Column: GOP health care repeal still cruel
After weeks of overwhelming opposition, Republican politicians are still pushing a cruel health care repeal that increases costs, limits coverage and jeopardizes access to care. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the latest repeal plan would double health care premiums and result in 32 million more uninsured Americans by 2026.
GOP proposes school cuts, transportation debt to finance tax breaks for the wealthy
MADISON – School budgets and road projects across Wisconsin continue to face an uncertain future two weeks after Republicans failed to meet the budget deadline. Despite having total control of the statehouse, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans are unwilling to reign in tax breaks for wealthy individuals and corporations that outsource Wisconsin jobs.
Debt. Debt. And more Debt.
MADISON – With funding for schools and road projects in jeopardy, Senate Republicans are poised to announce a plan for more state borrowing that already appears dead on arrival. With a state budget more than two weeks overdue, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Sen. Shilling statement on limited opioid response
LA CROSSE, WI – Community advocates and health care leaders continue to express concerns over the limited response to Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic. As Gov. Walker promotes another round of narrowly-targeted opioid proposals, his cuts to drug abuse prevention grants and opposition to the Affordable Care Act are preventing thousands of families from accessing the health services and treatment they need.
GOP proposes wage cuts, more outsourcing
MADISON, WI – As Wisconsin faces a $1 billion transportation deficit, legislative Republicans are proposing a new round of wage cuts, project delays and outsourcing. The plan being put forward by Rep. Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) and Sen. Kapanga (R-Delafield) rejects a series of bipartisan revenue solutions in favor of additional red tape and new limits on local control. In response to the plan, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Gov. Walker proposes road delays, layoffs
MADISON – After missing Wisconsin’s budget deadline last week, Gov. Walker and majority party Republicans continue to struggle with budget cuts and funding shortfalls. In rejecting bipartisan calls for a long-term funding fix, Gov. Walker’s latest plan would result in additional cuts to the state’s transportation budget and costly road project delays.
GOP poised to miss state budget deadline
MADISON – Wisconsin schools and communities are facing an uncertain future as Republicans in the State Capitol have been unable to reach a budget deal by the July 1st deadline. Despite having total control of the statehouse, Republican infighting has derailed budget talks for the past several weeks.
Statement on Gov. Walker’s Holmen Visit
LA CROSSE – After years of Republican tax breaks for millionaires, Governor Walker continues to tout his budget that underfunds local schools and unfairly shifts a greater burden onto local communities and taxpayers in Holmen, Wisconsin.
U.S. Supreme Court to hear GOP election rigging lawsuit
MADISON, WI – The U.S. Supreme Court announced today they will hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s legislative district lines which Republicans have used to suppress Democratic voters. The case could have major national implications by setting a new standard for election fairness.
Veterans denied right to Veterans Day
MADISON, WI – In seeking to designate November 11th as an official state holiday in Wisconsin, Senate Republicans blocked an amendment that would have ensured all veterans, regardless of whether they are a public or private employee, would be granted a paid day off. Democrats argued that veterans should be the ones benefiting from the holiday rather than simply closing government offices.
Senator Shilling: Is Wisconsin entering a recession?
MADISON, WI – As Gov. Walker prepares to campaign with Pres. Trump in the coming days, another stinging jobs report highlights the economic turmoil that has resulted from six years of complete Republican control in Wisconsin. The latest ‘Gold Standard’ job numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin wages fell by 1.3 percent in 2016 as the state lost 3,784 manufacturing jobs and dropped to 33rd in the nation for private sector job creation.
NRA-backed bill threatens school safety
MADISON, WI – School advocates, health professionals and law enforcement officials raised concerns with legislation being pushed by Republican lawmakers and lobbyists from the National Rifle Association (NRA). The proposal, Senate Bill 169 (SB 169), would remove training requirements and give dangerous individuals greater access to firearms.
GOP tries to hide another dismal jobs report
MADISON, WI – A newly released jobs report, touted by Gov. Walker as the “gold standard,” revealed that 2016 was the worst year for Wisconsin’s economy since Walker took office. According to the report, Wisconsin lost 3,776 manufacturing jobs and posted its worst private sector job creation numbers since 2011. The report, which the administration released late Friday afternoon before the Memorial Day weekend, drew immediate criticism from Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
Shilling backs Health Care Protection Package
LA CROSSE, WI – As President Trump and Republicans in Congress continue to push a health care repeal bill that would raise costs and take coverage away from thousands of Wisconsin families, Democratic lawmakers are urging immediate action to protect vital services.
