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A Small Victory for Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Laura Smith   
Friday, 15 April 2016 11:19

iraq-warMADISON - Following a meeting with the County Veterans Service Officers (CVSO) of Wisconsin, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) secured a small victory for Wisconsin veterans.

Rep. Barca requested that Governor Walker provide representation to the CVSO conferences. Thursday, Gov. Walker’s staff committed to sending a representative to those conferences.

peter_barca“It was shocking that the Walker Administration has not been participating in meetings with our hardworking County Veterans Services Officers all along, however I am glad they have committed to attend future meetings,” Rep. Barca said. “We should be making every effort to better coordinate meaningful services to the men and women in uniform that have sacrificed so much for our state and our country. The veterans of our armed forces deserve every effort to ensure state and local assistance are working in harmony.”

CVSO representatives told Rep. Barca that for the past three years, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs has not sent a representative to join the County Veterans Service Officers at either their spring or fall semi-annual conferences. Rep. Barca responded by sending a letter asking that Gov. Walker ensure that Department of Veterans Affair representatives will regularly take part in the CVSO conferences.

Budget Changes Risk 100-Year UW Extension, County Partnership PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:08

4h-paulaState budget cuts have forced UW Extension administrators to rethink their commitment to 100-years of county-based services, putting at risk such popular programs as 4H. County boards are passing resolutions calling for the UW President and Board of Regents to reject the plan.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:53
Citizen Action Requests WEDC Outsourcing Records PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Robert Kraig   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:41

walker-wedcState Jobs Agency Has Not Released Data Promised in 2014 in Wake of Outsourcing Scandals.

Assembly Democrats Recognize Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:02

women-workersMADISON – Representative Chris Sinicki (D-Milwaukee), author of the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, and Assembly Democrats today recognized Equal Pay Day, which symbolizes how far into the year the average woman has to work to earn what the average man earned the previous year.

According to the National Women’s Law Center, the gender wage gap costs women more than $400,000 over the course of a 40-year career*. For women of color and Latinas, the wage gap is much higher. The same study found Latinas make $946,800 less over their careers.

christine-sinicki“Here in Wisconsin, women still make just 78 cents for every dollar men make,” Rep. Sinicki said. “Yet four years ago, Republicans in our state chose to repeal important legal protections that helped ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. Restoring equal pay protections would mean stronger women – and a stronger Wisconsin.”

dave_hansenLegislative Democrats, led by the law’s authors, Rep. Sinicki and Senator Dave Hansen, this session put forward a bill to restore the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which had been highly successful at helping to close Wisconsin’s wage gap. Following its passage, Wisconsin became one of only a few states to see its wage gap shrink and we rose 12 places in the gender earnings parity ranking. Unfortunately, in repealing Wisconsin’s equal pay protections Republicans put partisan politics and special interests ahead of Wisconsin women and the state economy.

Four years after Republicans repealed the law, the wage disparity is costing Wisconsin women an average of $10,000 a year. The wage gap not only hurts Wisconsin women and their families – it also drags down the state economy to the tune of $8 billion or more a year. It is estimated that more than 70,000 families headed by women live in poverty, in spite of their full-time wages.

peter_barca“Closing the wage gap is the right thing to do and it’s the smart thing to do,” Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Democratic Leader, added. “Ensuring equal pay for equal work would improve our state’s lagging economy and make sure women can better support themselves and their families. Wage discrimination is unacceptable and those who experience it should have more and better opportunities to get justice.”

Reps. Sinicki and Barca encouraged the public to get involved in the Assembly Democrats’ continued efforts to ensure equal pay for equal work by signing the petition at


*Source: National Women’s Law Center, The Lifetime Wage Gap, State by State

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:19
Senator Dave Hansen Comments on Equal Pay Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:35

radio-announcerGREEN BAY - Women play a critical role in the workplace, in our families and in our society. Yet there is a continuing disparity that exists in how their efforts and contributions continue to be devalued compared to men by too many employers and the politicians who represent them.

dave-hansen“Wisconsin cannot truly succeed if Wisconsin women are not allowed the freedom to pursue their jobs and careers and be fairly compensated for their efforts the same as men," says Green Bay's State Senator Dave Hansen. "Unfortunately, too many politicians either do not understand the issue or do not care to do anything about it. As a result Wisconsin is losing middle class families at an alarming rate and our economy remains mired in the bottom third of states for job creation.”

Time and time again those who are working the hardest and struggling the most have seen too many of the politicians in Madison who are supposed to represent them side with the corporate interests instead. Whether it’s equal pay for women, banning companies that send Wisconsin jobs overseas from getting state tax dollars or increasing the minimum wage, Republicans have consistently chosen to side with the wealthy and corporations over women, working families and the middle class.

“And our families and our economy continue to suffer as a result,” concludes Hansen.


Legislative writer Jay Wadd contributed to this story.

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