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"Scott Walker Alert" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 22 March 2019 15:05

walkeralertMILWAUKEE - This week we welcome Rebecca back! We discuss why Scott Walker is out touting a constitutional convention and the ramifications of such an event.

The panel also discusses some of the bubbling-up 2020 electoral issues such as dumping the Electoral College, high school students fighting climate change, healthcare, student debt relief and much, much more.

LISTEN NOW - EPISODE #384
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Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2019 15:13
 
Democratic Radio "It’s time to expand Medicaid and put Wisconsinites first" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:46

health_care_dayMADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting the benefits of Governor Evers’ plan to accept the federal funds available to expand Medicaid for 82,000 people in Wisconsin. 

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

https://sen-dem.cms.legis.wisconsin.gov/media/1297/erpenbach_32119.m4a

jon-erpenbachA written transcript of the address is below: 

“Hi, this is state Senator Jon Erpenbach.

“Governor Evers is proposing a Medicaid Expansion in his state budget that will provide 82,000 Wisconsinites with quality affordable health care while saving the state 300 million dollars.

“Expanded Medicaid, and that money, means:

·         We can lower the cost of prescription drugs.

·         We can increase the reimbursement rates to nursing homes who are closing their doors around the state.

·         We can eliminate the waiting list for the children’s long term support program.

·         We can also properly address the opioid and meth epidemic in Wisconsin.

·         And, we can expand and create programs focused on tobacco prevention, dental initiatives, and infant mortality prevention.

“For our communities this is not a partisan issue. A recent Marquette poll shows that accepting federal Medicaid expansion is support by 62 percent of Wisconsinites, yet Republicans ignore their wishes – that means we’ve missed out on 1.1 billion dollars so far.

“It is time for Wisconsin to join 37 others states in accepting the Medicaid expansion and putting Wisconsinites first.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2019 21:54
 
Sen. Smith: “You be the Judge of the Budget” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:06

crowdSen. Jeff Smith will hosting nine budget listening sessions in northwestern Wisconsin in March and April.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 08:32
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"The Mandela Barnes interview” Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 15 March 2019 16:22

wc1du0STATEWIDE - We welcome Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes to discuss his first couple of months in the office and the his vision for creating opportunity in Wisconsin over the next few years.

In our third installment of Sarah “what the Godlewski does the state treasurer do?” We review her effort to help UW system graduates refinance their student loan debt and GOP State Rep. Michael Schraa failing to honor his promise to sponsor legislation to put some authority and power back into the state treasurer's office.

We talk about Congressman Mark Pocan’s threat to sue ICE for records related to Wisconsin arrests last year; GOP Legislative leaders plan to intervene in Planned Parenthood case challenging abortion laws; Wisconsin is now the top 2020 battleground state; and State Sen. Dale Kooyenga says he will consider supporting accepting the federal money to expand BadgerCare.

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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.

Audio File of Radio Address

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:55
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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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Democratic Radio: A Budget for the People PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:10

door-county-peopleMADISON - This week, Rep. Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) talks about a budget that focuses on the things that matter to everyday people.

Audio File of Radio Address

jodi-emersonThis is State Representative Jodi Emerson with this week’s Democratic Address.

Every two years, the state budget lays out the priorities for Wisconsin.

It details all of the spending decisions by our state government during that period.

Last week, Governor Evers gave his first state budget address outlining his vision for Wisconsin’s future.

I was thrilled to hear about a budget that focuses on the things that matter to everyday people.

After his election, the Governor toured the state conducting listening sessions where Wisconsinites could weigh in – to be a part of the process.

These authentic conversations lead to the budget the Governor introduced. And that is why it is being touted as “The People’s Budget”.

People told the Governor they’re concerned about the quality of their drinking water - so the budget allocates $70 million dollars in bonding to remediate contaminated wells and replace lead service lines.

People told the Governor they want strong public schools – so the budget includes historic investments in K-12 public education and our UW System.

The Governor’s education plan ensures that every child, regardless of their zip code, will receive a high quality public education.

People also told the Governor they want us to fix our crumbling roads – so the budget addresses this head on with real solutions. After eight years of inaction, the people want results – not politicians offering empty promises.

And finally, the people told the Governor they need more affordable, accessible options for health care – so the budget accepts the federal Medicaid expansion dollars that Republicans have refused for nearly a decade.

This decision will allow us to cover more people AND save money. That’s a good deal for our state.

This is a budget that works for all of us.

I am hopeful that Republicans will join legislative Democrats at the table to work on this budget.

After all, it was the citizens of Wisconsin, who we represent, that helped create this vision.

Thank you.

 
Budget Has a Bold Vision on Clean Water, Clean Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Saturday, 02 March 2019 15:56

clean-drinking-waterEnvironmental advocate group says Evers’ budget tackles two of the most significant problems we face as a state, unsafe drinking water and climate change.


MADISON – With his proposed budget tonight, Gov. Tony Evers made a bold, visionary commitment to clean energy, clean water, and science-based policy.

Governor Evers’ proposed budget includes a call for Wisconsin to set a statutory goal to have all electricity produced in the state be carbon-free by 2050. It also commits resources to fight the state’s drinking water crisis on multiple fronts, and it creates an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy at the Department of Administration.

Executive Director Kerry Schumann had this to say about Gov. Evers’ budget:

solar-panel“Gov. Evers’ budget tackles two of the most significant problems we face as a state: unsafe drinking water and climate change. His budget embraces science, sets Wisconsin on a path to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, and combats the drinking water crisis in the state, from manure to lead to emerging contaminants like toxic firefighting foam.

kewaunee-countyOver and over, voters across the state made it clear that these are the issues that top their concerns. Tonight, Governor Evers showed that he is listening to Wisconsinites. If approved, this budget has the potential to protect Wisconsin families, create jobs, and mitigate our role in climate change. We applaud the Governor for this bold budget.

We are disappointed that Governor Evers failed to reauthorize the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program. We appreciate his plan to bring diverse stakeholders together to determine the next phase of the program but are disappointed that his budget only allocates funding for two years at current levels. We’ll work with his Administration and the entire legislature to support and enhance this important program in this budget and into the future.

We thank Gov. Evers for this bold vision for Wisconsin’s future. We look forward to working with his Administration and legislators to make this budget a reality.”

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Engaging voters to protect Wisconsin's environment.

 
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