Legislators Introduce Bi-Partisan Initiative to Help Wisconsin Children Begin Saving at Birth Today, Representative Macco, Representative Goyke, and Senator Ringhand introduced LRB 5348 that creates the 401(K)ids saving program to help every child in Wisconsin begin saving at birth. The bi-partisan group of legislators used framework provided by the Retirement Security Task Force to...


Raising Awareness for Endosalpingiosis State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) has introduced a Senate Resolution to declare the month of March as Endosalpingiosis Awareness Month.
State budget favors the wealthy, comes up short for most Wisconsin families The state budget, crafted by legislative Republicans falls short of meeting the state’s needs and I oppose it. I hope that Governor Evers uses his veto pen to improve the budget for Wisconsin families.
Senator Janis Ringhand statement on Joint Finance Committee refusal to fund UW-Whitewater building projects “I was very disappointed to see that all the Republican’s on the Joint Committee on Finance failed to support UW – Whitewater’s request for funding to renovate Winther Hall, replace Heide Hall’s roofing and windows and construct new entrances on both buildings. Winther Hall was built in 1969 and...
State Senator Janis Ringhand statement on Republican conspiracy theory bills “Wisconsin has always worked to ensure that every person who is eligible to vote, has an opportunity to do so. For decades, both Democratic and Republican clerks have made sure that our elections are accurate, fair and transparent. Our clerks deserve a lot of credit for Wisconsin leading the...
State Senator Janis Ringhand statement regarding Republican failure to take action in special legislative session Today, Wisconsin Republicans refused to take action in a special legislative session to bring home $1.6 billion of our own tax dollars to expand health care opportunities for 90,000 state residents. State Senator Janis Ringhand released this statement following the Republican’s refusal to act...
Senator Ringhand Statement on Governor Evers’ Approval of Beloit Gaming and Entertainment Center "I would like to thank Governor Evers for giving final go-ahead for the Beloit Gaming and Entertainment Center. The Ho-Chunk Nation and City of Beloit have worked together on this project for years...
Governor seeks input for Badger Bounceback agenda Last month, Governor Evers introduced his 2021-23 state budget as part of his Badger Bounceback agenda to bring Wisconsin back from COVID-19 better than before the pandemic hit. Part of the Governor’s effort has been to include the stories and viewpoints of citizens from all parts of the state...


Senator Ringhand elected Assistant Democratic Leader of State Senate “It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen to serve as Assistant Democratic Leader by my colleagues,” Senator Ringhand said. “I am grateful for their support. We have many issues to tackle and first and foremost is to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control so we can reopen our economy and...
V.A. delays billing for health care copayments in January, 2021 As a way to ease the financial stress on Veterans due to COVID-19, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suspended billing statements for health care copayments on April 6, 2020. Interest and administrative fees for any co-pays that have also been waived during this period. The VA expects to...
State Senator Janis Ringhand on COVID-19: It didn’t have to be this way Now that the spread of COVID-19 has hospitals, health care workers and communities throughout the state in danger of being overwhelmed, one thing is clear. It didn’t have to be this way.
Department of Transportation Releases US 12 Whitewater Bypass Road Safety Audit Last year after several serious accidents including two fatal crashes at the intersection Highway 12 and Walworth Avenue, local leaders met with the Department of Transportation to discuss what needs to be done to improve safety at the intersection. The Department of Transportation conducted...
Democrats introduce unemployment legislation “Workers deserve relief,” said State Senator Janis Ringhand. “The roadblocks to unemployment that have been put in place over the last decade have jammed up our system and made it more difficult, if not impossible, for people to get their unemployment claims approved.”
2020 Survey Results Click through the slides to see the results of the 2020 Legislative Survey.
Juneteenth is a Call to Action Juneteenth is a day in which we celebrate the victories previous generations made towards freedom and equality, while also recognizing the need to improve opportunities for future generations.
Senator Ringhand applauds Governor Evers for direct aid to farmers The Wisconsin Farm Support Program is a $50 million investment to provide direct aid payments to struggling family farmers.
Ringhand statement on Supreme Court ruling “It is unfortunate that the Wisconsin Supreme Court has politicized this public health crisis. Governor Evers crafted his Safer at Home order after consulting with medical doctors and public health officials with the goal of protecting the citizens of our great state from COVID-19.
Senator Ringhand to serve as Assistant Leader for Senate Democrats State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) was chosen to serve as Assistant Leader for the Senate Democrats for the remainder of the legislative term.
Senator Ringhand: Bi-partisan COVID-19 legislation a good first step State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) praised the bi-partisan effort to pass legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. The State Senate unanimously supported the legislation, which now goes to Governor Evers.
Senator Ringhand – Waive the waiting period for Unemployment Insurance State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) is calling for the legislature to repeal the one week waiting period for Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits. Governor Evers has called for the suspension of the waiting period and legislation is drafted to address the problem.
Stay Safe, Stay Informed – Up to date COVID-19 information online President Trump announced Sunday evening that he was extending social distancing guidelines through the end of April rather than easing them as early as this week. State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) is urging people to get the most accurate and up to date online information of the impacts o
Vote by Mail. Absentee ballots available until April 2. “Be safer at home. Vote by mail.” Senator Ringhand said. “Requesting an absentee ballot and voting by mail allows you to have your vote be counted, while maintaining safety precautions to avoid contracting the COVID 19 virus.”


