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    • 8/21/2019
      Senator Erpenbach: Area Democrats are Disappointed with the PSC Approval of the Transmission Line Today the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced the approval of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line. We have all received a great deal of contact in opposition to this project from both local units of government and concerned constituents.
    • 8/21/2019
      Sen. Smith: Politics Behind Gun Violence Inaction I can’t imagine the horror victims go through when face to face with an active shooter while in a place of worship, school, shopping center or night club. How do families cope with the news of a loved one being murdered by a domestic terrorist, coworker or significant other?
    • 8/15/2019
      Senator Schachtner: The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now WEST POINT - Today I stood with Governor Evers, Lieutenant Governor Barnes, Attorney General Kaul, and Middleton Police Chief Foulke, along with other Democratic colleagues, as Representative Sargent and Senator Johnson announced their proposal to close the background check loophole on the sales.
    • 8/15/2019
      Senator Shilling: Democrats Take Action to Improve Public Safety MADISON – After another uptick in deadly mass shooting deaths, Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) are introducing legislation that would close the gun show loophole that enables individuals with criminal convictions to purchase a firearm.
    • 8/15/2019
      Senator Taylor: Bill Outlawing Sexual Contact While In Custody Moves Forward MADISON) – Today, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held a public hearing on Senate Bill 104, prohibiting law enforcement officers from having sexual contact with persons under their custody.
    • 8/15/2019
      Senator Taylor: Realities of Anti-Shackling Bill Evoke Emotion (MADISON) – Today Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) testified before Wisconsin’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in support of SB 316, commonly known as the Anti-Shackling Bill. Originally introduced in 2017, the bill failed to gain needed support to become law.


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