Assembly kicks off budget debate, GOP rejects Dem prevailing wage amendments

The Assembly kicked off its debate on the biennial budget this afternoon, with Republicans shooting down Dem amendments on their proposed repeal of the prevailing wage. Democrats said the repeal, which would apply to state construction projects, would lower wages for Wisconsin workers and encourage out-of-state contractors to flood into the state. One of the amendments that Dems proposed aimed to encourage companies bidding on state projects to hire Wisconsin workers. “Repealing prevailing wage targets working Wisconsinites who desperately need family-supporting jobs and a better life,” said Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha. But Republicans, including JFC Co-chair John Nygren, R-Marinette, called

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Rep. Subeck: Republican budget rigged against Wisconsin families

CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell) MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D- Madison) made the following statement as the State Assembly begins debate on Assembly Bill 64, the 2017-2019 budget bill. “The state budget is a reflection of our values and priorities, and the budget we will consider today, like the three budgets passed under Governor Walker before it, highlights the flawed priorities and wrongheaded values of Republicans in the State Capitol. Again, Governor Walker and legislative Republicans are poised to pass a budget that puts wealthy donors, special interests, and big corporations ahead of the people of Wisconsin. Working

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WRTP/Big Step: Streetcar construction recruitment and information session

Attend this session to hear about the Streetcar project, upcoming construction projects, training opportunities, and career pathways into the building trades from our industry partners. Interviews of qualified candidates will occur for training opportunities after information session. City of Milwaukee/RPP-certified candidates preferred. Pre-registration is required, walk-ins are not accepted Call (414) 342-9787 to register or Call 711 to register (if hearing impaired) Location:                         WRTP/BIG STEP  3841 W. Wisconsin Avenue  Milwaukee, WI 53208 Time:                                1:00

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First Lady Tonette Walker: Hosts first spouses in Milwaukee to discuss trauma-informed care

Contact: Katie Schick, 608-246-5501 Milwaukee – First Lady Tonette Walker kicked off the First Spouses Convening today in Milwaukee and welcomed First Spouses from across the nation to the two-day conference, which focuses on Trauma-Informed Care. “Traumatic experiences and toxic stress affect millions of children, families, and adults in the United States,” First Lady Tonette Walker said. “I’m thrilled to welcome First Spouses to Wisconsin and hope they can each bring Trauma-Informed Care principles back to their states and incorporate what they’ve learned at the First Spouses Convening into their existing initiatives and services. I look forward to working with

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Rep. Considine: Statement on 2017-19 Budget

CONTACT: Rep. Considine (608) 266-7746 Madison – Today, the State Assembly is debating the 2017-2019 state budget. Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) responded with his thoughts on the bill that will be before the Assembly today: “This budget is rigged to give private voucher schools and our wealthier citizens a leg up while leaving the rest of our communities behind,” said Rep. Considine. “I’m especially concerned that we will be letting private schools take advantage of the work of public school special educators, making them write IEPs for special needs students that might not even be followed. This pits our public

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Kind campaign: Kind to honor Wisconsin veterans at 16th annual old-fashioned Wisconsin corn roast

Contact: press@ronkind.org Will bring the community together for food, fun, and to thank Wisconsin Veterans for their service La Crosse, WI – Today, Ron Kind announced that during his 16th Annual Corn Roast on Friday he will recognize Wisconsin veterans Petty Officer Martin Severson, of Sparta, and Staff Sergeant Louis Ferris, of La Crosse, for their service to our country and contributions to the local community. People from across Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District are invited to join Ron in thanking these veterans and enjoying free beer, brats, and corn. “Every year I look forward to my annual Old-Fashioned Wisconsin Corn Roast. It is a chance for people from all

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Dairy Business Association: Dairy group endorses manure standards approach but sees need for changes

