Statement on GOP Election Rigging Lawsuit MADISON, WI – New filings submitted in a Federal Appeals Court case show that Republican politicians are unwilling to reform a broken redistricting process that allowed legislators to secretly draw politically-motivated district maps and rig elections in their favor. The move has been slammed by the court and non-partisan election watchdogs as an "unconstitutional gerrymander."
Gov. Walker and President-elect Trump put polluters and special interests ahead of Wisconsin families Rather than creating jobs and expanding economic opportunities, Gov. Walker is once again proposing a range of costly, discriminatory and unconstitutional policies aimed at punishing workers and dividing communities.
Shilling Announces Senate Office Staff Several new staffers will be joining Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling in her legislative office for the upcoming 2017-18 session.
Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) will be re-appointed to serve on the Joint Committee on Finance for the 2017-18 legislative session.
Weekly Democratic radio address: "Expanding Workplace Flexibility" In her radio message, Sen. Shilling offered solutions on how to improve workplace flexibility and production.
Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Senate Democrats gathered today and elected a new slate of leaders for the 2017-18 legislative session. Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after being re-elected Senate Democratic Leader:
Statement on Republican Gerrymandering MADISON, WI – After a Federal Appeals Court slammed Republican redistricting efforts as an "unconstitutional gerrymander," Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Statement on WTC President Rasch retirement Western Technical President Lee Rasch has been longtime champion for higher education and local career development in the Coulee Region.
Statement on the passing of Sen. Rick Gudex Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after learning about the passing of Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac).
Statement on local flood damage Individuals affected by flooding should contact their local County Emergency Management Office to request assistance or report damage.
Shilling and Lassa Announce Joint Opioid and Illegal Drug Abuse Roundtable Discussion This event is designed to bring together community members and share ideas for combating the growing epidemic of illegal drug abuse.
Democrats Call on GOP to Halt Vet Home Raids We should make sure that our veterans receive the highest level of quality care possible.
Western Wisconsin hit hard by school cuts Schools in western Wisconsin have seen their funding cut by a combined $16.8 million since Gov. Walker and Republican legislators took control in Madison.
Shilling applauds ruling in voter rights case U.S. District Judge James Peterson struck down a series of Republican laws designed to disenfranchise Wisconsin voters.
Democrats oppose veteran service cuts Democrats are committed to protecting Wisconsin veterans and we will continue to defend their ability to access benefits through local CVSOs.
Sen. Shilling recognized as “Friend of Family Medicine” This award is presented to an exclusive group of state legislators in recognition of their efforts to advance effective health care policy and promote the importance of family medicine in the health care delivery system.
Dems call for restoration of health rights After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Republican abortion restrictions and rejected an appeal by Gov. Walker, Democrats say an update to Wisconsin statutes is needed to fully restore individual health rights.
Democrats encouraged by infrastructure discussion Investing in infrastructure is one of the key priorities laid out by Senate Democrats in the Badger Blueprint plan.
Sen. Shilling named Legislator of the Year by Public Health Advocates The Wisconsin Public Health Association and the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards have named Sen. Jennifer Shilling as their “2016 Legislator of the Year.”
Memo highlights drastic Republican school cuts LA CROSSE – Students in Wisconsin’s public schools have seen their general school aid funding cut by more than $200 per student since Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans took office in 2011 according to a new memo from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. While public schools have seen historic cuts under Republican budgets, the memo also reveals that private voucher schools have seen a massive increase in taxpayer subsidies.
Sen. Shilling congratulates PdC’s Norb Aschom on Local Broadcast Legend Award LA CROSSE, WI – Rather than delivering the news, retired radio journalist Norb Aschom is making news. On Thursday, June 23rd, the former news director at WQPC/WPRE Radio in Prairie du Chien will receive a Local Broadcast Legend Award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) during their summer conference in La Crosse.
Shilling visits local businesses, attends solar project groundbreaking HILLSBORO, WI – From listening sessions and community gatherings to local business tours and groundbreakings, Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is getting a firsthand glimpse at the progress being made in communities throughout the Driftless Region. Most recently, she attended the groundbreaking for a local solar project and visited with staff at the METCO headquarters in Hillsboro to learn about their growing success.
Sen. Shilling urges Governor, lawmakers to restore local veteran grants LA CROSSE – Thousands of veterans across Wisconsin will be impacted after Gov. Walker’s Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) decided to deny grant funding for several counties. The move to deny funding for several County Veteran Service Offices (CVSOs) across the state follows a recent attempt by Republican lawmakers to close local offices and limit access to veteran services and benefits.
