Sen. Smith: I’m Here, Ready to Listen I’ve always said that one of the best parts of my job is listening to others, whether it’s their stories, suggestions or questions. During this time of year, I regularly hear many of the same questions.
Sen. Shilling:Column- Fighting for America’s Dairyland When you say ‘Wisconsin’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, I think ‘America’s Dairyland.’ As Wisconsinites, that title is something we take deep pride in, knowing that our state produces the finest milk and cheese in the nation.
Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Democratic Vision for 2020 MADISON, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D – La Crosse) offered the Democratic weekly radio address with the Democratic vision for 2020.
Senator Jeff Smith's Weekly Column - It's Cold Outside for Our Furry Friends While it’s not officially here yet, the winter season has come to western Wisconsin. Snow has fallen and temperatures have dropped close to zero. During these winter months, my family’s two dogs enjoy exploring the outdoors.
Democrats Introduce Bills to Protect Property Taxpayers from Run Away Voucher Costs Property taxpayers have a hidden cost on their bills this month
Sen. Bewley: Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Get Covered Today! MADISON, WI – Senator Janet Bewley (D-Delta) offered the Democratic weekly radio to encourage residents to get covered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace
What Will It Take to Close Lincoln Hills? Within the last decade, Lincoln Hills has reached a state of crisis. New reports emerged this fall, citing the violence taking place at this youth detention facility. This revelation reminds us that nothing yet has happened to resolve the serious issues in Wisconsin’s youth prisons.
Sen. Erpenbach: Erpenbach and Taylor Statement on Felzkowski/Bernier Medical Marijuana Proposal MADISON - While we are happy to see that Republicans continue to recognize that Wisconsin lags behind over 30 states when it comes to legalizing medical cannabis, we fear LRB-5095/1 could prevent sick people from getting access to the medicine they need.
Shilling statement on National Guard report MADISON, WI – After being briefed by Gov. Tony Evers’ office and the National Guard Bureau Office of Complex Investigations on a report detailing the Wisconsin National Guard’s handling of allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the followin
Sen. Erpenbach: Homeless Wisconsinites Left out in the Cold by GOP WEST POINT - In Governor Evers’ budget proposal, he included funding to combat homelessness in Wisconsin
Sen. Shilling Co-Authors Bill to Boost Wisconsin Businesses LRB-2980 seeks to provide a one-stop shop for start-up assistance
Sen. Smith: What Are You Thankful For? We’re nearing the end of another year and already getting ready for Thanksgiving. Everything seems to speed up during these last weeks as we prepare for the holiday season and the New Year
Senator Erpenbach: Weekly Democratic Radio Address- Democrats Call for Action to Address Homelessness Democrats Call for Action to Address Homelessness
Sen. Shilling: Joins Governor Evers for Telehealth Bill Signing Bipartisan legislation to expand access to telehealth services for Medicaid recipients was signed into law by Governor Tony Evers at a special ceremony at the Richland Center Hospital
Senator Erpenbach: Applauds Governor Evers for Signing the Verona TID Bill into Law Today, I joined Governor Evers in the bill signing of Senate Bill 269, also known as the Verona Tax Incremental Financing Districts (TID) Bill.
Sen. Carpenter: “Thank You Governor Evers” Miller Park Sales Tax Finally Ends!
Sen. Smith: Stop the Spread of CWD We’re only three days away from gun hunting season in Wisconsin. In this week’s column, I wrote about the threat CWD poses to the future of hunting in Wisconsin and legislation introduced to help stop the spread of this disease.
Sen. Shilling: Skyrocketing Cost of Insulin Impacting Children & Families Democrats Renew Efforts to Make Life Saving Drug More Affordable
Sen. Erpenbach: Legislature comes together to honor Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch MADISON - When you hear or read the news, everything can seem like it’s in freefall. From partisan bickering, to major disagreements on issues that have an enormous effect on Wisconsinites.
SEN. SMITH: STATEMENT REGARDING GOVERNOR EVERS’ VETO OF AB 249 MADISON – Today, Governor Evers vetoed Assembly Bill 249. This legislation would have make it more difficult for elected officials to make honorary designations of state highways or bridges by imposing stricter standards on who can be recognized.
Senator Erpenbach: Attends Bill Signing Honoring Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch On Tuesday, November 19, Senator Erpenbach and Representative Considine joined Governor Evers for the signing of Assembly Bill 77, the Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway Bill.
Sen. Shilling: CWD Crisis Worsens as Republicans Turn a Blind Eye Democratic proposal for CWD Testing Kiosks Rejected by Senate GOP
Sen. Shilling: Hunter Safety Tips Sen. Shilling releases PSA on hunter safety ahead of deer hunting
Sen. Shilling: GOP Adjourn for the Year with Unfinished Business MADISON, WI – After a year dominated by Republican political posturing and petty gimmicks, Senate Republicans have adjourned for the 2019 fall floor period. Republicans have indicated they will not convene until January 2020.
Sen. Smith: Preserving Wisconsin’s Hunting Heritage MADISON, WI – Senator Jeff Smith (D – Brunswick) offered the Democratic weekly radio address on Chronic Wasting Disease.
Sen. Shilling: Co-Authors Veteran Tax Credit Bill MADISON, WI – 100 years ago on November 11th, President Woodrow Wilson observed the first Armistice Day marking the end of World War I.
Sen. Hansen: Response to Senate Republicans Adjourning Special Session without Debating Commonsense Legislation to Stem Gun Violence Republicans had the choice of siding with victims of domestic abuse, kids, suicide prevention groups and victims of gun violence along with 80% of Wisconsinites who want commonsense gun safety reform or the NRA and the Gun Lobby.
Senate Confirms UW-L Student Appointment to Board of Regents LA CROSSE – After the Senate confirmed the appointment of Olivia Woodmansee to serve as a student representative on the University System Board of Regents, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Sen. Johnson: Republicans Fail to Prioritize the Safety of Wisconsinites MADISON – Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D – Milwaukee) made the following statement regarding the refusal by legislative Republicans to bring up for a vote legislation to address gun violence, as called for by Gov. Evers’ special session on gun safety.
Senator Erpenbach: Calls on Republicans to Take Action against Gun Violence MADISON - On October 21, 2019 Governor Tony Evers issued an executive order calling a special session for November 7 on legislation to address gun safety measures.
Sen. Shilling: Every Day of Inaction Is One Day Closer to a Preventable Mass Shooting Republicans Ignore Public Pleas for Action on Gun Violence
Republican’s Fail to allow Debate on Gun Bills Madison – The failure of the Republican-controlled legislature to even allow debate on the issue of gun violence and its effects on public safety is an abdication of leadership.
Sen. Smith: VINDICTIVE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO LIMIT GOVERNOR’S POWERS…AGAIN MADISON – During today’s Senate floor period, Republicans unanimously approved Senate Joint Resolution 59.
SEN. SMITH: STATEMENT REGARDING FORMER DATCP SECRETARY PFAFF MADISON – Today, Republicans unanimously rejected the nomination of Brad Pfaff as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protections.
Sen. Smith: VINDICTIVE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO LIMIT GOVERNOR’S POWERS…AGAIN MADISON – During today’s Senate floor period, Republicans unanimously approved Senate Joint Resolution 59.
Sen. Hansen: GOP Failure to Confirm Brad Pfaff as DATCP Secretary “Everything we know about Secretary-Designee Pfaff is that he is a smart, caring and dedicated public servant who has developed very close and strong relationships with the people he has been tasked to help.
