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Evers Highlights Plan to Support Wisconsin's Workforce and Working Families PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 27 January 2023 15:38

evers-speaksMADISON — Gov. Tony Evers delivered the Democratic Radio Address on Thursday highlighting his priorities in the upcoming 2023-25 biennial budget to support the state’s workforce and working families, as announced during his 2023 State of the State address delivered earlier this week.

Audio File of Radio Address.

Hey there, Governor Tony Evers here.

This week, I delivered my fifth State of the State address. I talked about our work these last four years to make smart, strategic investments—and our state’s economy shows it.

Unemployment has hit record lows; we had the highest number of people employed ever, and our state has never been in a better fiscal position than it is today.

We made groundbreaking investments in programs like the Workforce Innovation Grant program, which supported local projects for long-term, locally based solutions to meet the needs of our communities.

In my address, I announced that I’ll be investing $100 million in my upcoming budget to help find long-term, community-based solutions to our workforce challenges.

I also announced that we’ll be proposing historic investments to bolster our state’s healthcare workforce, expand opportunities in our clean energy workforce, and retain and attract educators to help keep class sizes small.

And if we want to bolster our workforce, we have to make sure child care is accessible and affordable, too.

So, I’ll deliver on my promise to expand the Child and Dependent Care Credit—we’ll provide nearly $30 million in tax relief to more than 100,000 Wisconsinites in my next budget.

We’ll also continue critical programs that help bolster our child care industry, expand access to affordable child care in places that need it, and invest in employer-provider partnerships.

We have a lot of work to do ahead of us, but there is also much opportunity to continue doing the right thing for our workforce, economy, and kids and families across our state.

And I know that together we will. Thank you.

Conservation voters applaud SOS PFAS initiative PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 15:19

pfas-contaminationMore than $100 million will be allocated to fight the insidious toxic chemicals.

Shelton and Snodgrass respond to Governor's SOS Address PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lee Snodgrass Press   
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 11:37

tony-evers-2023-sosShelton, Snodgrass express optimism as Governor Evers talks historic investments in education, jobs and mental health support.

Sen. LaTonya Johnson on Governor’s State of the State Address PDF Print E-mail
Written by LaTonya Johnson Press   
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 11:23

evers-2023-sos-addrGovernor Tony Evers highlights his vision to bolster Wisconsin’s economy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2023 11:36
Agard Reacts to Gov. Evers’ State of the State Address PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 11:15

evers-2023-sos-addrMADISON – Tuesday, Governor Evers delivered the 2023 State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers. Senate Democratic Leader Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement upon conclusion of the Governor’s address:

Wis Democracy Campaign - The Toll of Citizens United PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matt Rothschild, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign   
Friday, 20 January 2023 16:22

vote-citizens-united-protestProgressive Matt Rothschild comments on Citizens United, WEC's Robert Spindell, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates and more.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2023 13:44
Agard Reacts to 50th Anniversary of Roe v Wade PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Friday, 20 January 2023 15:51

womens-healthNo government entity should interfere with complex medical decisions and there is absolutely no room for a politician, law enforcement officer, or judge in the doctor’s office of any individual.

Gerrymandered Legislature off the rails in first week - Battleground Wisconsin Podcast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Matt Brusky   
Friday, 20 January 2023 08:08

gerrymandered-smith-2023MILWAUKEE - We are joined by State Senator Jeff Smith to discuss the first week of the gerrymandered State Legislature. Seeking to influence the State Supreme Court race, the session opened by placing on the Spring ballot a cynical political referendum asking voter opinion on a BadgerCare work requirement and a constitutional amendment on cash bail. The top priority of this illegitimate Legislature appears to be more tax giveaways for the ultra rich. Sen. Smith tells us why he is leading the charge to oppose the Republican attack on Wisconsin’s progressive income tax.

We also talk about state budget strategy,rural broadband, and the deepening bi-partisan public concern over PFAS in our water. Eau Claire City Council member and Citizen Action Organizing Director Kate Felton joins us to discuss her effort to organize local leaders in Western Wisconsin to fight for desperately needed increases in state shared revenue to municipalities during the upcoming state budget fight.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2023 13:17
Smith Calls for Spindell’s Dismissal from WEC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:14

vote-election-workerMADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-New Brunswick) joined his Democratic colleagues in the State Senate in calling for the resignation or dismissal of Wisconsin Elections Commissioner Bob Spindell following comments Spindell made bragging about voter suppression targeting Black and Brown people in Milwaukee, then doubling down on his statements.

jeff-smith“Republicans have been covertly using voter suppression for years, and Mr. Spindell’s boasts make that clear,” said Smith. “For years, Republicans have employed these tactics, but overtly bragging about it warrant his removal as a board member on our agency to oversee elections. While I am not surprised by these comments, I am appalled that Mr. Spindell remains in a position of public trust.

“It’s appalling that he remains on the commission,” Smith continued. “If Mr. Spindell doesn’t do the right thing and resign, it falls solely on Senator LeMahieu to remove him from the commission as his pick.”

The 31st Senate District includes all of Buffalo, Pepin and Trempealeau counties and portions of Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson and St. Croix counties.

Agard Wants WEC’s Bob Spindell to Resign PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Agard Press   
Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:03

wi-elections-commMADISON – Yesterday, Senate Democrats and community leaders called for the resignation of Wisconsin Election Commissioner Bob Spindell after he celebrated successful voter suppression efforts in the 2022 election. Last week, it came to light that Senate Republican appointment to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Bob Spindell, sent an email stating that Republicans ‘can be especially proud of the City of Milwaukee (80.2% Dem Vote) casting 37,000 less votes than cast in the 2018 election with the major reduction happening in the overwhelming Black and Hispanic areas.’

Senator Democratic Leader Melissa Agard (D-Madison) released the following statement:

melissa-agard“Wisconsin Election Commissioner Bob Spindell is celebrating voter suppression in the light of day, celebrating that efforts to undermine the democratic process in one of Wisconsin’s most diverse cities was successful. Bob not only recently applauded lower voter turnout amongst minority groups, he also served as a fake elector for Donald Trump after the former president lost his 2020 re-election bid.

“Bob’s motives are clear and for the sake of our democracy, he has absolutely no business serving on the commission charged with administering Wisconsin’s elections and supporting more than hundreds of county and municipal clerks. He is unfit to serve the people of our great state and he must immediately resign.

“Unlike Bob Spindell’s efforts to thwart voter participation, my Democratic colleagues and I know that every eligible voter should be empowered to cast a ballot in each election. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and Wisconsin’s elections must remain free, fair, and accessible.”

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