Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Senate Republicans Call It Quits

Majority party set to end legislative session on a whimper

By - Mar 15th, 2016 01:16 pm
MADISON – With Senate Republicans poised to adjourn the legislative session today, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling released the following statement:“This session has been dominated by Republican efforts to boost Gov. Walker’s national image and support his short-lived presidential campaign. After five year of special interest giveaways, cuts to local schools and attacks on worker rights, Wisconsin families are in a worse position today than they were five years ago.

“Rather than tackling the tough issues and working to move our state forward, this session is ending on a whimper. Many of the challenges facing Wisconsin families have been ignored by Republican leaders including the student loan debt crisis, crumbling infrastructure, underfunded classrooms, stagnant worker wages and a shrinking middle class.

“There’s a reason why legislative Republican legislators are more unpopular than Gov. Walker in recent polls. With dozens of important issues that have been ignored by the majority party this year, the Senate should stay in session and do the work we were elected to do.”

Issues not addressed by the majority party this session include:

  • Student loan debt relief
  • Sustainable funding for local school districts
  • Voucher school accountability and fraud prevention
  • Long-term transportation funding solution
  • Private retirement security options
  • Access to paid sick leave
  • Expansion of BadgerCare
  • Non-partisan redistricting reform
  • Safety improvements in correctional facilities
  • WEDC reform and fraud prevention

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One thought on “Senate Republicans Call It Quits”

  1. No way will they work on any of these issues bcause they don’t offer a chance to lower taxes on the wealthy and corporation.

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