Republicans Cost Wisconsinites with their Latest Power Grab MADISON – After months of inaction, Senate Republicans passed SB 183 which would undermine Governor Evers’ response to the COVID pandemic and delay financial assistance for local recovery efforts.
Sen. Jeff Smith Honors Wisconsin Farmers on National Ag Day MADISON – President Joe Biden proclaimed March 23rd as National Ag Day to honor the valued contributions of farmers and members of the agricultural industry. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) shared the following statement to recognize this important day:
Sen. Smith Statement: Republicans’ Missed Opportunity to Help Unemployed MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Senate met without taking action on extending the one-week waiting period waiver.
Sen. Smith Joins the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change MADISON – Governor Tony Evers recently appointed Sen. Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) to the Climate Change Task Force. Sen. Smith is now the Democratic Senator on the Task Force and is replacing retired State Senator Mark Miller (D – Monona).
Sen. Smith Announces Bipartisan "Final Five" Voting Legislation MADISON – As citizens across the nation grapple with a political system that seems more broken than ever, Sen. Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) is proposing a breakthrough bipartisan solution.
Sen. Smith’s Statement on the Work Left Undone for UI System improvements MADISON – Today the Wisconsin State Senate voted on Special Session Senate Bill 1 to begin improving Wisconsin’s outdated unemployment insurance system. This bill makes technical changes to the unemployment insurance (UI) system and suspends the one-week waiting period until March.
Wisconsin Needs a Plan that Puts the People First MADISON – Today the Wisconsin State Senate passed Assembly Bill 2, which federalizes Wisconsin’s tax code for COVID-19 tax deductions. AB 2 provides tax relief for businesses that accepted pandemic assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program...
Sen. Smith’s Statement on Governor Evers’ 2021-23 Budget Address MADISON – This evening, Governor Tony Evers (D) delivered his 2021-2023 Budget Address to the Wisconsin Legislature. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement in response:
Wisconsinites Still Waiting on COVID-19 Relief Thanks to Republicans For the third time in less than a month, the Wisconsin State Senate voted on the hyper partisan COVID-19 response legislation. Senator Jeff Smith and his Democratic colleagues opposed Assembly Bill 1 today for the second time after Republicans rejected the compromise version of the bill...
Statement on Gov. Evers’ Critical Budget Investment in Wisconsin’s Agricultural Industry MADISON – Governor Evers today previewed a portion of the 2021-23 budget including the initiatives directed toward supporting Wisconsin’s agricultural industry.
When Wisconsinites Want Answers, Republicans Give Excuses Statement regarding the Majority Party’s Inaction during the 2021-22 Session ... Today marks one month since the beginning of the 2021-22 legislative session.
Sen. Smith’s Statement regarding Legislative Action on Assembly Bill 1 MADISON – Today legislative Republicans dismantled Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response by scrapping COVID-19 response legislation.
Republicans Eliminate Wisconsin COVID-19 Protections MADISON – Today Senate Republicans passed Senate Joint Resolution 3, overturning Wisconsin’s mask requirement, which was in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement in response:
Sen. Jeff Smith’s Statement on Gov. Evers’ 2021 State of the State MADISON – Governor Tony Evers delivered the 2021 State of the State Address this evening. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement in response to the address:
Sen. Smith’s Statement on COVID-19 Compromise Legislation Passage MADISON – Today the Wisconsin State Senate passed Assembly Bill 1, a second COVID-19 government response bill. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement in response to today’s Senate floor period:
Sen. Jeff Smith Announces New Staff Hire in Legislative Office MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) announced a new staff member joining his State Capitol office to serve constituents of the 31st Senate District.
Sen. Jeff Smith Looks Forward to 2021-22 Session MADISON – Today marks the beginning of Wisconsin’s 105th legislative session. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement looking forward to the 2021-22 session:
Sen. Smith’s Statement on Committee Assignments MADISON – Today, Senate Minority Leader, Janet Bewley (D – Mason), announced committee assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session. Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) will serve on the following committees beginning in January:
Overwhelming Broadband Expansion Demand Shows Urgent Need MADISON – This week, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) announced they received 124 applications, totaling $62 million in the second round of funding for the State Broadband Expansion Grant program.
