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More Work to be Done for Wisconsin Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Kate Constalie   
Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:31

tony-eversState of the State Highlights Positive Democratic Vision, says Shilling.


MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in response to Gov. Evers’ State of the State address:

jennifer-shilling“It couldn’t be clearer that the public overwhelmingly supports Gov. Evers and Democratic solutions to propel our state forward. Democrats believe in prioritizing the people of Wisconsin and addressing the issues residents face every single day by lowering health care costs, strengthening clean water protections, and expanding economic security for families and seniors. Whether it’s accepting federal health dollars, closing the Dark Store Loophole, investing in local schools or legalizing medical marijuana, Wisconsin residents trust Democratic efforts to tackle the tough issues.

“I believe these goals are well within our reach, but time is of the essence. As legislators we cannot ask the people of Wisconsin to settle for any less than they deserve. The longer Republicans refuse to do their job, the longer these challenges facing our communities will persist.

“My Democratic colleagues and I remain committed to working with Gov. Evers to advance bold solutions and ensure Wisconsin is a place where the next generation wants to live, work, and raise a family.”

 
Democratic Radio: “It’s Time to Close the Dark Store Loophole” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Democrats   
Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:37

menards-wiMADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the Democratic weekly radio address regarding the need to close the Dark Store loophole.

“Imagine the lost revenue to municipalities and school districts if every large chain stops paying their share of property taxes. Individual homeowners would then pay more. When their property taxes go down, these big box stores do not lower their prices, they just earn more profit.” – Senator Mark Miller


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


A written transcript of the address is below: 

mark-miller “Hello, this is Senator Mark Miller with the weekly Democratic Radio Address:

“Something is happening all across the state of Wisconsin that many people are still unaware of, but may dramatically raise your property taxes.

“I’m talking about the Dark Store Issue. A state Supreme Court decision in 2008 allowed large box stores and large chain stores, like Walgreens, to successfully challenge their property tax bills, by claiming that their stores should be assessed the same as similar, VACANT stores – or Dark Stores. Imagine the lost revenue to municipalities and school districts if every large chain stops paying their share of property taxes. Individual homeowners would then pay more. When their property taxes go down, these big box stores do not lower their prices, they just earn more profit.

“Fortunately, there is legislation to protect homeowners and small businesses from these huge property tax increases. Big Box stores should pay their property taxes, just like other property owners.

“Unfortunately, the powerful special interest lobbying group, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) opposes protecting homeowners.  The Senate Republican Leadership is cow-towing to WMC and is blocking this bipartisan legislation that would protect property taxpayers. Unfortunately Republicans in the legislature repeatedly block every attempt to bring this important bill before the body.

“Tell your senator the Dark Store bills to protect homeowners must be scheduled for a vote now!”

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:47
 
SOS Outlines Work to be Done PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Thursday, 23 January 2020 10:29

tony-evers-2019-sosSenator Erpenbach responds to Wednesday's State of the State Address.


MADISON - On Wednesday, January 22, Governor Tony Evers delivered his second State of the State Address. After a both successful and trying year in 2019, Governor Evers was able to deliver on promises and move the needle on many of the issues that Wisconsinites care about. From cutting taxes for middle-class families, investing in education, to making improvements to our infrastructure, Democrats were able to show up and accomplish many important things for our state.

jon-erpenbachSenator Jon Erpenbach released the following statement:

“While we made great strides this past year under Governor Evers’ leadership, there is still a lot more to do,” said Senator Erpenbach. “We are ready to reach across the aisle on vital issues, such as addressing homelessness, ensuring access to affordable health care, and making sure our economy works for everyone. Wisconsinites expect their representatives to show up for them, their families, and our communities. We are ready to get to work.”

 
SOS Address Focuses on Opportunities for Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Aaron Collins   
Thursday, 23 January 2020 10:13

sos-2020Democrats are ready to get to work says Hintz.


MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement after Governor Tony Evers’ State of the State Address:

gordon-hintz“Tonight, Governor Evers laid out a clear vision for Wisconsin’s future. He highlighted the opportunities we have as a state, and what we can accomplish in the remainder of the legislative session,” Rep. Hintz stated. “His agenda focuses on the issues that matter to Wisconsin families – health care costs, public education, and an economy that works for everyone. As the governor pointed out in his speech, these should be easy, bipartisan wins because they affect every legislative district in the state.”

“The people of Wisconsin deserve elected officials who will show up and get to work on their behalf. With two months left in the legislative session we have the time to accomplish so much for the people we serve.”

