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Jennifer Shilling

Jennifer Shilling (Dem.), 32nd Senate District

Born Oshkosh, July 4, 1969; married; 2 children. Graduate Buffalo Grove, IL H.S.; B.A. in political science and public administration, UW-La Crosse 1992. Former congressional aide and legislative aide. Member: UW-La Crosse Alumni Assn. (fmr. pres.); La Crosse Co. League of Women Voters; La Crosse Co. Democratic Party (former chp.); UW-La Crosse Chancellor’s Community Council; Viterbo University Bd. of Advisors; La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce; La Crosse County Local Emergency Planning Com.; La Crosse Area Habitat for Humanity Women Build; Vernon Women’s Alliance; Viroqua Chamber Main Street; Riverfront La Crosse Community Advisory Bd. La Crosse Co. Bd. 1990-92.

Elected to Assembly 2000-10; elected to Senate in special election August 2011; reelected 2012. Minority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 2005. Biennial Senate committee assignments: 2013 — Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications; Universities and Technical Colleges; Jt. Com. on Finance (also 2011). Assembly committee assignments: 2011 — Jt. Com. on Finance (also 2009). 2009 — Health and Health Care Reform (also 2007); Rules. 2007 — Colleges and Universities (since 2003); Workforce Development; State of Wisconsin Building Commission (also 2005). 2005 — Financial Institutions (since 2001); Health (since 2001); Highway Safety (also 2003). 2003 — Insurance (also 2001). 2001 — Personal Privacy; Legis. Adv. Com. to the Minn.-Wis. Boundary Area Comn.

Telephone: Office: (608) 266-5490; (800) 385-3385 (toll free).
E-mail: Sen.Shilling@legis.wisconsin.gov
Voting address: La Crosse 54601.
Mailing address: Office: Room 20 South, State Capitol, P.O. Box 7882, Madison 53707-7882.

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Shilling cautious on Foxconn announcement
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Shilling cautious on Foxconn announcement

"Given the lack of details, I’m skeptical about this announcement and we will have to see if there is a legislative appetite for a $1 to $3 billion corporate welfare package."

GOP proposes school cuts, transportation debt to finance tax breaks for the wealthy
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GOP proposes school cuts, transportation debt to finance tax breaks for the wealthy

"Time and time again, Republicans have prioritized tax breaks for the wealthy that syphon money away from our crumbling roads and local schools."

Debt. Debt. And more Debt.
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Debt. Debt. And more Debt.

Senate Republicans propose more credit card spending, tax breaks for millionaires

Sen. Shilling statement on limited opioid response
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Sen. Shilling statement on limited opioid response

Substance abuse worsens amid GOP cuts, attacks on Affordable Care Act

Gov. Walker proposes road delays, layoffs
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Gov. Walker proposes road delays, layoffs

Long-term transportation fix remains elusive for disjointed GOP lawmakers

The State of Politics: Medicaid’s Future A Key Campaign Issue
The State of Politics

Medicaid’s Future A Key Campaign Issue

Republicans want big cuts. Democrats don’t. Likely issue in 2018.

GOP poised to miss state budget deadline
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GOP poised to miss state budget deadline

School budgets and road projects left in limbo by Republican inaction

Is Wisconsin entering a recession?
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Is Wisconsin entering a recession?

‘Gold Standard’ jobs report exposes weakening economy and declining wages

NRA-backed bill threatens school safety
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NRA-backed bill threatens school safety

"It is unfortunate that Republicans continue to side with gun lobbyists at the expense of our children’s safety"

GOP tries to hide another dismal jobs report
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GOP tries to hide another dismal jobs report

WI lost nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs in 2016 and ranked dead last in start-ups

Dem Student Loan relief plan rejected by GOP
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Dem Student Loan relief plan rejected by GOP

State budget committee fails to address growing student loan debt crisis

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.

Shilling backs Health Care Protection Package
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Shilling backs Health Care Protection Package

D.C. politics threaten health care access for Wisconsin families

Dem proposal to end Veteran Home fund raids rejected by GOP budget committee
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Dem proposal to end Veteran Home fund raids rejected by GOP budget committee

Republican lawmakers on the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee rejected a Democratic proposal that would have prevented a $26 million funding raid.

Student loan borrowers lose federal protections
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Student loan borrowers lose federal protections

Democrats call on Attorney General to defend student loan borrowers

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."