Sen. Larson: In Rejecting Pfaff the Message was clear, Dissent Won’t be Allowed in Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI –Senator Chris Larson released the following statement regarding Republicans refusing to confirm Secretary Designee Brad Pfaff.
Sen. Erpenbach: Republicans Put Politics before Farmers - Again MADISON – While Wisconsin is in the midst of a dairy crisis, Republicans have, once again, put politics ahead of Wisconsin farmers, and rejected the nomination of an overwhelmingly qualified candidate to lead the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
Sen. Shilling: Republican Obstruction Escalates Insecurity for Family Farms Amid Dairy Crisis, Republicans Reject Ag Secretary Appointment
Sen. Smith: Broadband Expansion: Broadband for Those Who Need It Most This is the second of two columns describing the importance of broadband expansion in Wisconsin
Sen. Shilling: Democratic Legislators Host West Salem Listening Session LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Representative Steve Doyle (Onalaska) announced today that they will be holding a local listening session in West Salem.
Sen. Shilling: Republican Pettiness Threatens Family Farmers LA CROSSE, WI – As communities across Wisconsin continue to grapple with the economic chaos caused by President Trump unfair tariffs, farmers were dealt another blow as Republican leaders announced their intention to reject Gov. Evers’ appointment of Brad Pfaff
Sen. Shilling: Get covered, visit healthcare.gov Sen. Shilling releases Public Service Announcement on ACA open enrollment
Sen. Shilling: Co-Authors Child Care Tax Credit MADISON – Ensuring parents have access to affordable and quality childcare remains a top priority for Democrats in the 2019-2020 legislative session
Sen. Larson: Continues to Support Legalization and Decriminalization of Marijuana Milwaukee – “I commend Lt. Gov. Barnes and Rep. Sheila Stubbs for continuing to spotlight the need for marijuana decriminalization. Every legislative session since 2015, I have introduced bills to decriminalize and legalize marijuana.”
Sen. Hansen: Having Trouble Affording Insulin? Senator Hansen Wants to Hear From You (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced that he has added a link to his official webpage for people who are having trouble affording their insulin to share their stories and experiences.
Sen. Risser: Calls for Decriminalizing Marijuana Madison – Today Senator Risser, along with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes and Representatives Sheila Stubbs, David Crowley and Dave Considine introduced legislation that would decriminalize 28 grams or less of marijuana in the state of Wisconsin.
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)
Sen. Larson: Senator Larson Stands with Gov. Evers on Common-Sense Gun Safety Special Legislative Session “Yesterday, I was proud to stand with Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, Sen. LaTonya Johnson, Rep. Christine Sinicki, State Representative Robyn Vining, Wisconsin State Representative Greta Neubauer
Sen. Ringhand: Legislators Introduce Family Medical Leave Insurance Act Proposal gives working families much needed benefit to care for sick family member or themselves without having to give up pay
Sen. Shilling: 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.
Sen. Taylor: Calls for Focus on Violence Prevention MADISON) – Today, Governor Tony Evers called for a special session to address gun violence in Wisconsin. Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) appreciates that the Governor is taking action to address the undeniable crisis our country is facing
Sen. Erpenbach: Supports Governor Evers’ Call for Special Session WEST POINT - This morning Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order calling a special session for November on legislation to address both universal background checks for firearms and extreme risk protection orders.
Sen. Shilling: Democratic Lawmakers Statements on Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement
Senator Taylor: Statement on Passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings (MADISON) – Today, in response to news of the passing of United States Congressman Elijah Cummings, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
Sen. Shilling: Shilling Praises Family of Fallen Heroes Bill Signed into Law MADISON – Bipartisan legislation to ensure surviving spouses and children of fallen state and local law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS first responders continue to receive healthcare insurance following the loss of a loved one in the line of duty was signed into law by Governor Evers.
Senator Shilling: Co-Authors Hmong Veteran Bill MADISON – During the Vietnam War, the CIA and U.S. military recruited ethnic Hmong and other Laotian fighters to serve in Special Guerilla Units (SGU) in support of paramilitary activity in Lao, known as the Secret War.
Sen. Smith: Recognizing Indigenous People’s Day There’s quite an interest in genealogy these days. We can now order a kit to learn what ethnicities make up our DNA to better understand our heritage and ancestry,
Senator Erpenbach: Senate Unanimously Passes Verona TID Bill WEST POINT – “I was very happy to see bipartisan support to bring up and pass Senate Bill 269 (SB269) during our session Tuesday.
Senator Shilling: Hemp Bill Passes Senate with Shilling’s Support Bipartisan Hemp Coalition Seeks to Boost Industry in Wisconsin
Sen. Schachtner’s: Sexual Assault Legislation Passes Senate Today, two critical pieces of legislation regarding sexual assault kits co-authored by Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) were passed by the Senate.
Senator Shilling: Announces listening sessions LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding district office hours over the coming weeks.
Senator Smith: Raising Awareness About Domestic Violence We often focus on highly visible forms of violence in our society, like mass shootings. However, domestic violence happens every day in every town and neighborhood, and it often goes unreported or even unnoticed.
Senator Taylor: Calls for Support of AB 30 (MADISON) – Senator Taylor (D-Milwaukee) is calling for support for Assembly Bill 30, which she is co-sponsoring.
Sen. Erpenbach: Area Democrats React to PSC Authorization of the Transmission Line MADISON – On Thursday, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) give final authorization for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line
Sen. Shilling: Students encouraged to apply for Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program November 8, 2019 deadline for high school applicants
Sen. Shilling: Backs Medical Cannabis Efforts Democrats renew efforts to legalize medical cannabis
Sen. Erpenbach: Sen. Erpenbach, Rep. Taylor, and Sen. Testin Introduce Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis in Wisconsin The bill provides a legal path to vital medicine for those with debilitating illness
Sen. Risser: Legislators Seek Debate on Death with Dignity (MADISON) – Today Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) alongside Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb) and Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) introduced the End-of-Life Options Act (LRB 1624-1).
Sen. Larson: Senator Larson and Smart Start Inc. to Provide IID at Bay View Bash Milwaukee – In continued efforts to address drunk driving in Wisconsin, State Senator Chris Larson announced an opportunity for individuals to try an Interlock Ignition Device while neighbors attend the Bay View Bash this weekend.
Sen. Erpenbach: Middleton Legislators Echo Police Chief’s Call for Gun Safety MADISON – “It has been a year since an active shooter targeted his place of work in Middleton. Yet, unfortunately, a year later we have made zero progress in ensuring that no other Wisconsinites are affected by gun violence.
Sen. Shilling: What Will It Take To Act? As Mass Shootings Continue, Democrats Push for Action on Gun Safety
Sen. Shilling: Praises Additional Assistant District Attorney Positions LA CROSSE – Today, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) was joined by Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan, La Crosse District Attorney Tim Gruenke, and La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf, to announce new Assistant District Attorney positions for La Crosse and Monroe Counties.
Senator Smith: Have a Conversation for Democracy’s Sake Politics is everywhere around us – when you turn on the television, open a newspaper or scroll through Facebook. It’s hard to get away from it all. When we see the divisiveness all around us, it’s easy to think our system is broken.
Senator Bewley: Healthy Forests Every day sunset comes just a little bit earlier and the leaves are starting to change color. Although it’s always sad to see the end of summer, fall is a spectacular time in Northern Wisconsin.
Senator Erpenbach: Wisconsin schools put students first, Legislature should do the same WEST POINT - Under Governor Tony Evers’ leadership, Republicans agreed to make a down payment on the People’s Budget and increase funding for our schools.
