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  • 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...
  • 4/21/2017
    Almost Sunrise Film Screened at Wisconsin State Capitol
    Madison – Almost Sunrise, a feature length documentary film featuring two Wisconsin Veterans from Milwaukee, will be screened in the Wisconsin State Capitol Monday, April 24th at 2pm in room 411 South. Following the screening Anthony Anderson, featured in the film, will discuss the movie and answer questions. Invited are members of the Legislature, Legislative Service agencies, staff, media, local veterans and the public...
  • 3/20/2017
    VOUCHER OPERATORS WILL RECEIVE AT LEAST $1000 MORE PER STUDENT THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    MADISON – A new memo from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that public schools and students continue to suffer while unaccountable voucher operators get first crack at taxpayer dollars....
  • 3/17/2017
    More Accountability Needed for Taxpayer Funds at King Nursing Home
    Caring for our veterans is one of the most sacred duties we work to achieve as a state. We have been entrusted by the Federal government to care for elderly and disabled veterans and their spouses at our veteran nursing homes...
  • 3/1/2017
    International Women’s Day March 8th, 2017
    Women all over the world will be recognized for their commitments to our society and for the inequities they face during International Women’s Day 2017. While women in Wisconsin don’t face some of the challenges women in developing countries face, they still encounter in their lifetimes inequities and tragedies simply because of their gender...
  • 2/10/2017
    Seasonal Unemployment Changes Hurting Businesses and Communities
    One thing you can always count on in Wisconsin is winter. Winter will come and with it for some businesses and employees a time when work simply cannot be done because of the weather. Recognizing that seasonal unemployment is different than getting fired from a job, Wisconsin law has allowed businesses to place a “winter hold” on their employees when the weather makes working impossible...
  • 2/8/2017
    Statement on Governor Walker’s state budget address
    “Governor Walker has built his budget on phantom funds leaving all of the tough decisions to the Legislature while he works for his reelection. This is truly disappointing leadership...
  • 2/6/2017
    Erpenbach and Taylor: Let the Public Decide on Medical Marijuana
    Today, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) introduced two pieces of medical marijuana legislation… - the Compassionate Cannabis Care Act and legislation that would authorize a non-binding statewide referendum on legalizing medical marijuana…
  • 1/24/2017
    Republican Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit costing millions more than expected – benefits just a few of the state’s wealthiest individuals
    “Updated numbers show that $22 million of the Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit created by Legislative Republicans is being given to just 11 millionaires in Wisconsin...
  • 1/10/2017
    Response to Governor Walker’s State of the State
    “Wisconsin is not better off than we were six years ago. Our roads and bridges are unsafe. The transportation budget has a $1 billion dollar deficit. Governor Walker’s Wisconsin has trailed the national average in 12 month job creation for the 20th consecutive quarter...
  • 1/4/2017
    Erpenbach and Considine Announce Listening Sessions
    Madison – Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Dave Considine will be conducting listening sessions on Saturdays this January and February...
  • 1/3/2017
    Erpenbach 2017-2018 Legislative Session Committee Appointments Announced
    “...The Republican agenda of deep cuts public schools favoring instead private schools with no measures of accountability, tax breaks that gave 11 millionaires over $21 million in tax cuts this year alone, and a continued credit card financing of roads rather than a long term funding solution needs an opposition…
  • 12/12/2016
    Letter to the Group Insurance Board
    You meet tomorrow deciding the fate of the health insurance offerings for over 100,000 people from this state. Local police, retired teachers, janitors, firefighters, engineers, social workers, pavement inspectors, retired and current public employees and even politicians all wait for your decision...
  • 9/20/2016
    Action Needed Now for King Residents
    Madison – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) called for immediate action for residents at the Veterans Home at King as the Joint Legislative Audit Committee prepares to meet tomorrow in Madison to consider an audit of the facility...
  • 9/14/2016
    Illegal Coordination Highlighted in Guardian story
    “…Wisconsin Senate Republicans made changes to Wisconsin election laws that they knew would allow collusion and coordination between political candidates and dark money issue ads in elections. This move was needed because they had been breaking the law…
  • 9/6/2016
    Erpenbach Vows to Again Seek Legislative Accountability for Veterans Budget
    Senator Erpenbach pledged to again seek Legislative accountability for any raids of veteran’s nursing home funds and the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) general budget, saying that Legislative approval is the only way to hold the Governor and the DVA accountable.
  • 8/29/2016
    Veteran’s Nursing Homes Should Not Be Shortchanged
    Senator Jon Erpenbach says it is alarming to read how the Republican policies that have allowed, even encouraged, the building of surplus funds at the King Veterans Home near Waupaca have affected resident care. But, he goes on to say Democrats have been raising alarms.
  • 7/27/2016
    Veterans Services Best Delivered in Counties with Direct Veteran-to-Veteran Support
    ...CVSOs are our most essential direct contact to veterans in Wisconsin. Why are they under attack from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Secretary John Scocos? I have no idea, but I want it to stop.