Senator Ringhand Statement on Special Session Last night, Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald gaveled in and quickly ended the special session on gun safety without allowing any debate on proposals for universal background checks and red-flag laws.
Legislators Introduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act Proposal gives working families much needed benefit to care for sick family member or themselves without having to give up pay


Senator Ringhand: Just Fix It Senator Ringhand calls out Governor Walker for failing to fix our deteriorating roads.
Legislative leaders support property tax increase for homeowners by refusing legislative action to address “Dark Store” tax scheme “Dark Store” property tax scheme will not be addressed in the final weeks of the legislative session.
Senator Ringhand statement regarding the 2018 State of the State Address Today, Wisconsin is facing the challenge of fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, and restoring our commitment to public education.
Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels


Bi-Partisan Bill Would Provide Flexibility for Local Governments Senate Bill 335, authored by Senators Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) and co-authored by Representative Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) would allow local government who utilize the manager form of government to decide if they if they wish to establish a residency requirement.
Dark Store Legislation Would Restore Property Tax Fairness in Wisconsin The Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions and Rural Affairs heard testimony on Wednesday regarding two bi-partisan bills that I have co-authored to address this growing problem in Wisconsin.
Republican Legislative Leader Debunks Prevailing Wage Savings Claims The Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform voted 3-2 along party lines to advance Senate Bill 216, which would eliminate the prevailing wage for state public works and highway projects in Wisconsin.
New UW-Whitewater Dorm Project Moves Forward Today, the State of Wisconsin Building Commission unanimously approved the design and authority to construct a new residence hall at UW-Whitewater.
An Introduction to the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017 This bill also works to establish branding for goods produced by our veterans.
Legislators Introduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act Legislators Introduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act Proposal gives working families much needed benefit to care for sick family member or themselves without having to give up pay Madison, WI – State Senator Janis Ringhand (D – Evansville) and Representative Sondy Pope
Legislators Unveil Equal Pay Proposals MADISON – Senators Hansen (D-Green Bay) and Ringhand (D-Evansville) and Representatives Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) and Ohnstad (D-Kenosha) unveiled the Equal Pay Enforcement and Transparency Acts Monday, two proposals that aim to narrow the wage gap in Wisconsin.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Governor’s Budget Address Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Governor’s Budget Address
Poorly Negotiated Jobs Legislation is Bad for Wisconsin Poorly Negotiated Jobs Legislation is Bad for Wisconsin
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on the State of the State The wealthy and powerful have gotten more than their fair share from Governor Walker. Now it is time he focus on the rest of us.
Ringhand Announces Committee Appointments Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville), has been appointed to five State Senate Committees for the 2017 – 18 Legislative Session.


SENATOR JANIS RINGHAND CHOSEN FOR DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) has been unanimously selected by her colleagues to serve as Caucus Vice-Chair for the 2017-18 legislative session.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Our Financial Watchdog The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Our Financial Watchdog The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in response to the banking crisis of 2007-08, which caused the Great Recession.
Higher Ed/Lower Debt Would Be a Win-Win for Wisconsin Higher Ed/Lower Debt Would Be a Win-Win for Wisconsin
Senator Ringhand: Immediate Action Needed at the King Home for Veterans Veterans at King do not have the luxury of waiting months for the outcome of an audit
Walker Administration planning to raid $18.6 million from veteran nursing homes Walker Administration planning to raid $18.6 million from veteran nursing homes Memo shows Veteran Trust Fund faces $43.1 million deficit by 2020
Renaming the Law Library Libraries are places where people learn and they ensure that everyone has access to information. It should not be named after an ill-tempered justice whose name is most widely associated with choking a colleague.
It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Wisconsin It’s Time for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Wisconsin
Sen. Ringhand: Weekly Democratic radio address: "Dems propose bill to strengthen workplace flexibility" "Creating a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program will save businesses money and provide security for workers. This common sense reform will do the right think for Wisconsin businesses, workers, and families."
Senator Ringhand: Statement on Civil Service Changes It is very disappointing that less than 24 hours after Governor Walker tried to steer a more moderate path, Wisconsin is going to significantly change civil service protections for public employees.
Senator Janis Ringhand: Response to the State of the State Address I hope that Governor Walker can provide the leadership needed to focus on the issues that affect everyone in Wisconsin and not just the fringe group of primary voters and special interests.
Senator Ringhand Applauds State Senate's Passage of SB 330 Today, the State Senate passed Senate Bill 330 unanimously on a voice vote. The bill, which is authored by Senator Shelia Harsdorf (R-River Falls) and Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville), is commonly referred to as the “Cookie Bill”, and if signed into law, would allow the sale of certain home baked goods such as cookies and muffins.