Senator Shilling: Healthy Herd, Healthy Hunt Initiative Democrats introduce legislation to combat Chronic Wasting Disease
Senator 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.
Senator Smith: Sen. Smith's Statement Regarding JFC Action in 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.
JFC Democrats: Republicans Cancel Last-Minute Meeting in another Display of Lame Duck Dysfunction MADISON, WI - Today, after adding a second Joint Finance Committee meeting to the schedule with barely 24 hours of notice, the Republicans on the committee cancelled the meeting due to their own dysfunctional lame duck laws.
Senator Shilling: Applauds Hughes as WEDC pick LA CROSSE, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Governor Tony Evers announced Missy Hughes as CEO for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC):
Senator Shilling: Republican Lame Duck Laws Continue to Obstruct State A.G. Republican Lame Duck Laws Continue to Obstruct State A.G.
Senator Smith: America is Best When Labor is Strong Another Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is beginning to wind down and we’re taking our last chance to fish or camp for the season. Children are reflecting on their summer and eagerly anticipating the new school year.
Senator Taylor: Sen. Taylor and Mothers Against Gun Violence Partner to Educate during National Life Insurance Month (MADISON) – Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following information to encourage and motivate Wisconsinites to get life insurance.
Senator Smith: Kiddos and Mental Health We always want what’s best for our children. We want our children to be happy, comfortable and safe. If we could provide all the tools for our children to succeed, why wouldn’t we?
Sen. Taylor: Celebrating the Life of Quanita ‘Tay’ Jackson Quanita ‘Tay’ Jackson, 20, was fatally shot on Sunday, August 25 near Moody Park in Milwaukee. To honor the life and legacy of Ms. Jackson, a candlelight vigil will be held today, August 26th, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM at COA Goldin Center at 2320 W. Burleigh Street.
Senator Erpenbach: Area Democrats are Disappointed with the PSC Approval of the Transmission Line Today the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced the approval of the Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line. We have all received a great deal of contact in opposition to this project from both local units of government and concerned constituents.
Sen. Smith: Politics Behind Gun Violence Inaction I can’t imagine the horror victims go through when face to face with an active shooter while in a place of worship, school, shopping center or night club. How do families cope with the news of a loved one being murdered by a domestic terrorist, coworker or significant other?
Senator Schachtner: The Time for Universal Background Checks is Now WEST POINT - Today I stood with Governor Evers, Lieutenant Governor Barnes, Attorney General Kaul, and Middleton Police Chief Foulke, along with other Democratic colleagues, as Representative Sargent and Senator Johnson announced their proposal to close the background check loophole on the sales.
Senator Shilling: Democrats Take Action to Improve Public Safety MADISON – After another uptick in deadly mass shooting deaths, Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) are introducing legislation that would close the gun show loophole that enables individuals with criminal convictions to purchase a firearm.
Senator Taylor: Bill Outlawing Sexual Contact While In Custody Moves Forward MADISON) – Today, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held a public hearing on Senate Bill 104, prohibiting law enforcement officers from having sexual contact with persons under their custody.
Senator Taylor: Realities of Anti-Shackling Bill Evoke Emotion (MADISON) – Today Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) testified before Wisconsin’s Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in support of SB 316, commonly known as the Anti-Shackling Bill. Originally introduced in 2017, the bill failed to gain needed support to become law.
Senator Smith: Legislators Gather for Nonpartisan Conference Last week I joined over 7,000 legislators and staff from other states and around the world in Nashville at the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) annual Legislative Summit. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that has been around 45 years with a mission to advise
Senator Erpenbach: Democrats Give Republicans a Second Chance to Expand Health Care Last week, I stood with Governor Tony Evers to announce that I was introducing stand-alone legislation to increase the eligibility limit of the Wisconsin Medicaid program to 133% of the federal poverty level. I was happy to have Representative Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) with me
Senator Patty Schachtner: Column- Clean Water a Deliberate Policy Choice In past years, the safety of our drinking water has come to the forefront of Wisconsin’s political landscape. Extensive studies have shown not only the scale, but the drastic health consequences contaminated water has on our communities.
Senator Erpenbach: Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Just Say Yes to Medicaid Expansion MADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) offered the Democratic weekly radio address this week on the continued momentum to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin.
Senator Lena Taylor: Sen. Taylor , Rep. Chris Taylor, and Rep. Melissa Sargent Reintroduce Child Victims Act (MADISON) – On Wednesday, August 7th, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) held a joint press conference with Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) to discuss LRB 1718, the Child Victims Act. The bill, which was introduced last session, would remove the
Senator Smith: Senator Smith Advocates for CWD Solutions at The National Conference at State Legislators Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) joins a bi-partisan group of elected officials for the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville, TN. During this week-long conference, state legislators from around the country connect to discuss the latest research and policy initiatives.
Senator Taylor: Legislators to Hold Press Conference on Child Victim’s Act (MADISON) - Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) is inviting members of the media to a joint press conference with Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) during which the legislators will announce the reintroduction of a package of bills, namely the Child Victims Act.
Senator Erpenbach: Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Riemer Introduce Medicaid Expansion Bill State Senator Jon Erpenbach stood with Governor Tony Evers and others today to announce that he will be introducing stand-alone legislation to increase the eligibility limit of the Wisconsin Medicaid program to 133% of the federal poverty level.
Senator Shilling: Momentum for Medicaid Expansion Continues MADISON – As public support and momentum grows for expanding affordable health coverage for 82,000 Wisconsinites, Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) and Representative Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee) are introducing legislation that would accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
Senator Bewley: A Good Thing One of my favorite things about being a State Senator is engaging with students about how our government works. Many of you remember Schoolhouse Rock and could probably come up with some of the lines in “I’m just a bill.”
Senator Erpenbach: Governor’s leadership moves Wisconsin forward WEST POINT, WI - Now that the budget has come and gone, it should be a time that we both remember the missed opportunities, and celebrate the long-overdue and historic investments that were made in Wisconsin.
Senator Shilling: Co-Authors Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Teen Dating Violence MADISON – Bipartisan legislation to help prevent teen dating violence was introduced by Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield).
Senator Smith: Wisconsin Farmers Deserve Better MADISON, WI – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) offered the Democratic weekly radio address this week after Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee refused to take up an agency request for criticalfunding for farmers and farm families in Wisconsin.
Senator Erpenbach: Republicans Abandon Small Family Farmers WEST POINT - Yesterday Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) neglected to act on an urgent request from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to fund their farmer mental health assistance programs.
Senator Taylor: Press Conference on Voting Rights for All Wisconsinites (MADISON) – Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) will stand alongside her colleagues in the Assembly, Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) and Representative David Crowley (D-Milwaukee), to address the importance of voting rights, and explain their plan to tackle the issue.
Senator Hansen: Plans to introduce Bill Capping Insulin Costs (Madison)—Calling the skyrocketing price of insulin a state and national crisis State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced plans to introduce legislation based on a recent Colorado law that would cap insulin prices.
Senator Hansen: Introduces Redistricting Reform Bill (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) was joined at a press conference today by activists and supporters to announce the introduction of legislation that would create a non-partisan redistricting process.
Senator Erpenbach: Weekly Democratic Radio Address- U.S.A, Equal Pay MADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) offered the Democratic weekly radio address.
Senator Smith: Senator Smith and Rep. Emerson Announce Bus Tour Office Hours MADISON–Join Senator Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) and Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) for office hours on the Eau Claire bus line tomorrow, July 12th.
Senator Smith: Trust the Voters Redistricting is right around the corner in 2021. New legislative and congressional district maps will be drawn up after the census by the political party in charge.
