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2020

11/20/2020
News You Can Use: November 20 Thanksgiving is here, and though this has been a difficult year, most of us have plenty to be thankful for. This year will be a little different. With Covid-19 spreading unchecked, the best decision is to stay at home and celebrate the holiday with only those in your immediate household...
11/20/2020
Wirch Applauds IKEA’s Racial Workplace Equality Grants “I want to thank IKEA for being a good corporate citizen and addressing a timely need. The Covid-19 pandemic has made more obvious than ever the inequities that exist in our state. These grants will fund skills training and education to begin reducing racial disparities in the workplace.”
11/13/2020
News You Can Use: November 13 Today is recognized as World Kindness Day. This has been a difficult year for everyone; I thought it was important to recognize this day during a time when we could all use a little more kindness in our lives. Covid again dominates the news, with a potential vaccine on the horizon providing hope..
11/11/2020
Statement in Recognition of Veterans Day “As a veteran of the Army Reserves, I find it important today - and everyday - to honor all of the men and women who have put on a uniform in service of our country...
11/10/2020
State GOP Seeks to Invalidate the Will of the People for Political Gain “Of course every vote should be counted. If President Trump wants a recount in Wisconsin, he’s allowed to request that under state law. However, there is no reason to think that a recount will change the outcome: Joe Biden won a majority of votes cast for President in Wisconsin.
11/6/2020
News You Can Use: November 6 The weather might not feel like it right now, but we are firmly entrenched in fall. Halloween and Daylight Saving Time are over; some votes are still being counted, but the elections are behind us; and the leaves are showing us their colors. Veterans Day approaches, and it’s a time to reflect...
10/23/2020
News You Can Use: October 23 On Saturday, October 24, the state Department of Justice, in coordination with the Department of Health Services, will hold a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative throughout the state.
10/16/2020
News You Can Use: October 16 October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In a “normal” year, I enjoy taking part in the Take Your Legislator to Work Day, whereby I accompany a person with a disability to his or her place of work to see firsthand the contributions they make to our community and ...
10/9/2020
With No Plan of Their Own, GOP Looks to Handcuff Evers Options on Covid Pandemic “What is it going to take for the Republicans to stop their partisan, political games and get serious about Covid-19?..."
10/9/2020
News You Can Use: October 9 The first full week of October is recognized as Mental Illness Awareness Week. One in five American adults experience some form of mental illness, but many going through it feel all alone. This week is a time of education and community, and I felt it was important to acknowledge.
10/6/2020
Statement on Republican Court Challenge to Statewide Mask Order “This is just more politics to them. Speaker Vos, Senator Fitzgerald and their caucuses are trying to have it both ways. If they are so against the mask order, they have the power to bring us in for a vote on it. They won’t do that. With Wisconsin in the midst of a surge in Covid cases that...
10/2/2020
News You Can Use: October 2 Our state is nearing a danger zone when it comes to Covid-19 infections. While positive cases have been on the rise for several weeks, the number of hospitalizations and deaths has begun to surge, as well. Medical facilities are being stretched thin. Even in the face of this concerning news...
9/25/2020
New You Can Use: September 25 Area businesses have gotten a bit of good news, as the WEDC has approved $4 million in aid funds for rebuilding and repairs following the unrest of a few weeks ago, thanks in large part to the efforts of Governor Evers and Rep. Ohnstad.
9/23/2020
Wirch Applauds State Aid to Kenosha Businesses “This is great news. A thriving Kenosha is beneficial to the economy of the whole state, and this money will really help our businesses get back on their feet. I want to thank Governor Evers for making this money available. I also want to credit Rep. Ohnstad, who has been working tirelessly to...
8/31/2020
Republicans Turn a Blind Eye to Justice Reform “In a time of crisis, with the Kenosha community just beginning the long process of recovery and healing, this is more than just a failure of leadership by Sen. Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos. These are reasonable, common-sense reforms, and their refusal to even let us debate the issues is indefensible.
8/26/2020
Statement on Kenosha Violence “I am devastated by the events that have taken place in Kenosha. I was born and raised here, and I love my community and our people. This is not who we are...
8/24/2020
Wirch Issues Statement on Police Shooting in Kenosha “While we don’t yet know the full details, I am deeply alarmed by the shooting of Jacob Blake. Under state law, there will be an independent investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice...
8/17/2020
Republican Attacks on the Postal Service Threaten our American Way of Life You might have noticed that it has taken a little longer for mail to arrive at its destination recently. With all of the turbulence and turmoil going on, though, you might not know why it’s happening. There is a long history of Republican animosity toward the postal service, preferring private...
8/14/2020
Wirch Named 2019-2020 “Friend of Public Health” Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) has been named a “Friend of Public Health” by the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) for his work to support public health priorities during the 2019-2020 legislative session.
7/30/2020
Wirch Issues Statement on Governor’s Mask Order Kenosha – State Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement regarding Governor Evers’s Executive Order requiring face masks in certain circumstances:
7/15/2020
