsin’s working families,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning. “Rather than advocating for wages that would help middle-class families succeed, these candidates are only looking out for themselves and the wealthy special interests that back their political careers.”


  • Vukmir Cosponsored Legislation “Straight From The ALEC Playbook” That Would Repeal The Prevailing Wage. [Associated Press, 5/5/15]
  • In Summer 2017, Vukmir Demanded The Next State Budget Include Full Repeal Of Prevailing Wage Law. [La Crosse Tribune, 7/14/17]
  • Midwest Economic Policy Institute Reported Vukmir’s Demand Would Cost “From $224 Million To $337 Million Every Year.” [Door County Pulse, 6/30/17]
  • Vukmir Is A Member Of ALEC’s National Board Of Directors, A Koch-Funded Group That Brings Together State Legislators To Write Corporation-Friendly Bills. [Bloomberg, 5/3/12]; [American Legislative Exchange Council, Board Of Directors, Sen. Leah Vukmir, Accessed 3/13/17]
  • An Deep-Dive Into ALEC’s Practices Showed That ALEC Essentially Turns Lawmakers Into “Stealth Lobbyists,” Providing Them With Talking Points, Signaling How They Should Vote.[New York Times, 4/21/12]
  • In 2017, Vukmir Voted To Increase Her State Senate Per Diem Benefits By 31 Percent. [Green Bay Press-Gazette, 2/23/17]
  • Nicholson Was Endorsed By Club For Growth, Which Has Endorsed A $0 Minimum Wage. [Club For Growth, 8/15/17; Club For Growth, 10/29/14]
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