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"Baldwin backs Medicare For All" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 15 September 2017 08:51

baldwin_back_medicare_for_allBaldwin’s support for new Medicare for All legislation, the budget, Foxconn, and the change in leadership among Assembly Democrats.


STATEWIDE - We discuss Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s support for new Medicare for All legislation introduced this week in the U.S, Senate. Baldwin's forward looking vision is in sharp contrast with Sen. Ron Johnson and his conservative colleagues who introduced yet another effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The panel talks about the long delayed special interest laden state budget that passed the assembly on Tuesday and now heads to the Senate for final rubber stamping. We also review the latest on Foxconn, including Kenosha’s clear minded decision to pass on the boondoggle.

Finally we discuss the change in leadership among Assembly Democrats and Paul Ryan’s confession over the debt consequences of his own tax plan.

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Democratic Radio "Republican Budget is Rigged Against Wisconsin Families" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:08

MADISON – Today, Rep. Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address on the Republican budget that passed the Assembly:

"It’s frustrating that after so many delays, we ended up with a budget that gives away hard-earned taxpayer dollars to a select few while raising taxes on hardworking families.This isn’t fair and it doesn’t make economic sense," Rep. Doyle said. "If the Republicans would just sit down and work with the Democrats, we could do great things for Wisconsin."

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here, and the video can be found here

A written transcript of the address is below:"Hi, I’m Representative Steve Doyle with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

"On Wednesday, the Majority Party in the Assembly passed a budget that was nearly three months late. This new budget doesn’t fill the funding hole created in our public schools over the past six years. It doesn’t contain a long-term funding solution to fix our crumbling roads. It doesn’t help Wisconsinites access affordable, quality health care and it doesn’t help students who are burdened by their college debt. And instead of strengthening our economy, this budget will actually slow down wage growth for Wisconsin workers.

"It’s frustrating that after so many delays, we ended up with a budget that gives away hard-earned taxpayer dollars to a select few while raising taxes on hardworking families.This isn’t fair and it doesn’t make economic sense.

"Democrats worked hard to make this budget better. We really wanted a bipartisan budget that works for everyone. We offered amendments to lower taxes for middle class working families. We wanted to invest in infrastructure, like our roads, bridges and broadband. We advocated for our public schools that educate 86 percent of our children. We promoted BadgerCare and wanted to make health care affordable and accessible for all. We supported plans to do more for our communities by protecting clean drinking water and investing in the tools to keep our communities healthy and safe for our families and our children. 

"If the Republicans would just sit down and work with the Democrats, we could do great things for Wisconsin. They chose not to and that is really unfortunate. We missed the opportunity to do something really meaningful for our state and that is truly unfortunate. 

"I’m Representative Steve Doyle."

 
"I Will Show Up For Work, Will They?" - Sen. Tim Carpenter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Scott May   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:53

tim-carpenterMADISON – State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) today released the following statement regarding the absurdly overdue republican state budget.

“Now that they have the great Foxconn distraction out of the way it is time for Republicans to actually focus on the funding of our state. With complete control of state government the dysfunctional Republicans are now 77 days late on delivering their budget and Wisconsin is one of only two states to not pass a budget on time as required by law. I will be on the floor of the Senate bright and early Friday morning ready to debate the misguided priorities in their budget. The question remains, will they? According to Majority Leader Fitzgerald the answer is apparently anyone’s guess. If the controlling party can find it within themselves to actually pass this budget, I would be particularly eager to hear them justify the pork for campaign contributors, earmarks, and special interest favors they’ve included. Alternatively, if the Majority Party continues to refuse to govern, maybe it’s time for them to try something novel. Maybe it’s time for them to reach out to Democrats, work with us, include our ideas and priorities in this budget, and get something done for the people of Wisconsin.”

 

 
Barca Says Budget is Rigged Against Wisconsin Families PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 14 September 2017 07:44

WalkerSeven years into Scott Walker’s career as governor and we have little to show for his promises.


MADISON - Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement Wednesday in response to the Assembly’s passage of a $76 billion budget that is rigged against regular Wisconsinites:

“Here we are, nearly seven years into Scott Walker’s career as governor with little to show for his promises. The non-partisan Fiscal Bureau stated in a new report today that Walker and Republicans are spending more money than they will have in the next biennium. By 2021, we’ll be nearly $1 billion in the hole.

peter_barcaWisconsinites care about ensuring every individual in their community has an equal opportunity to succeed in an economy that is fair. Those are our priorities, and our state budget should reflect them.

I’m proud of my colleagues who fought for every Wisconsinite, not for the special interests that Republicans are beholden to. The truth is, this budget is rigged against Wisconsin families. Legislative Republicans had many opportunities to improve the budget for working families. Instead, they bickered all summer and failed to pass a budget that provides increased wages for workers, that makes health care more affordable, and that fixes crumbling roads and bridges. By delaying a sustainable transportation solution, Republicans are ensuring our roads will continue to deteriorate and will be even worse two years from now.

Simply put, Gov. Walker’s budget increased taxes on working families and parents, and they refused to provide help to Wisconsinites drowning in student-loan debt.

We can do better. The people of Wisconsin deserve better.”

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Assembly writer Olivia Hwang submitted this story.

 
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