Senator Shilling: Health Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions in Jeopardy Health Coverage for Pre-existing Conditions in Jeopardy
Senator Shilling: Democratic Lawmakers Statement on Gov. Evers’ Budget Signing MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statement after Governor Evers signed the 2019-2021 State Budget into law:
JFC Democrats: Applaud Governor’s Efforts to Restore the People’s Budget MADISON)-Today, Governor Tony Evers signed the 2019-2021 biennial budget, using his constitutionally granted veto pen to invest in the priorities of the people of Wisconsin. After eight years of failed policies under Republican leadership,
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers Makes the Best Out of a Budget full of Missed Opportunities “After travelling the state and listening to the people governor Evers introduced a budget that was very much for and made by them.
Senator 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 Shilling: Sen. Shilling Column: Democratic Vision Prioritizes Future Success It’s common for any individual to set goals and plan for their future. Parents want what’s best for their kids as they make their way through school, college students prepare for the workforce after graduation, and workers have to plan for their retirement.
Senator Shilling: Democratic Leaders on SCOTUS Gerrymandering Decision MADISON, WI – Today, a conservative majority on the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 split decision which held that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.
Senator Erpenbach: The Facts Behind the Republican Budget: A Story of Missed Opportunities On Wednesday, the Senate voted on the Republican version of the State Budget. The GOP budget removes Wisconsin’s opportunity to make historic investments in our communities and keeps in place massive tax breaks for the wealthy.
Senator Hansen: SUPREME COURT DECISION ON REDISTRICTING It is no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with the Republicans on the issue of gerrymandering.
Senator Erpenbach: Republican Budget Misses Mark Today the Senate Republicans voted to send their insufficient budget to Gov. Evers
Senator 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 Johnson: Republicans Block Historic Investments in Special Education Funding MADISON – Governor Evers and Lt. Governor Barnes went around the state seeking input on the priorities of Wisconsinites, a process that resulted in a bold ‘People’s Budget.’
Senator Shilling: GOP Budget Misses the Mark Classrooms and Communities Denied Funding Under GOP Budget
Senator Taylor: Votes on Budget in Madison (MILWAUKEE) – Today, members of the Wisconsin State Senate took up the state budget, along with other bills.
Senator Hansen: Passage of Republican Budget “Despite the absence of Scott Walker, the Republicans and their priorities haven’t changed:
Senator Taylor: Questions Supreme Court Decision (MADISON) – In response to the recent 4-3 vote of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to uphold the extraordinary session limiting the power of Governor Tony Evers, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
Senator Smith: Budget Vote This Week: Rhetoric or What’s Right Two weeks ago, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) passed their version of the state budget 12 to 4, along party lines. The full Senate scheduled a vote this week on the budget, a vote that may demonstrate the true callousness of politics in our state.
Senator Hansen: Senator Hansen Commends Department of Health Services On Setting Strict Limits on PFAS and PFOA Dangerous compounds found in area wells contaminated by Tyco’s Marinette facility
Senator Erpenbach: The GOP Budget: Wisconsinites Pay More to Get Less (MADISON) Today Governor Tony Evers, along with Secretary-Designees and Legislative Democrats, stood in opposition to the Republican budget proposal.
Senator Taylor: Senator Taylor Reflects on Juneteenth Day (MILWAUKEE) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) took part in the annual Juneteenth Day parade and festivities in Milwaukee.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Echoes Bipartisan Concerns with Fiscally Reckless Republican Budget MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Republican Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) announced he will vote “no” on the Republican budget proposal:
Senator Smith: Looking Inward for Juneteenth Day Wisconsin is filled with beauty. Sometimes we take our state’s beauty for granted because it’s very apparent all around us. It’s always the less apparent beauty that surprises us and compels us to look deeper in ourselves and appreciate everything around us.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Commemorates Juneteenth MADISON – On this day in 1865, freedom from slavery became a reality for thousands of African-Americans living in Galveston, Texas.
Senator Shilling: Wisconsin Deserves Better than GOP Budget MADISON – After spending months of open discussions with community leaders, students, families and seniors, Governor Tony Evers crafted The People’s Budget that is reflective of issues impacting Wisconsinites.
JFC Democrats: On Last Day of Budget Deliberations, JFC Democrats Lament Missed Opportunities (MADISON)- Today marks the last day of Joint Finance Committee (JFC) budget deliberations. Instead of sitting down and working with Governor Tony Evers and legislative Democrats, Republicans prioritized politics over people.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Meets with Future Farmers of America MADISON, WI – Students from Holmen and De Soto High Schools traveled to Madison as part of Wisconsin Association of Future Farmers of America’s Day on the Hill.
Senator Shilling: GOP Neglect UW-La Crosse Student Success & Safety LA CROSSE – Republican lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee rejected portions of Governor Tony Evers’ state building program, including Phase II of the Prairie Springs Science Center and fire alarm and smoke detection renovations in two dormitories at UW-La Crosse.
Senator Smith: 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:
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers’ Announcement of State Funding to Restore Shoreline at Bay Beach Park “Bay Beach is truly a jewel, not just with respect to Green Bay but our state as well. Anyone who has spent time there knows how special a place it is for young and old alike to visit, relax and play.
Senator Carpenter: “Thank you Governor Evers” (MADISON) - State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) today issued a statement in light of the news that Governor Tony Evers has issued Executive Order No. 29 declaring that a rainbow flag will be raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol building and other state buildings for the first time in hist
Bewley: If At First You Don't Succeed, Try Again One of our greatest strengths in Northern Wisconsin is what one friend of mine calls our “stick-to-it-ness” As he says, it takes a special kind of person to face the challenges of living up here.
Senator Erpenbach: A day after gutting health care programs around the state, GOP criminalizes reproductive care MADISON, WI -Today, the Wisconsin Senate is adding itself to a disconcerting list of states that are trying to control people’s access to reproductive care.
Senator Smith: Health, Science and Wisconsin Dr. Tim Nelson of Mayo Clinic walked the halls of the Wisconsin State Capitol along with UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt. They visited 11 offices in a marathon day of lobbying for UWEC’s new science and health sciences building project in the current budget.
Senator Shilling: Male GOP Politicians Dictate Women’s Health MADISON – In his state budget proposal, Gov. Tony Evers introduced the Healthy Women, Healthy Babies proposal that would have reinvested savings from expanding Medicaid into initiatives to improve access to women’s health care services, support healthier pregnancies and births
Senator Shilling: Republicans Defy Wisconsin Voters MADISON – Despite overwhelming public support for accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee rejected the pillar policy of Governor Tony Evers state budget proposal.
Senator Larson: It Is Time to Repeal Wisconsin’s Criminal Abortion Law Milwaukee, WI –Senator Chris Larson released the following statement regarding the need to repeal Wisconsin’s archaic criminal abortion law.
JFC Democrats: Republicans Demonstrate Fiscal Irresponsibility on State Budget MADISON, WI - Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance will be passing on another opportunity to save hundreds of millions of Wisconsin’s tax dollars that could be re-invested into programs around the state, and provide access to affordable health care for every Wisconsinite.
JFC Democrats: Highlight Impact of Special Education Cuts to Budget MADISON, WI - On the first day of voting in the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), our Republican colleagues made it a priority to revive one of their most ineffective and unfair tax breaks
Senator Taylor Sexual Contact by Law Enforcement Officer Bill Receives Diverse Support (MADISON) – On Thursday, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) testified at a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety for AB 171/SB 104, relating to sexual contact by a law enforcement officer with a person in his or her custody and providing a penalty.
