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Numbers Show Wisconsin 33rd in Private Sector Job Creation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 10 September 2016 10:20

walkerSix years after Gov. Scott Walker claimed "Wisconsin is Open for Business", GOP economic policies have been a failure and the state lags behind the nation and region.

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Senator Wants Accountability for Veterans Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 09 September 2016 09:53

veterans-capitolThe nursing home fund raid is not business as usual as Governor Walker and DVA administrators would like you to believe.


MADISON - Senator Jon Erpenbach (D - Middleton) pledged to again seek Legislative accountability for any raids of veteran’s nursing home funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) general budget, saying that Legislative approval is the only way to hold the Governor and the DVA accountable.

jon-erpenbach“The nursing home fund raid without Legislative approval is not business as usual as Governor Walker and DVA bureaucrats would like you to believe. This is a concerted raid of veteran’s nursing home funds without any accountability to the taxpayers. We tried to stop this inappropriate action in Joint Committee on Finance just over a year ago in “Motion #65” by addressing the Veterans Fund deficit with general purpose revenue rather than nursing home money and prohibiting transfers from the nursing home fund without Legislative action. Not one Republican on the Finance Committee supported the motion. I will offer this as a separate bill,” said Erpenbach.

“It is great that some Republicans seem alarmed about this unaccountable fund raid now that it is getting media attention, but they have known for a long time that these transfers would happen without Legislative approval because of their direct action. We have been concerned about risks to resident care and acted on those concerns in the last budget,” said Erpenbach. “It is inappropriate for DVA to transfer millions of dollars away from our veteran’s nursing homes without any Legislative oversight. We need to have direct Legislative accountability for the care of our veterans, they deserve our attention.”

 
Mark Harris Urges Support for Waupun Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:20

studentsGeneral state aid for the Waupun Area School District has dropped below 2010 levels. The funding cuts have increased classroom pressures and delayed needed infrastructure improvements. Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris urges residents to vote yes on the referendum question Nov. 8th.


WAUPUN, WI - On November 8th, families in the Waupun Area School District will consider a $36 million referendum to provide needed maintenance and infrastructure improvements at all four public schools. The referendum will place $13 million towards deferred maintenance and safety upgrades and $23 million towards classroom renovations and a new gymnasium at Meadow View Primary School.

mark-harris“In recent years the state has failed to fully invest in education and failed to adequately support our public schools, forcing many communities like Waupun to resort to referendums,” said Winnebago County Executive and State Senate Candidate Mark Harris. “While Republicans continue to expand tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas, our local schools are struggling due to inadequate state funding.”

General aid for the Waupun Area School District has dropped below 2010 levels. The funding cuts have increased classroom pressures and delayed needed infrastructure improvements — challenges now faced by many Wisconsin communities. Last spring, over fifty school districts across Wisconsin passed referendums similar to the one Waupun voters will consider.

“Our legislators need to stop shifting the cost of schools onto local taxpayers,” noted Harris. “We know that a quality education is the key to success, and the Waupun School District has been nothing but a good steward of taxpayer dollars. I fully support the work of the Waupun School District and urge residents to vote yes on the referendum question Nov. 8th.”

 
Looking for Answers About Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 05 September 2016 11:51

disability-old-windowSpending on Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program, which provides health care for low-income families, is going up. Where is the money going? Is health care really costing that much more?

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