State Rep. Peter Barca

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Rep. Barca Responds to CBO Score of Senate Health Care Bill
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Rep. Barca Responds to CBO Score of Senate Health Care Bill

"This bill isn’t just mean, as President Trump characterized the House bill; it’s cruel."

After Six Years of Walker, Wisconsin is Lagging Behind Midwestern States
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After Six Years of Walker, Wisconsin is Lagging Behind Midwestern States

From job creation to road quality, Wisconsin is weaker under Republican leadership

Democrats Respond to 53 Percent Increase in Municipal Projects Going Out of State
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Democrats Respond to 53 Percent Increase in Municipal Projects Going Out of State

From January to April 2016, $20.9 million in municipal contracts were awarded to out-of-state companies compared to $32 million during the same time period in 2017.

Rep. Barca Statement Calls for a Special Session to Spur New Jobs & Economic Growth in Wisconsin
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Rep. Barca Statement Calls for a Special Session to Spur New Jobs & Economic Growth in Wisconsin

"For years, we’ve been trailing the rest of the country in entrepreneurship."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on GOP Plan to Increase Taxes
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on GOP Plan to Increase Taxes

"By 2019, more than 740,000 taxpayers will see an increase in how much they pay, not a decrease."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Joint Transportation Committee
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Joint Transportation Committee

"Democrats want a deal that includes meaningful infrastructure reform, invests in our communities and expands economic opportunities."

New Report Finds Refusing BadgerCare Is an Outrageous Cost to Taxpayers
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New Report Finds Refusing BadgerCare Is an Outrageous Cost to Taxpayers

By June 30, 2019, the LFB concludes that Wisconsin taxpayers will lose out on more than $2.7 billion by not fully expanding BadgerCare.

Rep. Peter Barca Says Opioid Treatment Bills Don’t Go Far Enough
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Rep. Peter Barca Says Opioid Treatment Bills Don’t Go Far Enough

In the 31 states that have chosen to expand Medicaid, 1.2 million individuals with substance abuse disorders have gained access to coverage.

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on “Permitless Carry” Bill
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on “Permitless Carry” Bill

"Allowing anyone to carry a loaded, concealed firearm without a background check or safety training has implications almost certainly do not fully understand."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Project Labor Agreements
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Project Labor Agreements

"From Right-to-Work to repealing prevailing wage, the PLA bill is just another in a long line of GOP policies that adversely affect Wisconsin workers..."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Attorney General Appeal of Redistricting Decision
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Attorney General Appeal of Redistricting Decision

"Attorney General Brad Schimel is fighting for his party, not democracy."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on GOP Legislators Hiring Attorneys
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on GOP Legislators Hiring Attorneys

"We should not be spending another cent defending unconstitutional legislative maps."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Prevailing Wage, Project Labor Agreements
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Prevailing Wage, Project Labor Agreements

"Between the GOP leadership in the legislature and the governor, this week has delivered a double whammy for Wisconsin workers."

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Assembly Organization Committee Secret Ballot
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Assembly Organization Committee Secret Ballot

"It’s ironic that the Republicans are seemingly using the same lack of transparency that led to our state having one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in history"

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on the Department of Transportation Audit
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on the Department of Transportation Audit

“The GOP has let the taxpayers of Wisconsin down.”

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Labor Committee Public Hearing
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Labor Committee Public Hearing

“This is another shameless attack by Republicans on Wisconsin workers.”

Rep. Peter Barca Response to the State of the State
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Rep. Peter Barca Response to the State of the State

The governor has bragged about his tax policies, while neglecting to mention that his cuts have largely benefitted the wealthy of our state.

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Special Session
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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Special Session

“The opioid epidemic in our state is a very serious issue that requires a very aggressive response.”

Rep. Barca Announces Democratic Committee Assignments for Upcoming Legislative Session
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Rep. Barca Announces Democratic Committee Assignments for Upcoming Legislative Session

“I am excited about the wealth of experience, dedication and talent our Democratic members will bring to their respective committees”

Wisconsin Continues to Fail on Jobs
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Wisconsin Continues to Fail on Jobs

Assembly Democrats once again renew their call for a summit to grow Wisconsin jobs

Rep. Barca Statement on Redistricting Decision
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Rep. Barca Statement on Redistricting Decision

“Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Democratic Leader Reelection
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Rep. Barca Statement on Democratic Leader Reelection

“I am honored and humbled by my reelection.”

Statement from Rep. Barca on Election Results
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Election Results

"There will be many pundits analyzing these results for weeks, but what is crystal clear is that voters are dissatisfied with the status quo."

Op-Ed: Walker’s Budget for Roads Hurts Economy
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Walker’s Budget for Roads Hurts Economy

Poor state infrastructure is costing motorists $6 billion a year.

