9/21/2017
GOP healthcare proposal - from bad to worse MADISON, WI – Despite overwhelming opposition from working families, medical experts and healthcare advocates, Congressional Republicans are making another attempt to dismantle health care coverage for millions of Americans. The Graham-Cassidy bill would raise premiums, limit coverage and enact an age tax on older Americans.
9/21/2017
Shilling statement on budget signing MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Governor Scott Walker signed the 2017-19 state budget into law:
9/12/2017
GOP commits Wisconsin to $3 billion liability MADISON – With a budget that fails to restore school funding, improve local roads and protect access to healthcare, Senate Republicans voted for the largest state taxpayer giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.
9/7/2017
Gov. Walker’s economic depression MADISON, WI – No matter how you measure it, Wisconsin families are feeling the pinch from an economic slump that has seen mass layoffs, stagnant wages and a shrinking middle class. The national ‘Gold Standard’ jobs report released this week shows Wisconsin ranked 30th nationally in 12-month private sector job creation through the first quarter of 2017.
9/1/2017
Statement on Labor Day LA CROSSE, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in advance of Labor Day (Monday Sept. 4th):
8/31/2017
SeniorCare anniversary a reminder of program’s success MADISON – On the 16th anniversary of Wisconsin’s wildly popular and cost-saving SeniorCare prescription drug program, Democrats are urging legislative action to protect senior citizens and extend access to affordable prescription drugs. The SeniorCare Protection Act (Senate Bill 8), authored by Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) and 33 other Democratic lawmakers, would support the continuation of SeniorCare and prevent future raids on Wisconsin’s prescription drug care funding.
8/28/2017
Republicans cut rural school aid, delay payments MADISON – School districts continue to face an uncertain future almost two months after the state budget deadline. Many rural schools, already struggling to cope with years of Republican education cuts, were dealt another blow as Republican members on the Joint Finance Committee cut $18.1 million from school sparsity aid and delayed rural school payments that were scheduled to be paid this week.
8/14/2017
Sen. Shilling: Foxconn tax break could exceed $1 million per job MADISON – State taxpayers could be on the hook for as much as $1.5 million per job under a newly released substitute amendment proposed by Assembly Republicans. According to the revised bill language, Foxconn could receive tax credits worth up to $1.5 million per job if the company creates and retains 1,000 jobs over a 15 year period.
8/11/2017
Stop outsourcing before expanding tax breaks MADISON – A recent investigative report by WKOW-TV found that Gov. Walker’s jobs agency gave millions in taxpayer dollars to companies that outsourced Wisconsin jobs. Two companies specifically, Plexus Corp. and Eaton Corp., outsourced hundreds of Wisconsin jobs after receiving taxpayer subsidies from the Walker administration.
8/2/2017
Is GOP anticipating a “Foxconn flop?” MADISON – Reality is setting in for Wisconsin communities that could have the rug pulled out from underneath them by Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. As Gov. Walker promises thousands of jobs, the $3 billion corporate welfare plan put forward by his office commits the state to a bailout package if Foxconn walks away from the state and fails to invest in a new facility like they have done in the past.
8/1/2017
Transportation Shutdown Begins in Wisconsin MADISON – With a budget more than one month overdue, Republican inaction has begun impacting Wisconsin jobs and jeopardizing local transportation projects. As a result of the Republican budget delay, work on three I-94 Zoo Interchange projects have hit a roadblock and construction bids have been delayed indefinitely.
7/26/2017
Shilling cautious on Foxconn announcement MADISON – With today’s possible announcement that a foreign company is looking to locate a facility site in Wisconsin, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
7/21/2017
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.
7/20/2017
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.
7/18/2017
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:
7/17/2017
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.
7/13/2017
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:
7/6/2017
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.
6/30/2017
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.
6/22/2017
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.
6/19/2017
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.
6/14/2017
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.
6/7/2017
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.
5/31/2017
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.
5/30/2017
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).
5/12/2017
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.
5/11/2017
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.
5/10/2017
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.
5/8/2017
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.
5/4/2017
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:
5/3/2017
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.
5/2/2017
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.
4/28/2017
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:
4/18/2017
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.
4/10/2017
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.
4/6/2017
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.
4/5/2017
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.
3/28/2017
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:
3/21/2017
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.
3/14/2017
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.
3/14/2017
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.
3/13/2017
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).
3/10/2017
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:
3/7/2017
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.
2/21/2017
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.
2/8/2017
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:
2/7/2017
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.
2/3/2017
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.
2/1/2017
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.
1/27/2017
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.
1/26/2017
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.”
1/23/2017
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:
1/17/2017
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.
1/3/2017
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.