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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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Looking Back on 2014

(12/24/2014) The close of the year is a good time to reflect on what passed and look forward to what lies ahead. This week I offer my annual review of the opinions and needs of the folks I’m honored to represent....READ MORE

 12/17/2014

Don’t Let Government Accountability “Reform” Mean Return to Corruption

“I promise you that two years from now, when we are sitting here, the GAB will not be in the current format,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told a crowd at a Madison luncheon as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal.

 12/09/2014

Serving Wisconsin: Retiring Senators Offer Wisdom

“There is a yearning outside the Capitol for common sense, cooperation and compromise,” Senator Tim Cullen told his fellow Senators. “You all know how to do this if you’ve been married for more than 15 days.”

 12/03/2014

Enjoy 100 Miles of Christmas

“It’s the holidays,” the Buffalo County man told me. “It’s time to enjoy all we have here.” This farmer will be joining many others who take time to travel the Great River Road during the Holiday Season.

 11/21/2014

Recent School Referenda Pass; Voters Show Strong Support for Local Schools

“I voted for the referendum,” the Mondovi woman told me. “I don’t have kids. I know it’s going to raise my property taxes. I don’t want to pay more, but I think we need to keep good schools.”

 11/19/2014

Audit Reminds Us: Retirement Funds Bear Careful Watching

More than one out of ten Wisconsinites participates in the Wisconsin’s Retirement System either as a current or former state or local government employee.

 11/12/2014

Deer Hunters Ask “What About that Private/Public Thing?”

“What happens if I have a public permit because I’m not rich enough to afford a private one?” the deer hunter asked me. “I shoot a deer and it runs across the road. There’s my deer. It’s not dead. But I don’t have a private permit to go get it.”

 10/29/2014

Voting? No Photo ID Required, Yet

“I haven’t voted in three years,” a Galesville fairgoer told me this summer. He leaned up against the pole barn at the Trempealeau County Fair and shoved his fingers in his pockets. “I don’t want to show up and be told I can’t vote.”

 10/22/2014

A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems

“Tell us about the Transportation Constitutional Amendment,” the Eau Claire man asked.

 10/14/2014

Is Drug Testing Applicants for Public Programs a Wise Idea?

“If you require drug testing for unemployment insurance claims are you going to drug test farmers for crop insurance next?” the Colfax farmer asked the candidate.


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