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  • Senator Lassa: Governor Signs Official Notice Bill
    Madison — A bill that standardizes the deadline by which municipal clerks must publish notice of official budget actions in local newspapers, authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker at a ceremony in the State Capitol today.
  • Senator Vinehout Column: Farmers Seek Action and Answers at the Capitol
    “Just get it done!” The farmer was referring to a bill to change rules on high capacity wells. I listened. The chances of passing the bill are dim. Solving groundwater problems in Wisconsin is complex.
  • Senator Lassa Column: As Other States Invest in Higher Ed, Wisconsin Lags Behind
    At the height of the Great Recession in 2009, many states were forced to cut funding for higher education as they struggled to cope with massive revenue shortfalls in the wake of a global economic meltdown. As the economy began to recover, however, most states began reinvesting in their public colleges and universities. It was a smart move.
  • Senator Shilling: Senate Republicans getting desperate
    MADISON – In a desperate and unprecedented effort to rig local elections, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has proposed changing state statutes to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.
  • Senator Risser: Bill Will Prohibit Sale and Purchase of Ivory
    (MADISON)—State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) is proposing legislation that would prohibit the sale and purchase of ivory.



Hello and welcome!

We all know that Wisconsin is a unique, vibrant and hardworking state full of amazing people and unparalleled potential, but we need a clearer plan to invest in our future and ensure long-term economic success. 

While our state has seen modest economic growth, too many workers remain unemployed, family wages are stagnant and our aging infrastructure is preventing many businesses from expanding. Additionally, Wisconsin’s $2.2 billion budget shortfall and the state’s fiscal uncertainty continues to present significant challenges. While our neighboring states are enjoying budget surpluses and reaping the benefits of the national economic recovery, Wisconsin communities, businesses and residents are already bracing for another round of difficult budget cuts and sacrifices.

As we seek to balance Wisconsin’s budget deficit and build a brighter future, my Senate Democratic colleagues and I are committed to focusing on the important issues at hand. We will put forward thoughtful proposals to improve workplace flexibility, increase economic freedom and invest in pro-growth policies to strengthen the middle class. We recognize that these aren’t Democratic or Republican issues. They’re Wisconsin issues and we must find ways to work together on these key priorities.

Senate Democrats will also look for ways to help businesses improve workplace productivity, reduce employee turnover and provide greater workplace flexibility. We want to focus on increasing access to affordable childcare and reducing health care costs in order to eliminate the barriers that prevent employers and employees from succeeding in a competitive global marketplace.

We also recognize that our government has a responsibility to strengthen communities and private enterprise by maintaining a strong public infrastructure. From repairing aging roads and bridges to encouraging broadband access in urban and rural areas, we need to ensure that our infrastructure is an asset, not a liability, to businesses growth and expansion.

By working together, I know that we can provide greater economic opportunity, prosperity and freedom for all to enjoy.

Thank you.
Jennifer K. Shilling
State Senator
Senate Democratic Leader