State Sen. Jeff Smith

Recent Articles

Op Ed: Every Worker Deserves a Safe Workplace
Op Ed

Every Worker Deserves a Safe Workplace

Governor’s budget includes provisions to help workers, enhance workers compensation.

Op Ed: Correct a Cheating System With Fair Maps
Op Ed

Correct a Cheating System With Fair Maps

Ending gerrymandering will mean prioritizing your needs over the ambitions of politicians.

Op Ed: A People’s Agenda for 2021
Op Ed

A People’s Agenda for 2021

Expanding Medicaid, fair electoral maps, helping relieve student debt and expanded broad band.

Op Ed: The Hunger Games, Wisconsin Edition
Op Ed

The Hunger Games, Wisconsin Edition

You’re on your own as pandemic rages and Republican legislators again refuse to meet.

Op Ed: Who Will Care For You?
Op Ed

Who Will Care For You?

The state’s caregiver workforce faces a crisis of low wages and high turnover.

Op Ed: Mail-In Voting Is Easy, Safe, Secure
Op Ed

Mail-In Voting Is Easy, Safe, Secure

In-person voting is great. But if that worries you, voting absentee by mail is safe.

Op Ed: The Republican ‘Do Nothing’ Strategy
Op Ed

The Republican ‘Do Nothing’ Strategy

Collect paycheck for nine months of not working and blame governor for any problems.

Op Ed: 8 Ways to Address Student Debt Crisis
Op Ed

8 Ways to Address Student Debt Crisis

Governor’s task force winnowed 37 ideas down to eight recommendations.

Op Ed: Legislature Must Act for Unemployed
Op Ed

Legislature Must Act for Unemployed

Some have waited 15 weeks to get unemployment compensation; state law must to be reformed.

Op Ed: People’s Maps Commission Seeks Fair Elections
Op Ed

People’s Maps Commission Seeks Fair Elections

Citizen members being selected, will oversee fair maps, end partisan gerrymandering.

Op Ed: It’s Patriotic To Wear a Mask
Op Ed

It’s Patriotic To Wear a Mask

When in public protect your fellow Americans by wearing a mask.

Op Ed: We Must Bounce Back Together
Op Ed

We Must Bounce Back Together

The virus can easily spread to smaller towns and rural areas if safeguards are not in place.

Op Ed: What Legislature Didn’t Do About Pandemic
Op Ed

What Legislature Didn’t Do About Pandemic

A number of good measures passed. But many important proposals were killed.

Op Ed: Grading State Officials on Handling Pandemic
Op Ed

Grading State Officials on Handling Pandemic

Whole series of executive actions and programs by Gov. Evers. Nothing by state Legislature.

Op Ed: Flood Prevention Laws Needed
Op Ed

Flood Prevention Laws Needed

State’s annual rainfall up by 7 inches and "100-year floods" now happen routinely.

Op Ed: State Now 23rd in Healthcare Outcomes
Op Ed

State Now 23rd in Healthcare Outcomes

We ranked 7th in 1990. How can we turn that around?

Op Ed: State School Funding Will Lower Taxes
Op Ed

State School Funding Will Lower Taxes

By reducing number of school referendums to hike property taxes. Republicans should reconsider Evers plan.

Presidential Candidates Must Pay Their Bills
Press Release

Presidential Candidates Must Pay Their Bills

Statement from Sen. Smith & Rep. Stuck regarding the Introduction of The Recovery of Unsettled Municipal Payments Act

Op Ed: Lessons Learned in 2019
Op Ed

Lessons Learned in 2019

It’s not divided government, it's shared government. Or should be.

Op Ed: Will Lincoln Hills Ever Be Closed?
Op Ed

Will Lincoln Hills Ever Be Closed?

Republicans refuse to meet and vote on amount of funding for replacement facilities.

Op Ed: State Ranks 41st in Internet Speed
Op Ed

State Ranks 41st in Internet Speed

Broadband expansion is badly needed in Wisconsin.

Op Ed: Gun Control Has Wide Support
Op Ed

Gun Control Has Wide Support

Majority of state’s gun owners favor background checks. Even some gun store owners do

Op Ed: Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics
Op Ed

Enough of Divide-and-Conquer Politics

Once again Vos and Fitzgerald try to scapegoat Milwaukee.

Op Ed: State Building Commission Turns Partisan
Op Ed

State Building Commission Turns Partisan

Vote by party lines on governor’s capital budget breaks with bipartisan tradition.

Op Ed: Legislators Blow Off Bipartisanship
Op Ed

Legislators Blow Off Bipartisanship

Republicans say they want to work together, but have yet to act on it.