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Congratulations to CVTC on $5 Million Internet Grant PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 10:29

internet-rural$5 Million U.S. Department of Labor grant will help Chippewa Valley Technical College deliver broadband, advanced manufacturing, and IT training to youth and young adults in 40 counties across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

MADISON - On Monday, Chippewa Valley Technical College was announced as the recipient of a $5 million grant from the US Department of Labor for the Interfacing Manufacturing Processes and Connecting Technologies (IMPACT) project.

This award, which was part of over $150 million in Department of Labor grants awarded throughout the country and announced by Vice President Biden and Department of Labor Secretary Perez, will help CVTC deliver broadband, advanced manufacturing, and IT training to youth and young adults in 40 counties across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.

dana_wachsThis is an exciting announcement for CVTC and for the young people that will receive training.

"This grant fills a growing need that we have for skilled IT, broadband, and advanced manufacturing professionals throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest," said Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) in a statement on Monday. "I have always been impressed by the work that CVTC does to prepare their students for the workforce, and this grant will allow them even greater opportunities to do so. Investing in higher education should be a priority for economic growth in Wisconsin, and I commend the partners who are working together to make IMPACT a success.”

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Women and Families PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 28 June 2016 08:39

women-rightMonday's Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt blocks Texas TRAP law that imposed numerous restrictions on women’s access to legal abortion. Ruling will have implications across the country, including here in Wisconsin.

Republican Education Cuts Hurt Wisconsin Families PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:17

studentsFamilies left behind as wealthy special interests benefit.

MADISON – Over the course of the last six years, Wisconsin’s public schools have seen their funding slashed by $210 per pupil, a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo details. While these historic cuts have taken place, private voucher schools have seen an immense increase of $911 per pupil.

“These new figures detail exactly how damaging the Republican budget cuts have been on working families over the years,” said SSDC Executive Director Matt Ullsvik. “We should not be turning our backs on the education of our children. The misplaced budget priorities of Senators Harsdorf, Olsen, and Tiffany on the Joint Finance Committee continue to hurt Wisconsin families and damage the future of this state. The expansion of the private school voucher program continues to funnel money into the already deep pockets of their wealthy donors.”

“Wisconsinites know that every child deserves access to a quality education. Unfortunately, time after time, Republican legislators refuse to adequately fund our public schools. We deserve leaders in Madison who understand the importance of education for the future of our state. Wisconsin voters recognize that it’s time for a change,” Ullsvik concluded.

Milwaukee Residency Requirement Ruling Promotes GOP Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Written by GBP Staff   
Monday, 27 June 2016 08:45

police-officers.MADISON – Last Thursday the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Milwaukee cannot require it's workers to live in the city. The decision effectively ends a long, drawn-out battle between the city and local police and firefighter unions.

chris_larson“Decisions regarding residency requirements should be left to local communities to make," said Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) on the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling. "Local elected leaders have the closest ear to their neighbors’ wants and needs and are in the best position to act on concerns regarding residency requirements."

Larson believes such residency requirements make sense for the same reason every legislator has a requirement to live in their district. It makes you a better public servant when you live among the neighbors you serve.

“It's unfortunate that even in the state's supreme court, scheming to push the Republican party agenda is more important than standing up for established case law and what's best for Wisconsin,” concludes Larson.

Many people in other areas of the state assume that all union members tend to be Democrats. However, it is widely known in Milwaukee that the Police and Fire Department union members have been overwhelmingly Republican in recent years.

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