Daily Archives: October 17, 2018

AFSCME County 32: Blasts DCF for failure to respond to legislators’ questions


Head of the Department of Children and Families, Eloise Anderson, missed a deadline Monday when her department failed to respond to requests from Milwaukee area legislators over the dysfunction in the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS).

On October 2nd, 11 legislators from the Milwaukee area signed a letter to Secretary Anderson seeking answers for constituents over the Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services (DMCPS) performance failures. Legislators set a deadline of Oct 15th for the department to respond, and as of this release, there has been no response to the elected officials.


“It is inexcusable that Secretary Anderson is ignoring legitimate questions from elected officials who are trying to secure answers for their constituents,” said Rick Badger, Executive Director of AFSCME Wisconsin. “By failing to respond, DCF is confirming our worst fears about their leadership and is keeping in the dark the very communities they claim to serve. We deserve better from our government.”

The letter (linked above) seeks more information on the failure of DMCPS to meet initial case assessment and resolution deadlines. The latest statistics show over 50% of initial assessments are not completed during the required time frame.

Baldwin campaign: Vukmir admitted yesterday she would be the deciding vote to gut pre-existing condition protections


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Baldwin campaign: Vukmir admitted yesterday she would be the deciding vote to gut pre-existing condition protections

MADISON — A day after the launch of TheDeciding.Vote, Leah Vukmir admitted in a talk radio interview yesterday that she would cast the deciding vote to repeal health care and gut protections for pre-existing conditions.


On WTMJ Milwaukee’s Steve Scaffidi Show, Leah Vukmir said: “I’m gonna fight like heck to beat Tammy Baldwin, so I can be that extra voice in the Senate. So, when a proposal does get passed over from the House it doesn’t fall short in the Senate like it did.

The bill Leah Vukmir is committing to passing is the AHCA — a partisan health care repeal plan pushed through the House of Representatives last year. This repeal bill would:

  • Gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
  • Take coverage away from 23 million Americans.
  • Place an age tax on older Wisconsinites by allowing insurance companies charge them thousands more for coverage, according to the AARP.
  • Endear Leah Vukmir to ALEC’s corporate backers, who endorsed the bill.

Leah Vukmir’s comments yesterday show that she has no regrets for her plans to be the deciding vote to gut pre-existing condition protections, said campaign spokesperson Bill Neidhardt.Wisconsinites were one vote away from Washington pushing a devastating health care repeal, and no desperate attack from Leah Vukmir will hide her true intentions from Wisconsin voters.”

These new comments from Leah Vukmir confirm what Vice President Pence said when he visited Wisconsin last month, as highlighted on the new Tammy Baldwin for Senate microsite, TheDeciding.Vote.

Recent polling shows that health care and pre-existing condition protections are a top priority for Wisconsin voters. Last week, a Marquette poll showed that 93% of Wisconsin voters believe it’s “important” to require coverage for pre-existing conditions. And a recent NBC/Marist poll and a previous Suffolk-Journal Sentinel poll both found health care is the top issue for voters in this race.

Brown County Lead Coalition: Creating awareness for childhood lead poisoning within Brown County


PHONE: Brown County Lead Coalition (920) 448-6441 FACEBOOK: @BrownCountyPBCoalition

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 21st-27th, 2018

To coincide with National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Brown County Lead Coalition is participating in community events to raise awareness for childhood lead poisoning.
Brown County Lead Coalition will be at the Saturday, October 20th Farmer’s Market in downtown Green Bay. Please stop by and see our booth with children’s games and educational resources. Haunted lead displays will be located in our community to highlight the number of children who are affected by lead poisoning.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over half a million children aged 1-5 in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health. Lead poisoning can cause long lasting and serious health issues including:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Learning and behavior problems
  • Hearing and speech problems

Has your child been tested for lead poisoning? Elevated blood lead levels in children are based on a test result taken by the child’s health care provider. During your child’s next office visit, talk to the provider about lead blood testing. Testing should be done at the following ages:

  • 1 year old
  • 2 years old
  • Once between the ages of 3 and 5 if they have not been previously tested

Thousands of children test positive for lead poisoning in Wisconsin each year. In 2016, 84 children in Brown County were lead poisoned. Older homes that were built before 1978 often have chipping and peeling paint that may contain lead; this paint is the number one source for lead poisoning in children.

