Wirch Named 2019-2020 “Friend of Public Health” Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) has been named a “Friend of Public Health” by the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) for his work to support public health priorities during the 2019-2020 legislative session.
Wirch Issues Statement on Governor’s Mask Order Kenosha – State Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement regarding Governor Evers’s Executive Order requiring face masks in certain circumstances:
Republicans Turn Their Back on First Responders During Pandemic As seen on the news day after day, Democrats and Republicans, at all levels of government, have very different views on any number of issues, from healthcare to education to jobs and the economy. However, one issue we’ve almost always been able to come together on is protecting those who have...
Wirch Responds to Assembly Republicans’ Unemployment Band-Aid Proposal Kenosha – State Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement in response to Assembly Republicans temporary unemployment fix:
Denying the Chance for Public Input, Republicans Reaffirm Support for “Conversion Therapy” During Pride Month Pride Month is a time for celebration of acceptance, self-expression and love. It’s also a time to recognize the progress that has been made for LGBTQ rights while acknowledging the work that remains. Nowhere was that last part more evident this month than during today’s meeting of the...
Statement on Destruction and Violence at State Capitol "I fully support people’s First Amendment rights and their ability to peacefully protest. What we saw last night was not peaceful. When you cross over into destruction and violence, you have crossed a line...
Statement on Supreme Court Affirmation of LGBTQ Workplace Protections "For so long now, many of us have known that discriminating against a person based on who they love, particularly in the workplace, was morally wrong. Now, during Pride Month, the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that it is also legally wrong...
“We’re All In” Small Business Grant Program Applications Open June 15 Beginning Monday, June 15, and running through Sunday, June 21, Wisconsin small businesses impacted by Covid-19 will be able to apply for grants, ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 each, to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent...
Statement Calling for Universal Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement “Recent events, including the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement officers, reinforce the need for universal body camera usage. Today I am calling for state funding for body cameras and data storage necessary to maintain this information for...
With Eviction Moratorium Over, Rental Assistance Grants Available for Covid-Impacted Renters The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted much more than people’s health. Business closures, both temporary and permanent, left many families struggling to make ends meet. For some renters, help is on the way. Governor Tony Evers recently announced creation of the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program...
Statement on Supreme Court Overturning Public Health Order “I am deeply disappointed that a narrow majority on the Supreme Court put ideology over public health and safety in this case...
Wirch Recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day, Honors Frontline Workers Every year on April 28, International Workers’ Memorial Day is held to remember and honor workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace. Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement in observance of the day...
Constituents Services More Important Than Ever During Pandemic Serving my constituents is the most important part of my job as State Senator during the best of times. In difficult times like we are currently facing, that service becomes even more critical.
Statement on Republican Challenge to Public Health and Safety Measures “This is a real low for Republicans, playing politics with people’s lives...
Wirch Supports Public Health Protections and Business Flexibility in “Safer at Home” Extension “These are difficult times for everyone in our communities. I believe that Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm are taking a smart but cautious approach to both preserve public health and safety and give businesses some increased flexibility...
Sharing the Latest News You Can Use: COVID-19 Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. These are difficult times for all of us, but we will get through it together...
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. I hope this is helpful. Stay safe and healthy.
Wisconsin Workers Deserve Wages Earned when a Business Files for Bankruptcy Madison - It seems whenever Republicans have control of the Legislature, they aim to further tilt the playing field against Wisconsin’s workers. This isn’t a new phenomenon, either.
How Seniors Can Weather the Coronavirus Storm Kenosha - It’s been widely reported that seniors are among the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness if infected with coronavirus, and worldwide, eight in ten deaths have been people 65 years of...
Stores Offer Special Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Populations It is important that we all take the proper precautions during this time to reduce our risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. However, senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems are at extra risk. As a result, a number of store are offering special..
Sharing the Latest News You Can Use Kenosha - Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. I hope this is helpful. Stay safe and healthy.
Helping Small Businesses Survive Coronavirus Shutdowns In addition to the serious health concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact to our economy, particularly small businesses, will have long-lasting consequences. Employees and owners alike are struggling with how to keep their families and businesses afloat until some normalcy...
Important Tips, Precautions and Resources for Dealing with COVID-19 With growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and mounting numbers of closings and cancellations, it is important that we all work together: to contain the virus, to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and to look out for each other.
WISCONSIN ROAD DETERIORATION ...What is simple and undeniable is the fact that our state faces a transportation funding crisis that’s been brewing for several years and continues to get worse.
