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Democratic Radio: Investment in Special Needs Education Must be a Priority PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:33

school-bus-kidsMADISON - This week Rep. Sondy Pope (D - Mt. Horeb) talks about our investment in special needs education.

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sondy-popeHi, this is Representative Sondy Pope with this week’s Democratic Address.

In his budget, Governor Evers makes a historic investment in special needs education.

His proposal would increase funding by $600 million over the next two years.

According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the primary special education fund has not been increased in a decade, despite skyrocketing costs.

Currently, the state covers 25% of special education costs to schools districts. The Governor’s proposal would increase that investment to 60%.

This increased funding will take the pressure off our local districts financially and free up additional resources.

Here’s the bottom line: All students should have equal access to a high quality education. The Governor’s plan is rooted in this reality.

It is disappointing to hear that Republicans are not supportive of this additional investment.

One Republican legislator stated the Governor’s special needs plan was “a big number”.

We know by now the Republican track record.

They’re fine spending millions of dollars in tax breaks for corporations and billionaires. They’re fine spending billions of dollars on the largest tax giveaway to a foreign corporation in our country’s history.

But when it comes to our children, they hesitate, saying the cost is more than our state can bear.

Democrats see it differently. We MUST invest in our kids – the future leaders of our state.

After years of Republicans failing to prioritize public education, I am thrilled to see our Governor working toward what is best for our kids and what is best for our state.

 
Republicans Use Taxpayer Funded Private Attorneys PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Thursday, 14 March 2019 09:25

robinvosWisconsin Republicans have a fundamental problem with democracy says Hintz.


MADISON – Republican leaders in the legislature announced today they would be hiring private attorneys at taxpayer expense in a lawsuit involving Planned Parenthood and the State of Wisconsin. This comes just months after Speaker Robin Vos contracted with a private law firm, at a cost of $850,000, to defend Wisconsin’s gerrymandered maps in a case dating back to 2011.

gordon_hintzAssembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement on the continued use of taxpayer dollars for private attorneys:

“The power trip the Speaker and Majority Leader are on seems endless. It’s clear they are more interested in doubling down on an ideological agenda than serving the public. This latest decision proves that a primary focus of Wisconsin Republicans is to abuse taxpayer dollars in order to undercut and undermine an Attorney General that was democratically elected by the majority of Wisconsin voters. Republicans in Wisconsin have a fundamental problem with democracy.”

 
Sen. Smith Celebrates Women’s History Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:39

women-3genAs we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s make a better effort to celebrate the women in our lives says Senator.

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Critical Eyes on Foxconn - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Saturday, 09 March 2019 16:34

battleground_criticalSTATEWIDE - This week we do a deep dive on the Foxconn mess with two special guests: State Senator Chris Larson and State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff. Will we have a thriving new manufacturing hub in 2 years in Racine County, or an post-industrial ghost town? We also look at advances in civil rights in the Evers budget, including automatic voter registrations and drivers licenses for immigrants.

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