About 54% of all homes in Brown County are built before 1978 and may contain lead paint. When children play near areas with damaged paint, invisible lead dust can go into the air causing children to breathe it in or have it stick to their hands and toys. Oftentimes those hands and toys end up in the child’s mouth, causing them to swallow the harmful lead. Children can also be exposed to lead from other sources including:

  • Soil near pre 1978 buildings
  • Older lead plumping
  • Costume jewelry
  • Antique or imported toys
  • Imported candy
  • Old or imported pottery
  • Lead based hobby or job (for example: hunting/mechanic)
  • Second hand smoke.

For more information, please follow Brown County Lead Coalition on Facebook.

Brown County Lead Coalition Members: Brown County Public Health, De Pere Health Department, Oneida Community Health Center, MHS Health Wisconsin, Brown County Planning Commission, Green Bay Head Start, Green Bay Water Utility, Brown County WIC Program, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UWGB Environmental Management and Business Institute, NeighborWorks Green Bay

Bryce campaign: Randy Bryce’s ex-wife asks Congressional Leadership Fund to stop attacking their family


Contact: Julia Savel, 973-525-5579, [email protected]randybryceforcongress.com

RACINE, WI – Today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released an article about the Congressional Leadership Fund attack ads, the way the ads are hurting Randy Bryce’s son, and how Randy’s ex-wife has asked to keep their family out of attack ads.

Randy Bryce and his ex-wife slam attack ad calling him a ‘deadbeat,’ targeting his family

By Mary Spicuzza and Dan Bice

Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce and his ex-wife are pushing back against attack ads calling him a “deadbeat,” saying they are hurting their family — especially their 12-year-old son.

“Now D.C. politicians are putting our family’s personal business all over the news and television, right where our son can see it,” Faye Boudreaux, Bryce’s ex-wife, wrote in a letter that was provided to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by his campaign. “In the 12 years that Randy and I have been blessed with our son, we have always worked together to put him first.”

In the ad, which launched last week, a woman named Nancy Douglass talks about her experience raising children as a single mom, as well as her daughter’s struggle to collect child support from the father of her child. She adds that Bryce also failed to pay child support, concluding, “Randy Bryce is a deadbeat. He’s not fit to serve in Congress.”

Douglass resigned as chair-elect of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association trade group the same day the Journal Sentinel reported on criticism she faced for appearing in the ad.

Bryce, who’s also known as “Iron Stache,” is in a hotly contested race against GOP candidate Bryan Steil for the southeastern Wisconsin seat being vacated by House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The attack is being aired by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC endorsed by Ryan that has reserved at least $1.5 million in airtime to help Steil, a former staffer for the speaker.

The GOP group has run a series of increasingly personal attacks on Bryce, a union ironworker who became something of a liberal folk hero with his opening campaign ad.

Bryce has come under criticism in one TV spot for his nine arrests, including one from some 20 years ago for operating while intoxicated and three for driving with a suspended license. Another commercial produced by the super PAC features Bryce’s brother James endorsing Steil and accusing Bryce of “cop-hating rhetoric” without mentioning him by name.

But it was the “deadbeat” ad that drew a sharp response from Bryce and his ex-wife.

The Journal Sentinel reported last year that the state placed a lien on Bryce’s property in September 2015 because he had fallen behind on his child support payments. Bryce paid off the $1,257 debt two months after launching his congressional bid.

Boudreaux had resisted an overture last year to speak out in support of Bryce despite his delinquent child support payments, saying she didn’t want to get involved in the campaign.

In May, she released a brief statement saying Bryce was a “loving father” and “has not hidden from the public that he fell on hard times in the past,” but asked people to drop the issue.

Then, after last week’s ‘deadbeat’ ad, she told Bryce she wanted to respond to it.