Republicans' Proposal is a "Recipe for Disaster" MADISON – After eight months of inaction, Wisconsin Assembly Republicans introduced a hodgepodge of proposals for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement on Nestlé Investment to Expand Eau Claire Facility MADISON – Nestlé recently announced a $50 million investment to expand its Eau Claire manufacturing facility, which is expected to add 70 new jobs.
Sen. Jeff Smith Elected Democratic Caucus Chair MADISON – Today, Senate Democrats elected Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) as the Democratic Caucus Chair.
Sen. Jeff Smith Statement Recognizing Veterans Day MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) issued the following statement recognizing the contributions and sacrifices our veterans have made for our state and nation in honor of Veterans Day, observed November 11th.
Sen. Smith Welcomes Questions from Wisconsin Residents for COVID-19 Interview with Public Health Experts MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) announced he will be hosting a virtual interview with public health experts on the COVID-19 pandemic.
We Must Act Immediately on Pandemic School Stability Package MADISON – Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) renewed calls for the Legislature to pass the Pandemic School Stability Package in light of recent data released by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).
Sen. Smith’s Statement on Broadband Connectors Pilot Program Cohort Selection MADISON – Today Governor Tony Evers, in partnership with the Public Service Commission and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, announced the six communities that were selected for the new Broadband Connectors Pilot program cohort.
Sen. Smith Selected as Member of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force MADISON – Today, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) as a member of Wisconsin’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Task Force.
Statement on Introduction of Pandemic School Stability Package MADISON – Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick), Senator Chris Larson (D – Milwaukee) and their Democratic Assembly colleagues, introduced the Pandemic School Stability Package.
State Republicans show up to work for Washington but not Wisconsin MADISON – Five weeks before the U.S. presidential election, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo traveled to the closed Wisconsin State Capitol to deliver a speech on China’s pursuit to influence U.S. policy.
Statement on Broadband Expansion Grant Investment MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced more than $5 million from CARES Act funding to further expand broadband in Wisconsin.
Sen. Smith Congratulates Recipients of CDBG-PF Project Award MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers and Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan announced more than $36 million in funding for 42 public infrastructure projects for communities across Wisconsin. Four award recipients are within the 31st Senate District.
Sen. Smith Congratulates Eau Claire as Recipient of Public Transit Grant MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson and Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan announced $18 million in public transit grants for Wisconsin communities.
Statement on Policing Reform Special Session MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin Senate gaveled in for a special session on policing reform and immediately recessed, preventing any space for debate or action on the legislative proposals. No Republicans were present during today’s special session.
Sen. Smith Reacts to Evers’ Call for Special Session on Police Reform MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers (D) called for a special session for the State Legislature to take up legislation aimed at reforming police practices and improving police accountability.
Sen. Smith’s Statement Regarding His Work on the Student Debt Task Force MADISON – Today, the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt submitted its policy recommendations in a final report to Governor Tony Evers to help solve the student debt crisis in Wisconsin.
Sen. Smith Encourages Farmers to Apply in Second Round of Farm Support Program MADISON – Last week, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Department of Revenue (DOR) announced a second round of funding for the Wisconsin Farm Support Program.
Sen. Smith's Statement on Overturning Executive Order #82 and Emergency Order #1 MADISON – Today, Republicans outlined plans to overturn Governor Tony Evers’ Executive Order #82 to declare a Public Health Emergency and Emergency Order #1 to require face masks in Wisconsin.
Sen. Smith Introduces Legislation to Help Republicans Solve Unemployment Crisis MADISON – Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) introduced legislation alongside his Democratic colleagues to streamline Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance system and help workers receive quicker payments during future mass-layoff events.
Statement on Creation of the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the creation of the Broadband Access Task Force. The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access will include representation from telecommunication experts, professionals in the fields of education and healthcare, and state legislators.
Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Ruling MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) released the following statement regarding today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision limiting Governor Tony Evers’ partial veto authority.
Statement on the People's Maps Commission MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the official application and selection processes for The People’s Maps Commission, the nonpartisan redistricting commission to redraw Wisconsin’s electoral district maps.
Statement on Two-Week Early Voting Limit Decision MADISON – Yesterday evening, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision to restrict early, in-person voting for Wisconsin elections. In response to this decision, Senator Jeff Smith shared the following statement:
Celebrate Our Farmers During June Dairy Month MADISON – Today marks the beginning of June Dairy Month, a celebration of Wisconsin’s dairy farmers and their economic and cultural contributions to our state. Their perseverance and hard work has deservedly earned Wisconsin its title of America’s Dairyland.