Dem proposal to end Veteran Home fund raids rejected by GOP budget committee
MADISON, WI – Despite ongoing issues with staff shortages, facility maintenance and mismanagement at the state’s King Veteran Home, Republican lawmakers on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee rejected a Democratic proposal that would have prevented a $26 million funding raid.
Shilling Celebrates Syttende Mai Weekend
MADISON, WI – Syttende Mai is held annually on May 17th celebrating Norway’s Independence from Denmark. As Norwegian communities across the state prepare for this festivity, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and other legislators marked the occasion by passing Senate Joint Resolution 47 proclaiming May 19, 20, and 21, 2017 as Syttende Mai Weekend in Wisconsin.
Student loan borrowers lose federal protections
LA CROSSE, WI – As the Trump administration works to undermine consumer protections for student loan borrowers, Wisconsin Democrats are calling for action. 47 state lawmakers are urging Attorney General Brad Schimel to join twenty-one state attorneys general from around the country who have stepped up to protect student loan borrowers.
Shilling statement on U.S. House AHCA vote
LA CROSSE, WI - After Congressional Republicans voted to increase health care premiums, limit coverage and enact an age tax on older Americans, Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Democrats call for Joint Transportation Committee to break budget stalemate
MADISON, WI – With top Republican politicians in Wisconsin gridlocked over how to address the state’s transportation funding deficit, Democratic lawmakers want to break the stalemate by creating a Joint Transportation Committee to craft a long-term funding solution. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) unveiled their proposal today in an effort to avoid project delays and further job losses.
Senator Shilling: Democratic leaders discouraged by limited response to opioid epidemic
MADISON, WI – As the Senate adopted a package of bills to address the opioid epidemic, community advocates and Democratic lawmakers argued the proposals don’t go nearly far enough. Efforts to expand access to mental health and drug treatment services, invest in preventive health care and improve rural health care access were rejected by Republican legislators on the Senate floor.
Remembering Wisconsin Workers
LA CROSSE, WI – International Workers’ Memorial Day is held annually on April 28th in remembrance of workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace. As part of the La Crosse area observance of International Workers’ Memorial Day, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Presidential visit highlights Wisconsin economic challenges
KENOSHA, WI – Wisconsin families agree that more needs to be done to create jobs, protect local workers and strengthen communities. As President Trump visits the state, Democrats are urging action on a range of proposals to expand economic opportunities and encourage local business growth.
Expand economic opportunities with child care tax credits
“It’s like we paid off our mortgage.” That’s how one parent described the feeling when their child grew out of daycare and the family was able to pocket more of their paycheck. The extra cash saved each month was a windfall for these working parents who struggled to afford the cost of child care on top of their home payments, student loans, groceries and monthly bills.
Local Water Contamination Raises Red Flags
LA CROSSE, WI – The issue of water quality and safety is hitting home for families in western Wisconsin as local health officials warn residents of potentially contaminated drinking water from private wells in the Towns of Onalaska and Holland.
Republicans Vote to Privatize Wisconsin Water
MADISON, WI – Access to clean drinking water has become a major concern across Wisconsin. Pollution, contamination and over-pumping of groundwater have depleted water supplies and created major health and economic concerns. Rather than promoting a sustainable management plan, Republican politicians are rushing to pass Senate Bill 76 which will privatize water rights, eliminate oversight and prohibit the DNR from reviewing the cumulative impact of high capacity wells on local communities.
Republicans propose “Permitless Carry” bill
MADISON, WI – As gun lobbyists push to expand access to firearms across the country, Wisconsin Republicans announced their plan to allow dangerous individuals to carry firearms without a permit or background check. The “Permitless Carry” proposal by Wisconsin Republicans would lower the age to carry a concealed weapon and give dangerous individuals greater access to firearms. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Lawmakers fear Wisconsin impact of ACA repeal
MADISON – As a result of the Republican health care repeal, over 220,000 Wisconsin residents could lose their coverage and another 3.2 million individuals could see higher out-of-pocket costs. Numerous reports have indicated that seniors and rural families will be hit hardest by the federal changes which are being pushed through by Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump over the objections and concerns of health advocates and moderate lawmakers.