Senator Taylor: 2018 Farm Bill Requires Wisconsin Updated Hemp Regulation (MADISON) – On Thursday, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) testified at a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions on SB 188, relating to regulating hemp, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority.
Senator Taylor: Statement on “Lunch Shaming” Bill (MADISON) – Today, the Assembly Committee on Education heard testimony on AB 84 relating to imposing requirements related to school lunch and breakfast programs in certain schools.
Senator Shilling: Democratic Lawmakers Demand Action to Protect Wisconsin Farmers MADISON, WI – President Trump’s decision to engage in a trade war has resulted in unfair tariffs placed on Wisconsin-made products including cheese, cranberries, pork, ginseng, soybeans, and potatoes
JFC Democrats: GOP Throws Manure on Governor Evers’ Clean Water Initiatives MADISON) – Today, the Joint Finance Committee held an executive session on portions of Governor Evers’ Department of Natural Resources (DNR) budget proposal.
Senator Smith: Politics or the People’s Priorities? My role representing the 31st Senate District didn’t just start when I was sworn into office on January 7th this year. It began last year when I started talking to voters in the 31st Senate District.
Senator Bewley: Doing Our Best to Never Forget While it may not feel like it in Northern Wisconsin, the unofficial start of summer is here: Memorial Day. For many of us that means a three day weekend, enjoying time with family and friends. All five of my grandchildren will be coming for a visit, something I am looking forward to.
Senator Shilling: GOP Budget Cuts Threaten School Success MADISON – School districts face an uncertain future after Republican politicians cut $900 million from Governor Evers’ K-12 state budget that that sought to restore state investments in schools, special education services, and mental health care for students.
JFC Democrats: Democrats Push Back Against Republican Plan to Underfund Schools Madison, Wisconsin – The Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) is holding an executive session today on K-12 education in the budget. We are meeting a day after Republicans announced their plans to continue grossly underfunding our education system.
Senator Hansen: State Legislators Introduce PFAS Standards Madison – State Senators Mark Miller (D-Monona) and Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), State Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) introduced the CLEAR Act (Chemical Level Enforcement and Remediation Act)
JFC Democrats: After Historic Republican Cuts, Democrats Propose Fully Funding Education MADISON, WI - Tomorrow the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) will meet to take up one of the most important issues for Wisconsin families: education. After historic cuts to public schools eight years ago, and inadequate funding ever since, anything short of Governor Evers’ Budget proposal only contin
Senator Smith: We Are All One Wisconsin This past week, I met with several healthcare leaders from around the state. Dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, social workers and others discussed a whole gamut of healthcare topics.
JFC Democrats: JFC Democrats Highlight Years of Damage to Wisconsin Prison System MADISON, WI - Today, Democrats on the Joint Finance Committee fought to improve the conditions and wages for workers at our correctional institutions in Wisconsin.
Senator Hansen: Sen. Hansen & Rep. Crowley Unveil Automatic Voter Registration Bill with Governor Evers MADISON, WI – Representative David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) and Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) hosted a press conference this morning with Governor Tony Evers, announcing LRB-1105/P2, legislation relating to implementation of state wide automatic voter registration (AVR)
JFC Democrats Republicans Continue to Dismantle the ‘People’s Budget’ MADISON – Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee continue to dismantle the People’s Budget and block serious discussions on issues that Wisconsinites care about. Governor Evers proposed a budget that makes critical investments in our communities
Senator Hansen: Senate Republicans Once Again Show Their True Colors by Refusing to Close Dark Stores Loophole (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said Republicans continue to show the public whose side they’re on in a battle between Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and homeowners after a Senate Republicans again refused to vote to close the Dark Stores loophole.
Senator Smith: STATEMENT REGARDING UW-EC SCIENCE BUILDING PROJECT MADISON – Today Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) submitted a letter of support to Joint Finance Committee members advocating for the construction of the Science and Health Sciences building at UW-Eau Claire.
Senator Bewley: LEGISLATURE PASSES BEWLEY BILL TO END TAX BREAKS FOR BUSINESSES THAT MOVE JOBS OUT OF WISCONSIN Madison – State Senator Janet Bewley (D-Delta) released the following statement today after legislation to eliminate tax deductions for moving expenses for businesses that leave Wisconsin passed the Senate.
Senator Shilling: Senate GOP Refuse to Close the “Dark Store” Loophole MADISON, WI – Senate Republicans blocked action to close the “Dark Store” loophole that allows large corporate retailers to shift their property tax liability onto homeowners and small businesses.
JFC Democrats: GOP Block Democratic Efforts to Protect Drinking Water MADISON, WI – Despite several proposals from Governor Evers to improve access to clean drinking water, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee blocked Democratic efforts to invest $35 million for lead service line replacement and address the contaminated water crisis.
Senator Shilling: Celebrates Syttende Mai Weekend MADISON, WI – Syttende Mai is held annually on May 17th celebrating Norway’s independence from Denmark. As Norwegian communities across the state prepare for this festivity,
Senator Shilling: Shilling Authors Bipartisan Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety MADISON – Bipartisan legislation to strengthen safety protections for students traveling to school by bus is being introduced by Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton), Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) and Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem).
Senator Bewley: If You’ve Got Your Health, You’ve Got Everything If you’re like me, there are certain phrases that bring back strong memories from your childhood. I remember thinking my dad was so wrong when he said, as he often did, that “if you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything.”
JFC Democrats: Republicans Reject $1.6 Billion Investment for Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin – Today, during the Joint Committee on Finance executive session, Republicans voted against Democrats’ motion to stop the removal of the Medicaid expansion proposal from budget deliberations which would have attracted $1.6 billion in federal dollars to the state.
Senator Smith: 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
Senator Smith: Valuing Our Voices During the past two months, I traveled throughout the 31st Senate District and met with constituents to hear their thoughts on the budget introduced by Governor Tony Evers.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Celebrates Driftless Brewing Expansion SOLDIERS GROVE – Nine local food projects from across the state were recently announced as recipients of Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants. This competitive grant program is structured to support local producers and strengthen Wisconsin’s food industries.
JFC Democrats: Peoples Budget Needed After Eight Years of Neglect For too long, big moneyed special interests have dominated policy making in Wisconsin. Finally, we have a governor who puts the people of Wisconsin first.
Senator Erpenbach: Praises Governor Evers’ Healthy Women, Healthy Baby Initiatives MADISON, WI - Today, in both the Senate and Assembly, Republicans held hearings on bills aimed at restricting women’s access to comprehensive reproductive care. Last November, voters made it clear that they are ready for change
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers’ MA Expansion Would Provide $92 Million in New Health Care Funding for Brown, Marinette and Oconto Counties (Madison)—According to analysis by the Department of Health Services, Governor Evers’ budget would provide $92 million in new healthcare funding for Brown, Marinette and Oconto counties.
Senator Smith: LOCAL DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATORS DEMAND ACTION ON UW-EC PHILLIPS SCIENCE HALL MADISON – 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.
Senator Smith: AREA LEGISLATORS & BUILDING COMMISSION HIGHER EDUCATION CHAIR TO TOUR UW-EAU CLAIRE PHILLIPS SCIENCE HALL MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), Representative Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) and Representative Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) will tour the UW-Eau Claire Phillips Science Hall on Friday, May 3rd. Rep. Jill Billings, chair of the Building Commission’s higher education subcommittee
Senator Shilling: Viroqua Town Hall Attendees Express Support for Medicaid Expansion VIROQUA, WI – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), along with Representatives Steve Doyle (D-Onalaska) and Jill Billings (D-La Crosse) hosted a town hall on Governor Evers’ budget proposal to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin.
