New Research Exposes Folly of Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage Repeal Proposal

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Monday, June 1, 2015
Contact: Todd Stenhouse, (916) 397-1131, [email protected]

 New Research Exposes Folly of Wisconsin's Prevailing Wage Repeal Proposal

Repeal will cost Wisconsin thousands of jobs, hundreds of millions of dollars

Madison – Just completed research by Colorado State University Economist Kevin Duncan and Smart Cities Prevail Researcher Alex Lantsberg reveals that Wisconsin’s proposed prevailing wage repeal (AB 32) will cost the state nearly 9,000 jobs, $1.2 billion in economic output, $77 million in tax revenue, and will export an estimated $500 million in construction investments out of state.

The report, entitled “How Weakening Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Policy Would Affect Public Construction Costs and Economic Activity,” is the latest in a series of studies completed by Duncan and Lantsberg that model the effect of prevailing wage policy changes on the economies and construction industries of states where such changes are under consideration.

Rep. Lisa Subeck questions fast-track abortion bill hearing

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DATE: June 2, 2015

CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)

 

Representative Lisa Subeck Questions Fast-Tracked Hearing on Proposed Abortion Ban

Republicans play politics with women’s health, taking options away from pregnant women in medical crisis

MADISON –Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement in response to a joint Senate and Assembly hearing scheduled on AB 237/SB179 less than 2 weeks after introduction of the bill.

 

“Republicans are playing politics with women’s health, inserting themselves into decisions that should be made privately between a woman and her doctor. We must protect a woman’s freedom to make her own health care decisions without interference from politicians.

I'm Counting on You

Kathleen Vinehout
June 3, 2015
“I’m Counting on You”
Removal of Teaching Standards Fires Up Folks
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“I’m counting on you,” Tracy from Mondovi wrote me.
 
The architects of the Joint Finance Committee’s education budget package wrongly assumes that anyone can teach by allowing those with minimal qualifications and little more than a high school diploma to educate our children.  Their action will degrade the quality of teaching in Wisconsin and represents a race to the bottom.”
 
Tracy was one of many constituents who recently contacted me about a big change in the state’s teaching standards.
 
In late night budget action, after freezing the school revenue limit and allowing no increase in aid, the Republican majority voted to strip away teaching standards.

Rep. Chris Taylor on UW Budget Cuts

REPUBLICANS CONTINUE ASSAULT ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

OK $250 mil cut to UW System while gutting tenure, shared governance

 

Madison—Late Friday, The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee continued to ignore the people in the state of Wisconsin by cutting and gutting Wisconsin’s nationally renowned public education system.  Republicans on the JFC unanimously approved a $250 million cut to our UW-System, elimination of tenure protections and gutting of shared governance which requires that faculty, academic staff and students have a voice in governance and policy issues.

Want to Win? Vote Wineke

I was Russ Feingold's communications director for his tough 1998 re-election campaign.  While all supporters offer well-intentioned advice, few offer quality advice.  It's kind of like when your car is making a funny sound-- ask 10 people what the problem is and you'll get 15 different answers. 

Joe Wineke was the guy that could quickly diagnose the funny sound the car was making, and more importantly, knew the smartest way to fix it.  

Later, I often got a first-hand look at how Joe kept the car running as DPW Chair from 2005 to 2009.  Obviously those were good years for Democrats, but a skilled party chief knows how to help maximize gains in good years and minimize losses in bad years.  And Joe did just that:  Making unprecedented gains in the Wisconsin Senate, Assembly and Governor's office.

Ron "Deficit Hawk" Johnson: "I'm Not Totally Opposed to Some Deficit Spending"

Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin launched a website attacking Russ Feingold for teaching a course at Stanford; supporting President Obama; and the budget deficit. 

I hate to give the RPW pointers, but these attacks are all barking up the wrong trees.  

Walker's "divide-and-conquer" strategy doomed to fail in a presidential race

Preachers, especially those of a fundamentalist stripe, like to use the technique of “us and them” to convey a point. It fits so well with the black-and-white, good-and-evil world they inhabit while making their constituents feel superior or special.

Mike Huckabee, in his latest book, calls them residents of “bubbleville” or “bubbaville” to separate the wine drinkers from the beer drinkers or everyday folk from the eastern elites, as if such a division actually exists.

I agree Governor! Let’s Make Public Schools “Whole”

Kathleen Vinehout
May 27, 2015
 
I agree Governor! Let’s Make Public Schools “Whole”
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“Our number one priority gotta to be make (sic) sure that we make K-12 schools, public education in the state, a priority to make sure they’re held whole,” said Governor Walker on April 23rd, as quoted by Wisconsin Radio Network.
 
I agree, Governor! Let’s make public schools “whole.”
 
In a recent late night session, the state’s budget writing committee took up public school funding. Many advocates expected a turnaround in the governor’s proposed funding for local schools. Instead folks got a big surprise: lots of changes asked for by private school lobbyists. Not so for public schools.
 

Gordon Hintz: Walker’s Flagship Agency Sinking Under His Command

MADISON–Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) issued a statement today following the Joint Finance Committee’s executive session on the 2015-17 State Budget, which took up issues on Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  After calls for a federal investigation in corruption and criminal violations of Governor Walker’s flagship state agency WEDC, Republican JFC members voted to remove Walker from his position as Chairman of the WEDC Board

 

Rep. Gordon Hintz’s (D-Oshkosh) statement:

 

Things that go bump in the night

Monster

Last night was another of those "monster rears its head in the middle of the night" events in Wisconsin. The JFC has opened yet another chapter in their "Little Golden Book of Bad Ideas" and have created a new school funding monster.

Where to start? It's another one of those "we'll take away a gazillion dollars from the schools, then give some back so we'll look good" moments. Only the amount they give back is nearly impossible to determine.  New school funding formulas confuse the issue. People with a bachelor's degree in - well, anything - get to be teachers. Expanded vouchers confuse the issue. And a new absolutely crazy idea to take over "failing" schools by a school czar in the Milwaukee County Government perhaps takes the cake as the worst idea to come out of the legislature yet.  Wisconsin education is recently subject to a lot of give and take, but take seems to be winning by a landslide.

The new school takeover plan not only allows Milwaukee County to usurp power over schools, but it also potentially expands the scheme to "failing" schools in Racine and Madison. It seems the legislature is hell-bent to privatize schools at any cost, and to not even consider programs to improve what we already have. And the impact on the schools and taxpayers in the state?  They don't really care. 

If only the monster they were creating was as friendly as the one here. He actually cared about kids.  Please note that there are two meetings in Milwaukee tonight to fight this - they're in the site calendar.  If you want to know more, i've provided a link to a great blow-by-blow of this at Monologues of Dissent, as well as a link to the bill.  Read 'em and weep. 

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