Op-Ed: The Comeback That Never Came
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The Comeback That Never Came

Fact checking Gov. Walker’s claims of economic recovery show a state being left behind.

Rep. Barca Secures a Small Victory for Veterans
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Rep. Barca Secures a Small Victory for Veterans

“It was shocking that the Walker Administration has not been participating in meetings with our hardworking County Veterans Services Officers all along, however I am glad they have committed to attend future meetings”

Rep. Barca Statement on “Right to Work” Ruling
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Rep. Barca Statement on “Right to Work” Ruling

“This ruling is a victory for workers’ rights and middle class families.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Voting Systems Outage
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Rep. Barca Statement on Voting Systems Outage

Rep. Barca also called for a full investigation and report from the Department of Administration and Department of Transportation on the outages.

Rep. Barca Statement on Signing of Higher Ed Bills
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Rep. Barca Statement on Signing of Higher Ed Bills

“These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.”

Rep. Barca Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Tamara Grigsby
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Rep. Barca Statement on the Passing of Former Rep. Tamara Grigsby

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Tamara Grigsby.”

Justice Bradley Vetting is Yet Another Failure of Accountability from Walker Administration
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Justice Bradley Vetting is Yet Another Failure of Accountability from Walker Administration

“Assembly Democrats stand united against hateful speech, no matter when or where that occurs.”

Op-Ed: Republicans Punt On State’s Major Issues
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Republicans Punt On State’s Major Issues

End session with no action on jobs, to lower student debt, fix roads, help public schools.

Rep. Bernier Continues Offensive Comments Toward Local School Leaders
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Rep. Bernier Continues Offensive Comments Toward Local School Leaders

Also Leaves Out Key Education Figures

Assembly Republicans Gut Millions More from Schools, Take More Water from Drying-Up Lakes
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Assembly Republicans Gut Millions More from Schools, Take More Water from Drying-Up Lakes

“Wrap Up” Session by Again Selling Out Wisconsin Public Interest to Right-Wing Special Interests

Walker Administration and Republican Legislators Must Also Be Held Accountable for Corrections Crisis
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Walker Administration and Republican Legislators Must Also Be Held Accountable for Corrections Crisis

Assembly Democrats Request Audit of Department of Corrections

Governor Walker Further Opens Door for Cronyism, Corruption in Wisconsin
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Governor Walker Further Opens Door for Cronyism, Corruption in Wisconsin

Republican Civil Service Law Puts Political Interests over Public Interest

Legislative Republicans Continue Harm to Wisconsin Women, Children
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Legislative Republicans Continue Harm to Wisconsin Women, Children

Assembly Republicans Pass Attack on Women’s Health Care Access, Put Domestic Violence Victims at Risk

Legislative Republicans Turn their Backs on Wisconsin’s Lakes and Wetlands
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Legislative Republicans Turn their Backs on Wisconsin’s Lakes and Wetlands

“The bills Republicans passed today are a trifecta of environmental degradation.”

Rep. Barca Appoints Jon Richards Interim Chief of Staff
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Rep. Barca Appoints Jon Richards Interim Chief of Staff

Richards served in the legislature from 1999-2015

Op-Ed: The Walker Agenda Is Failing
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The Walker Agenda Is Failing

The result is rising job layoffs, a shrinking middle class, and nation's third-worst roads.

Wisconsin Budget Lags as Republicans Neglect People’s Priorities
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Wisconsin Budget Lags as Republicans Neglect People’s Priorities

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau revenue report that showed Wisconsin is expected to take in $158 million less in revenue:

Democratic State of the State Response
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Democratic State of the State Response

By Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha)

Walker/Republican Cuts to K-12 and Higher Education Total More Than $2 Billion
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Walker/Republican Cuts to K-12 and Higher Education Total More Than $2 Billion

New figures refute Walker claims on eve of State of the State Address

Legislative Republicans Launch Distraction From Their Inaction
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Legislative Republicans Launch Distraction From Their Inaction

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement regarding the first Assembly session day of 2016:

Rep. Barca Statement on Session Day Incident
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Rep. Barca Statement on Session Day Incident

“While I accept Rep. Gannon’s apology, his racially tinged rhetoric and disrespect for the institution are reprehensible."

Rep. Barca Statement on Public Records Board Revising Open Records Policy
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Rep. Barca Statement on Public Records Board Revising Open Records Policy

“My fellow Democrats and I will continue to work to protect public access to government records and ensure our citizens know what their elected officials are doing behind closed doors.”

Walker Plan Fails to Provide Real Relief on Student Debt
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Walker Plan Fails to Provide Real Relief on Student Debt

“Wisconsin’s economy would clearly do better if we had a real policy solution to student loan debt and the governor’s plan isn’t it.”