Senator Shilling: $15 per hour minimum wage, strong worker protections and quality jobs a major victory for Wisconsin families MILWAUKEE – A newly signed agreement between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Alliance for Good Jobs is raising workplace standards and transforming traditional low-wage jobs into family-supporting career opportunities for Wisconsin workers.
Senator Shilling: Facing potential deficit, Walker borrows $101 million MADISON – With more than a year left under the state’s current budget plan, Gov. Walker is resorting to a costly borrowing scheme to avert a potential budget deficit. Commonly referred to as a “scoop and toss” accounting maneuver, Gov. Walker’s irresponsible debt plan will delay state loan payments and increase the amount of interest owed by state taxpayers.
Sen. Shilling to present Fort Crawford resolution PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI – Residents in Wisconsin's second oldest city are celebrating another major milestone this year. 2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the construction of Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien near the current Villa Louis site on St. Feriole Island.
Senator Shilling: 17 straight quarters of disappointment and counting MADISON, WI – For the 17th consecutive quarter, Wisconsin trailed the national average in yearly job creation according to the “gold standard” job numbers often cited by Gov. Walker’s administration.
Shilling announces local office hours Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding district office hours over the coming weeks. These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to meet with Sen. Shilling, share their thoughts on state issues and request assistance with state agencies.
Address Confidentiality Bill signed into law LA CROSSE – Bipartisan legislation co-authored by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) to create an Address Confidentiality Program and strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse, stalking and sex trafficking was signed into law yesterday as 2015 Wisconsin Act 356.
Senator Shilling: Unconstitutional Right-to-Work only part of the problem MADISON – As Republicans scramble to defend their unconstitutional Right-to-Work law, many are asking: “Why?” The law, supported by out-of-state billionaires like Donald Trump, has contributed to Wisconsin’s job stagnation and economic uncertainty.
Dems question last-minute cancellation of UW budget presentations MADISON – Days before a high-profile meeting of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, questions are being raised about the abrupt cancellation of a public presentation by UW chancellors regarding the impact of state funding cuts.
Shilling announces listening session regarding railroad concerns LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding listening sessions with the Wisconsin Railroad Commissioner Yash Wadhwa.
Sen. Jennifer Shilling column: Wisconsin is full of potential After a vigorous debate over Christmas Trees and plastic bags, the Wisconsin State Senate adjourned for the year leaving hundreds of bills dead in committee. Years of Republican control have left Wisconsin in a worse position. Family wages remain stagnant and Wisconsin has trailed the nation in job creation for seventeen consecutive quarters. We have seen attacks on our local schools, higher education, worker’s rights, women’s health, and open records laws.
Leadership of Senators Bewley & Ringhand recognized with additional appointments MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) has appointed Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Delta) to the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) Board and Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) to the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR).
Senate Republicans Call It Quits MADISON – With Senate Republicans poised to adjourn the legislative session today, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:
GOP all talk, no action on student loan debt MADISON – Senate Republicans are planning to adjourn the legislative session after tomorrow’s floor period leaving dozens of bills to wither and die in committee. Several proposals that would address Wisconsin’s $19 billion student loan debt crisis are among the proposals that Republicans have refused to take up.
DOC audit needed to improve safety MADISON – In light of ongoing child safety concerns at the state’s juvenile corrections facility, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) has joined Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and over forty state legislators in calling for an audit of the Department of Corrections.
Hate speech is not “irrelevant” MADISON – Upon learning of Gov. Walker’s refusal to condemn Justice Rebecca Bradley’s inappropriate, offensive and hurtful remarks, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Child abuse cover-up continues as GOP ignores reports MADISON – Republican legislators responsible for overseeing child safety laws have ignored years of child abuse reports and failed to hold Gov. Walker’s administration accountable for the growing child abuse crisis at Lincoln Hills.
Shilling announces staff office hours LA CROSSE – As the legislative floor period begins to wrap up, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced that district representative Taylor Goodine will hold local office hours in March. These office hours offer local residents an opportunity to meet with Sen. Shilling's staff, share their thoughts on state issues and request assistance with state agencies.
Sen. Shilling named a 2016 "Friend of Housing" MADISON – Construction workers and small business owners recently gathered in the state capital for the Wisconsin Builders Association's (WBA) annual Business Day. In addition to meeting with legislators to discuss issues important to the construction industry, WBA members presented Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) with a 2016 "Friend of Housing” award.
Shilling applauds local solar investments LA CROSSE – Western Wisconsin will see an influx of new jobs and economic development as a result of significant investments in solar power by local utility providers. Dairyland Power Cooperative announced a major investment in twelve new Wisconsin-based solar power facilities today while Xcel Energy unveiled their plan to create Wisconsin’s largest community solar garden project.