“I have asked that this matter be put to rest,” Boudreaux wrote in her letter. “Yet I turn on the TV, check my phone or social media, or open my mailbox, and I see I was ignored.”

Her statement doesn’t address Bryce’s role as a spouse, focusing instead on him as a father.

“No couple goes into marriage thinking of divorce, and, while at times Randy and I might disagree, I am still very grateful for the supportive and respectful co-parenting relationship we have,” Boudreaux wrote.

Bryce said he expected to face GOP criticism, but didn’t expect such vicious, personal attacks. He added that his son, Ben, saw the ad before he had a chance to explain it to him.

“It’s really sad to see the CLF, you know, the Republicans, stoop to the level that they’re doing. I mean, my son watches TV,” Bryce said. “He asked, ‘Dad, what’s a deadbeat?’ So I have to explain to him what’s going on. And that’s a conversation that’s hard to have.”

“It’s almost like he’s being neglected in some way. And that’s never been the case. And to imply that is just, it’s really horrible,” he added. “We’ve always put our son first.”

Bryce said some of his son’s classmates have been asking about the attack ads.

“That puts him in a spot that he feels he has to defend his dad,” Bryce said.

About Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He was raised in Southeast Wisconsin, and went to public school. Randy’s father was a police officer, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office. After graduation, Randy enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. After returning stateside, Randy was diagnosed with cancer, which he survived, but only after struggling through the bankruptcy that came with the medical bills. Once in remission, Randy found his way to an apprenticeship as an iron worker, a trade he’s now been practicing and fighting to protect from anti-labor laws for nearly 20 years. Randy currently resides in Caledonia, WI with his son, Ben, who attends public schools like his dad. Randy joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in Summer 2017.

DBA: Endorses Schimel for re-election


Contact: Jamie Mara, director of public relations
Dairy Business Association
(920) 209-3990 | [email protected]

DBA: Endorses Schimel for re-election
Dairy group cites attorney general’s work against regulatory overreach

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Dairy Business Association today announced its support for state Atty. Gen. Brad Schimel in his re-election bid to be Wisconsin’s top legal official for a second term.

Since becoming attorney general in 2015, Schimel has focused on ensuring predictability and stability in the state’s regulatory environment, which is essential for a healthy dairy community, Mike North, DBA’s president, said.

Schimel was elected to the statewide position in 2014 after serving as the Waukesha County district attorney for eight years. He began his career in public service in 1990 as an assistant district attorney with the county. Schimel earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“Attorney General Schimel’s record demonstrates his understanding of the importance of a predictable, transparent regulatory system to our dairy community,” North said. “Farmers and business owners must operate by the laws on the books; our regulators need to do the same, and he gets that.”

“We are confident that Mr. Schimel will continue to fight against overreach by state and federal agencies so farms and other businesses in Wisconsin have the ability to be successful,” North said.

The attorney general serves as the head of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and the position is up for election every four years. This fall’s election is Nov. 6.

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Dept. of Financial Institutions, DATCP: Watch for Wisconsin scams in Hurricane Michael’s wake


Bob Nenno, Communications Director

DATCP, Bill Cosh, Communications Director

MADISON – As the staggering damage assessments caused by Hurricane Michael in the southeastern U.S., continue to roll out, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) today again cautioned investors to watch out for opportunistic investment or charitable scams in Wisconsin.

“This is a another major disaster for our country and people from Wisconsin are already responding including our National Guard and regional Red Cross volunteers,” said DFI Secretary Jay Risch. “Unfortunately, this also means there are opportunistic investments and donations which are total scams, and everyone should be very careful to be sure they’re giving to legitimate, worthwhile causes.”

“Natural disasters bring out the best in people, but they also can draw scammers out of the woodwork,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at DATCP. “To ensure that you are making a donation to a legitimate organization, use www.charitynavigator.org or www.give.org before you make a payment.”

DFI and DATCP continue to recommend watching for red flags of hurricane-related scams, including unsolicited email, social media messages, crowdfunding pitches or telephone calls promoting investment pools or bonds to help storm victims, water-removal or purification technologies, electricity-generating devices and distressed real estate remediation programs. The agencies also caution about fraudulent charitable solicitations that prey on the goodness of people seeking to help those in need.

