6/12/2018
The Way Wisconsin Funds Schools Must Change The way Wisconsin pays for schools is unfair, inequitable and antiquated.
6/5/2018
Former DOT Secretary: Honest Discussion about Transportation Needed Farmers in western Wisconsin are worried new bridge weight limits will add time and cost to their already stressful lives.
5/29/2018
Sand Mine Spill Exposes the Consequences of Poor Regulation “A really unfortunate series of circumstances,” was how Kevin Lien described a recent spill of ten million gallons of orange sludge from a sand mine processing facility.
5/21/2018
Attorney General Causes Scare with Local Hemp Farmer Abbie Testaberg is a soon-to-be Wisconsin hemp farmer. She and her husband will be planting, growing, harvesting and processing hemp this year at the Kinnie Hemp Company near River Falls. They are among the many farmers who received a license to grow hemp this year.
5/16/2018
Watching My Son Cross the Stage “Can’t you be a toddler again, just for a day?” the mom asked her son. I stood with other moms drinking tea. The moms shared stories about children growing up.
5/9/2018
NAMI: Wisconsinites Helping Those Affected by Mental Illness ‘Mental health issues have touched my family in many ways,” Barb Habben recently told me. “Because of this [work with NAMI] has become my second career.” Barb is the local coordinator of NAMI Chippewa Valley.
5/2/2018
Audit Reveals Serious Management Issues at State Fair Park “The State Fair is greatly loved by people all over the state,” Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) said at a recent Audit Committee hearing. “But the back-office operations need to be improved.”
4/25/2018
Rural School Leaders: Schools in Wisconsin are Unequal “Where kids live should not determine their education,” rural school administrators told members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding Reform.
4/17/2018
“What Can We Do to Protect Our Water?” “What can we do to protect our water?” This is a question I am often asked. Many Wisconsin residents are concerned about protecting our precious natural resources, and much of the concern is focused on water quality.
4/10/2018
Serious State Tech Problems Need Public Scrutiny Is the state of Wisconsin at risk for a cyber-attack? A new audit from the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) shed light on what may be vulnerabilities in the state’s Information Technology (IT) system that could affect every business, taxpayer, student or recipient of state services.
4/3/2018
Blue Ribbon Commission Explores School Funding Inequity Linda Brown recently passed away in Topeka, Kansas. Ms. Brown was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that struck down school segregation. Ms. Brown’s father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll his nine-year old daughter in the all-white Sumner School.
3/26/2018
Why I am Voting “No” on Eliminating the State Treasurer Spring Elections are here. Voters are going to the polls to elect a new Supreme Court Justice and many local officials, from county board to school board. Voters will also make a decision to change our Wisconsin Constitution.
3/21/2018
Giving a Voice to People Who Live with Disabilities “Many people with disabilities depend on public programs so they can stay healthy and live, work and participate in the community,” Jason Endres wrote to me in favor of a bill I recently introduced.
3/13/2018
Listening to Those Who Cannot Hear “The quality of interpreters is so important. I need someone who has the fluent skills to work with me,” Leah Simmons explained. “Their lack of knowledge reflects negatively on me.”
3/5/2018
One Step Moves Us Forward “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise, I’ll see you Tuesday.” I said as I left the office in Madison.
2/28/2018
A Wheelchair is Not a Trampoline: Questioning Assumptions about Support “Public assistance should be a trampoline not a hammock,” read the title of Governor Walker’s press release touting work on a package of bills introduced in a Legislative Special Session. The bills made changes to certain programs targeted at helping those living in poverty.
2/21/2018
Removing Wetland Protections Needs Serious Deliberation “How can they possibly know what they are voting on?” she asked me. I replied there is no time to talk with people and learn the effects of these changes.
2/14/2018
Moving Broadband Forward for Wisconsin In a recent committee hearing, I argued majority lawmakers were moving broadband expansion forward by press release and little else.
2/6/2018
Who is Working Under New Wisconsin Works Program “With more people working in Wisconsin…, we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines, we need everyone in the game,” stated Governor Walker, calling for a special session to take up bills he nicknamed, “Wisconsin Works for Everyone.”
1/30/2018
Farmers Advocate for Agriculture and Rural Communities Farmers from several western Wisconsin counties traveled to Madison as part of the annual Ag Day at the Capitol.
1/22/2018
Kicking Us When We Are Down … Mom asked her to stop at the store to buy milk. She touched the coupons and note. She couldn’t lose them. Mom was so sick with cancer.
1/9/2018
Why Are My Property Taxes So High? “I’m paying higher property taxes and I haven’t had a raise in years.” Sound familiar?
1/2/2018
Looking Forward to 2018 Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.