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Erpenbach on Trickle Down Policies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jon Erpenbach. State Senator 27th District   
Friday, 08 December 2017 16:38

trump-ryanA guest column from Senator Jon Erpenbach on how Federal policies affect our lives and the state budget bottom line.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 17:43
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"GOP ideology: the pig has no pants" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 08 December 2017 11:07

pig-nopantsWe discuss the malicious motives behind the GOP tax scam bill, Foxconn, progressive candidates, and more...


STATEWIDE - This week two GOP senators unintentionally reveal the malicious motives behind the GOP tax scam bill.

Next, we dig into the latest in "the Foxconn" scandal and Walker's sudden about face on federal health care funding.

We welcome Eric Couto, executive director of Wisconsin Progress, to educate our listeners on the candidate recruitment and training program they offer progressive candidates. We also discuss Milwaukee Judge Joe Donald’s call for a new more humane and proactive approach to juvenile justice and for the closure of the scandal-ridden Lincoln Hills facility.

LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #322

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 December 2017 11:25
 
Will The Last Young Person In Wisconsin Please Turn Off The Light? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andy Gronik Press Office, Brandon Weathersby   
Saturday, 02 December 2017 15:35

wisc-leavingAfter Seven Years, Career Politician Gov. Scott Walker Finally Realizes Disturbing Wisconsin Trend.


MILWAUKEE - Ads, really? After seven years of being the top executive in the state, Gov. Scott Walker finally recognized a disturbing trend that his failed policies have created in Wisconsin: young people are leaving the state in droves for good-paying jobs and lives elsewhere. The future of our state depends on attracting young people to live within our borders, something Gov. Walker thinks can be done by spending millions on advertising instead of having a comprehensive strategy and plan to recruit and retain young workers.

"You don't have to be a Ph.D in Economics to recognize that our population is aging and young people have been fleeing our state under Gov Walker," said gubernatorial candidate Andy Gronik. "It's absurd that it took Gov. Walker seven years to recognize this trend instead of dealing with the loss of our young people, proactively. And, adding insult to severe injury, Walker's assertion that he can attract young people back to Wisconsin by paying $6.8 million to run ads in other states is juvenile and doesn't address the institutional failure of his administration to create the living and work environments that young people desire.”

The bottom line is that young people want good-paying jobs; they want to live in communities that offer a 21st-century economy, and most importantly, they want respect and a seat at the table. Gov Walker’s policies haven't scratched the surface of all that’s necessary to demonstrate to young people that we want them here in our state.

andy-gronik"I plan to make young people the architects of our future and that’s why I’m already holding youth forums to identify the leaders of our future and the very best ideas for attracting young people back to Wisconsin,” said Gronik.

In August, Gronik proposed a plan to recruit and retain young graduates by helping them pay back student loans instead of paying state income taxes - a plan that gives every company in Wisconsin a recruiting and retention tool.

“I’ll invest in statewide in creating common spaces for work and brainstorming; recreation spaces for bike commuters and dog walkers; and the lightning-fast Internet needed to connect devices in cities spaces and remote areas. Career politicians like Gov. Scott Walker aren’t going to get the job done with gimmicks and conventional thinking," concluded Gronik. "That's why I'm already listening to young people on their terms, and not mine, and working on fresh solutions that I will make actionable on the very first day of my administration. It's time to finally stop telling millennials that 'they don't work right' and let them know that they are the key to the future of our state.”

Last Updated on Monday, 04 December 2017 15:46
 
Wis Democracy Campaign "Kochs, WMC Behind Bills" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 01 December 2017 19:08

koch-brothersMADISON - Over the last couple weeks, the influence of the Koch Brothers and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) has been on display, if you were looking.

And we were looking!

First, we discovered that two senior officials at the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity suddenly resigned to do campaign work for Michael Screnock, the Walker ally who is running for Wisconsin Supreme Court:

Court candidate hires former Koch group executives as campaign advisors

Then we saw that Koch groups were the only ones that registered in favor of another bill that Walker just signed which will deregulate several occupations:

Walker approves Koch bills to loosen licensing

WMC and the Kochs were behind yet another bill Walker just signed that’ll let landowners do just about anything with their property, even if it wasn’t zoned for such a purpose:

Walker signs lax land-use bill backed by big boys

And WMC, along with a veritable polluters’ lobby, is backing a bill to do away with Wisconsin’s regulations that protect our clean air:

WMC behind Republican bill to repeal state air pollution rules

This is why I say that the Koch Brothers and WMC are the folks that really run Wisconsin – not Walker or Fitzgerald or Vos. They’re just the hired help.

You can count on us to keep showing you who the real powers are in Wisconsin – and what effect they are having on all of our lives!

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Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Last Updated on Saturday, 02 December 2017 10:14
 
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