First the Good News!

David Clarke

Sheriff David A Clarke is leaving Milwaukee County and Wisconsin.

Now the bad news -- he's leaving to take a position as assistant secretary of Homeland Security. 

I am at the moment trying to imagine the working relationship between Clarke and John Kelly.  The Trump administration becomes more bizarre by the moment and continues to aim toward being dysfunctional. We'd been hearing rumors of this for month but it was hard to imagine  that this would actually happen, even with President Trump.  Perhaps, though, the county's sheriff's office will start to receive proper attention, and peole will stop dying mysteriously and horribly in the jail cells. 

Rep. Sargent: WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                          

May 17, 2017

Contact: Britt Cudaback, [email protected], 308-440-2939

 

Rep. Sargent: WEDC Audit Reveals Continued Dereliction, Insubordination

Governor Walker agency continues economic discouragement and taxpayer dollar malfeasance

 

(MADISON) – Today State Representative Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) voiced her outrage regarding the results of the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau’s (LAB) biennial audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) (17-9), the results of which revealed Governor Walker’s taxpayer-subsidized job agency has continued to be derelict in its duties to Wisconsin taxpayers.

 

“Not surprisingly, the audit released today is eerily similar to the audit released two years ago,” said Rep. Sargent. “WEDC has proven time and again to be derelict in its duties to taxpayers and our state. There’s no increased accountability or transparency—WEDC isn’t collecting necessary information on tax credit applications, they’re allowing more loan payment defaults, and they also can’t substantiate any actual job creation numbers.

JFC restores 5 of 6 cut Elections Board positions

Scott Walker

Governor Walker's budget included a cut for the equivalent of 6 positions in the Elections Board, arguing that they could continue without those workers.  This is interesting because it has been all too apparent that the board has bare-bones staffing for the ever-increasing requirements being placed upon them.

Apparently even Republicans on the JFC have realized that and have restored 5 of the 6 cut positions.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said the commission was "significantly understaffed" as it oversaw the 2016 election and presidential recount.

Republicans Pass Trio of Bills Putting Vulnerable Families at Risk of Homelessness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 10, 2017
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 608-620-3884 (cell)
 
Republicans Pass Trio of Bills Putting Vulnerable Families at Risk of Homelessness
 
MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), ranking member on the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform, released the following statement in response to passage by the State Assembly of AB 238, AB 240, and AB 242, a trio of Republican bills that put Wisconsin’s most vulnerable families at risk of homelessness. 
 
“Today, I was proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues who showed great empathy for individuals and families who live in poverty and struggle to feed their children and to keep a roof over their heads.
 
It is unfortunate that Assembly Republicans, who last week stood on the Assembly floor and claimed they wanted to end homelessness, today passed a series of punitive measures that will directly result in families losing their incomes and becoming homeless.
 
Instead of shaming and punishing our most vulnerable neighbors, we should put our energy and resources into addressing the root causes of poverty, raising wages, and building a fair economy that works for all.”
 
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Senator Vinehout and Rep. Wachs Town Hall on Budget

Date: 

Saturday, May 20, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

For Immediate Release

May 9, 2017

Citizens Invited to State Budget Town Hall Meeting

Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Representative Dana Wachs will host a Town Hall Meeting regarding the proposed 2017-19 State Budget in Eau Claire on May 20, 2017.

This state budget will have significant impact on our schools, our roads and our natural resources,” Vinehout said. “The state budget is all about priorities and people need to let their voices be heard on where the state should invest its precious resources.”

We look forward to hearing from our constituents. The important budget decisions that are made in Madison will have an impact on our communities for years to come. The input from citizens help us make decisions as legislators,” said Wachs.

The public, local legislators and other elected officials are invited to participate.

DATE TIME LOCATION

May 20 2:30pm-4:30pm L.E. Phillips Memorial Library ~ Eau Claire Room

(Saturday) 400 Eau Claire Street, EAU CLAIRE

“REINS Act” – New Power for Leaders to Stop Public Protections

Kathleen Vinehout

By

Senator Kathleen Vinehout

 

“This is the broadest, most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.” I told my colleagues during a recent Senate debate. “It’s an obscure way to shut down government from doing something that the Legislature intended to do.”

 

Senate Bill 15, known by the initials REINS, would allow leaders of the Legislature to shut down the implementation of new laws if the leader found the new law too costly to implement. A version of the bill is moving toward passage at both the state and federal levels of government. I expect the state Assembly will soon take up the bill.

 

A little background; after a bill becomes law, agencies work on writing the details of how to implement the law. These details, known as Administrative Rules, are vetted by the Legislature through a committee and vetted by the public through hearings.

 

“Administrative Rules are the fine details of laws written by policy experts at state agencies.” said long-time Capitol reporter Shawn Johnson in an NPR story on the Senate passage of the REINS Act.

Walker wants to put us into the "let's move to a different state" world

Scott Walker

No shocking surprise here, but governor Walker says he is willing to consider getting an exemption for Wisconsin to opt out of crucial portions of the ACA if in fact those waivers make it through the Senate.  So - you want good health insurance?  Move to a state that supports it.

Remember - this exemption not only applies to the people who are on Obamacare currently but also applies to the folks who have insurance through their employer. This means that a cheapskate employer could fix it for their employees so they would have crappy low-cost insurance as well. 

As always, if there is a race to the bottom, Scott Walker wants to get a jersey and participate.

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