Recent Republican Campaign Finance Changes Open Door to Corruption
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Recent Republican Campaign Finance Changes Open Door to Corruption

Reps. Barca and Berceau to Introduce Bill to Restore Transparency to Campaign Finance Laws

State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption
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State Economy Falters as Republicans Open Wisconsin for Corruption

Wisconsin still in the bottom third in private-sector job growth

Republican Laws Mark End of Clean, Open and Transparent Government
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Republican Laws Mark End of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

“Once again, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans could not be trusted to do the right thing for our state.”

Rep. Barca Joins Call for District Attorney to Investigate Potential Open Meeting Violation
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Rep. Barca Joins Call for District Attorney to Investigate Potential Open Meeting Violation

Assembly Democrats will Pursue Legislative Fixes to Preserve Open Records Access

Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388
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Assembly Democrats Urge Gov. Walker to Veto Assembly Bill 387 and Assembly Bill 388

Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government

Rep. Barca: Republicans Take Extraordinary Steps to Open Wisconsin for Corruption
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Rep. Barca: Republicans Take Extraordinary Steps to Open Wisconsin for Corruption

Instead of Working on People's Agenda, Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians’ Agenda

Barca, Lassa Invite Bipartisan Support for WEDC Replacement
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Barca, Lassa Invite Bipartisan Support for WEDC Replacement

Speaker Vos Agrees State Needs New Model for Jobs Agency

While Wisconsin Economy Flounders, Republicans Take “Extraordinary” Measures to Put More Money in Politics
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While Wisconsin Economy Flounders, Republicans Take “Extraordinary” Measures to Put More Money in Politics

Assembly Democrats Call on Republicans to Add Jobs Bills to Extraordinary Session

Governor Walker, WEDC Must Do More to Help Wisconsin Companies
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Governor Walker, WEDC Must Do More to Help Wisconsin Companies

“I also am renewing my call for WEDC to discuss not only Oscar Mayer but the many other vital Wisconsin companies we need to keep in Wisconsin, at our board meeting next week.”

Rep. Barca Statement on JFC Transportation Bonding
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Rep. Barca Statement on JFC Transportation Bonding

“Instead of making tough choices and exemplifying true leadership, Republicans are once again kicking a bigger can down a longer road.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Oscar Mayer Closing
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Rep. Barca Statement on Oscar Mayer Closing

"The closure of Oscar Meyer accentuates the urgent need for action on jobs."

Democrats Vote for Student Debt Relief While Republicans Waste Millions to Create New Problems in Safety Net
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Democrats Vote for Student Debt Relief While Republicans Waste Millions to Create New Problems in Safety Net

Assembly Democrats voted in favor of the “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” bill, which will provide significant assistance to the more than one million Wisconsin residents burdened with student loan debt.

Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption
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Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption

Public Interest will take a Back Seat to Political Interests

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Signing John Doe Bill

"Governor Walker and his fellow Republicans have sent strong signals that Wisconsin is open for corruption."

“Wisconsin is Open for Corruption”
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“Wisconsin is Open for Corruption”

Republicans Pass Corrupt Politician Protection Act

Op-Ed: Campaign Finance Law Opens Door to Corruption
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Campaign Finance Law Opens Door to Corruption

Will gut campaign finance restrictions and end Wisconsin's good government tradition.

Republicans Continue to Ram through Major Power Grabs
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Republicans Continue to Ram through Major Power Grabs

Bills will Turn Government Watchdog into Partisan Lapdog, Allow Corporate Special Interests More Influence on State Government

Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment
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Rep. Barca Statement on Governor Walker’s Supreme Court Appointment

“The Governor making this appointment so close to the election does not serve the public well...”

Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposals to Change Campaign Finance Laws
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Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposals to Change Campaign Finance Laws

“Republicans want to make it easier for corporations to ‘participate in our democracy’.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposal to Dismantle Government Accountability Board
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Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposal to Dismantle Government Accountability Board

“This proposal flies in the face of the issues that the people of Wisconsin really care about...”

Rep. Barca Statement on the Passing of Marty Beil
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Rep. Barca Statement on the Passing of Marty Beil

“Our thoughts are with Marty’s family at this very difficult time.”

Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People
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Republicans Again Put Extreme Special Interests above People

Republican Legislature Passes Bills to Endanger Health Care Access for 50,000 Patients While Refusing to Protect Taxpayers

Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP Civil Service Proposal
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Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP Civil Service Proposal

"This is yet another politically motivated attack on hardworking state employees."

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker Ending His Presidential Campaign

“Gov. Walker has pushed far right wing policies through Wisconsin hoping that extreme element of his party would propel his presidential campaign to win the nomination.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Passing of Justice Crooks
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Rep. Barca Statement on Passing of Justice Crooks

“The loss of Justice Crooks is a loss for the entire state. My heart goes out to his family at this time.”

