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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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

(5/20/2015) Last April I wrote about many complaints I received concerning rides to medical appointments for folks in BadgerCare and other Medicaid programs....READ MORE


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.


Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representatives Chris Danou and Dana Wachs continue to host Town Hall Meetings across the 31st Senate District regarding the proposed 2015-17 State Budget.


Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce

Not following the law, and not acting in a transparent and accountable way is a frequent criticism of the state’s economic development operations.


Statement on Joint Finance Action on the Confluence Project

“The Republican members of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted down a golden opportunity to support an innovative approach to UW building projects,” said State Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma).


Citizen Input Provides Important Details of Conservation Budget Cuts

“Why is it I keep hearing more about what’s in the governor’s budget?” the woman asked me. “Don’t you see it all at once and then decide what to do?”


A Business Owes Nothing in Taxes & Gets a State Check?

“Why doesn’t the press cover what’s happening with refundable tax credits?” I asked the journalist. We were chatting about what I found in the state budget.


Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting

“Budgets affect people in our neighborhoods,” said Vinehout. “Please come, learn, and offer your input related to the important decisions being made in Madison that will affect your communities for years to come.”


Let’s Debunk a Few Budget Myths

“I’m okay with the cuts,” the man wrote me. “It’s shameful to pass debt on to our children.” In the man’s message, he implies a common misconception about Wisconsin – there is no state debt.


People Speak Out About Consequences of Budget Decisions

“This is not my cup of tea,” the farmer said quietly as he moved up to the microphone at the Eau Claire budget hearing.

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


 Kathleen's Alternative State Budget


Coming soon...


 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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