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State Building Commission Approves $124 Million in Key Projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 21 October 2021 16:49

pinewood-trestlebridgeHighlights include the Pinewood trestle bridge on the Bearskin Trail in Oneida County, seven facilities on the UW-Madison campus, and 25 other maintenance and repair projects across the state.

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Funds Released for Meat Processing Grant Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 15:51

workers-meatpackingGovernor's meat processor grant program to support meat processing supply chain moves forward.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2021 16:00
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Stop and Talk PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:29

farmer-wicornSen. Smith writes about his “Stop & Talks”, one way he uses to get out and have conversations with residents throughout the 31st Senate District.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:46
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House panel probing Jan. 6 votes to hold Bannon in contempt PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Hill Press   
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:02

trump-jan6-panelInvestigation reveals Bannon had substantial advance knowledge of the plans for January 6th and likely had an important role in formulating those plans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:43
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Biden Administration’s NEW Plan to Combat PFAS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DPW Press   
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:34

clean-drinking-water-faucetPaired with the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the Biden administration will invest in clean-water infrastructure, including providing bottled water to Wisconsin’s most impacted communities.


MADISON, Wis. -- Today, the Biden-Harris administration outlined an accelerated nationwide plan to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been a persistent issue facing Wisconsin communities. While Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature rejected statewide funding proposals designed to target the toxic chemicals, ridding Wisconsin’s waters of PFAS has been a priority of President Biden, Gov. Evers, and Wisconsin Democrats.

President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s partnership with Gov. Evers will address the systemic water-waste challenges that plague Wisconsin. The EPA’s newest program, titled PFAS Roadmap, outlines three concrete steps that the federal government will take to eradicate PFAS including -- holding polluters accountable, ensuring science-based decision-making, and addressing the impacts on disadvantaged communities.

“Every single Wisconsinite should have access to clean drinking water. Today’s announcement is just another example of President Biden and Democrats delivering for Wisconsin’s families where Wisconsin Republicans have refused to take action,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Interim Executive Director Devin Remiker. “Despite PFAS posing significant risks to the health of our state, Republicans in our state legislature put politics over people and tried to flush away clean-water funding from Gov. Evers’ state budget. Thankfully, we elected President Biden, who understands that the safety of Wisconsin’s residents must be our number one priority. By addressing these legacy chemicals, President Biden is cementing his legacy as a pro-Wisconsin president.”

The PFAS Roadmap will work to:

  • Create a new national testing strategy, while continuing to update and expand previous assessments, focusing on toxicity and environmental detection;
  • Develop and deploy analytical methods to prevent and address contamination of PFAS in meat and poultry;
  • Conduct the first-ever inventory of PFAS use and releases from federal facilities;
  • Identify and quantify the risks of PFAS to first responders;
  • Review the rapidly evolving science on human health and PFAS; and
  • Form the new Interagency Policy Committee on PFAS to help coordinate new policy strategies, remediation, and removal of PFAS in communities across the country.

Paired with the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the Biden administration will invest in clean-water infrastructure, including providing bottled water to Wisconsin’s most impacted communities -- like Peshtigo, Marinette, Madison, Rhinelander, and the Town of Campbell -- as well as providing local municipalities the resources needed to remove the chemicals from their utility service systems.

Read the full White House fact sheet here.

 
Federal PFAS Regulations a First Step to Clean Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:01

pfas-contaminationBiden administration announced PFAS rules through the EPA

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2021 15:12
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Agard Hosts Virtual Roundtable on Cannabis Legalization PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Tuesday, 19 October 2021 14:51

cannabisWisconsin is losing millions of dollars of revenue to our neighboring states, says legislator.

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What Does It Take to Fix a Problem? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 13 October 2021 10:45

tutor-readingSen. Smith writes about the public hearing for Senate Bill 454, which aims to improve early childhood literacy, and how state lawmakers can better support parents and children with a reading disability.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2021 11:07
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Order Includes Apology for Wisconsin’s role in Native American boarding schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 11 October 2021 10:09

indian-boarding-schoolsGovernor’s order expresses support for federal investigations into Indian boarding schools

Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2021 10:27
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Chancellor Rebecca M. Blank Departing UW-Madison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 11 October 2021 09:51

rebecca_blankGov. Evers thanks UW-Madison Chancellor, departing next spring, for her service and hopes that the Regents will select a strong replacement.

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Stubbs & Johnson to Announce Birth Equity Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelia Stubbs Press   
Friday, 08 October 2021 09:47

women-health-servicesState legislators to announce package designed to disrupt inequities in maternal and child health and support Black, Brown, and Indigenous mothers and infants next Tuesday.


Madison- Representative Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) and Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee), alongside key organizations and advocates, will hold a press conference announcing the introduction of the Birth Equity Act, a package of legislation designed to disrupt inequities in maternal and child health by supporting Black, Brown, and Indigenous mothers and infants.

WHO: Representative Shelia Stubbs, Senator LaTonya Johnson, Health Equity Director for the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health Katrina Morrison, Tia Murray of Harambee Village Doulas, and President & CEO of the Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness Lisa Peyton-Caire.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12th 2021 @ 9:30am

WHERE: Wisconsin State Capitol, Assembly Parlor

Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2021 09:55
 
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