Sen. LaTonya Johnson Urges Walker Not to Punish Wisconsin Children and Families in Need
“We must treat people with dignity and respect and provide them with real opportunities if we actually want to improve crisis-level poverty in Wisconsin...”
MADISON – Wisconsin State Senator LaTonya Johnson (D – Milwaukee) made the following statement regarding a proposal from Gov. Walker’s that would deny basic necessities for Wisconsinites in need of assistance:
“We must treat people with dignity and respect and provide them with real opportunities if we actually want to improve crisis-level poverty in Wisconsin communities and across our nation. Unfortunately, past attempts alleging to reform welfare have a history of using whatever has existed as a safety net to trap Wisconsin families in a perpetual cycle of poverty.
“I believe it is morally unfair and unjust to threaten reduced access to food and shelter for low-income families with children. While Gov. Walker and his allies are giving hand-outs to the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of Wisconsin families in need, I will fight to build an infrastructure in Wisconsin that paves the way for our youth and families to thrive and succeed.”
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2017 Senate Bill 35 was overwhelmingly approved by the full Wisconsin State Senate.
"I look forward to working with members of the board and stakeholders throughout the community to strengthen Milwaukee's economy, workers, and neighborhoods."