Republicans deny health care access to 83,000
By passing Special Session Assembly Bill 1, Republicans have broken their promise and left just days for state officials to inform nearly 83,000 people that they are no longer eligible for BadgerCare over one of the busiest holiday periods of the year.
Job numbers under Gov. Walker continue to disappoint
According to the latest economic statistics, Wisconsin's job creation ranking has dropped five spots to 37th in the nation.
BadgerCare delay hurts local families
Families and advocates across the state have urged Wisconsin state legislators not to delay BadgerCare coverage for 83,000 Wisconsin families this holiday season.
UW-La Crosse Student Union project advances
Sen. Shilling and Rep. Billings support new UW-L Student Union project which is estimated to generate $102.3 million in economic activity and create over 900 new jobs.
Shilling and Taylor column - Support federal investments in early childhood education
Early education is a practical, not party-line issue. We urge Congress to seize the opportunity to strengthen federal support for birth-to-five early childhood education.
Shilling-Shankland workforce development bill signed into law
Act 58 will reduce waiting lists and ensure that thousands of workers with disabilities are able to access job training and employment assistance services .
Shilling honored as public policy leader by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
The Children’s Champion policy award honors public policy leaders in Wisconsin who strive to make a positive impact in the lives of Wisconsin children and families.
Students encouraged to apply for Senate Scholar Program
All applications for the 2014 Senate Scholar program are due by January 3, 2014.
Sen. Shilling announces winners of Fall Colors photo contest
La Crosse residents William Petersen and Nina Shephard tied for the best photograph in the Fall Colors photo contest hosted by Sen. Jennifer Shilling.
Constalie joins Sen. Shilling's Capitol staff
Kate Constalie, a Westby native and recent UW-La Crosse graduate, has been hired as the director of constituent relations and community outreach for Sen. Jennifer Shilling.
Sen. Shilling column - Working to uphold our commitment to veterans
75 years ago, November 11th was designated as a legal holiday dedicated to the cause of peace.
Shilling co-authors legislation to address student loan debt crisis
Senate Bill 376 will allow individuals with student loan debt to refinance their loans at lower interest rates similar to options that are currently available for home and auto loan debt.
Sen. Shilling column - Bill threatens access to justice for veterans
A new proposal is currently making its way through the State Legislature to delay and deny justice to veterans and other victims who have been exposed to asbestos.
Local districts honored with Wisconsin School of Recognition awards
Sen. Jennifer Shilling joined State Superintendent Tony Evers in congratulating several local schools who were honored at an award ceremony in the State Capitol as 2013-14 Wisconsin School of Recognition award recipients.
Governor Patrick Lucey Highway officially dedicated along the Great River Road
Dozens of community members, elected officials, family and friends joined together on October 2nd to help celebrate the unveiling of the “Governor Patrick Lucey Highway” along the scenic Great River Road.
Shilling workforce development bill gains support from Gov. Walker
Sen. Shilling's proposal, Senate Bill 274, will increase access for people with disabilities seeking job training and employment assistance services.
Sen. Shilling launches Fall Colors Photo Contest
Local residents are invited to share their favorite photographs capturing local fall events and scenic fall colors for consideration.
Legislators to hold meeting at UW-L as part of statewide Make College Affordable tour
Public roundtable event will highlight a range of higher education issues including state funding, financial aid, and the growing student loan debt crisis.
Sen. Shilling column - New school year brings opportunities and challenges for students and taxpayers
Just as our children and students are looking forward to what this new school year will bring, parents and taxpayers should also look ahead to what the future holds.
Voucher program accountability should be on Legislature's Back-to-School list
Democratic leaders are currently seeking legislative support for a new proposal to strengthen accountability and academic performance measures at private, taxpayer-funded voucher schools.
Sen. Shilling announces winner of Summer Fun photo contest
9-year-old Max VanZee of La Crosse, Wisconsin submitted the winning picture in the 32nd Senate District Summer Fun photo contest
Sen. Shilling applauds President Obama's action to release federal disaster aid
The Obama Administration's actions provide additional federal funding for emergency work and the replacement of facilities damaged in the June storms.
Shilling pushes for greater accountability and student safety at voucher schools
Despite concerns that have been raised, the Republican-controlled Legislature has refused to take steps to protect children in this program and ensure that these private schools are held to the same high standards as our public schools.
