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Peter Barca

(Dem.), 64th Assembly District

Born Kenosha, August 7, 1955; married; 2 children. Graduate Mary D. Bradford H.S. 1973; B.S. UW-Milwaukee 1977; attended Harvard U.; M.A. UW-Madison 1983. Past president, Aurora Assoc. International. Former CEO, Northpointe Resources; National Ombudsman, USSBA; Midwest Regional Administrator, USSBA. Member: Foundation Bd. of Dir., UW-Parkside; Society for ISCTR (co-founder); WISITALIA (past pres.); Former member: Lake County Econ. Dev. Com. on Small Business (chp.); Com. to Found the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha (chp.); Lake County Partnership on Econ. Dev. (exec. com.); Small Business Forum of DNC (nat’l co-chair); Kenosha Family and Aging Soc. (bd. mbr.); Kenosha Incubator Assn. (chm.).

Elected to Assembly 1984-1992 (resigned 6/8/93 upon election to U.S. Congress); reelected since 2008. Minority Leader 2013, 2011; Majority Caucus Chairperson 2009, 1993, 1991. Biennial committee assignments: 2013 — Assembly Organization (since 2009, also 1993, 1991); Rules (since 2009, also 1993, 1991); Jt. Com. on Employment Relations (also 2011); Jt. Com. on Information Policy and Technology; Jt. Legislative Council (also 2011); Jt. Com. on Legislative Organization (also 2011); Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Bd. (also 2011). 2009 — Jt. Legis. Audit Com. (co-chp.); Financial Institutions; Jobs, the Economy and Small Business.

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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.

Frank Gimbel era ends on Wisconsin Center District board; Scott Neitzel in charge
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

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.

GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan
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GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan

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.

When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?
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When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?

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

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.”

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

Assembly Republicans Refuse to Consider Transparency and Accountability for WEDC
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Assembly Republicans Refuse to Consider Transparency and Accountability for WEDC

“Governor Walker’s WEDC has been wasting taxpayer money to repay their Republican campaign supporters instead of providing real economic opportunity and jobs for hardworking Wisconsinites.”

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.

The State of Politics: No Christmas In May For Republicans
The State of Politics

No Christmas In May For Republicans

Tax collections haven’t risen so GOP lawmakers may have to swallow Walker budget cuts they opposed.

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"

The State of Politics: Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?
The State of Politics

Who Will Lead the Democratic Party?

Five candidates seek the difficult job of trying to revive the minority party 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."

Wisconsin Assembly leaders Barca, Vos to speak at Marquette Law conference on campaign finance regulation
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Wisconsin Assembly leaders Barca, Vos to speak at Marquette Law conference on campaign finance regulation

The conversation between Barca and Vos, the third and final session of the conference, will be moderated by Mike Gousha.

Plats and Parcels: Huge Growth for Brady and Water
Plats and Parcels

Huge Growth for Brady and Water

Three different developments will add 740 apartments and tremendous urban density to the area.

Murphy’s Law: How Could Walker Refuse Incredible Deal?
Murphy’s Law

How Could Walker Refuse Incredible Deal?

Kenosha casino would pay entire taxpayer bill for NBA arena and up to $275 million for any (unlikely) litigation costs. And Walker says no?

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.”

State Subsidizes Company With Safety Violations

State Subsidizes Company With Safety Violations

Ashley Furniture gets $6.7 million from job agency, has federal fines for more than 1,000 worker injuries.

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

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

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and other legislative Democrats highlighted a need for a state budget that puts Wisconsin families first and restores economic opportunity for all.

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

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Controversy Over Assembly Members Per Diems

Is the 56% increase in legislators' daily expenses "outrageous" or overdue?

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

Rep. Taylor statement on Joint Finance Committee appointment
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Rep. Taylor statement on Joint Finance Committee appointment

Rep. Chris Taylor released the following statement on her appointment to the Joint Committee on Finance

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

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.

Outsourcing Loopholes Never Fixed by Walker Administration
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Outsourcing Loopholes Never Fixed by Walker Administration

Outsourcing Safeguards Were Never Implemented

Feature Story: The Battle Between Walker and Burke
Feature Story

The Battle Between Walker and Burke

They are two wildly different personalities with quite different agendas. A frank look at both candidates for governor.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Announces Endorsements
Murphy’s Law: Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General
Murphy’s Law

Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General

Jon Richards is the favorite. But is he the best choice?

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 (D-Kenosha) 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

The State of Politics: Happy Days Are Here Again
The State of Politics

Happy Days Are Here Again

Gov. Walker’s State-of-the-State speech will be singing a very positive song.

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

Murphy’s Law: Telephone Company Rip-Off
Murphy’s Law

Telephone Company Rip-Off

Now that the telecom industry is deregulated, AT&T can gouge customers with late fees.

Minnesota Trumps Wisconsin on Health Care

Minnesota Trumps Wisconsin on Health Care

By cooperating with Obamacare Minnesota will cover 225,000 more people and spend $104 million less than Wisconsin.

Representative Goyke Elected Democratic Caucus Secretary
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Representative Goyke Elected Democratic Caucus Secretary

State Representative Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement regarding his election today as Democratic Caucus Secretary.

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

Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014
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Marquette Law School Poll shows Walker in tight race with Burke for Wisconsin governor in 2014

A new Marquette Law School Poll finds that, just over a year from the election, the 2014 Wisconsin governor’s race is shaping up to be very competitive.

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.

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Southeast Wisconsin Rules the Capitol

Almost every Republican -- and Democratic -- leader is from a small part of the state.

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

Who Will Run Against Walker?

Who Will Run Against Walker?

The list of possible candidates isn't long, as discussions at the state Democratic convention made clear.

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.

Peter Barca for Governor?

Peter Barca for Governor?

Some Democratic insiders see Assembly minority leader Peter Barca as the best hope to run against Scott Walker.

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

Murphy’s Law: Democrats in Disarray
Murphy’s Law

Democrats in Disarray

The firing of its state spokesperson is just another sign the party has lost its way.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

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

JOBS NOW!
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JOBS NOW!

Democrats debut jobs package as exciting first step this session toward rebuilding Wisconsin’s middle class

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.

The Secret Lobbyists

The Secret Lobbyists

Lobbyists must register to lobby the legislature but can work in secret to get the big money from government contracts. Why?

Time for a state budget focused on middle-class families
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Time for a state budget focused on middle-class families

Reps. Barca, Pasch release statements on middle-class tax cuts, investments in core middle-class priorities

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.

Rep. Richards Reappointed to Joint Finance Committee
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Rep. Richards Reappointed to Joint Finance Committee

Creating jobs and helping middle class are top priorities for Milwaukee lawmaker

RTA Will Be a Last Minute Decision

RTA Will Be a Last Minute Decision

The vote on the future of regional transit that was scheduled for a vote by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday didn't actually happen, but a lot of small actions leading up to it did.