Barca, Lassa Propose New Model for Economic Development
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Barca, Lassa Propose New Model for Economic Development

Hybrid Agency Would Replace Failed Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act
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Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians Protection Act

“John Doe Reform Bill” Would Eliminate Tools for Rooting Out Political Corruption

Rep. Barca Testifies on WEDC Audit
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Rep. Barca Testifies on WEDC Audit

Legislative Audit Bureau Report Shows WEDC Not Following Laws or Own Policies

Republicans’ Brazen Attack on Open Government Continues
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Republicans’ Brazen Attack on Open Government Continues

Newest Speaker Vos Proposal Will Severely Restrict Records Access

Rep. Barca Statement on New WEDC CEO Mark Hogan
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Rep. Barca Statement on New WEDC CEO Mark Hogan

“It’s also curious that Gov. Walker tapped one of his major donors to fill this role at WEDC.”

Rep. Barca Testifies About Problems Plaguing Privatized Medical Transportation Program, Will Offer Alternative
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Rep. Barca Testifies About Problems Plaguing Privatized Medical Transportation Program, Will Offer Alternative

Rep. Barca Requested Audit in Response to Constituent Concerns

Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues
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Barca, Lassa Demand that WEDC Board Discuss Eaton Clawback, Other Outsourcing Issues

The latest WKOW report found that Eaton Corporation is sending another 83 jobs from its Pewaukee facility to Mexico.

As Students Go Back to School, Republicans Siphon Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Unaccountable Private Schools
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As Students Go Back to School, Republicans Siphon Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Unaccountable Private Schools

Republican Campaign Donors Profit off Public Schoolchildren

Rep. Barca Statement on Dignitary Protection Unit Overtime Ruling
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Rep. Barca Statement on Dignitary Protection Unit Overtime Ruling

“Like so many people in Wisconsin, it appears that these hardworking law enforcement officers have been thrown under Gov. Walker’s campaign bus.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Retirement of WEDC CEO Reed Hall
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Rep. Barca Statement on Retirement of WEDC CEO Reed Hall

WEDC Needs Major Leadership and Structural Changes

Audit: GAB Doing Its Job as Non-Partisan Government Watchdog
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Audit: GAB Doing Its Job as Non-Partisan Government Watchdog

“Today’s audit shows that the Government Accountability Board is conducting its investigations in an appropriate way.”

WEDC Must Act More Quickly to Put in Place Stronger Taxpayer Safeguards
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WEDC Must Act More Quickly to Put in Place Stronger Taxpayer Safeguards

Awards Committee moves forward Rep. Barca and Sen. Lassa’s proposal to require background checks prior to awarding taxpayer assistance.

Rep. Barca Urges WEDC to Immediately Adopt Stronger Taxpayer Safeguards
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Rep. Barca Urges WEDC to Immediately Adopt Stronger Taxpayer Safeguards

Awards Committee Will Vote Monday on Rep. Barca Proposal to Require Legal Check Prior to Awarding Taxpayer Assistance

Op-Ed: Republican Plan Shields WEDC From Scrutiny
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Republican Plan Shields WEDC From Scrutiny

Plan removing legislators from board pulls veil of secrecy over jobs agency.

Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Bucks Arena Deal
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Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Bucks Arena Deal

My goal was to get the best deal possible for workers and taxpayers of Wisconsin – and I believe this deal does that.

Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls
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Rep. Barca Proposes Steps to Address Jobs Agency Shortfalls

Governor Departs as Chairman of Distressed WEDC to Focus on Presidential Run

Op-Ed: Wisconsin Deserved Better Than This Budget
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Wisconsin Deserved Better Than This Budget

Democrats proposed more than 50 amendments and Republicans rejected every one.

Op-Ed: Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans
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Walker Is Radical Even Among Republicans

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca calls Walker a "petri dish" for extremism.

Rep. Barca Statement on Budget Signing
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Rep. Barca Statement on Budget Signing

"... this budget is not a budget for the people of Wisconsin."

Republicans “Double Down” on their Assault on Open Government
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Republicans “Double Down” on their Assault on Open Government

“Republicans want to turn our nonpartisan government watchdog into a partisan lapdog.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Fast-Tracked 20-Week Abortion Ban
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Rep. Barca Statement on Passage of Fast-Tracked 20-Week Abortion Ban

“I was extremely surprised, in the midst of so much litigation across the country on this issue, that the Republicans would pass a 20-week abortion bill.”