Senator Smith: Mental Health is Real Health So much can be said about mental health and yet so little has been done. We all know someone struggling with mental illness. So few receive the help they need.
Senator Shilling: Joins Local Leaders on Broadband Roundtable VIROQUA, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Secretary Brad Pfaff and Public Service Commission Chair Rebecca Valcq joined local leaders for a roundtable discussion on the importance of broadband at Vernon Communica
Senator Taylor: Address Racist Images Involving UW-Oshkosh Students (MILWAUKEE) – In response to the recently surfaced racist images from an event near the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement:
Senator Taylor: Celebrates Arbor Day with Secretary Frostman MADISON) - Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) is pleased to welcome the Department of Workforce Development’s Secretary Designee Caleb Frostman to Milwaukee for a series of events today to celebrate Arbor Day.
Senator Shilling: Remembering Wisconsin Workers LA CROSSE, WI – International Workers’ Memorial Day is held annually on April 28th in remembrance of workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace.
Senator Taylor: Senator Taylor Acknowledges Clean Communities Week (MILWAUKEE) – This week Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) joins members of the community in acknowledging Earth Day, the need to love our environment, and Clean Communities Week.
Senator Erpenbach: Senator Erpenbach and Representative Considine are happy to see DNR commitment to cleaning up Portage Canal MADISON – In honor of Governor Evers’ Year of Clean Water, and in the spirit of Earth Day, Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-West Point) and Representative Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) were thrilled to hear that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) committed $4.3 million to clean up the Portage Canal.
Senator Smith: Earth Day Should Be Every Day It’s been eight years since anyone in our executive branch of government uttered the words “climate change.” Thankfully, Governor Tony Evers brought science, common sense and the term climate change back to Wisconsin.
Senator Miller: Weekly Democratic Radio Address- “Wisconsin Supports Key Provisions of Gov. Evers’ Budget” MADISON, WI – Senator Mark Miller (D-Madison) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting overwhelming public support for key provisions in Gov. Evers’ 2019-2021 budget proposal.
Senator Shillinh: Democrats Take Action to Extend SeniorCare MADISON – Protecting senior citizens and their access to affordable prescription drugs are top priorities for Legislative Democrats as the 2019-2020 legislative session gets underway. Several Democratic leaders, including Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse),
Senator Smith: Passing the Baton The number of times I’ve heard people say, “We need to help young people engage in our community,” or “We need more young people in politics” is so common I won’t even venture to guess. It’s almost inevitable someone will say something like that at every meeting I attend.
Senator Erpenbach: Announces Community Listening Sessions As you may know, the Joint Committee on Finance will soon begin meeting regularly to form the 2019-21 State Biennial Budget.
Senator Shilling: Legislative Leaders to Host Medicaid Expansion Town Hall MADISON – Area Legislators announced today that they will be holding a local town hall on Medicaid expansion
Senator Smith: Paying Again Through Referendum Last Tuesday was a big election day for Wisconsin. It was an even bigger election day for public education. Many Wisconsin school districts were able to pass crucial referenda to keep operating, some weren’t so lucky.
Senator Smith: 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.
Senator Smith: Senator Smith to Host Durand Budget Presentation and Listening Session MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) will host a Budget Presentation and Listening Session in Durand to highlight Governor Tony Evers’ biennial state budget proposal. The event will be hosted at the Durand City Hall (104 E. Main. St., Durand, WI 54736) on Thursday, April 11th from 5:30pm-7:00p
Senator Erpenbach: Senator Erpenbach supports Gov. Evers’ workforce development proposals If you had any doubt that Republicans are out of touch with Wisconsinites, today’s Joint Committee on Finance agency briefing on the Department of Workforce Development may clear that up.
Senator Johnson: Governor’s Budget Creates an Economy that Works for Everyone MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding today’s agency briefings in the Joint Finance Committee on Governor Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 state budget:
Senator Taylor: Proudly Supports Her Second Wave of Expungement Reform in Wisconsin (MADISON) - Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) joined the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety to express her support for a bill circulating in the legislature relating to expungement reform in Wisconsin.
Senator Hansen: Temporary Waiver for SeniorCare Granted State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said he received word from Department of Health services Secretary Andrea Palm that Wisconsin’s SeniorCare prescription drug program has received another 30-day temporary waiver until
Senator Johnson: Weekly Democratic Radio Address: “Make Your Voice Heard” Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
Senator Erpenbach: Erpenbach Supports Evers’ Investments to Create a Healthier Wisconsin MADISON - Today the Joint Committee on Finance held a series of Agency Budget Briefings, including from the Department of Health Services (DHS). We heard from DHS Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm about why the People’s Budget is a huge step forward for our state.
Senator Hansen: Stuck and Hansen Reintroduce Papermaker Fund Bill MADISON, WI – Rep. Amanda Stuck and Sen. Dave Hansen announced plans to reintroduce the Papermaker Fund Bill which aims to help stabilize the paper industry in Wisconsin.
Senator Johnson: Governor’s Budget Makes Critical Investments in our Public Schools MADISON – The following is a statement from State Senator LaTonya Johnson regarding today’s agency briefings in the Joint Finance Committee on Governor Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 state budget:
Senator Smith: Leaders or Followers? As leaders and policy makers in Wisconsin it is our job to ensure that our state government and operations run smoothly. Our agencies must be funded properly, people must be paid and projects should be moving forward in a timely fashion.
Senator Hansen: Sen. Hansen and Rep. Sinicki Announce Equal Pay Legislation Madison –- Democrats Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced that today, on National Equal Pay Day, they will be reintroducing their Equal Pay Bills from the last legislative session: the Equal Pay Enforcement Act and the Equal Pay Transparency Act.
Senator Hansen: Time to Rein in Predatory Hedge Funds (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said predatory hedge funds like Shopko owners Sun Capital are a threat to the retail industry and the thousands of people who work in the retail industry and that they need to be reined in.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Proposes Euchre as Official State Card Game MADISON – In an effort to restore bipartisanship in the Capitol, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is drafting legislation to designate Euchre as the official state card game.
Senator Bewley: Common Ground You might be familiar with the saying “coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."
Senator Smith: The Budget Mosaic Connecting dots can be very satisfying -- when it all clicks together our eyes get big, our jaws drop and we become stunned with our newfound knowledge.
Senator Schachnter: Statement Following Withdrawal from ACA Lawsuit Sen. Schachtner Statement Following Withdrawal from ACA Lawsuit
Senator Erpenbach: Weekly Democratic Radio Address: "It’s time to expand Medicaid and put Wisconsinites first" MADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting the benefits of Governor Evers’ plan to accept the federal funds available to expand Medicaid for 82,000 people in Wisconsin.
Senator Shilling: Senator Shilling and Representative Hintz Call on Legislature to Halt all Payments to Private Law Firms MADISON, WI – Earlier today, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued a temporary injunction blocking the GOP lame-duck laws, ruling that the legislature did not lawfully convene.
Senator Ringhand: Statement on Capital Budget. On March 20 the Wisconsin Building Commission meet to approve the 2019-21 Capital Budget. The Building Commission has met and fulfilled this duty since it was established in 1949 to oversee the planning, improvement, major maintenance and renovation of state facilities.
Senator Shilling: Statement on ACA Lawsuit MADISON – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Attorney General Josh Kaul withdrew Wisconsin from a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its health care protections:
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on the motion to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit State Senator Jon Erpenbach released the following statement following Wisconsin’s motion to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit.