Looking Forward to 2016 Now that the legislature has wrapped up our activity for the year, I would like to take a look forward at some of issues I will be working with my colleagues on in 2016
The Commission on Government Reform, Efficiency and Performance Sen. Ringhand appointed the only Democrat to serve on the Commission on Government Reform, Efficiency and Performance
Sen. Ringhand: Weekly Democratic radio address: "Keeping Wisconsin roads safe" Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today.
Statement from State Senator Janis Ringhand on the Joint Committee on Finance action today Today, the Joint Committee on Finance approved releasing $350 million in additional transportation funding
Changes to Ethics and Election Laws Indicative of One-Party Rule At a time when distrust for partisan politics is at an all-time high, I believe that we need more accountability from both politicians and those who are bankrolling elections, not less.
Senator Janis Ringhand Formally Requests the Release of Highway Funding Press Release regarding the request for highway funding followed by the letter to the Joint Finance Committee
Medical Leave Reform Would Give Families More Flexibility I am very proud to be leading the push in the State Senate to expand our Family Medical Leave Law and create the Wisconsin Medical Leave Insurance Act.
Call for Special Session to Solve Transportation Funding Crisis People and businesses in every part of the state deserve a safe and efficient transportation system.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Keeping the Bucks in Wisconsin I’ve said all along that when it came to the arena, I would listen to my constituents.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Passage of the State Budget It is a shame that the Senate Republicans are selling out Wisconsin to support Governor Walker’s presidential ambitions.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Transportation Budget “Deal” “The transportation budget “deal” is no deal at all for south-central Wisconsin.
Statement Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Confirm Equal Protection of the Law for All Americans The U.S. Court decision to confirm equal protection of the law for every American was the correct decision.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act Today, the United States Supreme Court made the correct decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Governor Walker Should Come Home and Come Clean on WEDC State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) joined a growing chorus of legislators and government watchdogs who are calling for an “open, thorough and transparent” investigation of the loan practices at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
County-Wide Assessments Removed from State Budget A provision in Governor Walker’s proposed state budget to shift the property assessment duties from municipalities to counties has been removed from the state budget by the Joint Committee on Finance according to State Senator Janis Ringhand.
Senator Ringhand and AAUW to Commemorate Equal Pay Day at UW-Whitewater “In the 53 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, we’ve seen the average pay of women in America rise from 60 cents on the dollar to 78 cents,” Senator Ringhand said. “It is amazing that despite having a law on the books for 53 years, there is still a pay gap in America. We should not wait another 50 years for women to receive equal pay for equal work.”
Pay Equity Day At UW - Whitewater Senator Ringhand and AAUW to Commemorate Equal Pay Day at UW-Whitewater
Sen. Ringhand, Rep. Kolste want action on medical transportation system We vow to work to keep NEMT on the forefront until it gets fixed.
Kicking the Can Down the Road In his 2015-2017 budget, Governor Walker relies heavily on public debt to fund transportation projects, public services and a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, while “kicking the can down the road” when it comes to many popular and needed state projects.
Budget Column Over the next three months the state legislature will debating Governor Walker’s proposed budget. There are many controversial changes propose by the Governor that have receive intense opposition in the public hearings and in hundreds of legislative listening sessions on the budget.
UW-Whitewater Athletic Complex Upgrade Approved “The UW-Whitewater athletic programs have set a standard of excellence that is the envy of Division III universities throughout America”
Petitions to Save Senior Care Still Pouring In Hundreds of people from throughout the 15th Senate District have retuned petitions asking the state and federal government to save Wisconsin’s SeniorCare prescription drug program.
Senator Janis Ringhand statement on developing a comprehensive transportation plan The I-90/39 expansion is a critical component of Rock County’s economic comeback. We need a comprehensive plan to fund our transportation program.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Right to Work Passage Fast-tracking Right to Work is a cowardly move by Republican party-bosses who are scared to death that their Senators might think on their own, or even worse, listen to people back home.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement of Governor’s Budget Address At first blush, the Governor’s budget looks more like it comes from Washington, DC than Wisconsin. Borrowing $1.5 billion to balance the budget may be the Washington way, but it will be a difficult sell here in Wisconsin.
Fixing Our Current Budget Crisis is a Matter of Setting Priorities On February 3, we will all find out if Governor Walker’s presidential ambitions continue to act as a dragging anchor for Wisconsin’s economic recovery, or if he can find the fortitude to put Wisconsin first.
Senator Janis Ringhand Statement on Putting "Wisconsin Families First" While Governor Walker runs for president on his trickle-down agenda, I believe it is time to focus our effort on things that we know work for Wisconsin families – good roads, good schools, good jobs and a secure financial future.
Statement of State Senator Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) Regarding the State of the State address Today, Wisconsin is at a crossroads. Will we continue down the path of divisive politics or can we create opportunity by rewarding those who work hard and play by the rules?
Senator Janis Ringhand Takes the Oath of Office Newly Elected Senator Sworn In at State Capitol Ceremony