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      Senator Ringhand: Republican’s Holiday Gift to Wisconsin: An Assault on Democracy (Madison) Today, the Republican controlled State Legislature convened in a lame-duck session to throw its final temper tantrum of 2018. Speaker Vos (R-Burlington) and Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) along with our local Republican legislators evidently do not like the fact that the vote
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      Senator Shilling: 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. In response, Senate Democratic Lead
    • 12/5/2018
      Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Extraordinary Lame-Duck Power Grab On November 6th, the people of Wisconsin voted to restore the balance of power to state government. Days later, Republicans began drafting historically unprecedented legislation to undue the will of the voters.

 

 

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.
 
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Jennifer K. Shilling
State Senator
Senate Democratic Leader