This week the Republicans, in an unprecedented move, rejected the Governor’s 2019-2021 Capital Budget, a day after the Republicans on the Commission voted unanimously to support it. The Budget made historic investment in the state and the UW System after years of neglect under the GOP. The vote departs from a decades-old tradition of recommending the project requests to the JFC. This vote put Republicans on the record as voting against public safety, youth health facilities, cancer research, improvements in veteran’s homes, state parks and more. The projects would have benefited Wisconsinites all over the state, and I am disappointed by their decision to put politics before the people of our state.

Additionally yesterday, a Dane County Circuit Court Judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the GOP lame-duck laws, ruling that they were passed illegally. This court ruling was a major victory for the people of Wisconsin. The Republicans overplayed their hand in an attempt to consolidate more power. Not long after the ruling, Attorney General Josh Kaul was able to move to withdraw Wisconsin from the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, letting Wisconsinites now that we are ready to fight for their access to health care.


Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27




Statement on Wisconsin withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit:

The motion to withdraw Wisconsin from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit is an enormous victory for our state. While Republicans have talked about protecting health care, they simultaneously were attempting to take Wisconsinites’ coverage away.

Now we will be able to move forward, and work on accomplishing the true wishes of the voters, including expanding access to comprehensive and affordable care for everyone in the state.


Statement on Republicans rejecting the Capitol Budget: 

In an unprecedented move, and after they had voted with Democrats to unanimously approve the Governor's request, Republicans decided to turn around and reject the Governor's entire capital budget. 

By doing so the Republicans rejected every single building project that Governor Evers proposed, and sent a clear message that they care more about politics than the communities they represent. The projects funded would have helped people all over the state, and would keep us competitive and moving forward. What’s good for GOP partisan politics is clearly not good for Wisconsin.


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Updates from DATCP: Utility and Government Shams Rock the Consumer Protection Hotline

"The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has received a number of recent reports about imposter phone scams, most notably those where the caller claims to be with the local utility or the Social Security Administration (SSA). Wisconsinites should be on the lookout for these fraudsters and hang up immediately if a caller makes threats and demands money or personal information."

"The majority of the recent imposter scam reports to DATCP have involved:

  • fake utility representatives claiming that they need a payment to keep the power on,
  • fake SSA representatives making threats about legal action or the withholding of benefits unless the consumer turns over money or personal information,
  • fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents demanding immediate payment for back taxes under the threat of arrest or legal action, or
  • fake Medicare representatives insisting that you will face a loss of benefits if you do not provide personal identification information and/or pay a fee. Scammers may also claim to offer free medical devices under the Medicare program."

"Thankfully, there are many ways to spot imposter scams. Question any urgent, threatening call that supposedly comes from your utility provider or a government agency. If a caller ever demands a payment by prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer, that is a major scam red flag. Also, remember that scammers often manipulate the caller ID information in their calls, so do not trust that the incoming number or business name is correct if you are being threatened or pushed to share information by a caller. Hang up immediately.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to"

Read more here.


Updates from AARP: Now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge

AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. 

The program will accept applications in the following categories for 2019:

  • Demonstrate the tangible value of “Smart Cities.” This new category in 2019 will encourage communities to develop and implement innovative programs that engage residents in accessing, understanding, and using data to increase quality of life for all.  The intention with this category is to encourage applicants to demonstrate new ways to engage in decision-making about housing, transportation, economic development, placemaking, infrastructure, or other community aspect.
  • Deliver a range of transportation and connectivity options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase walkability, bikeability, wayfinding, access to transportation options and roadway improvements
  • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that activate open spaces,  improve parks and improve access to amenities
  • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options
  • Other innovative projects to improve the community

Please visit to see some of the 2018 nationwide winners in action, helping to revitalize alleyways, build dog parks, enliven underutilized public spaces and improve unsafe intersections.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and all projects must be completed by Monday, November 4, 2019. Applications must be submitted through

Read more here. 




Updates from the DNR: 

"The rapid warm-up, snow melt, and heavy rains in recent days have caused flooding across large swaths of Wisconsin.  The Department of Natural Resources has issued a press release encouraging well owners to watch for signs of flooding near their wells that can cause contamination.

Flood waters and rain runoff may contain bacteria and other contaminants that can affect water supplies and cause illness.  Owners who see flood waters very near or over their wells should take the following steps:

  • Stop drinking the water and find another safe source.
  • Once the waters recede, make sure the well is properly disinfected.
  • Before drinking the water again, sample the well to assure the water is safe."


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Dane Co. officials plan to convince lawmakers to invest in Alliant Energy expansion

Wisconsin judge blocks Republicans’ lame-duck power grab

Republicans ask to stay order blocking lame-duck laws

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Gov. Evers pulls Wisconsin out of multi-state lawsuit challenging Affordable Care Act