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  • 12/7/2017
    Trickle Down Policies
    For most of us, Washington DC and the politics of President Donald Trump and a Republican Congress seem a million miles away. But the reality is that our lives, and the lives of those we love, are impacted by the Federal government and decisions made in Washington DC every single day...
  • 11/10/2017
    A Mom’s Reminder: Still More to do in Opioid Crisis
    This week two amazing advocates and grieving mothers, Bonnie and Bev, brought Faces of Addiction and Hope a story quilt to the State Capitol during our last session day of the year. It was a stark reminder we still have more work to do in the opioid crisis.
  • 11/8/2017
    Statement on the Wisconsin Legislative repeal of “prove it safe” law for mining
    “Current Wisconsin law does not prohibit mining in Wisconsin, it just says the mining company needs to prove they can mine without harming our environment – the mining companies just cannot do that...
  • 11/3/2017
    ACA Healthcare Marketplace Helps More People in WI than Ever: Sign Up Now!
    Republicans in Washington DC have worked really hard to confuse their constituents about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care consumer options. Cutting the outreach budget and even shortening the enrollment period to make it more difficult for people to understand their rights and responsibilities is really attempted political sabotage. But in Wisconsin people are smarter than that...
  • 11/1/2017
    Enrollment Begins in ACA Marketplace Today
    As of November 1st, Wisconsin residents and families can apply for a 2018 health plan, renew their current plan or pick a new plan through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act is still the law and people who buy their health care on the ACA marketplace need to take action during a shortened enrollment period this year.
  • 10/23/2017
    REVISED Milwaukee DATE - Statewide Tour Promoting Medical Marijuana Bills
    The new date is Monday, October 30th at McCarty Park Pavilion in West Allis.
  • 10/20/2017
    Funding Elections Commission Staff Ensures Secure and Efficient Elections
    To make our elections run securely and accurately, we need to repair the damage to the Wisconsin Elections Commission caused by Governor Walker’s veto last month, which removed five necessary staff from the Commission.
  • 10/16/2017
    Statewide Tour Promoting Medical Marijuana Bills
    Madison – Representative Chris Taylor, Senator Jon Erpenbach and advocates will make a statewide media tour seeking Legislative action on Senate Bill 38/Assembly Bill 75 which would allow patients access to medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. The bills were introduced in February of this year and have had no action in Legislative Committees...
  • 10/13/2017
    Joint Finance Democrats' Letter to WEDC Secretary Hogan regarding Foxconn
    ...This $3 billion agreement is unprecedented and deserves the scrutiny of the members of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee. During the Joint Finance Committee’s public hearing on the Foxconn proposal, the answer you provided to questions from elected officials from both parties was, “it will be worked out in the contract.” We all anxiously await answers to our inquiries on behalf of the taxpayers of the state...
  • 10/12/2017
    Respect Women Act Restores Women’s Medical Rights
    Representative Chris Taylor (D- Madison) and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D- Middleton) announced the Respect Women Act, a collection of three bills that restores the patient/doctor relationship in Wisconsin and protects women’s access to health care without harassment, intimidation or violence.
  • 9/8/2017
    27th SD Bluffview Sanitary District Gets Reprieve in JFC Final Motion
    Senator Jon Erpenbach expressed relief for Bluffview Sanitary district following Joint Committee on Finance final action which extended the Clean Water Hardship Fund for programs in progress. Governor Walker’s budget would have eliminated the program immediately after passage of the budget and erased Bluffviews prospects in the program.
  • 9/5/2017
    Statement on the partisan passage of the Republican Transportation budget
    “After a long summer wait for someone, anyone, in the Republican party to step up to help find a long term solution for our crippling transportation infrastructure system we have this budget. More borrowing. More delays. More roads that are dangerous...
  • 9/5/2017
    Statement on the partisan passage of the FOXCONN deal out of the Joint Committee on Finance
    “I would love to support a proposal to help create 13,000 new jobs in Wisconsin but I cannot give away our water, wetlands and environment to get there...
  • 8/29/2017
    Possible Failure for a Successful Program: Historic Tax Credits
    In my opinion the Historic Tax Credit is the most successful rural and small town economic development program administered by Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). As the Legislature considers venturing into the great unknown on high tech manufacturing with checks from our taxpayers for 15 years, that same Republican majority is planning to cap the Historic Tax Credit program.
  • 8/28/2017
    Statement on public education action today in Joint Committee in Finance
    “The education proposal adopted by Legislative Republicans cuts $18.1 million from school sparsity aid, reroutes additional funding to private voucher schools that do not have performance and accountability measures and caps 2018-19 general school aid at a lower funding level than 2010-11. You simply cannot argue these facts.”
  • 6/14/2017
    Wisconsin First, Not Washington: Protection From Trump and the GOP Congress
    As the U.S. Senate moves swiftly and quietly to kick 23 million citizens in this country off of existing private market health care, we have to ask ourselves what will be left in Wisconsin when Congress is done?
  • 6/8/2017
    Today, Wisconsin State Senators Jon Erpenbach (D – Middleton) and LaTonya Johnson (D – Milwaukee) – the Democratic members on the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services – released the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s official plea to the Trump Administration to make life-altering changes to healthcare for lower-income Wisconsinites...
  • 5/23/2017
    Joint Finance Democrats Propose Allowing Wisconsin Residents to Refinance Student Loan Debt
    Madison – Today, Democrats on the Joint Committee on Finance proposed that Wisconsin residents be able to refinance student loan debt. The proposal would allow Wisconsin residents to refinance their student loan debt at a lower interest rate through an independent state refinancing authority...
  • 5/11/2017
    JFC Democrats Vote to Improve Veterans Home at King, Long Term Solution for Veterans Trust Fund
    Madison – State Senator Jon Erpenbach and his Democratic Colleagues on the state budget committee offered motions today in the committee to fully fund the Veterans Trust Fund for the future, make permanent facility and staffing improvements at veterans nursing homes, increase access to mental health treatment for veterans, and provide local grants to prevent veteran homelessness...
  • 5/2/2017
    Statement on passage of the HOPE agenda
    “Today we reached some of our communities with the HOPE agenda to battle the opioid crisis, but Republicans took a pass on reaching everyone...