Contact: Maria Woldt, director of industry relations Dairy Business Association 608-577-4345 mwoldt@widba.com GREEN BAY, Wis. (Sept. 13, 2017) – A group representing Wisconsin dairy farmers says it agrees with the need for added manure regulations in eastern parts of the state, but only for areas with shallow soils, and says farmers need access to updated soil-depth maps. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has proposed the rules to address decades-old groundwater quality issues in an area that generally has shallow soils over heavily fractured bedrock. Scientists, for example, have identified contamination from livestock and human waste in private wells in

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Sept. 14: WisPolitics panel discussion on Foxconn and the state budget

Join WisPolitics at UW-Milwaukee for lunch and a panel discussion on the state of politics and policy in DC and Wisconsin and how it will affect 2018 elections. Participants include: – James Wigderson, editor, RightWisconsin https://rightwisconsin.com/about/ – Paul Maslin, Democratic pollster with FM3 Research http://www.fm3research.com/ourteam/Paul_Maslin – Mark Graul, Arena Strategy Group and Republican strategist http://arenastrategy.com/about/ – Joe Zepecki, Zepecki Communications, top adviser to former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke http://www.jzcomms.com/joe/ Date: Thursday, September 14 Time: Check in begins at 11:30 a.m. Program goes from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Room 250, Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.

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City of Milwaukee Common Council: City officers to provide key updates on moves to foster business growth

Contact: Ald. Terry Witkowski (414) 286-2883 City departments will provide status updates on the implementation of measures meant to help grow local business in the city during the meeting of the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee tomorrow (Wednesday, September 13) at 1:30 p.m. in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. The measures were triggered in the legislation approved in 2014 by the Council when it adopted the Local Business Action Team (LBAT)initiative, championed by Alderman Terry L. Witkowski to help reduce regulatory red tape and obstacles for businesses in the city. “City officers will be sharing important status reports on how the City of

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Rep. Subeck: Republican budget rigged against Wisconsin families

CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell) MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D- Madison) made the following statement as the State Assembly begins debate on Assembly Bill 64, the 2017-2019 budget bill. “The state budget is a reflection of our values and priorities, and the budget we will consider today, like

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WRTP/Big Step: Streetcar construction recruitment and information session

Attend this session to hear about the Streetcar project, upcoming construction projects, training opportunities, and career pathways into the building trades from our industry partners. Interviews of qualified candidates will occur for training opportunities after information session. City of Milwaukee/RPP-certified candidates preferred. Pre-registration is required, walk-ins are not accepted Call

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Rep. Considine: Statement on 2017-19 Budget

CONTACT: Rep. Considine (608) 266-7746 Madison – Today, the State Assembly is debating the 2017-2019 state budget. Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) responded with his thoughts on the bill that will be before the Assembly today: “This budget is rigged to give private voucher schools and our wealthier citizens a leg

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Kind campaign: Kind to honor Wisconsin veterans at 16th annual old-fashioned Wisconsin corn roast

Contact: press@ronkind.org Will bring the community together for food, fun, and to thank Wisconsin Veterans for their service La Crosse, WI – Today, Ron Kind announced that during his 16th Annual Corn Roast on Friday he will recognize Wisconsin veterans Petty Officer Martin Severson, of Sparta, and Staff Sergeant Louis Ferris, of La Crosse, for their service

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Sept. 14: WisPolitics panel discussion on Foxconn and the state budget

Join WisPolitics at UW-Milwaukee for lunch and a panel discussion on the state of politics and policy in DC and Wisconsin and how it will affect 2018 elections. Participants include: – James Wigderson, editor, RightWisconsin https://rightwisconsin.com/about/ – Paul Maslin, Democratic pollster with FM3 Research http://www.fm3research.com/ourteam/Paul_Maslin – Mark Graul, Arena Strategy Group

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City of Milwaukee Common Council: City officers to provide key updates on moves to foster business growth

Contact: Ald. Terry Witkowski (414) 286-2883 City departments will provide status updates on the implementation of measures meant to help grow local business in the city during the meeting of the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee tomorrow (Wednesday, September 13) at 1:30 p.m. in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

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