2/14/2019
Senator Erpenbach: Column - The GOP Spending Bill Hurts Wisconsin Governor Evers campaigned on a fiscally responsible plan to cut taxes for middle-class families by 10%. Not only would his plan reach around 63% of filers, but it would be fully funded within the State’s budget
2/14/2019
Senator Shilling: Kickapoo HS Student Participates in Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program MADISON, WI – The first of two Senate Scholars from the 32nd Senate District, Josefine Jaynes from Kickapoo High School, will be completing the 2019 Senate Scholar Program on February 15th.
2/14/2019
Senator Ringhand: Statement regarding Republican tax scheme Statement regarding Republican tax scheme
2/14/2019
Senator Wirch: Statement on GOP Tax Plan Madison-Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Republican tax plan:
2/14/2019
Senator Taylor: Taylor Refutes GOP’s Censorship of Black History Honorees Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) joined her colleagues in the legislature to vote on three items.
2/14/2019
Senator Shilling: Republicans jeopardize school funding with one-time spending gimmick Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted on a spending plan that eliminates funding for Democratic priorities to invest in schools, roads and communities while further protecting tax giveaways for millionaires
2/13/2019
Senator Smith: Part Two: Water is Prosperity This is the second of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin
2/11/2019
Senator Smith: Introduces Voter Protection Act as His First Bill Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced the Voter Protection Act (LRB 1404/1) as his first bill as State Senator.
2/8/2019
Senator Smith: Part One: Water is Life We take a lot of things for granted in life. Our car will always start, our dogs will always love us and the water we drink will always be clean. Like all these assumptions, nothing is guaranteed.
2/7/2019
Senator Erpenbach and Senator Johnson: JFC Democrats Reject Irresponsible GOP Spending Plan MADISON – Democratic members of the Joint Committee on Finance stood in opposition to the irresponsible spending plan proposed by Republicans. The Republican spending plan will cost taxpayers more in the long-run without any plan to pay for it in the future
2/7/2019
Senator Risser: Introduces Bill to End Wildlife Killing Contests in Wisconsin (MADISON)—Yesterday, State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) introduced a bill that would ban wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin. “Wildlife killing contests are a cruel stain on Wisconsin’s long legacy of conservation.
2/5/2019
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on the Republican Tax Plan While I am glad that Republicans are taking steps to support Governor Evers’ vision for a tax cut for the middle-class, today’s public hearing on their alternative proposal makes it clear that their spending plan is shortsighted and irresponsible.
2/5/2019
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers is Standing up for Homeowners (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) praised Governor Evers for announcing that he will include a provision to close the Dark Stores Loophole in his budget:
2/5/2019
Senator Smith: Governor Evers' Middle Class Tax Cut is the Best Option MADISON – Today, at a joint public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), the ranking Senate Democrat on the committee.
2/5/2019
Senator Shilling: Democrats Support Responsible Tax Relief for Wisconsin Families MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statements supporting Governor Evers middle-class tax cut for Wisconsin families and seniors.
2/5/2019
Senator Shilling: Homeowners Triumph under Gov. Evers MADISON, WI – All across Wisconsin, large corporate retailers have taken advantage of the Dark Store tax loophole that allows them to shift their property tax liability onto homeowners and small businesses.
2/4/2019
Senator Carpenter: Sorry, Your "Pants on Fire" Last Thursday, an Assembly Republican Committee Chair made a statement explaining that, ‘The public has every right to know if there are secret negotiations taking place that could undermine the legislature-approved contract with Foxconn.
2/1/2019
Senator Smith: Walk the Talk for Bipartisanship I’ve said it. Governor Evers said it. Republican leaders said it - “We need to work together.” A number of clichés come to mind as we talk about working together. “It’s easier said than done” or “Talk is cheap.” I prefer “walk the talk.”
2/1/2019
Senator Bewley: Minong Native Joins Senator Bewley Staff MADISON- Samantha Linden, a native of Minong in the 25th Senate District, has joined Senator Janet Bewley’s staff as a legislative aide in her Madison office.
2/1/2019
Senator Carpenter: It’s Groundhog Day in the GOP Legislature MADISON - State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement today, Groundhog Day: “Just like in Bill Murray’s famous movie, Groundhog Day, the Republican majority leaders have begun their phony message war against Governor Tony Evers.
