6/21/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Keeping Families Together MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/21/2018
Senator Schachtner Column: Suicide - A Tale of Access Suicide has touched communities across the nation. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain – like all deaths from suicide – are tragic. While tragic, their deaths refocused the national attention on what is a growing suicide epidemic.
6/20/2018
Erpenbach Calls on Governor to End Support of “Zero Tolerance” The Trump Administration has been implementing its policy of arresting families and forcibly separating children from their parents since April. In that period of time, an estimated 2,500 children have been placed in chain-link holding cells, away from their parents, creating life-long trauma.
6/20/2018
Senator-elect Frostman announces district swearing-in STURGEON BAY – Senator-elect Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) announced today that he will be officially sworn in by Door County Circuit Court Judge D. Todd Ehlers on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
6/18/2018
Senator Miller: Statement on Gill v. Whitford Madison – Senator Mark Miller released the following statement regarding the opinion in Gill v. Whitford by the United States Supreme Court:
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:
6/18/2018
Senator Hansen: U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Redistricting “The court’s decision shows just how much work needs to be done to restore fairness to our elections.
6/14/2018
Senator Shilling: 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.
6/14/2018
Senator Johnson: Republicans Prioritize Foxconn over Local Roads MADISON – After the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee again prioritized Foxconn-related projects over other communities across Wisconsin, Senator LaTonya Johnson released the following statement:
6/14/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Recognizing Juneteenth Day MADISON, WI – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/7/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Suicide Awareness MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
6/5/2018
Senator Hansen: Michigan Approval of Back Forty Mine “I am very disappointed in the State of Michigan’s approval of the Back Forty Mine that will be located just 150 feet from the Menominee River.
5/31/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Celebrate June Dairy Month MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/24/2018
Senator 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.
5/24/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Observing Memorial Day MADISON, WI – Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/17/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Stroke Awareness Month MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/15/2018
Senator Shilling: 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.
5/10/2018
Senator Shilling: 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.
5/10/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Teacher Appreciation Week MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/4/2018
Senator Shilling: 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.
5/3/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Protect children, not corporate profits MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
5/1/2018
Senator Hansen: No Place at the Table for Hungry Children as Long as the Republicans are in Charge (Madison)—In what should be no surprise, after having slashed taxes for corporations and the nation’s richest millionaires and billionaires, House Republicans are now proposing to cut critical programs that provide food to thousands of children in Wisconsin.
5/1/2018
Senator Schachtner: House GOP Farm Bill Threatens Food Security for Children, Vulnerable Adults (MADISON) – Analysis released today by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimates that thousands of children and vulnerable adults will lose their FoodShare benefits under the House GOP Farm Bill.
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.
4/27/2018
Senator Erpenbach Column: June is Dairy Month Is Not Enough It is a simple fact that families are leaving their farms in Wisconsin. We are bleeding in the industry that built this state. As we enter the season where politicians proclaim June is Dairy Month we need to ask ourselves if the Legislature and Governor are really doing all they can to support...
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
Senator Shilling: 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.
4/19/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Prescription Drug Price Gouging MADISON, WI – Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
4/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Walker and GOP Pull Bait and Switch on Taxpayers (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said today that Governor Walker and Senate Republicans are pulling a classic bait and switch on state taxpayers by trumpeting a one-time tax rebate that leaves thousands of Wisconsin...
4/18/2018
Senator 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
Senator Shilling: 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.
4/13/2018
Joint Finance Democrats: Keeping Our Elections Secure, With Help from the Feds Wisconsin’s elections are unique when compared to other states. Local clerks are in charge in communities all over the state, combined with a central list verified by the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
4/12/2018
Senator Shilling: 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.
4/10/2018
Senator Hansen: Equal Pay Day Governor Walker and Republicans Have Failed Wisconsin Women and Families “Sadly, since Governor Walker and the Republicans took control of state government and repealed Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act no progress has been made closing the gap in pay between women and men which remains at 78 cents on the dollar. In Wisconsin that amounts to a gap in pay of nearly..
4/10/2018
Senator Shilling: Statement on Gov. Walker latest attack on families MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement after Gov. Walker signed a package of proposals that will create more barriers for struggling families to access food and long-term job training:
4/6/2018
Senator Erpenbach Column: Disappointing Failure on Rural Economic Development Money The only silver lining for rural Wisconsin to the Foxconn 4.5 billion in tax dollars was the introduction of a bill that granted $50 million a year to rural Wisconsin communities for economic development.
4/5/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: A better way for Wisconsin MADISON, WI – Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/31/2018
Senator 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
Senator Shilling: Statement on Lincoln Hills MILWAUKEE, WI – With today’s signing of legislation to close the state’s juvenile detention facility by 2021, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
3/30/2018
Senator Bewley: Protecting Your Vote As you read this, people are coming to grips with the results of our spring election. There are going to be new members of village and county boards as well as a new member of the highest court in our state.
