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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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Farmers ask ‘Where’s the train to ship my grain?’

(9/9/2014) “The farmers are coming to me saying ‘we need drivers to get the corn to market. We need barges and trains to get the harvest to market.’” Barb Gronemus recently told me. “Kathleen you need to pay attention to problems with shipping grain.”...READ MORE

 08/28/2014

School Bells Ring: Local Schools See Fewer State Dollars while Private “Voucher” Schools Win Big

“How is it possible that private voucher schools can receive almost four and a half times the state funding per student as our public school district receives in equalized aid,” Pepin School Superintendent Bruce Quinton wrote me.

 08/26/2014

Improve the Economy? Get Money in People’s Pockets

“If there is one thing you could do to help it would be to raise the minimum wage.” A worker told me. She worked the last 8 years for a company that barely paid her $8.00 an hour.

 08/19/2014

Use New Federal Money for BadgerCare

“My twin sister lives in La Crosse... I’d love to visit her but when I get all the bills paid, I don’t even have $20 for gas to get me there and back,” Mary said. “And, I don’t have any health insurance. What if something happened to one of us?”

 08/13/2014

Do Not Call!

Beginning this month, the state Do Not Call list was consolidated with the Federal Do Not Call List maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The list also became permanent.

 08/06/2014

Fair-Goers Living with Health Insurance Changes, Asking for More

“The Affordable Care Act has been godsend for me,” the middle-aged, single man whispered to me at the Jackson County Fair. “I had paid $336 a month, now I pay $56 and its better insurance.”

 07/30/2014

County Fairs: Competition, Critters and Community

It’s county fair-time.

 07/22/2014

Identity Theft: New Scam Targets Unemployment Insurance

A woman was the victim of an unemployment insurance scam. “What are you going to do to help me?” she challenged legislators and candidates at a recent forum in Eau Claire. “What are you going to do to prevent this from happening again?”

 07/16/2014

Why Art?

“Art has the power to fill spaces in our souls that nothing else can,” said Alan Nugent, owner of Abode Art Gallery in Stockholm. I recently had an opportunity to learn about art and its impact on Wisconsin.

 07/09/2014

Wisconsin Leading the Way in State Cuts to Schools?

A recently released study of state budget cuts to local schools has Wisconsin ranked second only to Alabama in cuts per pupil.


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


The State Budget

 

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 Kathleen's Alternative State Budget

 
 

 Service Agency Memos