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Dear Neighbor,

It is that time again; time to reflect on the last 12 months and plan for the ones to come. I hope you all will enjoy a safe and happy New Year! I would like to take some time to discuss the busy year we have had in 2015. I will be sharing some of my thoughts on it below as well as highlighting.... for more click here.

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A Year in Review: GOP vs. Democratic Priorities

In 2015, I was honored to be sworn in as a member of the 102nd Wisconsin State Legislature.

But during the year, Wisconsin faced many challenges, and the legislature passed bills that should never even have been put to a vote -- bills that benefited the very wealthy and that attacked the middle class, women, and some of our less fortunate neighbors.

Some of these bills were written outside Wisconsin by a large business-financed, right-wing group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC gave our Republican colleagues their marching orders, and they were followed lock-step. One example: the so-called “right to work” law -- legislation that made it easier to cut wages, slash safety policies, and reduce the benefits workers earn and deserve. Similarly, the repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law will allow publicly funded construction projects to pay workers less than their market value.

Significantly, this ALEC-driven agenda also targeted public education. Think about that: other than protecting the lives, safety, and health of its citizens, our government has no program or activity that is more important. Education is the key to ensuring that every person can pursue her or his dreams and can gain economic security. Furthermore, public education is the glue of our democracy. Yet the complicit Republican majority and Governor -- over our objections --continued the expansion of the private school voucher programs through the direct taking of scarce public tax monies away from our public schools, then used it to fund religious and other private schools. And, not satisfied with that assault on public education, they attacked and seriously crippled the entire University of Wisconsin System with massive slashes to its funding.

We Democrats in the Assembly pushed an agenda driven by our constituents’ interests – not by the size of out-of-state wallets. For example early this year, Assembly Democrats put forward the “15 for 2015” Economic Opportunity agenda. It would have created jobs, connected workers to available jobs.... for more click here.

 


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