Democratic leaders discouraged by limited response to opioid epidemic
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Democratic leaders discouraged by limited response to opioid epidemic

Democratic amendments to increase rural access to treatment, expand health care coverage and improve treatment services were rejected by the majority party.

Presidential visit highlights Wisconsin economic challenges
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Presidential visit highlights Wisconsin economic challenges

Democrats are urging action on a range of proposals to expand economic opportunities and encourage local business growth.

Murphy’s Law: The Tax Handout for Rich Kids
Murphy’s Law

The Tax Handout for Rich Kids

State's “neo-vouchers” reimburse wealthy for kids at elite private schools.

Statement on Jakubowski arrest
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Statement on Jakubowski arrest

"It's time for leaders in Wisconsin to stand up to the powerful gun industry and take proactive steps to keep deadly firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals."

Op Ed: The High Cost of Quality Child Care
Op Ed

The High Cost of Quality Child Care

Burdens working families. Tax credit could ease this and expand opportunities.

Local Water Contamination Raises Red Flags
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Local Water Contamination Raises Red Flags

La Crosse area health officials warn of private well contamination

Republicans Vote to Privatize Wisconsin Water
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Republicans Vote to Privatize Wisconsin Water

High capacity well bill threatens local lakes, rivers and groundwater

Democrats pass internet privacy protection
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Democrats pass internet privacy protection

Shilling proposal to restore internet privacy passes Senate, heads to Assembly

Murphy’s Law: Hidden Loaded Guns And No Training
Murphy’s Law

Hidden Loaded Guns And No Training

Republican bill to end permits and training for concealed carry is dangerous.

Republicans propose “Permitless Carry” bill
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Republicans propose “Permitless Carry” bill

In wake of mass shootings, GOP wants to arm more teenagers

Lawmakers fear Wisconsin impact of ACA repeal
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Lawmakers fear Wisconsin impact of ACA repeal

Thousands to lose coverage, millions would face higher costs

Treat family like family
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Treat family like family

Senate Dem Leader urges passage of paid family leave bill

Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research
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Republicans renew effort to block lifesaving medical research

GOP proposal would criminalize Wisconsin’s cutting edge biomedical advances

What ever happened to the Gold Standard?
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What ever happened to the Gold Standard?

GOP denies reality on job losses while defending lavish tax break to the top 1%

GOP Agenda is Failing Wisconsin Families
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GOP Agenda is Failing Wisconsin Families

State loses over 4,000 manufacturing jobs despite lavish GOP giveaways

Be Bold for Change
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Be Bold for Change

Democrats continue the fight for women’s rights

Campaign Cash: $28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races
Campaign Cash

$28 Million Spent on 2016 Legislative Races

A new record, 66% more than 2014, huge special interest spending.

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

Senators Give Themselves 31% Increase

In non-public meeting they approve 31% raise in their per day expenses.

Gov. Walker fails to submit balanced budget
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Gov. Walker fails to submit balanced budget

$1 billion transportation deficit unaddressed by Gov. Walker

Shilling backs Compassionate Cannabis Care Act
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Shilling backs Compassionate Cannabis Care Act

Dems partner with health professionals and patients in medical marijuana push

Cost of child care skyrockets
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Cost of child care skyrockets

Democrats propose plan to ease costs, expand economic opportunity

Rural Schools Deserve Better
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Rural Schools Deserve Better

GOP school cuts continue to hurt students, communities and taxpayers

AUDIT: Wisconsin road crisis worsens
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AUDIT: Wisconsin road crisis worsens

$1 billion budget deficit looms as GOP opposes long-term funding solution

Working families struggle as GOP tax breaks for millionaires skyrocket
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Working families struggle as GOP tax breaks for millionaires skyrocket

“Rather than targeting tax breaks to the wealthiest one percent, we should return those dollars to the working families who need help the most”

Statement on Gov. Walker’s proposed work restrictions
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Statement on Gov. Walker’s proposed work restrictions

“Once again, Gov. Walker is creating one set of rules for working families and another set of rules for the wealthy and well-connected.?

Statement on Presidential Inauguration
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Statement on Presidential Inauguration

"We must work together to lift up our fellow citizens, respect our neighbors and support our communities so that everyone has a chance to achieve their American Dream."

Sen. LaTonya Johnson Appointed to Wisconsin Center District Board
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Sen. LaTonya Johnson Appointed to Wisconsin Center District Board

"I look forward to working with members of the board and stakeholders throughout the community to strengthen Milwaukee's economy, workers, and neighborhoods."