Lincoln Hills cover-up continues as GOP ignores crisis MADISON - Nearly three months after law enforcement officials raided the Lincoln Hills juvenile corrections facility, Legislative Republicans have yet to take any steps to address the facility’s serious security deficiencies, understaffing issues and child safety concerns. The inexplicable delays have intensified public calls for legislative action.
Gov. Walker signs bills limiting birth control access MADISON – After Gov. Walker signed two bills targeting Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s federal funding and limiting access to birth control, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
‘Height of Hypocrisy’ as GOP blocks Winnebago Co. Executive from holding office MADISON – Senate Republicans voted to pass Senate Bill 707 today while once again refusing to take up the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill and address Wisconsin’s growing student loan debt crisis. SB 707 was introduced by Republican Party leaders to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the Legislature.
Republicans break promise to public schools, push last-minute $14 million cut MADISON – The State Assembly is set to ram through a last-minute change (AB 751) to the school funding formula today that will cut another $14 million in revenue limit authority from public schools in the 2016-17 school year. The change, which breaks a major promise that Republicans made to schools, is being pushed by special interest groups to appease far-right wing activists.
Another session of Republican inaction on student loan debt MADISON – With just days left in the current legislative session, Republican legislators have yet to put forward any substantive solutions to lower current student loan payments for the nearly one million student loan borrowers in Wisconsin.
Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal
Shilling statement on Sec. Wall resignation MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement regarding the resignation of Gov. Walker’s Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall:
GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks MADISON – Ignoring public calls for action on student loan debt relief, access to clean drinking water and investments in economic development, Legislative Republicans are fast-tracking a bill to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.
Sen. Shilling recognized as a 2016 Wisconsin Library Champion MADISON – Citing her strong support for community libraries, the Wisconsin Library Association presented Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) with a 2016 Wisconsin Library Champion award during their Library Legislative Day in Madison.
Shilling applauds passage of “Safe at Home Bill” MADISON – A bipartisan proposal co-authored by Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) passed the State Senate and Assembly today. Senate Bill 488, also known as the “Safe at Home Bill,” would create an Address Confidentiality Program and strengthen protections for survivors of domestic abuse, stalking and sex trafficking.
Senate Republicans attack voter rights again MADISON – In a move decried by non-partisan election watchdog groups, Senate Republicans passed SB 295 which will eliminate Special Registration Deputies and make it nearly impossible to conduct voter registration drives in Wisconsin. In response, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Senate Republicans getting desperate MADISON – In a desperate and unprecedented effort to rig local elections, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) has proposed changing state statutes to block Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democratic candidate in the 18th Senate District, from serving in the legislature.
Republican school cuts buck national trend MADISON, WI – While the majority of states across the nation are recovering from the economic recession and boosting investments in higher education, a new study shows that Wisconsin continues to head in the wrong direction. According to the Illinois State University's annual Grapevine Report, Wisconsin is one of only nine states to cut funding for higher education in the 2015-16 budget year
Democrats push Family Medical Leave Act protections MADISON – While family dynamics have changed significantly since the 1950's, many workplace policies haven't kept pace. In order to update worker protections and increase workplace flexibility, Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville) and 35 other Democratic lawmakers are pushing a bill to modernize Wisconsin’s Family Medical Leave law.
Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages The troubling numbers highlight the continued decline in family wages and debunk Gov. Walker’s latest claims about the state’s financial footing.
Bipartisan effort aims to protect survivors of domestic abuse, stalking, and human trafficking While the four of us don’t always agree, there is one thing we can all get behind; the safety of survivors of domestic abuse, stalking, and human trafficking.
Senate GOP ignores call for student loan debt relief Rather than focusing on solutions to the student loan debt crisis, Senate Republicans are defunding community health centers, limiting access to birth control and eliminating Wisconsin’s merit-based civil service hiring process.
Shilling statement on the 2016 State of the State Democrats continue to believe that the best way to move our state forward is by restoring investments in our schools, infrastructure and worker training programs.
Republican agenda features familiar ideas In an effort to shift attention away from troubling poll numbers and disappointing job losses, Republican lawmakers are turning to a new source for policy ideas: Democrats.
Dems urge action to close health coverage gap The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and we need to do everything we can to take advantage of the opportunities it provides to hardworking families in Wisconsin. - Jennifer Shilling
Democrats propose Corrections Reform measures to improve public safety Amid growing concerns with the rise in assaults at Wisconsin’s correctional facilities, Democrats are urging immediate action to strengthen worker protections and improve public safety.
Layoffs hit new high under Gov. Walker Wisconsin surpassed 10,000 layoffs in 2015 as a result of plant closings and economic challenges - far exceeding the 6,186 workers affected by mass layoffs and plant closings in 2014.