DFI reminds everyone about three quick tips to help investors avoid disaster-related scams:

  • Delete unsolicited emails or social media messages and hang up on aggressive cold callers promoting hurricane-related investments, especially those from small companies touting unproven or new technologies or products.
  • Use common sense. Claims of guaranteed returns or low/no investment risk are classic red flags. Every investment involves some degree of risk.
  • Do your homework, Contact DFI at (608) 266-2139 to check that both the seller and investment are licensed and registered. If not, they may be operating illegally.

Dept. of Natural Resources: Celebrate Wisconsin’s working forests during Forest Products Week


CONTACT: Collin Buntrock, 608-286-9083, [email protected]

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed the third week in October (October 21-27, 2018) as Forest Products Week. The week recognizes the people who work in and care for our forests, the businesses that create forest products and the many ways forest products contribute to our lives.

“From paper products such as food packaging, fine writing paper and tissue paper, to lumber used for homes and furniture, the products made by the 1,200-plus forest products companies in Wisconsin help make our life better,” said Collin Buntrock, Forest Products Team Leader with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to recognizing the myriad forest products ingrained in our daily lives, Forest Products Week celebrates the positive impact of Wisconsin’s forest products sector on the state’s economy.

“Forest products contribute $24.1 billion annually to the state’s economy,” Buntrock said. “Additionally, our forests directly provide more than 60,000 jobs for Wisconsin residents with a payroll of $3.6 billion. In fact, forestry is the number one employer in 10 counties, and every forestry job supports 1.7 additional jobs in the state.”

Buntrock noted that Wisconsin also celebrates Manufacturing Month during October and the forest products sector continues to be a vital component of Wisconsin’s manufacturing with 14 percent of all manufacturing jobs in the state.

Forest Products Week also salutes the people who care for the 17.1 million acres of forests in Wisconsin.

“Sustainable forestry is key to maintaining Wisconsin’s forest-based economy,” Buntrock said. “While 31 percent of Wisconsin’s forests is owned by county, state and federal governments, the 57 percent of the forestland owned by about 391,000 individuals and families supplies a majority of the wood used by Wisconsin’s forest products industry to make the products we use every day.”

Buntrock’s team of forest products specialists helps Wisconsin’s forest industry build and maintain strong markets while ensuring that forests remain a vital part of the state’s economy and culture for future generations.

To learn more, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keywords “forest products.”

Evers campaign: New Evers ad highlights Tony’s plan to cut taxes for middle class families


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(608) 501-2762

Tony’s plan would cut taxes by 10% for everyone making up to $100,000 a year and families making up to $150,000 a year

Madison, WI — Today, Tony Evers’ campaign released a new ad focusing on his plan to cut taxes for middle class families in Wisconsin by 10%. Tony’s plan would provide a tax cut to everyone making up to $100,000 a year and to families making up to $150,000 a year, cutting taxes for more than 80% of Wisconsin filers.

“While Scott Walker has rewarded his donors and special interests, Tony Evers is committed to helping Wisconsin’s working families,” said Evers campaign manager Maggie Gau. “Under Tony’s plan, more than 80% of tax filers will receive a tax cut, providing real relief to millions of Wisconsin working and middle class families. It’s time for a change in Wisconsin, starting with a tax code that puts the middle class first.”

Walker’s corporate giveaway provides nearly 80% of its benefits to those making more than $1 million a year. Just last year, 11 filers in Wisconsin making more than $30 million a year were projected to be eligible for $22 million in tax breaks, while the average tax cut for filers making under $300,000 a year was just $5. Evers plan phases out the this tax cut after the first $300,000 of income.

Evers’ ad can be viewed here, and a full transcript is below.

“Break” Transcript:

A strong middle class means a strong Wisconsin.

That’s what Tony Evers believes.

As governor, Tony Evers will cut state income taxes by 10% for anyone making $100,000 a year or less.

That’s real relief for 80% of taxpayers.