Protect Seniors by extending SeniorCare
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Protect Seniors by extending SeniorCare

Democrats launch effort to save successful Rx drug program

Senate Dem Leader reacts to State of the State
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Senate Dem Leader reacts to State of the State

Shilling urges politicians to take off blinders and focus on helping working families

Senate Dem Leader lays out priorities for 2017-18 session
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Senate Dem Leader lays out priorities for 2017-18 session

"While the rest of the nation has seen strong job gains, our state has consistently ranked below the national average for job creation..."

Statement on GOP Election Rigging Lawsuit
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Statement on GOP Election Rigging Lawsuit

“Democrats believe every voter deserves to have their voice heard.”

Gov. Walker and President-elect Trump put polluters and special interests ahead of Wisconsin families
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Gov. Walker and President-elect Trump put polluters and special interests ahead of Wisconsin families

"Gov. Walker is once again proposing a range of costly, discriminatory and unconstitutional policies aimed at punishing workers and dividing communities."

Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee
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Sen. Shilling appoints Taylor, Erpenbach to serve on Joint Finance Committee

“Sen. Taylor and Sen. Erpenbach have been outspoken advocates for working families in Wisconsin and understand the importance of investing in our future.”

Wisconsin Elections Commission Receives Two Presidential Election Recount Petitions
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Wisconsin Elections Commission Receives Two Presidential Election Recount Petitions

The state is working under a federal deadline of December 13 to complete the recount.

Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election
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Statement on Senate Democratic Leadership Election

“I am honored that my colleagues have once again entrusted me with the responsibility of serving as Senate Democratic Leader.”

Post-Election Update II: Potential Recount, Voting Equipment Audits, Provisional Balots, Absentee Ballots
Eyes on Milwaukee: 15 Election Winners and Losers
Eyes on Milwaukee

15 Election Winners and Losers

Clarke to the cabinet? Should pollsters be fired? RoJo trumps Trump. And much more.

The State of Politics: Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail
The State of Politics

Final Notes From The Campaign-Trail

After 210 interviews with candidates, some observations on a crazy election.

At The Top of Their Class
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At The Top of Their Class

Senate Democrats receive highest honors on Student Loan Scorecard.

RSLC Launches Ad Buy on WI Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling’s Weak Record
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RSLC Launches Ad Buy on WI Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling’s Weak Record

The ad campaign aims to expose Shilling’s penchant for playing politics at the expense of her constituents.

Op-Ed: Caring for our Most Vulnerable
Op-Ed

Caring for our Most Vulnerable

Shouldn’t the care and safety of Wisconsin children and veterans be a top priority?

Wisconsin Democrats Join Speaker Paul Ryan’s Call for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns
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Wisconsin Democrats Join Speaker Paul Ryan’s Call for Donald Trump to Release His Tax Returns

Last week’s report offers a disturbing preview of the foreign entanglements that could influence Donald Trump.

Senate Republicans caught in Pay-to-Play scheme
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Senate Republicans caught in Pay-to-Play scheme

Olsen and Harsdorf sided with lead paint producers over sick children

Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed
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Neglect Ignored, Problems Denied, Solutions Delayed

GOP inaction once again jeopardizes vulnerable residents at state facility

Op-Ed: State Should Lead on Student Loan Debt
Op-Ed

State Should Lead on Student Loan Debt

Legislation would allow students to refinance debt, but Republicans side with Wall Street banks.

Trump candidacy threatens U.S. security
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Trump candidacy threatens U.S. security

GOP nominee continues dangerous rhetoric and reckless behavior

The State of Politics: New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess
The State of Politics

New Commission Must Resolve Voting Mess

Partisan Elections Commission replaced state GAB; how will it perform?

The State of Politics: 4 Issues Democrats Will Use Against GOP
The State of Politics

4 Issues Democrats Will Use Against GOP

Party leaders expect running on these issues will elect Democrats on Nov. 8.

Donald Trump Picks The Most Extreme VP Pick in a Generation
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Donald Trump Picks The Most Extreme VP Pick in a Generation

Gov. Mike Pence is a nightmare for working Wisconsinites.

The State of Politics: Candidates Battle Over School Funding
The State of Politics

Candidates Battle Over School Funding

GOP and Democratic legislative candidates offer dueling statistics. Who’s right?