3/29/2018
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: 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
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: Republicans will do anything to hold onto power MADISON, WI – In late December, Gov. Walker appointed two sitting legislators to his administration and, despite his sworn duty as Governor, failed to call for special elections, leaving thousands of Wisconsin residents without representation in Senate District 1 (SD 1) and Assembly District...
3/23/2018
Senator Shilling 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.
3/22/2018
Senator Hansen: Court Decision calling for special elections “The decision by Judge Reynolds that Governor Walker should immediately call special elections in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District is a victory for anyone who still believe in democracy and that the people deserve to have their concerns represented in the Legislature.
3/22/2018
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin court upholds right to representation MADISON, WI – Following the court’s decision ordering Gov. Walker to call for special elections in Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
3/22/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Legislative Session Comes To an End - Winners and Losers MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans Continue to Ignore Needs of Wisconsin Families (Madison)--Whether it was leaving crucial gun safety laws out of the school safety debate, failing to pass Dark Stores legislation that would protect homeowners from property tax increases or passing any number of bills that could have helped Wisconsin residents refinance their student loans...
3/20/2018
Senator Larson: Republicans Again Did Nothing to Address Gun Violence Milwaukee, WI – Today, Senator Chris Larson released the following statement on Republican inaction on the epidemic of gun violence on the last day of session:
3/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Families in 1st Senate District Had No Voice in School Safety Debate (Madison)—In what might well have been the most important debate of the 2017-18 legislative session, over 170,000 residents of the 1st Senate District including parents of approximately 26,000 children attending public schools, did not have a voice on any of the actions taken by the State Senate...
3/20/2018
Senator Taylor: School Safety or Election Protection (MADISON) – Today, the Wisconsin Senate took up Governor Scott Walker’s Special Session School Safety package of bills aimed at curbing the growing gun violence in our nation’s schools.
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.
3/15/2018
Senator Carpenter: “Governor Walker, Wisconsin Can Do Better Than This” (MADISON) – State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s School Safety Package.
3/15/2018
Senator Shilling: Gov. Walker fails to act on gun safety MADISON, WI – Once again siding with the National Rifle Association, Governor Walker is choosing to ignore student concerns about guns in schools. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement.
3/8/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Local High School Students Inspire Legislation Middleton – Inspired by a local high school student organization seeking a fair workplace, Senator Jon Erpenbach(D-Middleton) and Representative Diane Hesselbein(D-Middleton) have introduced a bill to add “gender identity” to Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law.
3/8/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Safe Schools, Safe Communities MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
3/1/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s announcement he plans to look into community gun safety measure “Following yet another mass shooting, some in politics are struggling to put together their plans for common sense public safety gun reform. Democrats in the Legislature however, have already had their agenda for community safety ready to go.
2/28/2018
Senator Shilling: 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 to
2/26/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Introduces “Misty’s Law” Named for Black Lab Found Near Death in 2016 Madison - Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) introduced “Misty’s Law” today to increase protections for animals in Wisconsin. In January of 2016, the story of Misty the dog captured the hearts of many in Wisconsin and around the country. The black lab was found abused and abandoned on the side...
2/23/2018
Senator Bewley: The Way It Ought To Be It doesn’t happen often enough at the State Capitol, but it did this week. For at least one bill on one day, the legislative process worked the way that it is supposed to, the way that 4th graders across the state are told it works when they study Wisconsin Government.
2/22/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Despite Flooding Risks, GOP Rolls Back Wetland Protections MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Ashland) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
2/21/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Amendment Protects People with Preexisting Conditions Madison – Senator Jon Erpenbach introduced an amendment to AB 365 to ensure that if the bill receives action before the end of session, people with preexisting conditions will not lose rights. Governor Walker has called for passage of AB 365 but the bill, as amended by Assembly Republicans, falls sh
2/20/2018
Republicans Have Double-Standard When It Comes to Fraud (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said tonight that when it comes to punishing those who commit fraud against Wisconsin taxpayers Senate Republicans are only interested in going after the little guy.
2/20/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans Pass Wetlands Destruction Bill (Madison)—On a day that saw flood warnings for parts of Wisconsin, Senate Republicans passed a bill that will lead to more and more flooding and damage to homes and businesses resulting from the destruction of even more wetlands said Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay).
2/20/2018
Senator Shilling: 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...
2/15/2018
Senator Taylor: Welfare Reform a Morally Cruel Campaign Distraction (MADISON) – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted on a series of welfare “reform” bills requested by Governor Scott Walker as he turns his focus toward re-election.
2/13/2018
Senator Erpenbach: AB 912/SB 769 rural economic development funds for WEDC “Our rural communities are in economic crisis. By defunding the Historic Tax Credit in every budget and then giving $4.5 billion to a Taiwanese company Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans.."
