State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout

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Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill
Press Release

Senator Vinehout Pleased with Committee Passage of Hemp Bill

"Hemp has tremendous possibilities in growing our rural economy..."

Op Ed: De-Licensing Bill Could Have Huge Impact
Op Ed

De-Licensing Bill Could Have Huge Impact

State requirements for nurses, plumbers, CPAs and other jobs could be scrapped.

Op Ed: Where Are the People?
Op Ed

Where Are the People?

Bill to end occupational licensing backed by right wing groups, but just one worker testifies in favor.

Op Ed: Illinois Loves Our Foxconn Deal
Op Ed

Illinois Loves Our Foxconn Deal

They get more jobs. We pay the entire $3 billion in taxes.

Op Ed: An Unequal Education?
Op Ed

An Unequal Education?

State school funding formula broken; GOP solutions worsen problem.

Op Ed: State Jobs Agency Data a Mess
Op Ed

State Jobs Agency Data a Mess

Audit says WEDC doesn't know how many jobs created or retained.

Op Ed: Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard Of
Op Ed

Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard Of

Bill repeals laws costly to business, even if lives are at stake.

Op Ed: Meth Epidemic Overwhelming Counties
Op Ed

Meth Epidemic Overwhelming Counties

Staggering increases in addiction. Help from state is needed.

Op Ed: State’s Impaired Waters Growing
Op Ed

State’s Impaired Waters Growing

Hundreds added each year. DNR staff and enforcement way down.

Op Ed: Don’t Eliminate The State Treasurer
Op Ed

Don’t Eliminate The State Treasurer

Wisconsin is the only state where treasurer doesn't oversee cash management.

Op Ed: More Funding for Local Roads Needed
Op Ed

More Funding for Local Roads Needed

In 38 counties only 5% of local roads are rated “good.”

Op Ed: Walker’s Budget Makes Schools More Unequal
Op Ed

Walker’s Budget Makes Schools More Unequal

Old equalized aid formula is broken. Governor makes inequity even worse.

Op Ed: Who Is Minding DOT’s Spending?
Op Ed

Who Is Minding DOT’s Spending?

Cost overruns, lack of transparency and oversight has led to huge transportation costs.

Op Ed: State Pension Fund’s Risky Investments
Op Ed

State Pension Fund’s Risky Investments

Now invests in hedge funds, derivatives. And the annual return has declined.

Op-Ed: Special Education Vouchers Raise Concerns
Op-Ed

Special Education Vouchers Raise Concerns

Plan hatched in secret. Law is long and complex. Vote was speedy and partisan. Results?

Op-Ed: The New Bidding War for Teachers
Op-Ed

The New Bidding War for Teachers

Act 10 has opened door to bidding war and smaller, poorer districts losing out.

Op-Ed: State Gave $472 Million in Business Tax Credits
Op-Ed

State Gave $472 Million in Business Tax Credits

Hand-outs to Amazon, Kohls, Quadgraphics and 16 other companies bleed state treasury.

Op-Ed: Rising Property Taxes Replace State Funding
Op-Ed

Rising Property Taxes Replace State Funding

Portion of local schools funding coming from state has plummeted since mid-1990s.

Op-Ed: State GAB Suffered a “Public Lynching”
Op-Ed

State GAB Suffered a “Public Lynching”

Board member and retired judge Thomas Barland blames legislators for distorting facts.

Op-Ed: DNR’s Clean Water Protection Questioned
Op-Ed

DNR’s Clean Water Protection Questioned

State audit shows DNR issued no notice of violation in 94% of cases where it was warranted.

Op-Ed: Referenda Help Schools Hit by State Cuts
Op-Ed

Referenda Help Schools Hit by State Cuts

77% of 85 ballot measures asking for more local tax dollars have passed in 2016.

Op-Ed: State Computer Systems Have Major Problems
Op-Ed

State Computer Systems Have Major Problems

Audit Bureau finds “significant deficiencies.” Result could be loss of federal funds, other problems.

Op-Ed: RR Company Bars Access to Mississippi
Op-Ed

RR Company Bars Access to Mississippi

Public stopped from fishing and other recreation on river. Proposed bill would stop this.

Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout
Press Release

Trying to Fix What They Broke says State Senator Vinehout

“While the Governor talks about helping make college affordable and the importance of education, his feel good proposals do not undo the damage to higher education and our public schools.”

Op-Ed: Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy
Op-Ed

Speed and Secrecy Killing Democracy

Citizen after citizen testified: "We don't know what's in the bill."

Op-Ed: Bill Would Limit City Control of Development
Op-Ed

Bill Would Limit City Control of Development

Proposed state law would increase developer "property rights" at expense of others.

Op-Ed: Don’t Kill the Government Accountability Board
Op-Ed

Don’t Kill the Government Accountability Board

Award winning GAB is nation's only nonpartisan watchdog agency.

Op-Ed: How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service
Op-Ed

How Republicans Will Dismantle Civil Service

The result will replace hiring and promotions by merit with political appointments.

Op-Ed: WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency
Op-Ed

WEDC Leaders Resist Reforming Troubled Agency

Top brass of jobs agency miss opportunity to apologize and fix problems.

Sen. Vinehout: Reps Craig and Jarchow Display “Staggering Ignorance” of Legislative Audit Bureau
Press Release

Sen. Vinehout: Reps Craig and Jarchow Display “Staggering Ignorance” of Legislative Audit Bureau

“Their bill embeds auditors in the agencies making them ripe for corruption by executive staff and partisan leaders.”