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Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator, Wisconsin District 31

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

(11/21/2014) “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.”...READ MORE


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.


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.”


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.”


A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems

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


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.


New Studies: Sand Mines Place “Communities at Risk”

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


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.


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.”


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.”

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





 Kathleen's Alternative State Budget


 Service Agency Memos