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Statement from Senator Erpenbach: U.S.A., Equal Pay 

"When the U.S. women’s soccer team won their fourth World Cup, fans erupted into the chant exclaiming “equal pay,” and that chant followed them back home, inspiring men, women, and children alike. Undoubtedly it is way past time that we recognize that it shouldn’t matter what your profession is- everyone deserves to be compensated for their hard work fairly; free from discrimination based on gender.

Wisconsin once honored this sentiment by passing the Equal Pay Enforcement Act law in 2009, but the legislation was later repealed by Republicans in 2012. On average, including here in Wisconsin, women earn around 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, and that gap is larger for women of color. That doesn’t make a lot of sense, since women make up nearly half of our workforce and are huge contributors to our economy.

By not paying women fairly, we are only hurting our state’s ability to grow. In order for our communities to thrive, we need to ensure that everyone has the best opportunity to succeed. Knowingly discriminating against workers based on their gender, rather than their merit, hinders our ability to compete in a global market.

As we enter the second half of 2019, we know that enacting equal pay legislation is far overdue. It is time for us to end discrimination in the workplace, and endorse equal pay for equal work. As the chant goes, “U.S.A., Equal Pay.” 

Listen to the radio address here. 


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Wisconsin Democrats Capitol Update:

This week, Governor Evers signed the following bipartisan bills into law: Wisconsin Act 12- increases transparency as to how insurance companies develop step therapy protocols and protects patients who are seeking an exception to a step therapy protocol; Wisconsin Act 13- streamlines and simplifies the process for in-home dialysis patients to receive medication ; Wisconsin Act 14- invests in and updates Wisconsin's 5G cellular technology infrastructure; Wisconsin Act 15- increases fairness and transparency in business dealings; and Wisconsin Act 16- clarifies language for crimes against children. 

Governor Evers also announced this week that Pleasant Prairie was selected as a new location for Nexus Pharmaceutical's sterile drug manufacturing facility. This significant pharmaceutical investment not only reflects that Wisconsin is a leader in innovation manufacturing, but will continue to bring in high-paying, high-skill jobs to the state.

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 Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from the DATCP: Fruit and Vegetable Growers Encouraged to Sign-up for Pre-Inspection Review and Field Day Events

"In order to meet requirements for the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is encouraging fresh produce growers to schedule a pre-inspection farm review. Referred to as an on-farm readiness review, it provides growers with information about what state and federal inspectors will look for to determine how a farm meets federal produce safety rules for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fresh fruits and vegetables. DATCP has completed several reviews in June with 30 more currently scheduled through the summer.


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Update from the DNR:


  • The August 1st application deadline is approaching for trappers and hunters who wish to pursue bobcat, fisher and river otter this fall.


  • Summer is in full swing, and DNR’s Get Outdoors! event calendar can help you plan your next outdoor adventure.



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