12/5/2018
Desperation: The Republican Legacy MADISON, WI – In an effort to undermine election results after voters resoundingly elected Democrats to every statewide office, Senate Republicans voted on a series of proposals to limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.
11/30/2018
Election defeat leads to GOP temper tantrum MADISON, WI – After voters resoundingly elected Democrats to every statewide office on November 6th, Republicans unveiled sweeping plans to rig elections, limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers and reverse the will of Wisconsin voters.
11/15/2018
Sen. Shilling appoints Erpenbach, Johnson to serve on Joint Finance Committee MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) will be re-appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the 2019-20 legislative session.
11/15/2018
Sen. Shilling appoints Erpenbach, Johnson to serve on Joint Finance Committee MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) will be re-appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the 2019-20 legislative session.
11/9/2018
Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Senate Democrats gathered to elect leaders for the 2019-20 legislative session. Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after being re-elected Senate Democratic Leader:
10/29/2018
Wisconsin Lt. Governor puts health protections in jeopardy MADISON, WI – During a recent interview on Upfront with Mike Gousha, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch admitted the Walker administration can’t ensure coverage protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions if Republicans overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
10/26/2018
GOP’s Spooky Saga of Health Care Flip-Flops MADISON, WI – Despite repeated attempts to cover up past votes and mislead local residents, Legislative Republicans are struggling to explain their opposition to coverage protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
10/25/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Preparing to Vote MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
10/18/2018
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: School Referenda Up, State Funding Down MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
10/5/2018
Property Taxes Increase Under Walker MADISON, WI – Wisconsin homeowners continue to get hit with higher property taxes as Gov. Walker and Republican lawmakers prioritize corporate tax breaks at the expense of local schools.
10/3/2018
Statement on Republican Corporate Bailout Plan MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer (D-La Crosse) released the following statement regarding Republican plans to consider additional corporate tax breaks after the November 6th election:
9/21/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin Budget Shock MADISON, WI – After years of fiscal mismanagement, Wisconsin is facing a massive budget deficit based on new information from Gov. Walker’s administration.
9/20/2018
Students encouraged to apply for Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program LA CROSSE, WI – The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program is currently accepting applications from high school students aged 16 to 18. The Senate Scholar Program is a week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate that provides high school students with a hands-on...
9/18/2018
Wisconsin drivers to Gov. Walker: Just fix it! MADISON, WI – A report from TRIP, a national transportation group, highlighted what many drivers already know: Wisconsin roads are in bad shape.
9/7/2018
Sen. Shilling recognized as “Friend of Family Medicine” MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) recently named Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) as a 2017-18 “Friend of Family Medicine.”
8/28/2018
Shilling statement on local flood damage MADISON, WI – Significant structural damage, flooding, and a train derailment have been reported in western Wisconsin as a result of ongoing storms. In response to concerns about worsening local conditions, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement:
7/24/2018
Wisconsin wages stuck in the past MADISON – Despite Wisconsin being one of the first states to pass a statewide minimum wage standard, nearly a decade has passed since the last time the minimum wage was increased in July 2009.
7/16/2018
Walker’s Foxconn Flop Tour Continues EAU CLAIRE, WI – While Gov. Walker continues to tout his multi-billion-dollar state tax giveaway for Foxconn, the foreign mega-corporation has quietly rolled back its plans for a high-tech manufacturing plant.
7/11/2018
Can’t pay back $1 million loan? WEDC says ‘No worries’ MADISON, WI – Amid concerns with Gov. Walker’s inability to enforce job creation contracts, observers are questioning the latest move by the Walker administration to write off a $1.1 million debt owed by a businessman convicted of fraud.
7/3/2018
Walker continues to ignore prison assault crisis MADISON, WI – While assaults at Wisconsin prisons have hit a record high under Gov. Walker, the administration has failed to meet a legislative mandate to improve worker safety.
6/28/2018
Foxconn Folly Fueling Family Farmer Famine MOUNT PLEASANT, WI – The largest state taxpayer funded giveaway to a foreign corporation in U.S. history has begun. As Republican officials joined President Trump for a ceremony marking the beginning of a foreign development project estimated to cost Wisconsin taxpayers over $4.5 billion...
6/26/2018
Sen. Shilling Column: Supporting Wisconsin Farmers I don’t know about you, but my family always enjoys the month of June. Not just because school is out, but because June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin!
6/18/2018
Shilling Statement on GOP Election-Rigging Case MADISON, WI – The U.S. Supreme Court delayed a decision on the merits of Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislative maps, dealing a temporary setback to advocates for fair elections. In response to the ruling, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:
6/14/2018
GOP raids transportation fund for Foxconn (again) MADISON, WI – After earlier reports exposed Republican plans to divert up to $90 million from state highway maintenance to fund Foxconn related projects, the Walker administration is doubling down on their transportation fund raid to subsidize the massive foreign corporation.
5/24/2018
Shilling calls for action in wake of Sterling Brown arrest MILWAUKEE, WI – With the release of video footage from the Sterling Brown arrest, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is renewing her call for state officials to address Wisconsin’s problems with racial profiling and disparities in the criminal justice system.
5/15/2018
Foxconn ties to Walker campaign exposed MADISON, WI – Questions are being raised as connections between Foxconn and Gov. Walker’s campaign were recently brought to light. The company leading the Foxconn development project is run by Jon Hammes, who currently serves as the finance chairman for Gov. Walker’s re-election campaign.
5/11/2018
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...