House Confidential: Atty Mark Thomsen’s Tudor Mansion
House Confidential

Atty Mark Thomsen’s Tudor Mansion

New appointee to state Elections Commission overhauled his East Side mansion.

Shilling Calls on Republican Senators to Denounce Trump
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Shilling Calls on Republican Senators to Denounce Trump

GOP Senators refuse to admonish ‘indefensible’ statements

The State of Politics: Democratic Family Feuds
The State of Politics

Democratic Family Feuds

Eight Democratic legislators face primary challengers, but not one GOP legislator does.

Op-Ed: Action Needed on Student Loan Debt
Op-Ed

Action Needed on Student Loan Debt

Democratic plan lets college grads refinance debt and lower debt, as with mortgages.

Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect
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Eager acceptance of Trump’s dangerous rhetoric confirms Senate GOP disconnect

Republican politicians including Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Ron Johnson have also committed to supporting Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

Unconstitutional Right-to-Work only part of the problem
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Unconstitutional Right-to-Work only part of the problem

GOP policies result in 16 consecutive quarters of economic disappointment

Statement on Right to Work ruling
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Statement on Right to Work ruling

"This ruling is a major victory for hardworking Wisconsin families."

Dems question last-minute cancellation of UW budget presentations
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Dems question last-minute cancellation of UW budget presentations

Gov. Walker’s Board of Regents won't hear update on GOP budget cuts

Voter System Crash Causes Statewide Concern
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Voter System Crash Causes Statewide Concern

Statewide Outages Prevent Early Voting and Registration

Jennifer Shilling declares: “I’m With Her!”
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Jennifer Shilling declares: “I’m With Her!”

Senate Democratic Leader endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Justice Bradley’s Defense of Rapists
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Justice Bradley’s Defense of Rapists

Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.”

The State of Politics: Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes
The State of Politics

Legislative Session Passed Historic Changes

Republicans say voters will reward them this fall. Democrats are preparing attacks.

Senate Republicans Call It Quits
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Senate Republicans Call It Quits

Majority party set to end legislative session on a whimper

GOP all talk, no action on student loan debt
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GOP all talk, no action on student loan debt

Several proposals that would address Wisconsin’s $19 billion student loan debt crisis are among the proposals that Republicans have refused to take up.

DOC audit needed to improve safety
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DOC audit needed to improve safety

“Taxpayers, correctional officers, children and families deserve better.”

Hate speech is not “irrelevant”
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Hate speech is not “irrelevant”

Senate Dem Leader calls on Gov. Walker to condemn offensive remarks

Child abuse cover-up continues as GOP ignores reports
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Child abuse cover-up continues as GOP ignores reports

Senate shirks legal responsibility as Lincoln Hills scandal widens

Shilling statement on Harris Dodd announcement
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Shilling statement on Harris Dodd announcement

“Nikiya has been a steadfast champion for women, children and families across Wisconsin.”

Shilling applauds local solar investments
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Shilling applauds local solar investments

Western Wisconsin will see an influx of new jobs and economic development as a result of significant investments in solar power.

Lincoln Hills cover-up continues as GOP ignores crisis
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Lincoln Hills cover-up continues as GOP ignores crisis

Months after DOJ and FBI raid troubled facility, Republicans defend status quo

Gov. Walker signs bills limiting birth control access
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Gov. Walker signs bills limiting birth control access

38 Democratic legislators including Sen. Shilling had urged Gov.Walker to veto these bills.

‘Height of Hypocrisy’ as GOP blocks Winnebago Co. Executive from holding office
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‘Height of Hypocrisy’ as GOP blocks Winnebago Co. Executive from holding office

Majority party continues to ignore student loan debt crisis, mass layoffs & child safety

Another session of Republican inaction on student loan debt
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Another session of Republican inaction on student loan debt

Republicans still won’t take up plan to reduce monthly student debt payments

Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal
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Shilling questions GOP obstruction on child abuse scandal

Dem leader troubled by withholding of public records

Shilling statement on Sec. Wall resignation
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Shilling statement on Sec. Wall resignation

“I am appalled by the latest revelations of child abuse and sexual assault that occurred in Gov. Walker’s Department of Corrections.”

GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks
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GOP ignores middle class, prioritizes political attacks

Republican leaders rush bill banning Democratic candidate from serving

Senate Republicans attack voter rights again
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Senate Republicans attack voter rights again

GOP eliminates Special Registration Deputies and blocks registration drives

Senate Republicans getting desperate
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Senate Republicans getting desperate

GOP leader wants to ban Democratic candidate from serving

Republican school cuts buck national trend
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Republican school cuts buck national trend

Student loan debt crisis worsens as budget cuts impact higher education

Democrats push Family Medical Leave Act protections
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Democrats push Family Medical Leave Act protections

Despite public support, bill’s future uncertain in GOP-controlled Senate

Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages
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Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages

“The declining revenue numbers are yet another sign of Wisconsin’s underperforming economy and declining family wages under Republican control”

Senate GOP ignores call for student loan debt relief
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Senate GOP ignores call for student loan debt relief

Republicans undercut merit hiring, continue attack on women’s health

Shilling statement on the State of the State
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Shilling statement on the State of the State

“When it comes to the challenges facing our state, we need solutions, not sound bites.”

Republican agenda features familiar ideas
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Republican agenda features familiar ideas

Dem proposals on school funding, broadband and student loan debt gain support

Data Wonk: Did Democrats Overreact to ACT Scores?
Data Wonk

Did Democrats Overreact to ACT Scores?

The claim that state dropped from 2nd to 41st on ACT scores is simply wrong.

Dems urge action to close health coverage gap
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Dems urge action to close health coverage gap

“The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and we need to do everything we can to take advantage of the opportunities it provides to hardworking families in Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin ACT scores plummet
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Wisconsin ACT scores plummet

State drops from 2nd best to 9th worst in the nation

Dems rebuffed by Gov. Walker on student loan debt
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Dems rebuffed by Gov. Walker on student loan debt

Governor refuses bipartisan effort on student loan refinancing

Democrats propose Corrections Reform measures to improve public safety
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Democrats propose Corrections Reform measures to improve public safety

“The lack of urgency by Gov. Walker’s administration and the Republican majority to address complaints of child abuse and assaults in our correctional facilities is appalling”

New Medicaid Savings Could Benefit Taxpayers

New Medicaid Savings Could Benefit Taxpayers

Two factors will reduce state Medicaid costs and give legislators room to improve system.

The State of Politics: Five Things to Watch For in 2016
The State of Politics

Five Things to Watch For in 2016

Will Rebecca Bradley win? Can Democrats re-take the senate? Will Walker get a different job?

Layoffs hit new high under Gov. Walker
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Layoffs hit new high under Gov. Walker

Administration confirms worst year yet for mass layoffs in Wisconsin

What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?
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What will it take to get Republican leaders to intervene?

Reports of child abuse, sexual assault not enough to spur GOP investigation

Intimidated by public opposition, Gov. Walker signs political corruption bills in private
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Intimidated by public opposition, Gov. Walker signs political corruption bills in private

Upset by the criminal conviction of six Walker aides on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office, Republicans have repeatedly sought to weaken Wisconsin’s ethics enforcement and campaign finance laws.

Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings
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Wisconsin eligible for $1 billion in taxpayer savings

BadgerCare expansion would generate critical funding for local schools, roads

Workers hopeful as Dem bill to improve retirement security advances
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Workers hopeful as Dem bill to improve retirement security advances

Badger Blueprint proposal seeks to boost retirement saving

Statement on investigation into Gov. Walker’s Dept. of Corrections
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Statement on investigation into Gov. Walker’s Dept. of Corrections

“Years of Republican budget cuts, forced overtime policies and limits on workplace safety have created major problems at Wisconsin’s correctional institutions."

Republican WEDC illegally gave out $21 million in taxpayer dollars
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Republican WEDC illegally gave out $21 million in taxpayer dollars

Democrats have put forward numerous proposals to reign in the WEDC, increase accountability and improve economic development.

Shilling, Billings call for rail safety improvements
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Shilling, Billings call for rail safety improvements

Rail safety improvements are needed to prevent train derailments and protect local communities from potentially catastrophic accidents.

Layoffs mount as GOP attacks government accountability
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Layoffs mount as GOP attacks government accountability

Over 10,000 Wisconsin workers have been affected by mass layoffs and business closings this year compared to 6,186 workers in all of 2014.

Senate Republicans Unwilling to Lead
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Senate Republicans Unwilling to Lead

“Wisconsin families are tired of waiting for Senate Republicans to get their act together.”

Op-Ed: Open Government is Good Government
Op-Ed

Open Government is Good Government

Three bills will rewrite long-standing campaign finance, ethics and anti-corruption laws.