For eight years, Scott Walker rewarded his donors and the special interests.

Isn’t it time the middle class gets a break?

Tony Evers.

It’s time for a change.

Glenn Grothman releases new ad claiming Dan Kohl would double income taxes


— GOP Incumbent Congressman Glenn Grothman released a new TV ad today that hits Democratic opponent Dan Kohl as a D.C. insider who would double income taxes.

The 30-second spot begins with a photo of Kohl’s face on the right side of the screen accompanied by large block text on the left that reads, “Lobbyist DC Dan Kohl extreme liberal insider.”

A female narrator introduces the spot by reading the block text and adding Kohl will “put government in charge of your health care and double your income taxes to pay for it.”

The narrator continues, arguing “we can’t afford to send DC Dan Kohl back to Washington because Glenn Grothman is working for us,” as the ad then abruptly shifts to show footage of Grothman greeting people in a park and alongside a street.

The narrator then touts Grothman’s accomplishments, including his support for funding for trade schools and apprenticeships, fighting the opioid epidemic and lowering the cost of health care.

“Glenn Grothman, getting things done for Wisconsin,” the narrator says to close the spot as footage of Grothman on a factory tour is shown.

See the ad:


Grothman campaign: Launches new ad: “Tax Doubling Dan”


Contact: Timothy Svoboda
(920) 375-1217
[email protected]

Grothman campaign: Launches new ad: “Tax Doubling Dan”

(Fond du Lac, WI) – Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) launched a new television ad Wednesday, exposing Dan Kohl’s record as a D.C. insider who supports doubling income taxes on hard-working Wisconsinites to pay for a government-run health care program.

“Dan Kohl spent years in Washington, D.C. as a liberal lobbyist. He would rather put the government in charge of medical decisions that should be made between a patient and their doctor,” said Grothman campaign spokesman Tim Svoboda. “Congressman Glenn Grothman has the real record of accomplishments for the citizens of the 6th district: he’s successfully expanded access to career and technical schools, passed legislation fighting the opioid epidemic and fought to lower health care costs while protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The truth is, we can’t afford to send Dan Kohl back to Washington.”

Watch the ad here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjgFLRGOn6s

“D.C. Dan Kohl, lobbyist and extreme liberal insider, will put government in charge of your healthcare and double your income taxes to pay for it. We can’t afford to send D.C. Dan Kohl back to Washington, because Glenn Grothman is working for us. A record of accomplishments – Better funding for trade schools and apprenticeships, fighting the opioid epidemic and to lower healthcare costs. Glenn Grothman, getting things done for Wisconsin.

Milwaukee Pride: Unites with Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project to preserve local heritage

