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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.

The last eight years have been marked by tax cuts for the rich, cuts to local public school funding, refusing to raise wages for workers, and kicking the can down the road on infrastructure funding. The legacy of the previous administration is one that has left a great deal of work to be done to address the challenges Wisconsinites face each day. Too many workers remain unemployed, family wages are stagnant, and our aging infrastructure is preventing many businesses from expanding.

Our neighboring states are leaps and bounds ahead of Wisconsin when it comes to progressive policies focused on helping working families.  My Senate Democratic colleagues and I are committed to reversing that trend and 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