Assembly Republicans Refuse to Commit to Not Degrading Open Records Law
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Assembly Republicans Refuse to Commit to Not Degrading Open Records Law

Assembly Democrats Reaffirm Commitment to Open Records, Open Government

As Governor Walker Readies Presidential Announcement, Assembly Republicans Shockingly Make His Harmful Budget Even Worse
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As Governor Walker Readies Presidential Announcement, Assembly Republicans Shockingly Make His Harmful Budget Even Worse

Budget Includes Massive Giveaways to Special Interests on Backs of Wisconsin Children

Rep. Barca Applauds AG Schimel for Showing Respect for Clean, Open and Transparent Government
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Rep. Barca Applauds AG Schimel for Showing Respect for Clean, Open and Transparent Government

“There is no more important Wisconsin value than protecting clean, open and transparent government.”

Republicans Deal a Major Blow to Open Government, Load Budget with Special Interest Giveaways as Schools, Universities Brace for Harmful Cuts
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Republicans Deal a Major Blow to Open Government, Load Budget with Special Interest Giveaways as Schools, Universities Brace for Harmful Cuts

Anti-Education, Anti-Middle Class Budget Wrapping Up in Joint Finance Committee

Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly Republicans’ Prevailing Wage Plan
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly Republicans’ Prevailing Wage Plan

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca released the following statement on the Assembly Republican plan to change the prevailing wage law:

It’s Official: Marriage Equality Now the Law of the Land
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It’s Official: Marriage Equality Now the Law of the Land

Statement from Rep. Barca on today’s historic Supreme Court ruling

Rep. Barca Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Affordable Care Act Tax Credits
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Rep. Barca Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Affordable Care Act Tax Credits

"Today’s court decision is an especially important victory for Wisconsin families, especially the 183,000 Wisconsinites – including 11,000 children – who stood to lose their health care coverage."

Statement from Rep. Barca on WEDC Document Release
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Statement from Rep. Barca on WEDC Document Release

"I am shocked to learn that under Governor Walker’s leadership 26 loans totaling more than $124 million were approved by WEDC without so much as a staff review."

Jobs Woes Continue As Republican Budget Doubles Down on Failed Economic Agenda
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Jobs Woes Continue As Republican Budget Doubles Down on Failed Economic Agenda

New figures show Wisconsin now ranked 38th in job growth

Statement of Rep. Barca on Republican Proposal to Eliminate Nonpartisan Audit Bureau
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Statement of Rep. Barca on Republican Proposal to Eliminate Nonpartisan Audit Bureau

"In a session filled with bad ideas, this is one of the worst in terms of adversely affecting the taxpayers' long-term interest."

Rep. Barca Statement on Bucks Arena Proposal
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Rep. Barca Statement on Bucks Arena Proposal

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement on the Bucks Arena package unveiled today

12 Days After WEDC Revelations: No Answers for Board Members
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12 Days After WEDC Revelations: No Answers for Board Members

Rep. Barca and Sen. Lassa Still Have Not Received Information from WEDC

Republican Budget Shifts Up to $800 Million from Wisconsin’s Public Schools to Private Voucher Schools
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Republican Budget Shifts Up to $800 Million from Wisconsin’s Public Schools to Private Voucher Schools

GOP Budget Another Major Shift of Funds from Public Schools to Private Schools to Support Gov. Walker’s Presidential Ambitions

Rep. Barca Statement on Extreme GOP Education Budget Plan
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Rep. Barca Statement on Extreme GOP Education Budget Plan

This Republican plan further defunds public schools and destroys local control.

Rep. Barca Statement on UW-Madison Cuts
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Rep. Barca Statement on UW-Madison Cuts

"Cutting the University of Wisconsin is not only wildly unpopular – it is also incredibly shortsighted."

Statement from Rep. Barca on massive layoffs at long-term care organization in Slinger
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Statement from Rep. Barca on massive layoffs at long-term care organization in Slinger

"The governor’s lack of planning and inclusiveness and failure to involve people in important public policy has had devastating consequences for the citizens of our state"

Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposal to Again Harm Middle Class
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Rep. Barca Statement on Republican Proposal to Again Harm Middle Class

"Repealing prevailing wage would be another huge hit against the middle class and small businesses in Wisconsin"

Rep. Barca Statement on State Patrol Contract
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Rep. Barca Statement on State Patrol Contract

"Today I voted to support bringing the contract to the full legislature as State Troopers who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe are deserving of a raise."

Wisconsin drops to 38th in job growth, trailing all neighboring states
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Wisconsin drops to 38th in job growth, trailing all neighboring states

Democrats continue to work on restoring economic opportunity for Wisconsin

Democrats Lay Out Next Steps on “Right to Work” Bill
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Democrats Lay Out Next Steps on “Right to Work” Bill

Bill will drive down wages, hurt Wisconsin’s middle class

Statement from Rep. Barca on “Right to Work” heading to full Assembly
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Statement from Rep. Barca on “Right to Work” heading to full Assembly

"‘Right to Work’ is a distraction from Governor Walker’s harmful budget and it will keep pushing Wisconsin’s economy in the wrong direction."

