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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who is Working Under the Governor’s 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.”
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.
Kicking Us When We Are Down
The little girl walked home through the snow. She took the longer route. 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.
Why Are My Property Taxes So High?
“I’m paying higher property taxes and I haven’t had a raise in years.” Sound familiar?
Looking Forward to 2018
Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.