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LWV Weighs In On 3 State Issues PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Thursday, 03 August 2017 15:26

gun-control-debatesNon-partisan group opposes firearms training in schools, special session rush on Foxconn, and supports transportation needs of our aging and disabilities communities.

MADISON - The League advised lawmakers on 3 items today:

  • Opposing AB 427 requiring the DPI to create a firearms training curriculum at a time when funds for the fundamental responsibilities of public education are seriously inadequate.
  • Opposing August 2017 Special Session AB 1 (the “Foxconn bill”) based on our positions supporting responsible use of tax revenues and a physical environment beneficial to life;
  • Urging support in the state budget for the transportation needs of our aging and disabilities communities.

Now your representatives need to hear from you:

  • Please contact your State Assembly Representative and direct her/him to oppose both AB 427 and the Foxconn bill (August 2017 Special Session AB 1).
  • Contact both your State Senator and Assembly Representative and tell them the state budget should support transit for our aging and disabilities communities, so people can get to work and school and fully participate in their communities.

To find your own legislators, click here and enter your address under Who Are My Legislators?, next to the little map of Wisconsin. Let us know how it goes!

Is GOP anticipating a “Foxconn flop?” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:55

walker-terry-gou-foxconn-flagWalker plan includes bailout for local governments abandoned by Foxconn.

MADISON – Reality is setting in for Wisconsin communities that could have the rug pulled out from underneath them by Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. As Gov. Walker promises thousands of jobs, the $3 billion corporate welfare plan put forward by his office commits the state to a bailout package if Foxconn walks away from the state and fails to invest in a new facility like they have done in the past.

jennifer-shilling“If Foxconn was as committed to our state as Gov. Walker wants us to believe, this bailout wouldn't be needed,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “By sneaking in this bailout provision, I’m concerned that Gov. Walker is misleading Wisconsin families about the very real liabilities facing our state. Clearly, there is a higher risk to taxpayers and communities than Gov. Walker wants to admit.”

The “Moral Obligation Pledge” included in Gov. Walker’s proposed legislation would commit the state to paying “up to 40 percent of the principal and interest of a local governmental unit's obligations” if the promised jobs fail to materialize. Given the significant infrastructure investments that communities would need to finance, this provision could cost state taxpayers millions if Foxconn doesn’t deliver on their end of the bargain.

Numerous media outlets have highlighted a pattern of Foxconn’s broken promises on economic development. The Washington Post detailed a series of “splashy jobs announcements” from Foxconn that promised thousands of jobs and billions in investments that never quite materialized in Pennsylvania, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Brazil.

Transportation Shutdown Begins in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:44

highway-const-zooGOP budget delays trigger 1st phase of transportation shutdown.

USDA Funding Available For Rural Housing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA, Jessica Mancel   
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 08:48

single-family-homeDirect Home Loan Program to help low-income individuals and families buy or repair homes.

STEVENS POINT, WI - USDA Rural Development has funding available for very low and low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area.

“Safe, affordable housing and the availability of credit are key to the growth and prosperity of rural communities,” said Acting State Director, Dave Schwobe.  “USDA Rural Housing Programs have provided stability and opportunity for over 60 years and we value what we have accomplished.”

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Programs offer a broad range of homeownership assistance available to individuals and families who wish to, or currently, live in rural areas, cities and communities. The Rural Housing Program area of USDA Rural Development has the ultimate goal of providing affordable homeownership opportunities to Wisconsin residents.

USDA’s Direct Home Loan Program offers financing to qualified very-low and low income applicants that are unable to qualify for traditional financing. No down payment is required and the interest rate could be as low as one percent with a subsidy. Applicants must meet income and credit guidelines and demonstrate repayment ability. The program is available in rural communities of 20,000 people or less.

The maximum loan amount for repair is $20,000 at a one percent interest rate, repayable for up to 20 years. Grants of up to $7,500 are available to homeowners 62 and older and must be used to remove health or safety hazards, such as fixing a leaking roof, installing indoor plumbing or replacing a furnace.

Portions of all counties in Wisconsin are eligible for Rural Development programs with the exception of Milwaukee County. Check our website to determine if you are within the established income limit based on household size and county and if the home you wish to purchase or repair is located within an eligible area.

For further information on USDA Rural Development programs, call us at 715-345-7611 or visit our website at


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

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