Wirch Co-Sponsors Student Debt Relief Bill “This is a common-sense, state-level solution will alleviate some of the financial pressures faced by those with student loan debt. Student loan debt is a real drag on our economy; it prevents people from buying cars, buying homes, taking vacations, spending in our local shops,” said Wirch.
Wirch Again Targets Wage Theft “With so many Wisconsin families living paycheck to paycheck, it is time we address this issue, the theft of hard-earned wages from our hard-working friends and neighbors. It’s a crime that affects all of us, as workers, as consumers, and as taxpayers, and this legislation is an important step forward,” Wirch said.
In Light of New Info, Wirch Renews Calls for Suspension of Tax Credit for the Ultra-Rich “Fiscal Bureau’s memo showing that this tax credit will have cost $804 million more than projected by 2019 and Audit Bureau’s shocking report on the serious financial problems facing the transportation budget have just strengthened my belief that we need to at least suspend the Manufacturing and Ag Tax Credit for the next two years. That would provide more than $600 million in increased revenue that we critically need right now,” Wirch said.
Wirch to Tackle Fraud Against Seniors “We hear about this all the time. Whether it’s the ‘Grandparent Scam’, which has become so prevalent, or fraudsters claiming to be from the IRS or Medicare, the news is full of stories where seniors were preyed on,” Wirch said.
Wirch Slams Republican Attack on Bray Center “Today’s action by the Finance Committee to single out the Bray Center, stripping them of vital funding for important programs to keep kids out of trouble, is politics at its worst
AT&T Announces $5,000 Innovation Award to Support Kenosha Chamber’s BEPP Program The goal of the program is to connect up to 100 Kenosha County 9th graders with institutions of higher learning and local manufacturing businesses to provide them with experiences and information as they think about education and career plans
Outsourcing and Privatization at UW-Superior Continues a Troubling Trend Twenty-four union workers were laid off as a result, and most had been working at the school for ten years or more
The Voters Have Spoken. It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage. While the recent election didn't go the way I and many others had hoped, there is one result that I was particularly happy to see. Voters across the state, and in fact across the country, spoke loud and clear that it is time to raise the minimum wage
Wirch Accepts “Ice Bucket Challenge” with Donation to Fight ALS “...The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought greater awareness of the disease, and I am happy to make a donation to MDA of Southeastern Wisconsin to continue their work to find a cure,” Wirch said.
Wirch Calls Out Walker, WEDC for Awards to Companies Outsourcing Jobs “WEDC is supposed to be providing these resources – taxpayer money – to help businesses creating jobs here in Wisconsin. Instead, it has rewarded companies who outsourced hundreds of Wisconsin workers’ jobs
Wirch, Ohnstad to Author Legislation Curbing Use of Harmful Microbeads “These products with microbeads are fairly new to the market, but we have quickly seen the negative impact that they are having on out natural resources. There are millions of these things in Lake Michigan alone
Two Wirch Bills Become Law “I am proud to author these two important pieces of legislation and even prouder to see them become law. My colleagues and I worked across the aisle to make that happen
Wirch Bill Offering New Treatment for Seizures Passes Senate Today, the Wisconsin State Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation, authored by Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers), that gives hope to Wisconsinites suffering from debilitating seizures
Kenosha legislative delegation statement on special interest involvement on local school board races We are alarmed to see that a national organization with no ties to our community, Americans for Prosperity, funded by out of state billionaires with extreme views, has come into our community to try and influence our local school board elections
Senator Wirch Urges Public to Sign Petition for Veterans “We need to send a message to Governor Walker that our veterans come before irresponsible corporations,” Wirch said
Wirch Urges Republican Majority to Vote on Oral Chemotherapy Bill “Once again, the Republican majority is putting politics and corporate profits ahead of the good of their constituents. There is simply no good reason that this bill isn’t getting a vote in the Senate,” Wirch said
Wirch Applauds Bipartisan Support for Casino Project This project is important to the people of Kenosha and Racine, and this is clear by the bipartisan support that it has received
Wirch Calls for Veto of Bail Bond Budget Provision “… The decision about whether an accused person is a public safety or flight risk and should go free needs to be left in the hands of judges, not some private business whose goal is to make a profit
Wirch Co-Sponsors Independent Redistricting Plan “Redistricting should be fair and in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, not in the best interest of the politicians... We must make redistricting about the voters and population shifts, and not political gain
Wirch Recognizes Equal Pay Day It’s a time to recognize that, even though women in the workplace have made great strides, there is still a long way to go. Pay discrimination is still a very real problem that needs to be addressed