Republicans Turn Their Back on First Responders During Pandemic As seen on the news day after day, Democrats and Republicans, at all levels of government, have very different views on any number of issues, from healthcare to education to jobs and the economy. However, one issue we’ve almost always been able to come together on is protecting those who have...
7/8/2020
Wirch Responds to Assembly Republicans’ Unemployment Band-Aid Proposal Kenosha – State Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement in response to Assembly Republicans temporary unemployment fix:
6/25/2020
Denying the Chance for Public Input, Republicans Reaffirm Support for “Conversion Therapy” During Pride Month Pride Month is a time for celebration of acceptance, self-expression and love. It’s also a time to recognize the progress that has been made for LGBTQ rights while acknowledging the work that remains. Nowhere was that last part more evident this month than during today’s meeting of the...
6/24/2020
Statement on Destruction and Violence at State Capitol "I fully support people’s First Amendment rights and their ability to peacefully protest. What we saw last night was not peaceful. When you cross over into destruction and violence, you have crossed a line...
6/16/2020
Statement on Supreme Court Affirmation of LGBTQ Workplace Protections "For so long now, many of us have known that discriminating against a person based on who they love, particularly in the workplace, was morally wrong. Now, during Pride Month, the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that it is also legally wrong...
6/10/2020
“We’re All In” Small Business Grant Program Applications Open June 15 Beginning Monday, June 15, and running through Sunday, June 21, Wisconsin small businesses impacted by Covid-19 will be able to apply for grants, ranging from $2,500 to $30,000 each, to assist with the costs of business interruption or for health and safety improvements, wages and salaries, rent...
6/8/2020
Statement Calling for Universal Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement “Recent events, including the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of law enforcement officers, reinforce the need for universal body camera usage. Today I am calling for state funding for body cameras and data storage necessary to maintain this information for...
5/29/2020
With Eviction Moratorium Over, Rental Assistance Grants Available for Covid-Impacted Renters The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted much more than people’s health. Business closures, both temporary and permanent, left many families struggling to make ends meet. For some renters, help is on the way. Governor Tony Evers recently announced creation of the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program...
5/13/2020
Statement on Supreme Court Overturning Public Health Order “I am deeply disappointed that a narrow majority on the Supreme Court put ideology over public health and safety in this case...
4/28/2020
Wirch Recognizes Workers’ Memorial Day, Honors Frontline Workers Every year on April 28, International Workers’ Memorial Day is held to remember and honor workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace. Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) issued the following statement in observance of the day...
4/28/2020
Constituents Services More Important Than Ever During Pandemic Serving my constituents is the most important part of my job as State Senator during the best of times. In difficult times like we are currently facing, that service becomes even more critical.
4/21/2020
Statement on Republican Challenge to Public Health and Safety Measures “This is a real low for Republicans, playing politics with people’s lives...
4/20/2020
Wirch Supports Public Health Protections and Business Flexibility in “Safer at Home” Extension “These are difficult times for everyone in our communities. I believe that Governor Evers and Secretary-Designee Palm are taking a smart but cautious approach to both preserve public health and safety and give businesses some increased flexibility...
4/17/2020
Sharing the Latest News You Can Use: COVID-19 Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. These are difficult times for all of us, but we will get through it together...
4/10/2020
In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. I hope this is helpful. Stay safe and healthy.
4/9/2020
Wisconsin Workers Deserve Wages Earned when a Business Files for Bankruptcy Madison - It seems whenever Republicans have control of the Legislature, they aim to further tilt the playing field against Wisconsin’s workers. This isn’t a new phenomenon, either.
4/9/2020
How Seniors Can Weather the Coronavirus Storm Kenosha - It’s been widely reported that seniors are among the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness if infected with coronavirus, and worldwide, eight in ten deaths have been people 65 years of...
4/6/2020
Stores Offer Special Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Populations It is important that we all take the proper precautions during this time to reduce our risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. However, senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions and compromised immune systems are at extra risk. As a result, a number of store are offering special..
4/3/2020
Sharing the Latest News You Can Use Kenosha - Hello, neighbor. The news is constantly changing these days, and it can be hard to keep up. In this update, you will find a review of news items from the past week as well as news you can use for the week ahead. I hope this is helpful. Stay safe and healthy.
4/2/2020
Helping Small Businesses Survive Coronavirus Shutdowns In addition to the serious health concerns associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, the impact to our economy, particularly small businesses, will have long-lasting consequences. Employees and owners alike are struggling with how to keep their families and businesses afloat until some normalcy...
3/15/2020
Important Tips, Precautions and Resources for Dealing with COVID-19 With growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and mounting numbers of closings and cancellations, it is important that we all work together: to contain the virus, to protect our most vulnerable citizens, and to look out for each other.