Layoffs skyrocket while Republicans attack open government
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Layoffs skyrocket while Republicans attack open government

Mass layoffs in Wisconsin have increased dramatically in 2015 leaving thousands of Wisconsin workers unemployed and looking for work.

Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations
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Gov. Walker signs bill limiting John Doe investigations

Wisconsin families ignored as GOP enables more political corruption

Corruption has a new ally
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Corruption has a new ally

GOP blocks investigations of political crimes

GOP Pushes Bills to Hide Political Corruption and Allow More Money in Politics
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GOP Pushes Bills to Hide Political Corruption and Allow More Money in Politics

Republicans’ misguided agenda dismantles state ethics and campaign finance laws

Republicans fail to address middle class issues
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Republicans fail to address middle class issues

Fall agenda dominated by power grabs, divide and conquer policies

Statement on Supreme Court Appointment
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Statement on Supreme Court Appointment

“This power grab sets a terrible precedent and doesn’t pass the smell test.”

Democrats drive effort on student loan debt relief
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Democrats drive effort on student loan debt relief

Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill will help lower interest rates and provide tax relief for 815,000 Wisconsin student loan borrowers

Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board
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Legislative Republicans propose dismantling of Accountability Board

“Given the recent attacks on open record laws, high-profile criminal investigations and repeated instances of cronyism, it’s clear that we need more government accountability, not less.”

Badger Blueprint lays out legislative priorities
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Badger Blueprint lays out legislative priorities

Senate Democrats propose innovative solutions to strengthen middle class

Statement on the passing of Marty Beil
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Statement on the passing of Marty Beil

"Marty was a tireless advocate for Wisconsin’s working families and a fearless defender of workplace freedom."

Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding
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Shilling Calls for Special Session on Transportation Funding

A July 2015 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation ranked Wisconsin the third worst state in the nation for transportation infrastructure.

Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare
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Legislative Leaders and Citizen Action Call on Walker to Make Course Correction on BadgerCare

Wisconsin is adding mostly poverty-wage jobs, which is increasing BadgerCare enrollment.

Republicans propose return to Political Patronage
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Republicans propose return to Political Patronage

Republican legislative proposal will repeal Wisconsin's civil service protections and increase political patronage in state government

Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes
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Republicans fail to learn from Gov. Walker’s mistakes

Despite stunning presidential collapse, GOP continues effort to block birth control access and obstruct lifesaving medical research

Wisconsin schools remain resilient
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Wisconsin schools remain resilient

Historic K-12 cuts and massive voucher expansion can’t stop local schools

Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability
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Protect Wisconsin students; Pass voucher school accountability

“While Republicans focus on cutting local school funding and turning the state’s superintendent into a partisan political position, Wisconsin students and families are being left behind.”

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GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion
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GOP shuns accountability, opts for further voucher expansion

Cost of Gov. Walker’s $1.1 billion entitlement program set to grow again

The State of Politics: The Explosive Growth of School Choice
The State of Politics

The Explosive Growth of School Choice

It’s grown 78% in four years, now puts 32,100 kids in private schools

Op-Ed: Schools Need Help For Hungry Children
Op-Ed

Schools Need Help For Hungry Children

Assembly bill seeks to give more kids access to quality meals for breakfast and lunch.

As Students Go Back to School, Republicans Siphon Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Unaccountable Private Schools
$1.1 Billion and Counting…
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$1.1 Billion and Counting…

GOP vouchers undermine public education in Wisconsin

Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access
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Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s proposal to restrict health care access

“Gov. Walker’s plan will end up costing working families more while largely benefiting the big insurance companies and wealthy special interests who are backing his presidential campaign.”

Frank Gimbel era ends on Wisconsin Center District board; Scott Neitzel in charge
Walker jobs agency “in disarray”
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Walker jobs agency “in disarray”

Republican lawmakers stonewall reforms and block accountability

Senate Democrats unveil new legislative website
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Senate Democrats unveil new legislative website

Wisconsin residents will now have an easier time finding information on state legislative activity.

Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea
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Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea

Dogged by scandals at home, Gov. Walker sets his sights on D.C.
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Dogged by scandals at home, Gov. Walker sets his sights on D.C.

“While Gov. Walker continues to campaign full-time for president on the taxpayers' dime, families here in Wisconsin are being left behind.”

Sen. Shilling statement on budget signing
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Sen. Shilling statement on budget signing

“Families in Wisconsin deserve better than a part-time governor...”