5/10/2018
Republican confusion threatens hemp industry MADISON, WI – After a proposal to allow growing industrial hemp in Wisconsin was signed into law, a known discrepancy ignored by Legislative Republicans has created chaos among farmers and families.
5/8/2018
Shilling Statement on Joint Finance Appointment MADISON, WI – After appointing Sen. LaTonya Johnson to serve on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
5/4/2018
Planned Parenthood files lawsuit against Trump MADISON, WI – To safeguard access to birth control and vital health services for the four million people who depend on Title X, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, along with affiliates in Utah and Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against the Trump/Pence administration.
5/1/2018
GOP to hungry children: “Let Them Eat Cake” MADISON – After prioritizing massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, House Republicans are now proposing widespread cuts to food assistance programs that will impact thousands of children.
4/20/2018
Sen. Shilling Column: Protect Wisconsin’s Conservation Legacy It is hard not to celebrate Earth Day without a sense of pride. It was, after all, founded by former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. Created as a day for Americans to recognize environmental issues and promote conservation, the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
4/19/2018
Affordable Care Act is Working in Wisconsin MADISON – Despite Republican efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, repeal patient protections and drive up costs, the landmark health care bill continues to provide much-needed relief to Wisconsin families.
4/18/2018
Shilling statement on the passing of Vel Phillips MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Secretary of State Vel Phillips:
4/17/2018
Walker’s latest attempt to boost lagging approval ratings MADISON – After years of Republican tax breaks for multi-millionaires and the largest taxpayer handout to foreign corporation in U.S history, Gov. Walker signed into law a one-time campaign gimmick. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement.
4/12/2018
Ryan departure leaves Foxconn future in question MADISON – The retirement of Speaker Paul Ryan, combined with Gov. Scott Walker’s uncertain political future and the earlier ouster of Reince Priebus from Trump’ White House, is once again raising questions about the future of Foxconn in Wisconsin.
3/31/2018
Shilling statement on the passing of Peg Lautenschlager LA CROSSE, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement regarding the passing of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager:
3/30/2018
Shilling calls for revamp of Walker’s $7 million millennial marketing campaign After Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans approved a $7 million taxpayer-funded ad campaign aimed at luring millennials back to Wisconsin from places like Chicago and Minneapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling noticed something was missing.
3/29/2018
Democracy Wins in Wisconsin MADISON, WI – After weeks of chaos and three court orders later, Governor Walker conceded, finally calling special elections in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District.
3/23/2018
Column: Homeowners shouldn’t be left footing the bill Imagine if you could pay lower property taxes by simply saying no one lives in your neighbor’s house. It sounds ridiculous but the sad reality is that large corporations are increasingly taking advantage of a legal loophole to avoid paying their fair share of local property taxes.
3/20/2018
Senate Republicans throw in the towel MADISON, WI – After a year dominated with Republican infighting, a 3 month overdue state budget, and last minute scrambling to boost lagging poll numbers, Senate Republicans are poised to adjourn the 2017-18 legislative session.
2/28/2018
The time for action on gun violence is now MADISON, WI – After Senate Republicans blocked a vote on a Democratic proposal that would give schools a revenue limit exemption to create and implement school safety plans, Democrats are calling for action. Senate Democrats are urging Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald to step up and take action...
2/20/2018
Republicans block school shooting precautions MADISON, WI – In seeking to provide more protections for students, teachers and staff at local schools, Senate Democrats introduced an amendment that would provide revenue limit exemptions for expenditures made under a school safety plan. Republicans blocked the amendment that would allow schools ..
1/31/2018
Walker’s war on struggling families MADISON, WI – In an attempt to boost his approval ratings in a tough election year, Gov. Walker has called for a Special Session on Welfare Reform. The package of proposals that will create more barriers for struggling families to access food and long-term job training received a joint Senate...
1/24/2018
Senate Dem Leader reacts to State of the State MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in response to Gov. Walker’s State of the State address:
1/23/2018
Senate Republicans throw elections into chaos MADISON, WI – Senate Republicans voted to reject the appointments of Elections Administrator Mike Haas and Ethics Administrator Brian Bell despite both administrators receiving reviews of confidence by their bipartisan boards and no evidence of wrong-doing.
1/18/2018
Voters Deserve Representation for Special Session MADISON, WI – While residents in the 1st Senate District (SD 1) and 42nd Assembly District (AD 42) are left without representation in Madison, Governor Walker...
1/18/2018
Shilling Statement on Special Session on Welfare Reform MADISON, WI – Following Governor Walker’s announcement calling for a Special Session on Welfare Reform, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
1/10/2018
Ads don’t reflect Governor’s priorities MADISON, WI – A proposal pushed by Governor Walker to spend an additional $6.8 million on an advertising campaign...
1/9/2018
Smoggy future for clean air under GOP control MADISON, WI – The future of the state’s clean air is now being threatened by Republican bills that prioritize corporate profits over...
1/8/2018
Walker’s latest hypocrisy MADISON, WI – After vetoing additional funding for low-spending school districts just four months ago, Gov. Walker announced today that if re-elected, he will propose doing exactly that.
1/4/2018
Gov. Walker’s hollow campaign gimmick MADISON, WI – Days after former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall accused the Walker Administration of neglecting the Lincoln Hills ...
1/3/2018
Column: The Wisconsin Way Forward in 2018 As I look back at the political battles of 2017, I’m reminded that our state does better when we all work together for the shared values...