2019

7/16/2019

2018

9/12/2018
WISCONSIN ROAD DETERIORATION ...What is simple and undeniable is the fact that our state faces a transportation funding crisis that’s been brewing for several years and continues to get worse.

2017

2/13/2017
Wirch Co-Sponsors Student Debt Relief Bill “This is a common-sense, state-level solution will alleviate some of the financial pressures faced by those with student loan debt. Student loan debt is a real drag on our economy; it prevents people from buying cars, buying homes, taking vacations, spending in our local shops,” said Wirch.
2/2/2017
Wirch Again Targets Wage Theft “With so many Wisconsin families living paycheck to paycheck, it is time we address this issue, the theft of hard-earned wages from our hard-working friends and neighbors. It’s a crime that affects all of us, as workers, as consumers, and as taxpayers, and this legislation is an important step forward,” Wirch said.
1/26/2017
In Light of New Info, Wirch Renews Calls for Suspension of Tax Credit for the Ultra-Rich “Fiscal Bureau’s memo showing that this tax credit will have cost $804 million more than projected by 2019 and Audit Bureau’s shocking report on the serious financial problems facing the transportation budget have just strengthened my belief that we need to at least suspend the Manufacturing and Ag Tax Credit for the next two years. That would provide more than $600 million in increased revenue that we critically need right now,” Wirch said.
1/17/2017
Wirch to Tackle Fraud Against Seniors “We hear about this all the time. Whether it’s the ‘Grandparent Scam’, which has become so prevalent, or fraudsters claiming to be from the IRS or Medicare, the news is full of stories where seniors were preyed on,” Wirch said.

2015

5/7/2015
Wirch Slams Republican Attack on Bray Center “Today’s action by the Finance Committee to single out the Bray Center, stripping them of vital funding for important programs to keep kids out of trouble, is politics at its worst

2014

12/4/2014
AT&T Announces $5,000 Innovation Award to Support Kenosha Chamber’s BEPP Program The goal of the program is to connect up to 100 Kenosha County 9th graders with institutions of higher learning and local manufacturing businesses to provide them with experiences and information as they think about education and career plans
11/20/2014
Outsourcing and Privatization at UW-Superior Continues a Troubling Trend Twenty-four union workers were laid off as a result, and most had been working at the school for ten years or more
11/14/2014
The Voters Have Spoken. It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage. While the recent election didn't go the way I and many others had hoped, there is one result that I was particularly happy to see. Voters across the state, and in fact across the country, spoke loud and clear that it is time to raise the minimum wage
8/18/2014
Wirch Accepts “Ice Bucket Challenge” with Donation to Fight ALS “...The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought greater awareness of the disease, and I am happy to make a donation to MDA of Southeastern Wisconsin to continue their work to find a cure,” Wirch said.
7/24/2014
Wirch Calls Out Walker, WEDC for Awards to Companies Outsourcing Jobs “WEDC is supposed to be providing these resources – taxpayer money – to help businesses creating jobs here in Wisconsin. Instead, it has rewarded companies who outsourced hundreds of Wisconsin workers’ jobs
4/24/2014
Wirch, Ohnstad to Author Legislation Curbing Use of Harmful Microbeads “These products with microbeads are fairly new to the market, but we have quickly seen the negative impact that they are having on out natural resources. There are millions of these things in Lake Michigan alone
4/16/2014
Two Wirch Bills Become Law “I am proud to author these two important pieces of legislation and even prouder to see them become law. My colleagues and I worked across the aisle to make that happen
4/1/2014
Wirch Bill Offering New Treatment for Seizures Passes Senate Today, the Wisconsin State Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation, authored by Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers), that gives hope to Wisconsinites suffering from debilitating seizures
3/26/2014
Kenosha legislative delegation statement on special interest involvement on local school board races We are alarmed to see that a national organization with no ties to our community, Americans for Prosperity, funded by out of state billionaires with extreme views, has come into our community to try and influence our local school board elections
3/21/2014
Senator Wirch Urges Public to Sign Petition for Veterans “We need to send a message to Governor Walker that our veterans come before irresponsible corporations,” Wirch said
3/18/2014
Wirch Urges Republican Majority to Vote on Oral Chemotherapy Bill “Once again, the Republican majority is putting politics and corporate profits ahead of the good of their constituents. There is simply no good reason that this bill isn’t getting a vote in the Senate,” Wirch said

2013

9/5/2013
Wirch Applauds Bipartisan Support for Casino Project This project is important to the people of Kenosha and Racine, and this is clear by the bipartisan support that it has received
6/25/2013
Wirch Calls for Veto of Bail Bond Budget Provision “… The decision about whether an accused person is a public safety or flight risk and should go free needs to be left in the hands of judges, not some private business whose goal is to make a profit
4/10/2013
Wirch Co-Sponsors Independent Redistricting Plan “Redistricting should be fair and in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, not in the best interest of the politicians... We must make redistricting about the voters and population shifts, and not political gain
4/9/2013
Wirch Recognizes Equal Pay Day It’s a time to recognize that, even though women in the workplace have made great strides, there is still a long way to go. Pay discrimination is still a very real problem that needs to be addressed