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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems

(10/22/2014) “Tell us about the Transportation Constitutional Amendment,” the Eau Claire man asked....READ MORE

 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.

 10/07/2014

New Studies: Sand Mines Place “Communities at Risk”

“What new information do we have about the mines?” the Eau Claire reporter asked me.

 09/30/2014

WEDC: New Audit Raises More Questions

The big question, did the agency successfully assist businesses in creating jobs, was not addressed in this audit. A companion audit last year reported there was no verification of claims of tens of thousands of jobs created.

 09/17/2014

Let’s Pay the Bills First

“I don’t want another cent from the state until you guys pay the bills,” the business-owner from Durand told me. “I am tired of hearing about tax cuts and deficits.”

 09/09/2014

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

“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.”

 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.


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