Barca, Shankland call Walker ‘deceitful’
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Barca, Shankland call Walker ‘deceitful’

Right-to-Work bill distracts from "incredibly harmful" budget, they say

Rep. Barca Statement on Shutting Down of Public Hearing
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Rep. Barca Statement on Shutting Down of Public Hearing

"I am deeply disappointed that Senator Nass and Republicans did not at least live up to their promise of holding the public hearing until 7:00 tonight."

Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement
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Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagement

In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement.

Rep. Barca Responds to GOP Finance Co-Chairs’ Attacks
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Rep. Barca Responds to GOP Finance Co-Chairs’ Attacks

"It almost appears as if Republicans are putting together a Nixon-style enemies list for anyone who dares to disagree with their agenda."

Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers

“If Governor Walker was being up front that his sole objection was about wanting to protect taxpayers, he will take advantage of this incredible opportunity and secure a win-win for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker’s Blame Game
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Rep. Barca Statement on Gov. Walker’s Blame Game

"Put simply, Gov. Walker needs to own up to his own extreme ideas."

Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Families and Economic Opportunity First
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Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Families and Economic Opportunity First

Walker budget another step backward for Wisconsin

New Poll Shows Right to Work is Wrong Priority for Wisconsin
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New Poll Shows Right to Work is Wrong Priority for Wisconsin

Republican Pollster Finds that Passing “Right to Work” and Repealing Prevailing Wage Are Unpopular, Fringe Issues in Wisconsin

Governor Walker is Wrong: Kenosha Casino Would Be a Taxpayer Bonanza
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Governor Walker is Wrong: Kenosha Casino Would Be a Taxpayer Bonanza

Project would create up to 10,000 jobs, draw millions of new tourists each year

Statement from Rep. Barca on Governor Walker’s UW System Plan
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Governor Walker’s UW System Plan

"Budgets are about priorities and once again dramatically slashing higher education in the 21st Century global economy will drastically take Wisconsin in the wrong direction."

Under Republicans, Wisconsin Continues to Face Staggering Budget and Jobs Deficit
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Under Republicans, Wisconsin Continues to Face Staggering Budget and Jobs Deficit

Walker and Legislative Republicans Prioritize Politics over Economic Opportunity

Gov. Walker turns away thousands of good-paying jobs, millions of new tourists by rejecting Kenosha casino project
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Gov. Walker turns away thousands of good-paying jobs, millions of new tourists by rejecting Kenosha casino project

Lack of Leadership Costs Wisconsin Thousands of Jobs

Rep. Barca Statement on Education Proposals
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Rep. Barca Statement on Education Proposals

"Every child in Wisconsin deserves a quality education and Governor Walker's expansive voucher program is failing students and taxpayers."

Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature
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Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) welcomed seven new Democratic representatives to the Wisconsin State Legislatur

Wisconsin continues to lag neighbors, nation in job growth under Gov. Walker, Republican legislature
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Wisconsin continues to lag neighbors, nation in job growth under Gov. Walker, Republican legislature

State ranks 32nd overall over the past year

Rep. Barca Statement on Unemployment Insurance Audit
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Rep. Barca Statement on Unemployment Insurance Audit

The audit found that nearly 1.7 million phone calls to the unemployment call center were blocked over the year.

Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”
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Rep. Barca calls on Gov. Walker to put the brakes on “Right to Work for Less”

“I call on Governor Walker to put the brakes on this divisive issue that clearly will damage Wisconsin’s middle class. "

Rep. Barca Statement on Expected Budget Deficit
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Rep. Barca Statement on Expected Budget Deficit

Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement on the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s 2015-2017 state fiscal report issued today

More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens
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More Freedom for Wisconsin Citizens

By Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca

Statement from Rep. Barca on Rep. Pasch not running for re-election
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Rep. Pasch not running for re-election

“I have been extremely fortunate to serve alongside Rep. Pasch for nearly six year."

Statement from Rep. Barca on Senate passage of amended oral chemo bill
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Senate passage of amended oral chemo bill

Today the Senate passed an amended version of the oral chemotherapy bill, which the Assembly passed last month.

Rep. Barca urges Gov. Walker to use Vegas fundraising trip to analyze economic benefits of Kenosha casino
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Rep. Barca urges Gov. Walker to use Vegas fundraising trip to analyze economic benefits of Kenosha casino

Proposed casino project expected to create thousands of jobs, generate tens of millions for state and local economies.