Senator Hansen: Statement in Response to Court Decision Invalidating GOP's Lame Duck Laws As predicted today’s court decision found Scott Walker’s and the Republicans’ power grab to be unconstitutional.
Senator Taylor: Statement on MSDF Death On Sunday, March 17, 2019, a fifty-one-year-old man, died while in custody at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility (MSDF).
Senator Shilling: Shilling announces budget listening sessions LA CROSSE – Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) announced today that she will be holding budget listening sessions over the coming weeks.
Senator Shilling: GOP rejects funding for cancer research facility, veteran homes, and mental health facilities MADISON – Republican lawmakers on the bi-partisan State Building Commission voted against Governor Evers’ state building program that will have a direct impact on the ability to move forward with shovel-ready infrastructure projects.
Senator Smith: You be the Judge of the Budget at Our Listening Sessions Ever since my two daughters were young and able to ice skate, I attended their figure skating practices and competitions.
Senator Bewley: A Fresh Start As I looked out my kitchen window the other morning, I noticed that the snow was beginning to melt. I could see a little more of the White River, which runs past my home up in Delta.
Senator Larson: Statement regarding the horrendous white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand. Senator Chris Larson released the following statement regarding the horrendous white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand:
Senator Smith: Rolls Back Harsh Penalties for Local Road Budgets MADISON – 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.
Senator Taylor: Celebrates DNC Announcement (MILWAUKEE) – Today it was announced that the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be held in Milwaukee. In response to the news, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) made the following statement:
Senator Smith: Celebrating Women’s History Month Last week we welcomed the beginning of Women’s History Month – a time for us to celebrate women's achievements, honor women's history and reflect on the work that still needs to be done.
Senator Shilling: Schools Districts See Pathway to Success with Gov. Evers’ Education Budget LA CROSSE – School districts across Wisconsin are embracing Governor Evers’ state budget that will make historic investments in schools, special education and mental health services. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Senator Smith: First Glance at Governor Evers’ Budget Governor Tony Evers presented his first budget to the Legislature on Thursday evening last week. It was a uniquely crafted budget. It contained encouraging policy for Wisconsin’s future. And many of the Governor’s budget provisions were long overdue.
Senator Shilling: La Farge HS Student Participates in Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program MADISON, WI – The second of two Senate Scholars from the 32nd Senate District, Lara Boudinot from La Farge High School, will be completing the 2019 Senate Scholar Program on March 8th.
Senator Erpenbach: Thrilled about the $30 Million investment in the Alliant Energy Center Today Governor Evers announced that the 2019-2021 Capital Budget will include a $30 million investment towards the expansion of the Alliant Energy Center.
Senator Erpenbach and Senator Johnson: JFC Democrats baffled by Republican objection to reducing childhood lead poisoning MADISON, WI - The Department of Health Services (DHS) submitted a request to implement a health services initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin, through the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers Capital Budget Supports Wisconsin Tourism and Economic Development in Green Bay Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and State Representative Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay) expressed their appreciation after learning that Governor Evers’ proposed 2019-2021 Capital Budget will include $2 million in state funding for the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Senator Smith: Statement Regarding Governor Evers’ Capital Budget Request for UW-Eau Claire’s Science Hall MADISON – 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.
Senator Schachtner: Completes Tour of All School Districts in Senate District 10 Wisconsin State Senator Patty Schachtner has completed her tour of all 19 school districts in Senate District 10.
Senator Schachtner: Response to Budget Address (MADISON) – Wisconsin State Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) issued the following statement following Governor Tony Evers’ first budget address:
Senator Ringhand: State Senator Janis Ringhand statement regarding Governor Evers’ budget “Governor Evers listened to the people of Wisconsin and his budget clearly reflects that. His budget looks to the future and reflects the values we all share."
Senator Shilling: The People’s Budget is a Win for Wisconsin MADISON – After months of open discussions with community leaders, students, families and seniors, Governor Tony Evers has unveiled his 2019-2021 State Budget. Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
Senator Hansen: Response to Governor Evers’ People’s Budget “Governor Evers’ budget goes a long way to addressing the challenges our state faces after eight years of neglect. “After listening to the people he has put forward a budget that restores the purpose of government--to work for all the people not just the wealthy and privileged few:
Senator Larson: Applauds Governor Evers’ Budget Milwaukee, WI – Senator Chris Larson released the following statement regarding Governor Evers’ state budget address:
Smith: Statement Regarding Gov. Evers’ First Budget Address MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) issued the following statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ first Budget Address:
Senator Smith: Walking in Someone Else's Shoes One of my favorite parts of serving as State Senator is listening to stories. Each of us has a story.
Senator Hansen: Thanks Governor Evers’ for Putting Non-Partisan Redistricting Plan in Budget There are few issues that are so critical to the functioning of and citizen support for state government than eliminating gerrymandering from our redistricting process.
Senator Taylor: Wants Real Commitment to Fighting Homelessness (MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding Republican State legislators press conference proposals aimed at addressing the issue of homelessness.
Senator Erpenbach: Wisconsin is Ready for Medical Marijuana Over a decade ago, I was introduced to a woman named Jacki Rickert. She wasn’t the first person to come into my office advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana, that was Gary Storck, but she made a lasting impression.
Senator Shilling: Shilling praises Gov. Evers Healthy Women, Healthy Babies Proposal MADISON – Governor Evers and Democratic legislators are pushing to improve better birth outcomes and increase access to women’s health care services.
Sen. Taylor: Supports Increased Funding for Local Health Centers MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement ahead of Governor Tony Evers press announcement about healthcare initiatives in his upcoming budget at a press conference at Milwaukee Health Services in Milwaukee
Senator Erpenbach: Weekly Democratic Radio Address: Wisconsinites Support Medical Marijuana MADISON, WI – Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.
Senator Shilling: Column- Close corporate loopholes and treat homeowners fairly LA CROSSE -- Wisconsin families are working harder than ever. But many are finding that no matter how much they sacrifice or how many hours they put in, they live every day on the verge of economic and financial insecurity.
Senator Hansen: By Denying Federal MA Money Republicans are Hurting the People They Say They Represent (Madison)- Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) called on legislative Republicans to work with Governor Evers to accept the return of state taxpayer dollars from the federal government through Medicaid expansion funds arguing that their refusal to do so actually hurts the people they claim to represent.
Senator Shilling: Shilling Backs Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Push MADISON – Governor Evers and Democratic legislators are pushing to expand access to comprehensive care through the use of medical marijuana.
Senator Smith: Weekly Column - Part Three: Water is Precious Water is cheap. Fixing water quality problems is expensive. Protecting our water before polluting it is less expensive. We can take steps now to preserve our cheapest most precious resource.
Senator Erpenbach: Applauds Gov. Evers’ Medical Marijuana Proposal Since 2009, I have been the author of legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use. In that time I have heard heartbreaking stories from people across the state who are using marijuana to alleviate serious medical conditions.
Senator Erpenbach: Column - The GOP Spending Bill Hurts Wisconsin Governor Evers campaigned on a fiscally responsible plan to cut taxes for middle-class families by 10%. Not only would his plan reach around 63% of filers, but it would be fully funded within the State’s budget
Senator Shilling: Kickapoo HS Student Participates in Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program MADISON, WI – The first of two Senate Scholars from the 32nd Senate District, Josefine Jaynes from Kickapoo High School, will be completing the 2019 Senate Scholar Program on February 15th.