2/13/2018
Taylor and Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Juvenile Corrections Bill (MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D - Milwaukee) and a group of bipartisan legislators introduced a..
2/8/2018
Weekly Democratic radio address: Celebrating Black History Month MADISON, WI – Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
2/8/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker’s Out-of-State Ad Campaign Fails to Prioritize Training, Access for Wisconsin Residents (MADISON) – Today, the Joint Committee on Finance voted along party lines to approve Governor Walker’s proposal to spend $7 million...
2/6/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Who is Working Under the Governor’s New “Wisconsin Works” Program? “With more people working in Wisconsin…, we can’t afford to have anyone on the sidelines, we need everyone in the game,” stated Governor..
2/6/2018
Senator Hansen: Stuck, Nelson, Hintz Call for State Action on Paper APPLETON, WI – Following the recent announcement of paper mill closures from Kimberly Clark, State Representative Amanda Stuck...
2/1/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on Governor Walker’s apparent 100 percent turnaround on transportation financing reform “Wisconsin has been punished with some of the worst roads in the nation because of Governor Walker’s selfish...
1/31/2018
Senator Hansen: Republicans from White House to State House Are Failing Wisconsin’s Blue Collar workers “Today’s announcement that Kimberly-Clark is closing two mills in the Fox Valley and firing 600 workers...
1/31/2018
Senator Shilling: 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...
1/31/2018
Senator Johnson: Special Session Bills Not the Way to Support Families MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding today’s public hearing on Walker’s special session...
1/24/2018
Senator Taylor: Statement on State of the State Address (MADISON) – Senator Lena Taylor (D – Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to Governor Scott Walker’s eighth State of...
1/24/2018
Senator Bewley: Rural Schools, Students and Families Left Behind as GOP puts FoxConn First Rural schools, students and families were left behind in the GOP’s rush to adopt the largest giveaway to a foreign corporation in history.
1/24/2018
Senator Hansen: State of the State Address “The Governor’s latest series of flip flops on health care, education and the lack of jobs in our rural communities just shows how...
1/24/2018
Senator Larson: Remarks on Governor Walker’s ‘State of the State’ Madison, WI – Today the legislature gathered once again to hear Governor Walker’s State of the State address. True to form Governor Walker..
1/24/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Kicking Us When We Are Down The little girl walked home through the snow. She took the longer route. Mom asked her to stop at the store to buy milk. She touched the..
1/23/2018
Senator Johnson: Bipartisan ‘Green Alert’ Bill Passes State Senate MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding the passage of a bipartisan proposal creating a ‘Green..
1/23/2018
Senator Ringhand: Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels State Senate Republicans are rigging the Elections and Ethics Boards by voting to fire the Administrators of both panels without a public...
1/23/2018
Senator Shilling: 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..
1/23/2018
Senator-elect Schachtner announces district swearing-in SOMERSET – Senator-elect Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) announced today that she will hold a ceremonial swearing-in on Friday, January 26...
1/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Governor’s Call for Special Session “Adam Jarchow lost in Tuesday’s senate election in part because he and his Republican friends chose to attack struggling.."
1/18/2018
Senator Hansen: Governor Should Call Special Elections Voters in the 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District should be represented (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) joined a growing chorus of legislators and concerned citizens calling on Governor Walker..
1/18/2018
Senator Shilling and Rep. Hintz: 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...
1/18/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker Renews Call to Gut Services Today, Governor Scott Walker ordered a special session to address “welfare reform.” The announcement follows Governor Walker’s repeated...
1/17/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: How Haste Empowers the “Shadow Legislature” “Who put all this policy in the budget?” I whispered to my colleague the night the budget passed. “Groups,” he said glumly. “I call it the..
1/10/2018
Senators Ringhand and Wirch: Legislation Would Eliminate Local Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Laws Today, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform heard public testimony on Senate Bill 634, a controversial bill that would...
1/10/2018
Senator Shilling: 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
Senator Shilling: 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
Senator Shilling: 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..
1/5/2018
Senator Erpenbach: Time to Work Smarter As We Fight Veteran Suicide Everyone knows the statistic, 22 veterans are victims of suicide each day in our country. The reality that those who have served us...
1/4/2018
Senator Larson: Changes Needed at Lincoln Hills Now, Not After the Next Election MADISON – Senator Chris Larson issued the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s endorsement...
1/4/2018
Senator Taylor: Walker a Day Late and Dollar Short on Juvenile Corrections (MADISON) – Today, Governor Scott Walker announced that he may close the troubled Lincoln Hills facility in 2019...
1/4/2018
Senator Shilling: Gov. Walker’s hollow campaign gimmick MADISON, WI – Days after former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall accused the Walker Administration of neglecting the Lincoln Hill...
1/3/2018
Senator Vinehout Column: Looking Forward to 2018 Snow falls gently on the farm. It’s the light, fluffy snow that comes when it’s very cold.