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  • Senator Hansen: After WEDC Failure Legislative Review and Approval Should be Required for Contract with Foxconn (Madison)—Responding to reports that the contract with Foxconn contained a “nuclear bomb” that would have left taxpayers unprotected, State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said that the Legislature should reassert its authority and require that before any contract between WEDC and Foxconn is signed it first be approved by the State Senate and Assembly.
  • Senator Erpenbach: Statewide Tour Promoting Medical Marijuana Bills Madison - Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), joined by advocates, have embarked on a statewide media tour seeking Legislative action on Senate Bill 38/Assembly Bill 75. The bills allow for limited use of medical cannabis for those with specific, serious, and debilitating conditions, with physician approval.
  • Senator Vinehout Column: Audit Committee Focused on Protecting Veterans’ Care at King For 130 years, Wisconsin provided care for our aging veterans. Our state committed resources to build a beautiful campus on the Chain O’ Lakes. Known as the Veterans Home at King, the home gives veterans and their families a picturesque retirement.
  • Senator Shilling: Troubled jobs agency in disarray over Foxconn contract MADISON, WI – Democrats have expressed serious concerns with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) as disorganization and secrecy continue to plague the board’s handling of the Foxconn contract. Amid growing calls for additional oversight, agency officials gave conflicting statements regarding the status of the contract.
  • Senator Shilling: Foxconn gamble shrouded in secrecy MADISON, WI – Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee sent a letter requesting Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary (WEDC) Mark Hogan submit the pending Foxconn contract to the budget committee for approval. After years of corruption and mismanagement at the WEDC, Democrats have serious concerns that the troubled jobs agency isn’t acting in the best interest for Wisconsin taxpayers.

 

 

Hello and welcome!

We all know that Wisconsin is a unique, vibrant and hardworking state full of amazing people and unparalleled potential, but we need a clearer plan to invest in our future and ensure long-term economic success. 

While our state has seen modest economic growth, too many workers remain unemployed, family wages are stagnant and our aging infrastructure is preventing many businesses from expanding. Additionally, Wisconsin’s $2.2 billion budget shortfall and the state’s fiscal uncertainty continues to present significant challenges. While our neighboring states are enjoying budget surpluses and reaping the benefits of the national economic recovery, Wisconsin communities, businesses and residents are already bracing for another round of difficult budget cuts and sacrifices.

As we seek to balance Wisconsin’s budget deficit and build a brighter future, my Senate Democratic colleagues and I are committed to focusing on the important issues at hand. We will put forward thoughtful proposals to improve workplace flexibility, increase economic freedom and invest in pro-growth policies to strengthen the middle class. We recognize that these aren’t Democratic or Republican issues. They’re Wisconsin issues and we must find ways to work together on these key priorities.

Senate Democrats will also look for ways to help businesses improve workplace productivity, reduce employee turnover and provide greater workplace flexibility. We want to focus on increasing access to affordable childcare and reducing health care costs in order to eliminate the barriers that prevent employers and employees from succeeding in a competitive global marketplace.

We also recognize that our government has a responsibility to strengthen communities and private enterprise by maintaining a strong public infrastructure. From repairing aging roads and bridges to encouraging broadband access in urban and rural areas, we need to ensure that our infrastructure is an asset, not a liability, to businesses growth and expansion.

By working together, I know that we can provide greater economic opportunity, prosperity and freedom for all to enjoy.

Thank you.
 
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Jennifer K. Shilling
State Senator
Senate Democratic Leader