Instead of trying to fix problems, Gov. Walker joins fellow Republicans in trying to fix elections
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Instead of trying to fix problems, Gov. Walker joins fellow Republicans in trying to fix elections

Governor signs bills that will severely restrict voting rights

Gov. Walker signs bill undermining legal rights for veterans poisoned by asbestos
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Gov. Walker signs bill undermining legal rights for veterans poisoned by asbestos

Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Gov. Walker privately signed a bill into law that will seriously undermine the legal rights of veterans who have been victims of asbestos poisoning.

Republicans focus on voter suppression on what could be Assembly’s last day
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Republicans focus on voter suppression on what could be Assembly’s last day

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca released the following statement.

Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly passage of amended oral chemo bill
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly passage of amended oral chemo bill

Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement after the Assembly passed an amended version of the oral chemotherapy bill.

Wisconsin stalled at 35th in job growth, still trailing neighbors
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Wisconsin stalled at 35th in job growth, still trailing neighbors

Despite lagging economy, Republicans ready to give up and focus on getting re-elected

Assembly Republicans ready to go home with important issues left undone
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Assembly Republicans ready to go home with important issues left undone

Statement from Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca

Stopping people from voting – not jobs – is the top Republican priority
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Stopping people from voting – not jobs – is the top Republican priority

Statement from Rep. Barca on Gov. Walker’s plans for voter ID special session

Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief
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Assembly Republicans reject additional middle-class property tax relief

Instead, Speaker Vos and his caucus rubberstamp Gov. Walker’s irresponsible spending plan

Assembly Democrats unveil a more responsible alternative to Gov. Walker’s spending plan
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Assembly Democrats unveil a more responsible alternative to Gov. Walker’s spending plan

Proposal includes more funding for middle-class property tax relief, job training, rainy day fund

Rep. Barca, Sen. Lehman propose hands-free cell phone driving requirement
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Rep. Barca, Sen. Lehman propose hands-free cell phone driving requirement

Proposal would help limit unsafe driving behavior, save lives

Rep. Barca announces living wage bill for state contract employees
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Rep. Barca announces living wage bill for state contract employees

People who work for Wisconsin deserve fair wage to help provide for their families

State surplus must ensure long-term economic security for Wisconsin working families
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State surplus must ensure long-term economic security for Wisconsin working families

Rep. Barca emphasizes a bold approach that remedies Wisconsin’s lagging recovery

Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Job Numbers
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Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Job Numbers

Here is the nonpartisan Bureau of Labor Statistics' quarterly census job numbers

New Education Statistics Show Taxpayer Money Subsidizes Families Able to Afford Private Schools
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New Education Statistics Show Taxpayer Money Subsidizes Families Able to Afford Private Schools

Republicans choose unaccountable private school voucher expansion over adequate resources to public schools

Rep. Barca: “Let’s work together to boost Wisconsin economy”
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Rep. Barca: “Let’s work together to boost Wisconsin economy”

Barca calls on Gov. Walker to show leadership, reach agreement on Kenosha casino project

Republicans reject property tax cut
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Republicans reject property tax cut

Democratic plan would have been a decrease for all property taxpayers rather than less of a hike for a few

Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP property tax plan
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Statement from Rep. Barca on GOP property tax plan

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today about the property tax plan announced by Gov. Walker and Republican legislators

Game of musical chairs further highlights scandal
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Game of musical chairs further highlights scandal

Statement from Rep. Barca on latest developments in United Sportsmen fiasco

Statement from Rep. Barca on widening scandal surrounding hunter training grant
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Statement from Rep. Barca on widening scandal surrounding hunter training grant

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today following a news report that 18 Republican legislators signed a letter advocating for a Republican political group with no hunter training experience to receive a $500,000 Sporting Heritage Grant.

Wisconsin stalled at 37th in the nation in job growth, 45th in future job growth
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Wisconsin stalled at 37th in the nation in job growth, 45th in future job growth

Two-and-a-half years of Republican inaction on jobs continues to harm Wisconsin’s lagging economy

Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda
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Statement from Rep. Barca on sparse Republican jobs agenda

Today Gov. Scott Walker, Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced a job package of small bills that they labeled a cure to economic woes they have failed to address in Wisconsin.

Statement from Rep. Barca on signing of Gov. Walker’s extreme, anti-middle class budget
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Statement from Rep. Barca on signing of Gov. Walker’s extreme, anti-middle class budget

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Gov. Walker signed the 2013-2015 state budget into law

Wisconsin 38th in job growth under Gov. Walker
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Wisconsin 38th in job growth under Gov. Walker

State still dead last in the Midwest

Democrats call on Gov. Walker to veto budget provisions harmful to consumers, middle-class families
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Democrats call on Gov. Walker to veto budget provisions harmful to consumers, middle-class families

Vetoes would dramatically improve budget for public schools, people who need health care, middle-class taxpayers

Assembly GOP refuses to remove anti-consumer, bad policy ideas from budget
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Assembly GOP refuses to remove anti-consumer, bad policy ideas from budget

Today Assembly Democrats attempted to remove from the budget anti-consumer, bad policy ideas that will hurt Wisconsin citizens and middle-class families all over the state. Republicans voted against the resolution.

