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Free Tuition for Two-Year and Tech Colleges Means Freedom to Learn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:42

matc-studentsResearch shows the need for people to work in middle skill jobs, the largest share of jobs in Wisconsin. Sen. Vinehout’s proposal will give residents the opportunity to get an education and give Wisconsin a pool of skilled workers.

Walker DNR Appointment a Brazen Political Maneuver PDF Print E-mail
Written by League of Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 01 December 2017 19:48

jake-curtisAnti-Environmental Lawyer Now Head Legal Counsel at DNR.

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker accelerated his dismantling of the state’s Department of Natural Resources and its ability to protect the state’s environment this week by appointing as its chief lawyer longtime political operative Jake Curtis.

Curtis, a partisan ideologue who has openly advocated for policies that will destroy Wisconsin’s natural resources, now represents what was once one of the country’s finest conservation agencies.

Curtis has recently supported efforts to allow America’s most toxic industry, sulfide mining, to run roughshod over Wisconsin’s waters, and supported hiding evidence of air pollution in Sheboygan County.

He also has a long background in politics. He served U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz – who has said science doesn’t support climate change – in his failed bid for the White House. He also worked as policy director for state Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville). Stroebel is co-author of recent legislation that would allow hundreds of pollutants back into the air Wisconsin kids breathe.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann had this to say on the Curtis appointment:

“It is clear Gov. Walker won’t stop until the DNR is nothing but a political tool built for his corporate puppet masters who care nothing about Wisconsin’s environment or the health of Wisconsin families. Jake Curtis has no place in an agency that requires scientific objectivity and experience in conservation law. This is another sad chapter in the Walker era. From acid mining to air pollution to dirtier lakes and rivers, the damage Walker and his administration are perpetrating against the people of Wisconsin is brutal, morally reprehensible, and endangers generations of Wisconsinites.”

Real Incentives, Not Gimmicks will Keep & Attract Young Workers to Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Friday, 01 December 2017 16:52

uwgb-studentsSlick ad campaigns will not keep or lure the best and brightest to Wisconsin. Young people need a good reason to pick our area, and passing the Higher Ed/Lower Debt bill to allow them to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates would be a start.

Families on Losing End of GOP Tax Scam PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:22

young familySenate GOP tax plan favors wealthy, adds $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

MADISON, WI – As Republicans in the U.S. Senate work to pass their version of the tax plan, a recent CBO score shows that children and families would be affected the most. The plan would raise taxes on the middle class and working families while expanding tax breaks for the wealthiest and adding $1.4 trillion to the deficit over the next decade.

jennifer-shilling“As child care costs continue to rise and wages remain stagnant, working parents are struggling to make ends meet,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Rather than creating more tax breaks for the wealthy, we need to focus on policies that will protect seniors, strengthen our workforce and support working families.”

With changes to the child tax credit and the repeal of Affordable Care Act provisions, middle class taxpayers will see a tax hike and an expected 13 million Americans will lose health insurance. According a report from the AARP, millions of older Americans would see higher health care costs and premium increases under the Senate Republican proposal.

“The opportunity to achieve the American Dream is out of reach for far too many families because Republican tax policies favor the wealthy,” said Shilling. “Our economy works best when everyone gets a fair shot and everyone plays by the same rules. Rather than more Republican tax breaks for the wealthy, Democrats want to restore tax fairness and create a better deal for communities, children and working families.”

Wisconsin Democrats have authored legislation to target tax relief to working families and reign in tax breaks for the wealthy. No action has been taken by the Republican majority on Senate Bill 37 that would expand a targeted child care income tax credit. Additionally, Republicans have blocked on Senate Bill 481, which would eliminate tax breaks for companies that move jobs out of Wisconsin.

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