Senator Ringhand: Statement regarding Republican tax scheme Statement regarding Republican tax scheme
Senator Wirch: Statement on GOP Tax Plan Madison-Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the Republican tax plan:
Senator Taylor: Taylor Refutes GOP’s Censorship of Black History Honorees Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) joined her colleagues in the legislature to vote on three items.
Senator Shilling: Republicans jeopardize school funding with one-time spending gimmick Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted on a spending plan that eliminates funding for Democratic priorities to invest in schools, roads and communities while further protecting tax giveaways for millionaires
Senator Smith: Part Two: Water is Prosperity This is the second of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin
Senator Smith: Introduces Voter Protection Act as His First Bill Today, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) introduced the Voter Protection Act (LRB 1404/1) as his first bill as State Senator.
Senator Smith: Part One: Water is Life We take a lot of things for granted in life. Our car will always start, our dogs will always love us and the water we drink will always be clean. Like all these assumptions, nothing is guaranteed.
Senator Erpenbach and Senator Johnson: JFC Democrats Reject Irresponsible GOP Spending Plan MADISON – Democratic members of the Joint Committee on Finance stood in opposition to the irresponsible spending plan proposed by Republicans. The Republican spending plan will cost taxpayers more in the long-run without any plan to pay for it in the future
Senator Risser: Introduces Bill to End Wildlife Killing Contests in Wisconsin (MADISON)—Yesterday, State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) introduced a bill that would ban wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin. “Wildlife killing contests are a cruel stain on Wisconsin’s long legacy of conservation.
Senator Erpenbach: Statement on the Republican Tax Plan While I am glad that Republicans are taking steps to support Governor Evers’ vision for a tax cut for the middle-class, today’s public hearing on their alternative proposal makes it clear that their spending plan is shortsighted and irresponsible.
Senator Hansen: Governor Evers is Standing up for Homeowners (Madison)—State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) praised Governor Evers for announcing that he will include a provision to close the Dark Stores Loophole in his budget:
Senator Smith: Governor Evers' Middle Class Tax Cut is the Best Option MADISON – Today, at a joint public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions, Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick), the ranking Senate Democrat on the committee.
Senator Shilling: Democrats Support Responsible Tax Relief for Wisconsin Families MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) and Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) released the following statements supporting Governor Evers middle-class tax cut for Wisconsin families and seniors.
Senator Shilling: Homeowners Triumph under Gov. Evers MADISON, WI – All across Wisconsin, large corporate retailers have taken advantage of the Dark Store tax loophole that allows them to shift their property tax liability onto homeowners and small businesses.
Senator Carpenter: Sorry, Your "Pants on Fire" Last Thursday, an Assembly Republican Committee Chair made a statement explaining that, ‘The public has every right to know if there are secret negotiations taking place that could undermine the legislature-approved contract with Foxconn.
Senator Smith: Walk the Talk for Bipartisanship I’ve said it. Governor Evers said it. Republican leaders said it - “We need to work together.” A number of clichés come to mind as we talk about working together. “It’s easier said than done” or “Talk is cheap.” I prefer “walk the talk.”
Senator Bewley: Minong Native Joins Senator Bewley Staff MADISON- Samantha Linden, a native of Minong in the 25th Senate District, has joined Senator Janet Bewley’s staff as a legislative aide in her Madison office.
Senator Carpenter: It’s Groundhog Day in the GOP Legislature MADISON - State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement today, Groundhog Day: “Just like in Bill Murray’s famous movie, Groundhog Day, the Republican majority leaders have begun their phony message war against Governor Tony Evers.
Senator Shilling: Senate Democrats Tout Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill MADISON, WI – As Legislative Republicans continue their effort to overturn key Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections, Senate Democrats are urging immediate action to protect vital services and coverage. Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) has introduced The Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill.
Senator Erpenbach: Introduces Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill “With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under attack in Wisconsin, it is vital that Wisconsinites are guaranteed access to affordable and quality health care, regardless of their previous conditions. Republicans have sued to take federal protections away from the people of Wisconsin...
Senator Shilling: Statement on Foxconn Fiasco MADISON, WI – Once again questions are being raised about the future of Foxconn in Wisconsin as the foreign mega-corporation rolls back its plans for a high-tech manufacturing plant and misses jobs targets.
Senator Taylor: Foxconn Played Walker and Republican Leadership (MADISON) - In response to a Reuters article in which a Foxconn’s Louis Woo discussed the company’s shifting commitment to hire 13,000 workers in Wisconsin and instead focus on a technology hub requiring far less workers, Sen. Lena Taylor (Milwaukee) released the following statement:
Senator Smith Column: Walk the Talk for Bipartisanship I’ve said it. Governor Evers said it. Republican leaders said it - “We need to work together.”
Democratic Members urge JFC Co-Chairs to hold vote on the ACA lawsuit MADISON – On Thursday, Attorney General Josh Kaul sent a letter to JFC co-chairs Senator Darling and Representative Nygren requesting that Wisconsin withdraw from the Texas lawsuit seeking to strike down the Affordable Care Act.
Weekly Democratic radio address: "Democrats Welcome Gov. Evers State of the State Address" MADISON, WI – Senator Patty Schachtner (D-Sommerset) offered the Democratic weekly radio address highlighting Governor Evers’ State of the State Address.
Senator Smith: Statement Regarding Gov. Evers' First State of the State Address MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) issued the following statement regarding Governor Tony Evers’ first State of the State Address:
Senator Hansen: Statement in Response to Governor Evers’ State of the State Address After 8 years of divide and conquer from Scott Walker to hear a message of hope it was a breath of fresh air to hear our new governor talking about wanting to work together on behalf of the people for a change.
Senator Shilling: Leader Praises Gov. Evers State of the State Address MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement in response to Gov. Evers’ State of the State address:
Senator Larson: Governor Evers State of the State - A New Way Forward Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding Governor Evers’ First State of the State Address
Senator Smith: Announces New Staff, Social Media Sites and Website MADISON – Following Senator Jeff Smith’s (D-Brunswick) inauguration on Monday, January 7th, Smith announced new staff members hired to serve the 31st Senate District and creation of his new legislative social media sites and his state senate website.
Senator Shilling: Lays out priorities for 2019-20 session MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) welcomed new and returning members to the legislature today at the inauguration ceremony for the 104th Session of the State Legislature.
Senator Larson: It is an Honor to Serve the Milwaukee Area and the Seventh Senate District Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding his inauguration for a third term in the Wisconsin State Senate.
Senator Smith: Statement on Swearing-In MADISON – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) was sworn into office today as the 31st District Senator during the opening session of the 104th Wisconsin State Legislature. Senator Smith offered the following statement:
Senator Shilling: Welcome incoming Senator Smith MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) welcomed newly elected Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) and returning members to the legislature at the inauguration of the 104th Session of the State Legislature.
Senator Larson: The Inauguration of Governor Evers Signals a New Era for Wisconsin Milwaukee - Today, Senator Larson released the following statement regarding the inauguration of Governor Tony Evers
Senator Shilling: Welcome Governor Evers MADISON, WI – Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement after Tony Evers was sworn in as the 46th Governor of the State of Wisconsin:
Senator-elect Smith Column: Divided, but Not Broken Government As I traversed western Wisconsin last year campaigning to be the new 31st District State Senator, it was clear we’ve been fortunate to have Kathleen Vinehout serve as our Senator for the last twelve years.
Weekly Democratic radio address: Opportunity to move Wisconsin forward on drunk driving in 2019 MADISON, WI – Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) offered the weekly Democratic radio address today.