Written by Gordon Hintz, Rep. 54th Assembly District
Monday, 27 February 2017 14:22
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/wisc-capitol-dome-s5.jpgWith state revenue growth flat, Gov. Walker is trying to spend his way out of problems he created to distract voters and provide massive giveaways to the wealthy. Real state revenue growth under the Walker/Trump tandem may make this budget proposal unrealistic.
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/scott_walker_voting_booths-s5.jpgRepublicans should stop playing politics with taxpayers’ money and adopt non-partisan redistricting reform says Green Bay Senator Dave Hansen.
Written by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Amanda Brink
Thursday, 23 February 2017 11:53
The following is a statement from Tony Evers issued on Tuesday night following his primary victory. Tony is seeking his third term as State Superintendent.
MADISON - The real winners tonight are Wisconsin’s 860,000 public school kids -- the 8 year old girl in Tomah who needs just a little bit more help with her school work, the 5 year old who will learn to read this year in Green Bay, or the 12 year old in LaCrosse who loves music but is worried his school may cut the program due to funding.
Tonight is a victory for the kids, parents, teachers and Wisconsin’s public education system — and I am proud of where we are today. We have high graduation rates, suspensions are down, attendance is up, and the number of kids earning college credit in high school is at an all-time high.
Despite these successes, we have serious challenges facing our schools. A larger share of our kids live in poverty, one in five students has a mental health need, and we have a growing teacher shortage that is furthered by divisive rhetoric. Our rural schools are facing declining enrollment and are struggling to keep the lights on.
We have a broken funding system that does not fulfill the promise of lifting all kids up through education. Funding public schools is not a Republican or a Democratic issue, it is our society’s moral obligation to care for our children. Education gives kids a ladder of opportunity, and every child, not just some, deserve the resources Wisconsin should invest in them: kids with two parents and a white picket fence, kids with special needs, kids of color and kids who come to school hungry.
I believe in Wisconsin’s public schools, and I believe that I’m the only candidate who voters can trust to put kids first each and every single day.
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/workers-world-s5.jpgEqual Pay Transparency Act tackles discriminatory practices that help create the pay gap in the first place by creating new protections for employees, wage transparency in the workplace, and a ban on employers asking job applicants for their salary histories.