Sen. Shilling column - Bipartisan action needed to spur state job growth
As the state legislature nears the start of the fall session, economic development must be our number one priority.
GOP diverts millions from children's health care, Buy Local program, and economic development to fund tax cuts for wealthy
Republicans voted along party lines today to divert $51 million in funding for several state programs including medical assistance for low-income children, economic development, tourism, and Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin.
Shilling applauds bi-partisan bills signed into law
On Friday July 5th, Governor Walker signed 18 bills into law, including four bills which were co-authored by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
Gov. Walker signs Mandatory Ultrasound Bill into law
This bill, now 2013 Wisconsin Act 37, will force women seeking an abortion to undergo a physically invasive and medically unnecessary ultrasound.
Statement on Senate passage of state budget
Throughout this budget process, Wisconsin families, seniors, and small business owners have said that we need to focus on our core values. We need to improve access to affordable health care, invest in our local public schools and create jobs.
Sen. Shilling column - Budget changes fail to address core middle class issues
As the only member to represent the Coulee Region on the Joint Finance Committee, I am honored to be a voice for the hardworking families, children, seniors, small business owners and students throughout our region.
Republicans reject cost-saving health care plan
The Democratic budget alternative would have provided health coverage for 85,000 individuals through the state’s BadgerCare program using available federal funding and would have saved state taxpayers $120 million.
Republicans give Gov. Walker sweeping authority to sell state properties through no-bid contracts
Budget amendment would allow the Department of Administration to sell or lease power plants, highways, correctional institutions, and UW property such as dorms, academic buildings, and athletic facilities through no-bid contracts.
Sen. Shilling fights for immediate investments in rural internet program
Sen. Shilling voted against a proposal by Republican members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee that slashed funding for the Wisconsin Broadband Expansion Grant Program in the state budget.
Sen. Shilling column - Rent-to-Own provision should be pulled from state budget
As consumers, we expect businesses to disclose interest rate and fee information so we can make informed purchasing decisions.
Democrats question GOP rush to approve funding for Gov. Walker's troubled WEDC agency
A new audit has revealed gross mismanagement, violations of state statutes, and significant accountability deficiencies at the WEDC including the questionable purchases of football tickets, alcohol, and iTunes gift cards by WEDC employees.
Sen. Shilling appointed to the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse
In addition to being appointed to the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse, Sen. Shilling has also joined a growing coalition of Democratic and Republican legislators in support of stronger domestic violence prevention and protection laws.
LFB confirms massive funding disparity in Republican education budget
According to the LFB, annual state funding for the voucher program would increase from $154.0 million currently to $222.6 million under Gov. Walker’s budget. The per-pupil funding cap on public schools would be frozen.
Shilling marks 2013 International Womens Day by co-sponsoring Equal Pay legislation
March 8th marks the 2013 International Women’s Day. This day serves as a reminder of the struggle for gender equality and is also a celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Flawed Open-Pit Mining Bill advances to State Senate
GOP members on the Joint Committee on Finance rejected several Democratic amendments to Senate Bill 1 that would have saved taxpayers money, increased citizen participation in the decision-making process and protected environmental standards.
Shilling column - Budgets are about priorities
Now that the budget process has begun, students, families and seniors will have an opportunity to provide input on these proposals and set a vision for our state’s future.
Shilling radio address - Protecting quality public education
Sen. Shilling responded to Gov. Walker’s proposal to divert tens of millions of taxpayer funding away from local public schools to expand his private voucher school program.
Walker Decision Jeopardizes Health Care Security for Thousands of Working Families
By turning away federal funding, Wisconsin taxpayers will pay more out of their own pockets and thousands will be denied access to affordable health care.
Shilling Calls on Governor Walker to Support the Strengthen BadgerCare Act
The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates the Strengthen BadgerCare Act would save the state $75 million in state spending over the next three years.
Democrats offer comprehensive job creation proposals to strengthen middle class
By investing in Wisconsin families and building a solid foundation for our future right now, we can provide the economic growth and stability that our state desperately needs.
Shilling statement on Gov. Walker's State of the State address
Democrats and Republicans both have good ideas on how to improve our economy, and I hope that we will be able to find more common ground this session in order to help Governor Walker keep his promises and move Wisconsin forward.
Shilling sworn in as State Senator for 2013-14 term
Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) was sworn in as the State Senator for the 32nd District for the 2013-14 legislative session. The 32nd State Senate District covers La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford and part of Monroe Counties.