GOP renews effort to limit public transparency ahead of Walker announcement
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GOP renews effort to limit public transparency ahead of Walker announcement

"Republicans were unsuccessful in their sneak attack on Wisconsin’s open records laws, so naturally their next target is the government watchdog agency that enforces these laws."

Sen. Shilling statement on budget debate
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Sen. Shilling statement on budget debate

"Wisconsin is home to almost six million people, but legislative Republicans carefully crafted this budget to benefit one person who just so happens to be running for president."

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

Sen. Shilling statement on open government changes
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Sen. Shilling statement on open government changes

Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:

Legislative Republicans deal one-two punch to Wisconsin communities
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Legislative Republicans deal one-two punch to Wisconsin communities

GOP budget deal will cost jobs and force more school cuts

School advocates rally to restore K-12 funding cuts
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School advocates rally to restore K-12 funding cuts

Republican cuts threaten education opportunities for Wisconsin children

Sen. Shilling statement on marriage equality ruling
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Sen. Shilling statement on marriage equality ruling

"Today’s decision confirms what many in our state have known for years: Love is Love. "

Sen. Shilling statement on King v. Burwell decision
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Sen. Shilling statement on King v. Burwell decision

"As a result of this ruling, tens of thousands of Wisconsinites will continue to have the security of access to affordable health care."

Dems renew call for WEDC investigation as GOP remains silent
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Dems renew call for WEDC investigation as GOP remains silent

“If crimes have been committed, taxpayers deserve to know”

Republicans mulling repeal of Family Medical Leave Act
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Republicans mulling repeal of Family Medical Leave Act

Plan would jeopardize Wisconsin jobs and cost millions of dollars

Badger State ranks dead last in Midwest job growth
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Badger State ranks dead last in Midwest job growth

Wisconsin job creation slowed by absentee Governor and GOP budget deficit

Sen. Shilling statement on parent-led school advocacy
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Sen. Shilling statement on parent-led school advocacy

"It is unfortunate that legislators in the majority party have chosen to disparage these parents and dismiss the concerns of families who are trying to advocate for Wisconsin’s children."

Republicans pass dangerous abortion ban
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Republicans pass dangerous abortion ban

GOP disregards medical community and approves ban that threatens women's health

Republican plan cuts $250 million from UW schools to fund special interest earmarks
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Republican plan cuts $250 million from UW schools to fund special interest earmarks

Layoffs and tuition hikes set to impact students and communities

Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency
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Gov. Walker fired from troubled jobs agency

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling.

Shilling grabs national attention as one of the “40 Most Interesting Women in Politics”
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Shilling grabs national attention as one of the “40 Most Interesting Women in Politics”

“Women are making history in Wisconsin and across our country, and I’m proud to be a part of this movement.”

Special interests win big in GOP school scheme
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Special interests win big in GOP school scheme

Millions diverted from public school classrooms to benefits powerful special interests

Democrats propose student loan debt relief
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Democrats propose student loan debt relief

“We need to start finding ways to slow the growth of student loan debt in our state.”

Shilling statement on Dept. of Justice investigation into Gov. Walker’s WEDC
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Shilling statement on Dept. of Justice investigation into Gov. Walker’s WEDC

"While it is unclear whether any criminal violations may have occurred, I am deeply troubled by the recent allegations of pay-to-play politics involving Gov. Walker’s office and his campaign contributors."

State Capitol Update
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State Capitol Update

A recap of this week’s votes “Under the Dome”.

Sen. Jennifer Shilling column: After years of cuts, schools deserve a raise
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Sen. Jennifer Shilling column: After years of cuts, schools deserve a raise

Democrats believe that education must be our top budget priority.

GOP says ‘NO’ to student loan debt relief
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GOP says ‘NO’ to student loan debt relief

"Simply allowing individuals to refinance their student loans at lower interest rates would save some families thousands of dollars a year."

State Capitol Update
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State Capitol Update

A recap of this week’s votes “Under the Dome”

Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency
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Audit reveals additional problems at persistently troubled agency

Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s WEDC failure

Shilling statement on 20 week abortion ban
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Shilling statement on 20 week abortion ban

"Once again, Republicans are failing to address the important economic and financial challenges facing our state and are instead forcing their political ideology on women across Wisconsin."

