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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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Four (Not so Easy) Ways to Balance the Transportation Budget

(7/1/2015) Budget talks are stalled. Legislators can’t seem to find a way through the labyrinth of interests stalking the Capitol halls. One main sticking point is how to balance the transportation budget....READ MORE


Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

“A majority of Supreme Court justices reaffirmed what Congress intended – ACA subsidies are meant for every state. The decision is a victory for thousands of hard working families across our state.”


State Health Marketplace Needed to Protect Wisconsinites

Many Wisconsinites are waiting to hear if they will still be able to afford their health insurance bill.


Transportation Spending: It’s time for a comprehensive audit

“Senate leader on budget deal: ‘I don’t know where we are at’” was the headline of a recent Associated Press story on the budget deal. The story went on to report there’s “no agreement yet on how to pay for transportation projects…”


Kicking Controls Out the Window

No UW oversight by LAB a Recipe for Corruption
The motion effectively throws Wisconsin taxpayer controls out the window for a significant portion of the state budget.


Reps Craig and Jarchow Display “Staggering Ignorance” of Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB)

“Their bill shows a complete unfamiliarity with the skills of auditors, the efficiencies in government that LAB staff helped create and the fraud, waste and abuse that auditors discovered and further prevented through their oversight.”


“I’m Counting on You”

In late night budget action, after freezing the school revenue limit and allowing no increase in aid, the Republican majority voted to strip away teaching standards.


I agree Governor! Let’s Make Public Schools “Whole”

In a recent late night session, …Republicans on the Joint Finance committee opened wide the spigot of state money flowing to private schools.


Audit Affirms Complaints but also Satisfaction with Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Program

Last April I wrote about many complaints I received concerning rides to medical appointments for folks in BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs.


Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting

Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Chris Danou will host Town Hall Meetings regarding the proposed 2015-17 State Budget in Cochrane on May 23rd.

Kathleen speaking during a committee meeting.
Kathleen addresses her colleagues during Senate Session
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.
Senate Scholar Damin Hadorn-Papke from Eau Claire
Senate Scholar Mike Barton from Eau Claire


 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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