Treat family like family
MADISON, WI – Caring for a newborn or an ailing relative is a stressful time for many families, especially since these situations often force workers to take unpaid leave for weeks or months at a time. While Wisconsin was a trailblazing state in the 1980’s when it became the first to pass a state Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), many are now looking to reform and improve the nearly 30-year-old statute.
Shilling announces listening sessions
LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding district office hours over the coming weeks. These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to meet with Sen. Shilling, share their thoughts on state issues and request assistance with state agencies.
La Crosse area Democrats co-author legislation to lower student loan debt
LA CROSSE, WI – A plan to lower student loan debt payments for working families is once again a top priority for Wisconsin Democrats. The Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill (SB 91 and AB 143) has been introduced by Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine).
Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research
LA CROSSE, WI – Republican lawmakers and anti-choice special interest groups are renewing their push to ban medical research in Wisconsin. Led by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), LRB 1754 would ban lifesaving medical research and impose criminal penalties on biomedical researchers. In response to the proposal, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Be Bold for Change
March 8th marks the 2017 International Women’s Day, a global celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It serves as a reminder that work still needs to be done for gender parity. As part of this year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change,” Wisconsin Democrats are introducing the Equal Pay Reinforcement Act which would provide a stronger enforcement mechanism for violations of pay and workplace discrimination.
Shilling announces listening sessions
LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding district office hours over the coming weeks. These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to meet with Sen. Shilling, share their thoughts on state issues and request assistance with state agencies.
Gov. Walker fails to submit balanced budget
MADISON – Amid bipartisan confusion and concern with Gov. Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Shilling backs Compassionate Cannabis Care Act
MADISON – On the heels of a bipartisan effort to legalize marijuana oil for the treatment of children with seizures, Democratic legislators are pushing to expand access to comprehensive care through the use of medical marijuana. The Compassionate Cannabis Care Act authored by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) would legalize physician-supervised access to medical marijuana.
Cost of child care skyrockets
MADISON – Ensuring parents have access to affordable and quality childcare remains a top priority for Democrats as the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway. To help make child care more affordable for families, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) are introducing legislation that would create a targeted child care income tax credit.
Rural Schools Deserve Better
MADISON, WI – After cutting $1 billion from Wisconsin’s K-12 schools since 2011, Republicans continue to prioritize tax breaks for the wealthy over funding for local schools. Several recent reports have highlighted massive tax breaks that have ballooned out of proportion which largely benefit individuals making over $1 million a year.
Statement on GOP Election Rigging Lawsuit
MADISON, WI – In a historic win for election fairness, a Federal Appeals Court has determined that Republican politicians in Wisconsin broke the law by drawing heavily skewed partisan district maps in 2011.
AUDIT: Wisconsin road crisis worsens
MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s unsafe roads are costing drivers more in repairs, delaying commute times and resulting in additional traffic accidents. A new audit reveals that Wisconsin roads, ranked 4th worst in the nation, are deteriorating at a rapid pace due to Republican budget cuts and project delays. According to the report, “The proportion of state highways rated in good condition decreased steadily from 53.5 percent in 2010 to 41.0 percent in 2015.”
Statement on Gov. Walker’s proposed work restrictions
MADISON – After years of Republican policies that have cut family wages, shrunk the middle class and increased student loan debt, Gov. Walker is proposing more restrictions on working families in need of assistance. His latest proposal creates new rules and regulations for workers struggling to make ends meet while adding additional layers of state bureaucracy. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Protect Seniors by extending SeniorCare
MADISON – Protecting senior citizens and access to affordable prescription drugs are top priorities for Democrats as the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway. The SeniorCare Protection Act is being authored by Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) and is co-sponsored by several Democratic leaders including Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). The bill would ensure the continuation of SeniorCare and prevent future raids on prescription drug care funding.
Senate Dem Leader lays out priorities for 2017-18 session
MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) welcomed new and returning members to the legislature today at the inauguration ceremony for the 103rd Session of the State Legislature. In her inauguration day remarks, Sen. Shilling laid out her vision for the future and policy goals to strengthen the middle class, boost family wages and invest in the future of Wisconsin.