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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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Advocacy Gives Voice to the Voiceless - Families Support Family Care and IRIS

(3/25/2015) I remember when I first met a man I’ll call ‘Ron’. He came to my office with his caregiver. He couldn’t speak but used a speech synthesizer and an iPad to introduce himself....READ MORE


Farmers say Budget Damages Farm Research, Schools and Conservation Input

“It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol office. Local farmers were visiting as part of Ag Day at the Capitol.


Legislative Season Brings Many Capitol Visitors

“I’ve never done this before,” the young woman told me. She came to my Capitol office for the first time to talk about issues important to her and her profession. She was one of about two-dozen groups that recently visited.


Wisconsin Needs Its Own Health Insurance Marketplace

“Hard-working Wisconsin families will lose health insurance premium credits if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs,” explained Vinehout. “Wisconsin can avert this crisis by creating its own state-based Marketplace.”

Why I Opposed Senate Bill 44

Much has been said and written about Senate Bill 44 otherwise known as the Right to Work bill. I wanted to share my reason for opposing and voting against passage of this bill.


Economic Development $$$ Grow ~ Public Oversight Shrinks

“I’ve heard about the cuts,” the Buffalo County man said. “But this budget spends more. Who’s getting more money?”


"You have got to be kidding!"

“You have got to be kidding!” a Chippewa Valley advocate responded when I told her about a plan to potentially turn Family Care over to a for-profit insurance company.


Save SeniorCare, Again!

“Please do what you can to keep SeniorCare as is. It is critical to those of us on it.” wrote a rural Buffalo County woman.


State Budget: Take Time to Learn and Express Yourself

Recently the Governor made public his proposal for the state’s two-year budget. The day following his speech a Senate page brought around a hand-truck load of budget documents.


Governor’s Higher Ed Budget Cuts Bad for Wisconsin’s Future

My son got me thinking about the challenges our students face – competing in a global marketplace, changes in the economy, changes in technology. College has never been so important. Keeping colleges up-to-date costs money.

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