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Sen. Shilling: Supporting Wisconsin Farmers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Shilling, State Senator Dist 32 (B)   
Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:34

wisc-dairy-farmJune is Dairy Month, and we need to thank all the hardworking dairy producers, milk processors, and local farm families that make Wisconsin “America’s Dairyland.”


LA CROSSE, WI - I don’t know about you, but my family always enjoys the month of June. Not just because school is out, but because June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin!

It’s a time for us to celebrate all of our hardworking dairy producers, milk processors, and local farm families that make Wisconsin “America’s Dairyland.”

Over the past month, you may have taken advantage of the family-friendly activities, including parades, cheese tastings, and my favorite – dairy breakfasts on the farm.

These events highlight the importance of our farming heritage and are a great way to learn more about where our food comes from. This month also serves as a reminder to ask ourselves how we can better support local farmers and strengthen our communities.

Years of Republican policies that favor large corporations over smaller family farms and drive down milk prices are having detrimental impacts on our local communities.

jennifer-shillingWisconsin has been losing dairy farms at an alarming rate – roughly 1.5 farms lost every day since 2011 – and our state has led the Midwest region in farm bankruptcies in 7 of the past 8 years.

Over the past few months I have listened to local farmers about the economic issues affecting them and the struggles they face with volatile markets. The reckless trade war imposed by President Trump is undermining our economic potential, adding more strain on family farms, and having a devastating impact on our local communities.

In the legislature, Democrats have championed successful initiatives like Farm to School and the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program. We’ve fought to expand health care access, invest in broadband infrastructure and protect funding for UW-Extension agents who work one-on-one with area farmers.

By promoting financial security and expanding economic opportunities, we can support Wisconsin’s family farmers and ensure everyone can enjoy healthy, affordable and locally-grown food options.

I want to thank the families in La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Crawford counties and all across the state for opening their farms to the public and hosting delicious and nutritious breakfasts. Their dedication to farming does not go unnoticed and I look forward to continued discussions on how to improve the lives of Wisconsin farmers.

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Jennifer Shilling serves as the Senate Democratic Leader and represents the 32nd District which covers La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford and parts of Monroe County.

 
“Standing up to Trump’s Human Rights Abuses” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 22 June 2018 14:34

iladubThe MU Law poll, Erica Flynn discusses her trip to Texas to protest children are still incarcerated in detention centers, the Supreme Court gerrymandering decision, and a 20% rise in Wisconsin child poverty.


MILWAUKEE - Our panel analyzes in depth the latest MU Law poll that was released this week.

We welcome Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative member Erica Flynn, who is running for state assembly, to discuss her trip to Texas this weekend. Erica was part of Citizen Action of Wisconsin and People's Action delegation that attended a vigil at the Ursula Border Processing Center, where hundreds of children are still incarcerated in detention centers under Trump's brutal family separation policy.

We also review the Supreme Court gerrymandering decision and Robert talks about new disturbing UW research showing showing a 20% rise in Wisconsin child poverty last year, despite Walker's claim that the economy is doing great.

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Suicide: A Tale of Access PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patty Schachtner, State Senator 10th District   
Friday, 22 June 2018 08:05

suicidebygunEase of access to firearms contributes to suicide risk, as does lack of access to mental health resources in many communities. We can reduce the suicide rate, but we must recognize it is an epidemic driven in part by systemic, policy decisions.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 June 2018 10:37
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Democratic Radio "Keeping Families Together" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Bridget Esser   
Thursday, 21 June 2018 16:07

statue-of-libertyState Democrats hocked by the reports of young infants, toddlers and children being separated from their parents at the border. Our nation should be a beacon of hope.


MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here.

A written transcript of the address is below:

jennifer-shilling“Hi, I’m Senator Jennifer Shilling with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

“Like most Americans, I was shocked by the reports of young infants, toddlers and children being separated from their parents and detained in chain link cages at the border.

“These disturbing images and audio recordings of traumatized children have been the direct result of President Trump’s decision to enact a zero tolerance policy when it comes to refugee families seeking asylum.

“This policy has illustrated a clear moral and political difference among our leaders.

“Democrats believe that our nation should be a beacon of hope, freedom and opportunity for all.

“We believe separating infants and toddlers from their parents is a heartless, immoral and un-American decision that has caused irreparable harm to families and irreversible trauma to thousands of innocent children.

“That’s why it was disappointing to learn that our Governor was siding with President Trump this week and deploying Wisconsin National Guard members to participate in this crackdown on families at the border.

“Committing Wisconsin troops to enforce these horrendous policies is not only a misuse of state and federal resources, but it goes against our core values as a nation.

“We need leaders who will stand up and protect vulnerable children from the cruel, inhumane and harmful detention policies of the current administration.

“Thank you.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2018 16:20
 
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