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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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Keep Private Water Companies OUT of Wisconsin

(2/10/2016) Assembly Bill 554 would do away with the mandatory citizen referendum prior to the sale of public water and sewer utilities. It would also eliminate the ban on selling to out-of-state companies....READ MORE


Farmers Seek Action and Answers at the Capitol

“Just get it done!” The farmer was referring to a bill to change rules on high capacity wells. I listened. The chances of passing the bill are dim. Solving groundwater problems in Wisconsin is complex.


Dismantling Civil Service Passes Senate Despite Disturbing Debate

One by one Senators… told of secret meetings held with state workers. Supervisors had forbid employees to talk with their elected representatives. Employees felt intimidated. They wanted to improve state services but were afraid of losing their jobs…


The State of Two States

“… For the third straight year, Politico ranked Minnesota one of the two strongest states in the nation,” touted the Office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Wisconsin ranked 11th moving up from 17th last year in Politico’s ranking.


Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout

“While the Governor talks about helping make college affordable and the importance of education, his feel good proposals do not undo the damage to higher education and our public schools.” Vinehout said.


Speed and Secrecy Kill Democracy

“How can we digest all your work in this short amount of time?” Senator Bewley asked the Chair of the housing committee and author of the bill before her. An amendment replacing the bill was released just before the hearing on that bill.


Whose Property Rights Are Most Important?

“My neighbor likes to expand his lot,” Kelly told me. “First he put up a stone fence on our property and then he built a jungle gym for his kids on his other neighbor’s property.” The fence stayed but the jungle gym came down.


Looking Forward to the Challenges of 2016

By changing her address and surrendering her drivers’ license, Joe’s mom was without the necessary current “government ID” she needed to legally vote in 2016.


Looking Back on 2015

Happy Holidays! While Santa is making a list of who is naughty and nice, I spent time making a list of what folks cared about enough to call or write.


Seniors React: Don’t Take My Home Phone Away!

“I was furious,” said Cindy from Chippewa Falls. “I wouldn’t have stayed on the phone this long with this dinky cell phone.” She just found out state law allowed phone companies to dump their landline customers.

Kathleen met with Cari Fay Roesch, Erika Fay and Cecelia Kraus - constituent members of the Ho-Chunk Tribe who were advocating against a bill that would allow desecration of effigy mounds.
Senate Scholar Damin Hadorn-Papke from Eau Claire
Senate Scholar Mike Barton from Eau Claire
Kathleen shares the impact of budget cuts on local schools during the Senate debate on the state budget.
Kathleen speaks on bills considered during the Senate Session.
Kathleen addresses the press.
Kathleen confers with Senate colleague Jennifer Shilling.
Kathleen speaking during a committee meeting.
Kathleen addresses her colleagues during Senate Session


 Service Agency Memos


State Budget Town Hall Meetings


May 7​


​Ho Chunk Executive Office Building - Atrium
W9814 Airport Road – BLACK RIVER FALLS


May 14
(Thursday)  ​
​Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan High School – Commons
124 South School Street – ALMA CENTER
May 21 (Thursday) 6:30pm-8:30pm

Prescott City Hall – City Council Chamber
800 Border Street - PRESCOTT


​May 23 (Saturday)

​Cochrane Village Hall
101-103 5th Street

​May 26

​L.E. Phillips Senior Center
Dining Room
1616 Bellinger Street – EAU CLAIRE

​May 26


​L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
Eau Claire Room
400 Eau Claire Street – EAU CLAIRE

​May 27
​Arcadia High School - Auditorium
756 Raider Drive - ARCADIA
​May 28 (Thursday) ​6:30pm-8:30pm

Ellsworth Community High School – Cafetorium
323 Hillcrest Street - ELLSWORTH

​June 2 (Tuesday)
​The Roger Marten Community Center
120 South Franklin Street - MONDOVI

The public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited to participate.



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