1/31/2019
Senator Shilling: Senate Democrats Tout Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill MADISON, WI – As Legislative Republicans continue their effort to overturn key Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to protect vital services and coverage. Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) has introduced The Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill.
1/31/2019
Senator Erpenbach: Introduces Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill “With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under attack in Wisconsin, it is vital that Wisconsinites are guaranteed access to affordable and quality health care, regardless of their previous conditions. Republicans have sued to take federal protections away from the people of Wisconsin...
1/30/2019
Senator Shilling: Statement on Foxconn Fiasco MADISON, WI – Once again questions are being raised about the future of Foxconn in Wisconsin as the foreign mega-corporation rolls back its plans for a high-tech manufacturing plant and misses jobs targets.
1/30/2019
Senator Taylor: Foxconn Played Walker and Republican Leadership (MADISON) - In response to a Reuters article in which a Foxconn’s Louis Woo discussed the company’s shifting commitment to hire 13,000 workers in Wisconsin and instead focus on a technology hub requiring far less workers, Sen. Lena Taylor (Milwaukee) released the following statement:
1/29/2019
Senator Smith Column: Walk the Talk for Bipartisanship I’ve said it. Governor Evers said it. Republican leaders said it - “We need to work together.”
1/25/2019
Democratic Members urge JFC Co-Chairs to hold vote on the ACA lawsuit MADISON – On Thursday, Attorney General Josh Kaul sent a letter to JFC co-chairs Senator Darling and Representative Nygren requesting that Wisconsin withdraw from the Texas lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
1/25/2019
Weekly Democratic radio address: "Democrats Welcome Gov. Evers State of the State Address" MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Sommerset) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting Governor Evers’ State of the State Address.
1/22/2019
Senator Smith: Statement Regarding Gov. Evers' First State of the State Address MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) issued the following statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ first State of the State Address:
1/22/2019
Senator Hansen: Statement in Response to Governor Evers’ State of the State Address After 8 years of divide and conquer from Scott Walker to hear a message of hope it was a breath of fresh air to hear our new governor talking about wanting to work together on behalf of the people for a change.
1/22/2019
Senator Shilling: Leader Praises Gov. Evers State of the State Address MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in response to Gov. Evers’ State of the State address:
1/22/2019
Senator Larson: Governor Evers State of the State - A New Way Forward Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding Governor Evers’ First State of the State Address
1/14/2019
Senator Smith: Announces New Staff, Social Media Sites and Website MADISON – Following Senator Jeff Smith’s (D-Brunswick) inauguration on Monday, January 7th, Smith announced new staff members hired to serve the 31st Senate District and creation of his new legislative social media sites and his state senate website.
1/7/2019
Senator Shilling: Lays out priorities for 2019-20 session MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) welcomed new and returning members to the legislature today at the inauguration ceremony for the 104th Session of the State Legislature.
1/7/2019
Senator Larson: It is an Honor to Serve the Milwaukee Area and the Seventh Senate District Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding his inauguration for a third term in the Wisconsin State Senate.
1/7/2019
Senator Smith: Statement on Swearing-In MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) was sworn into office today as the 31st District Senator during the opening session of the 104th Wisconsin State Legislature. Senator Smith offered the following statement:
1/7/2019
Senator Shilling: Welcome incoming Senator Smith MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) welcomed newly elected Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and returning members to the legislature at the inauguration of the 104th Session of the State Legislature.
1/7/2019
Senator Larson: The Inauguration of Governor Evers Signals a New Era for Wisconsin Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Governor Tony Evers
1/7/2019
Senator Shilling: Welcome Governor Evers MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Tony Evers was sworn in as the 46th Governor of the State of Wisconsin:
1/3/2019
Weekly Democratic radio address: Opportunity to move Wisconsin forward on drunk driving in 2019 MADISON, WI – Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
1/2/2019
Senator-elect Smith Column: Divided, but Not Broken Government As I traversed western Wisconsin last year campaigning to be the new 31st District State Senator, it was clear we’ve been fortunate to have Kathleen Vinehout serve as our Senator for the last twelve years.