Despite growing national economy, Wisconsin budget crisis looms due to GOP policies
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Despite growing national economy, Wisconsin budget crisis looms due to GOP policies

Latest budget forecast a signal of state’s underperforming economy

GOP cuts recycling while boosting Walker’s office pay
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GOP cuts recycling while boosting Walker’s office pay

Taxpayers continue to shoulder the burden of Governor's presidential campaign

Republicans reject funding for Wisconsin’s Cancer Reporting System
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Republicans reject funding for Wisconsin’s Cancer Reporting System

GOP cuts continue to jeopardize the health of Wisconsin families

Democrats denounce Gov. Walker’s subsidies to corporations that outsource jobs
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Democrats denounce Gov. Walker’s subsidies to corporations that outsource jobs

Scandal-plagued WEDC agency linked to business outsourcing again

GOP giving up on voucher school accountability
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GOP giving up on voucher school accountability

Waste, fraud and abuse in taxpayer-subsidized program to continue

Republicans reject oversight of Gov. Walker’s campaign travel
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Republicans reject oversight of Gov. Walker’s campaign travel

Move comes less than a week after limiting travel reimbursement for veterans

The State of Politics: Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them
The State of Politics

Legislators Hope Tax Windfall Rescues Them

If state tax collections don’t go up -- soon -- lawmakers must swallow Walker’s unappetizing budget cuts.

Dems push veteran services as a budget priority
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Dems push veteran services as a budget priority

GOP cuts restrict program access and deny economic opportunities

Rural broadband expansion plan rejected by GOP
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Rural broadband expansion plan rejected by GOP

"We should be expanding economic opportunities and investing in the infrastructure that Wisconsin businesses need to grow."

Democrats author Equal Pay Enforcement bill to close pay discrimination gap
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Democrats author Equal Pay Enforcement bill to close pay discrimination gap

The introduction of the bill coincides with the upcoming National Equal Pay Day on April 14th.

GOP budget crisis blamed for loss of 700 Wisconsin jobs
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GOP budget crisis blamed for loss of 700 Wisconsin jobs

Budget cuts and financial uncertainty cited in closure of GeminiCares

Wisconsin Senate leaders go “On the Issues” at Marquette Law
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Wisconsin Senate leaders go “On the Issues” at Marquette Law

Shilling and Fitzgerald will give their views on state budget deliberations, spending and policy priorities.

Walker’s Christmas Tree Budget

Walker’s Christmas Tree Budget

The budget has a flock of non-financial items -- 58 in all -- that will quietly change state polices.

Back in the News: Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press
Back in the News

Walker’s UW Cuts Get National Press

It’s probably helping his presidential run, but also raising questions about Walker as a person.

The State of Politics: U.S. Supreme Court Case Threatens Health Care
The State of Politics

U.S. Supreme Court Case Threatens Health Care

Wisconsin and 34 states that didn’t set up health care exchanges could lose all coverage under Obamacare.

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democrats?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democrats?

The party badly needs leadership, but the bench looks thin. Here are the likely candidates.

Conservation Scorecard Reveals Bipartisan Conservation Cooperation
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Conservation Scorecard Reveals Bipartisan Conservation Cooperation

Engaged Conservation Voters Trumping Polluters

The State of Politics: Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks
The State of Politics

Businesses, Special Interests Got $600 Million in Tax Breaks

But two-thirds of $1.9 billion in Republican tax cuts went to families.

The State of Politics: Casualties of War
The State of Politics

Casualties of War

The war over Act 10 may be a key reason 46% of legislators have left or will leave in just over two years.

State Declines Federal Aid for Disabled

State Declines Federal Aid for Disabled

Disabled lack jobs and employment services as a result

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy
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Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl
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Important information from Alderman Jim Bohl

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Important information from Alderman Joe Dudzik

Dear residents, The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that’s of critical importance to our future. Since 1938, Milwaukee has required all city employees to live within its municipal boundaries. The residency requirement has helped maintain a strong middle class in our neighborhoods, bolstered property values and ensured that municipal employees live […]

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade
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Important Information from Alderman Willie C. Wade

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Wanted: A Wiser Prison Policy
Wanted

A Wiser Prison Policy

Alternatives to prison cost less and are more effective, as a new group lobbying the legislature contends.

Bike Czar: A Fiscal Shell Game
Bike Czar

A Fiscal Shell Game

Legislators will likely transfer $500 million from the general fund to the transportation fund, yet bicycle funding will still get cut.

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of Chris Larson
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of Chris Larson

Is he a young liberal heavyweight? Or a punching bag for Republicans?