GOP Unemployment Blame Game Blows Up in Their Faces MADISON – Today the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held an informational hearing in response to unemployment insurance challenges impacting Wisconsinites, perpetuated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, antiquated systems within the Department of Workforce Development and...
Sen. Smith’s Statement on The Wisconsin Farm Support Program and CARES Act Initiatives MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced the Wisconsin Farm Support Program, a $50 million investment to provide direct financial support to Wisconsin farmers impacted by this global pandemic.
Sen. Smith’s Statement on Supreme Court Decision MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) shared the following statement regarding today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on the Safer at Home order:
Statement on Governor's Student Debt Task Force MADISON – This week, Governor Tony Evers announced that Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) will be a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt.
The Work Does Not Stop Here Sen. Smith’s Statement Regarding the Passage of the COVID-19 Response Bill
Repeal the One Week Waiting Period MADISON – During this unprecedented public health emergency, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) is urging the legislature to repeal the one week waiting period for unemployment insurance benefits.
Sen. Smith to Host End-of-Session Listening Sessions Senator Jeff Smith will host five listening sessions throughout the 31st Senate District. Members of the public are welcome to attend the full event or stop by for part of the listening sessions.
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding the Introduction of the "Better Broadband" Bill Package MADISON – Today, Senator Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced six bills aimed at improving broadband expansion in Wisconsin.
Better Broadband Bills Senator Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced six bills aimed at improving broadband expansion in Wisconsin.
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding Gov. Evers' State of the State Address MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) issued the following statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ State of the State Address:
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding Republicans' Rejection of Critical Amendments MADISON – During today’s Senate floor session, Republicans failed to carry out substantive changes to some of the most pressing issues facing Wisconsinites.
Legislators Request Public Hearing for Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform Legislation MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith, a member of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protections, along with bill co-sponsors, sent a letter to Committee Chair Senator Duey Stroebel, requesting a public hearing on Senate Bill 288.
Presidential Candidates Must Pay Their Bills MADISON – Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) and Representative Amanda Stuck (D – Appleton) introduced The Recovery of Unsettled Municipal Payments Act.
Wisconsin Voters Deserve Fair Maps MADISON – Today, Senator Smith (D – Brunswick) and Representative Diane Hesselbein (D – Middleton) introduced LRB-5162/LRB-3797, to establish a constitutional amendment for non-partisan redistricting reform.
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding Gov. Evers' Veto of AB 249 MADISON – Today, Governor Evers vetoed Assembly Bill 249. This legislation would have made it more difficult for elected officials to make honorary designations of state highways or bridges by imposing stricter standards on who can be recognized.
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Preserving Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage MADISON, WI – Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) offered the Democratic weekly radio address on Chronic Wasting Disease.
Republicans Failed to Make Their Case for Preventing Gun Violence MADISON – All Senate Republicans were absent from today’s special floor session, called by Governor Tony Evers to address the gun violence epidemic.
Vindictive Republicans Vote to Limit Governor's Powers...Again MADISON – During today’s Senate floor period, Republicans approved Senate Joint Resolution 59 by a party-line vote. This proposed constitutional amendment would limit a Governor’s partial veto authority.
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding Former DATCP Secretary Pfaff MADISON – Today, Republicans, by a party-line vote, rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections.
Sen. Smith Introduces Legislation to Restore Chippewa Valley RTA MADISON – Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced legislation to recreate the Chippewa Valley Regional Transit Authority (RTA).
Statement Regarding Gov. Evers' Special Session Announcement MADISON – Today, Governor Evers announced a special session to address gun violence in Wisconsin.
Legislative Democrats Roll Out Fall Priorities MADISON – Today, Legislative Democrats rolled out their fall priorities plan, Forward Together. As the legislature moves into the fall floor period, there are many issue areas Democrats will be focused on to improve the lives of everyday Wisconsinites.
Legislation to Provide In-State Tuition for Members of Tribal Nation State Representatives Nick Milroy (D-South Range) and Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz), along with Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), are introducing legislation that would allow any tribal member in the nation to receive in-state tuition with the University of Wisconsin System.
Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding Introduction of ERPO Bill MADISON – Today, Democratic legislators, Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) introduced LRB-4383. This bill would create a civil process for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO).
Sen. Smith Encourages Hunters to Test and Properly Dispose of Deer This Hunting Season MADISON – Today, Democratic lawmakers introduced “Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt,” a package of bills designed to address the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wisconsin by encouraging hunters to test their deer and properly dispose of deer carcasses.
Statement Regarding JFC Action on Farmer Mental Health Funding MADISON – This week, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved $200,000 in funding over the next two years for farmer mental health assistance.
Statement Regarding Western Wisconsin Broadband Funding Increase MADISON, WI – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved more than $163 million in funding to improve broadband access in Wisconsin over the next ten years.
Sen. Smith Advocates for CWD Solutions at the National Conference of State Legislators MADISON, WI – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) joins a bi-partisan group of elected officials for the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville, TN.
Sen. Smith Statement Regarding Governor Evers' Budget Action MADISON, WI – Today, Governor Tony Evers vetoed 78 items from the 2019-21 biennial state budget as he signed Assembly Bill 56 into law as Wisconsin Act 9. Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) released the following statement regarding the Governor’s actions:
Sen. Smith Statement Regarding Budget Vote MADISON, WI – Today, the Senate passed the 2019-21 biennial state budget (Assembly Bill 56). The budget bill passed 17-16, with two Republicans Senators voting with Democrats against the bill. Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) released the following statement regarding his vote:
UWEC Science Building Project Advances in Budget Process MADISON, WI – The Joint Committee on Finance voted on Tuesday, June 11th to approve Governor Tony Evers’ $109 million capital budget request for the new UW-Eau Claire Science and Health Sciences Hall. In response to this vote, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) shared the following statement:
Investing in Wisconsin's Future MADISON, WI – Yesterday, Republican members scrapped Governor Evers’ $1.4 billion education plan during an executive session of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC).
DHS Reports Establish Direct Impact of Medicaid Expansion on 31st Senate District MADISON – The Department of Health Services (DHS) recently released individual reports summarizing the impact that Medicaid expansion would have for each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
Local Democratic Legislators Demand Action on UW-EC Phillips Science Hall Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) and Representative Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) toured the UW-Eau Claire Phillips Science Hall and participated in a roundtable discussion with UW-EC students and faculty.
Statement Regarding Bill Introduction to Expedite Conservation Congress Actions MADISON – Today Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Representative Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) introduced a bill to expedite the rule-making process for Conservation Congress actions taken at the annual meetings during the month of April.
Sen. Smith Rolls Back Harsh Penalties for Local Road Budgets Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) introduced bipartisan legislation (LRB 1106/1) to lower late penalties for local governments applying for road aids.
Statement Regarding Governor Evers’ Capital Budget Request for UW-Eau Claire’s Science Hall Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) issued the following joint statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ announcement to include $109 million for phase one of reconstructing UW-Eau Claire’s Science Hall.
Statement Regarding the Middle Class Tax Cut MADISON – Tonight the Wisconsin State Senate approved the Republican’s spending plan (Assembly Bill 4) Senator Smith (D-Brunswick) offered the following statement: “Governor Tony Evers’ middle class tax cut...
Sen. Smith Introduces Voter Protection Act as His First Bill The Voter Protection Act was first introduced by Senator Jeff Smith during his second term as a State Representative in 2009. After leaving the legislature in 2010, Smith returned as the 31st District State Senator and vowed to reintroduce the Voter Protection Act as his first bill.
Statement Regarding Gov. Evers’ First State of the State Address “Governor Evers’ message of unity is a far cry from the divide and conquer politics that have become too common in politics today. I’m hopeful the Governor’s invitation to work together will be heard by Republican leaders in the Legislature...
Senator Smith Announces New Staff, Social Media Sites and Website “My staff is here to serve citizens of the 31st Senate District by answering questions about state government, helping constituents navigate all the different programs and services and, most of all, they are here to listen and help citizens play an important role in the governing process..."
Statement Regarding Senator Jeff Smith’s Swearing-in “I feel humbled and honored to represent our Western Wisconsin values in the State Senate. There is much work to be done, but together, we can make our state a great place to live, work and raise a family..."