Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness
Press Release

State Senate Inaction Kills Homeless Funding for this Winter

Apparently, there were three Senators who were opposed to homeless funding: Senators Kapenga, Nass, and Craig.

By - Nov 1st, 2019 07:06 pm

The State Senate today released the bills it will be voting on next Tuesday, the last day in 2019 that the Senate will be in session. Not included were the eight bills that make up what to this point had been a bi partisan initiative.

Joseph Volk, Executive Director of the Coalition, explained that the eight bills comprised @$4 million in new funding for homeless programs. “this funding had been approved by the Walker administration’s inter agency council on homelessness chaired by Lt Gov. Kleefisch, was included in the budget by Governor Evers, the funding had been set aside by the Joint Finance Committee, and the eight bills approved by the State Assembly. All the bills had been heard by Senate Committees. All that needed to happen was approval by the Senate.” Volk further stated “We believe the votes were there in the Senate for approval had the President of the Senate Scott Fitzgerald simply put the bills on the agenda for Tuesday’s session”

Apparently, there were three Senators who were opposed to homeless funding: Senators Kapenga, Nass, and Craig. Referring to Kapenga’s recent controversy regarding the sale of Tesla cars Volk mused that perhaps if advocates were to find a homeless family living in a Tesla instead of an old beat of van the the Senator might be more interested in this issue.

Finally, Volk stated. “I know the Senate agenda is full, my goodness just a few weeks ago they passed bills to increase the criminal penalties for bestiality. It’s good to know that they acted which such speed to protect cows and goats. I guess homeless children will just have to wait.

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