GOP wraps up budget panel work spending money taken from school kids on tax break for the rich
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GOP wraps up budget panel work spending money taken from school kids on tax break for the rich

Press Release from Rep. Barca, Rep. Mason, and Rep. Ricards.

Being 44th in the nation in jobs is nothing to celebrate
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Being 44th in the nation in jobs is nothing to celebrate

Republicans should spend less time spinning troubling job and wage numbers, more time trying to put people back to work

Statement from Rep. Barca on new state revenue projections
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Statement from Rep. Barca on new state revenue projections

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released new revenue projections for the state:

Assembly GOP: We won’t stop WEDC from breaking the law
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Assembly GOP: We won’t stop WEDC from breaking the law

Republican leaders defend WEDC, tell media it is on track

New audit shows continued lack of transparency, accountability at WEDC
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New audit shows continued lack of transparency, accountability at WEDC

No surprise Wisconsin is 44th in job growth, 45th in wage growth

Milwaukee, Racine public school students test higher than private voucher school counterparts
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Milwaukee, Racine public school students test higher than private voucher school counterparts

Republicans’ already faulty argument for voucher expansion evaporates entirely with new data

Wisconsin down to 44th in job creation, still dead last in Midwest
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Wisconsin down to 44th in job creation, still dead last in Midwest

State’s average weekly wages fall 2.16 percent

Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly passage of irresponsible, partisan mining bill
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Assembly passage of irresponsible, partisan mining bill

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today on Assembly passage of a Republican partisan mining bill that rolls back environmental protections, ignores the needs and wishes of residents and elected officials closest to the mine and does not conform to federal law.

Statement from Rep. Barca on the conclusion of the John Doe investigation
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Statement from Rep. Barca on the conclusion of the John Doe investigation

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office announced the conclusion of the John Doe criminal investigation surrounding Gov. Walker and many of his former aides.

Statement from Rep. Barca on LFB analysis of Walker tax plan
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Statement from Rep. Barca on LFB analysis of Walker tax plan

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement today after the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a memo regarding the budget impact of Gov. Walker's tax proposals

Gov. Walker’s budget: No middle ground, no focus on the middle class
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Gov. Walker’s budget: No middle ground, no focus on the middle class

Statement from Rep. Barca on governor’s troubling budget plan

Gov. Walker shortchanges public education, focuses on helping unaccountable private voucher schools
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Gov. Walker shortchanges public education, focuses on helping unaccountable private voucher schools

Statement from Rep. Barca on governor’s troubling budget proposals for Wisconsin schools

Gov. Walker chooses right-wing extremism over Wisconsin’s health
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Gov. Walker chooses right-wing extremism over Wisconsin’s health

Rep. Barca calls on Republican legislators to do the right thing on health care

Statement from Rep. Barca on the appointment of Reed Hall as permanent WEDC CEO
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Statement from Rep. Barca on the appointment of Reed Hall as permanent WEDC CEO

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), a board member of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), released the following statement today after Gov. Walker announced his appointment of interim CEO Reed Hall as the permanent CEO of WEDC.

Statement from Rep. Barca on appeals court’s Act 10 ruling today
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Statement from Rep. Barca on appeals court’s Act 10 ruling today

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today regarding the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on Act 10.

Rep. Barca’s State of the State Response: Where is the urgency on jobs?
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Rep. Barca’s State of the State Response: Where is the urgency on jobs?

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) delivered his response to Governor Walker's State of the State Address tonight.

Democratic legislative leaders to deliver official response to Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address
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Democratic legislative leaders to deliver official response to Gov. Walker’s State of the State Address

Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) will deliver the official response to Gov. Walker's State of the State Address tomorrow night following the governor's speech.

Focus bipartisan energy on putting people back to work
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Focus bipartisan energy on putting people back to work

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca issues post-rules session statement.

Rep. Barca: Inauguration Day Message
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Rep. Barca: Inauguration Day Message

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following message today discussing his thoughts, hopes and priorities for the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Statement from Rep. Barca on potential mining legislation
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Statement from Rep. Barca on potential mining legislation

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today on Republican plans to introduce mining legislation this session:

Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session
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Rep. Barca announces Democratic committee assignments for upcoming legislative session

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) announced the Assembly Democratic members of the standing and joint committees for the 2013-2014 legislative session.