Governor Evers continued his call for the legislature to complete a list of priorities before the end of session including:

·         Closing the “Dark Store Loophole”

·         Capping the cost of insulin at $100 per month

·         Creating a non-partisan redistricting process

·         Strengthening clean water protections

·         Making higher education accessible

·         Legalizing medical marijuana

·         Tackling the student loan debt crisis

·         Investing in our rural communities

·         Addressing homelessness in Wisconsin

“We are at our best when we work together to get things done. It is my hope that we can take on these challenges in a bipartisan manner without being stopped by gatekeepers in Republican leadership who are more concerned with thwarting Governor Evers than creating opportunity across the state.”

 
Here’s How Trump is Hurting Women in Wisconsin PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities Wisconsin, Cassidy Geoghegan   
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 11:16

donald-trump-kissTrump likes to talk like he supports women, but does he walk the talk? Here are nine ways he hurts them everyday.

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Stop Playing Politics With Sexual Assault Kit Legislation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Women's March WI   
Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:39

sexual-assaultWhether or not we protect survivors of sexual assault should not be a decision left to one person.

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Citizens United after 10 Years PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 17 January 2020 10:52

mta-madisonReport on the impact of the Citizens United decision on politics in Wisconsin shows that independent expenditures have leaped five-fold.


MADISON - The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign just released a report on the impact of the Citizens United decision on politics in Wisconsin. It’s called Citizens United in Wisconsin: A Decade of Disaster.”

The report shows that independent expenditures have leaped five-fold.

And in races for governor they’ve leaped 17-fold, and that doesn’t even include the Walker recall.

The tenth anniversary of the Citizen United decision is Tuesday, Jan. 21, and we’re having a press conference about it in the Assembly Parlor at 10:00 a.m. that day.

Speakers include:
Reps. Lisa Subeck, Melissa Sargent, and Chris Taylor, and Sens. Dave Hansen and Chris Larson. Also speaking is Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

matt-rothschild“The Citizens United decision has made our politics more than ever the plaything of the super-rich and outside groups,” says Rothschild. “We need to amend the U.S. Constitution to proclaim, once and for all, that corporations aren’t persons and money isn’t speech so that we all can have an equal say in who gets elected and in what laws are passed.”

There will also be an “Unhappy Anniversary” event on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Madison from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. It is open to the public, and it is sponsored by Wisconsin United to Amend, the grassroots group that has helped pass referendums or resolutions in 146 communities around the state calling for this amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Speakers include U.S. Representative Mark Pocan, State Assembly Rep. Lisa Subeck, and Matt Rothschild.

Best,

Matt Rothschild
Executive Director
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Jeff Smith - Good Government Demands Redistricting Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:31

door-county-peopleSen. Smith writes about measures we can take for fair maps in Wisconsin, including the passage of Senate Bill 288/Assembly Bill 303 and the constitutional amendment he recently introduced.

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Support LRB 3915: Funding for County Conservationists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters   
Monday, 13 January 2020 15:21

beavercreek-kidsMADISON - Wisconsin Conservation Voters urges you to support LRB 3915, which is currently circulating for co-sponsorship.

County conservation staff are the boots on the ground for water quality protections. LRB 3915 will increase funding for county conservation staff by $2,960,900 in fiscal year 2020-21, bringing the total of $12.4 million for county conservation staff in fiscal year 2020-21.

 
Five Questions You Should Make Trump Answer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Priorities Wisconsin, Cassidy Geoghegan   
Monday, 13 January 2020 15:09

donald-trumpTrump is coming to Milwaukee, and here are some key questions that he needs to answer per Priorities Wisconsin.


MADISON - As you plan your coverage of Trump's rally in Milwaukee tomorrow, I wanted to share some key questions that he needs to answer. If you’re interested in speaking to a Wisconsinite who has been personally hurt by Trump’s policies, please let me know.

  1. What will Trump say to the 153,000 Wisconsinites who would lose coverage if his effort to overturn the ACA is successful, unleashing “chaos” in our health care system?

  2. Who will protect Wisconsin’s seniors who depend on Medicare when his proposed budget cuts $845 billion from the program, and his policy agenda could jeopardize their access to free preventative care?

  1. Wisconsin leads the nation in farm bankruptcies and we’ve lost more than 1,800 dairy farms since Trump took office. Will the president allow this farm crisis to continue into his final year in office?

  1. Trump promised 13,000 jobs when he struck a deal to pay Foxconn more than $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to build a plant, even saying Foxconn would be the “eighth wonder of the world.” To date, however, this largely hasn’t happened. Will Trump admit he let Wisconsin down, leaving many communities high and dry?

  1. Trump's tax law raised working Wisconsinites’ annual health care premiums by an estimated $2,270 in 2019. Will he keep increasing health care costs for working families in order to give tax cuts to his billionaire friends?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to know more about how Trump’s policies are causing working families in Wisconsin to struggle.

Cassidy

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:18
 
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