Milwaukee Pride: Unites with Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project to preserve local heritage
Project will expand programming, outreach and events in 2019
Milwaukee, WI. –  Milwaukee Pride, Inc., the 501(c)3 nonprofit parent organization of PrideFest Milwaukee and BeOUT Milwaukee, announces it will take stewardship of the celebrated  Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project, in honor of National LGBT History Month and the approaching WorldPride NYC / Stonewall 50 celebration.
The Project, which originated as a PrideFest tent exhibit in 1995, is now the state’s largest digital collection of local LGBTQ history. Founded by webmaster Don Schwamb in 2001, the History Project website chronicles nearly a century of people, places, events, organizations and celebrations that shaped and defined Wisconsin’s LGBTQ heritage.
As a fiscal agent, Milwaukee Pride will provide financial, marketing and staffing support, while integrating the History Project as a cultural education program, interactive resource, and ongoing source of pride for the community.
“I founded the Project out of my long-term sense of community,” said said Schwamb, a long-time gay activist and historian.  “I wanted to preserve memories of where we came from, and how we got to here: the less discriminatory, more accepting world of today.”
“For the first decade, the web site was a one-man operation, and I initially relied heavily on gay media of the 1970s and 1980s.  Thanks to contributing author and historian Michail Takach, and a Facebook group managed by photographer Jamie Taylor, we have greatly expanded our content through extensive historical research, crowd-sourcing events and interviews. Already comprised of over 1,500 web pages and 20,000 images, the History Project continues to grow and evolve every day through community contributions.”
“The sponsorship of Milwaukee Pride is a major milestone for the History Project,” said Schwamb. “It ensures the long-term operation and relevance of the web site, in helping to document the larger story of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”
Milwaukee Pride will commit two resources to supporting the Project’s ongoing growth and development.  Vincent Tripi, Director of Education & Outreach, will become organizational liaison and partner to Don Schwamb, leading event, exhibit and program design. Michail Takach, Vice President of Communications, will assume a curator role while networking with other LGBTQ historical resources and designing a new digital experience.
“Pride begins with finding your tribe and embracing your heritage,” said Takach. “For generations, LGBTQ people were denied this experience as they faced shame, discrimination and exclusion simply for being who they were. Many people worked very, very hard to ensure that LGBTQ history remained hidden and that individuals felt isolated and disconnected from their community. For many LGBTQ people, history begins the moment they came out, with limited knowledge of the world we once lived in, or the achievements of those who came before them.”
“In alignment with the mission of Milwaukee Pride, the History Project serves a critical cultural purpose: to record, preserve and honor the experiences of our LGBTQ pioneers, before their stories are lost forever to time. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, this risk of cultural loss is becoming more and more real in America.”
Join us for our first History Project event!
On Monday, October 22, Milwaukee Pride and the History Project celebrate National LGBT History Month with a Stonewall Stage Talk at the Milwaukee Central Library (814 W. Wisconsin Ave.,) featuring civic leader, author and historian Dick Wagner. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Dick will share stories from his upcoming book, We’ve Been Here All Along: Wisconsin’s Early Gay History, including widespread efforts to suppress Wisconsin’s homosexual sub-communities through concentrated police and court discrimination, as well as the groundswell that fueled the community organization and civic action of the Stonewall Era.
A Q&A reception will follow the presentation. Guests are also invited to view the Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project exhibit, presented in partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library throughout October.
Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Milwaukee researchers develop compound to treat memory loss in women


Milwaukee-area researchers have developed a compound which could lead to new treatments for memory loss in women.


Karyn Frick of UW-Milwaukee, Daniel Sem of Concordia University Wisconsin and William Donaldson of Marquette University created an altered estrogen molecule, which improved memory in test animals with post-menopausal dementia.


“There are multiple forms of estrogen in hormone replacement,” said Frick, a UWM professor of psychology. “Some are beneficial for brain health and some aren’t. Our molecule is a smaller version of the most potent form of estrogen, called estradiol, which is particularly diminished in menopause.”


The three researchers have formed a startup company called Estrigenix Therapeutics, to develop hormone drugs related to estrogen. It’s one of 13 UW-Milwaukee faculty startups.


Women are three times more likely to experience memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease as they age, according to a release from UW-Milwaukee. That’s related to the drop in estrogen that comes during menopause.

See more at WisBusiness.com.

New Evers TV ad touts middle-class income tax cut proposal


Dem Tony Evers, who has been hit with series of TV ads from Gov. Scott Walker and his allies accusing him of wanting to raises taxes, released a new spot today touting his middle-class tax cut.

Evers’ campaign said the ad will run statewide on broadcast and cable

The spot opens with the narrator saying Evers believes a “strong middle class means a strong Wisconsin.”

As guv, the narrator says, Evers would cut state income taxes by 10 percent for anyone making $100,000 or less. The narrator adds that’s “real relief for 80 percent of taxpayers.”

The spot then shows Walker climbing out of a plane and a black SUV as the narrator says the guv has “rewarded his donors and the special interests” for the past eight years.

“Isn’t it time the middle class gets a break?” the narrator says to close the spot. “Tony Evers. It’s time for a change.”

Over the weekend, Evers announced the income tax proposal for individuals making $100,000 or less and families making up to $150,000. He would fund it largely through rolling back the manufacturing and agriculture credit to cap it at the first $300,000 of income for applicants. The campaign didn’t provide details on how the tax cut would be implemented, saying Evers would work with the Department of Revenue to find ways to implement the 10 percent tax cut.

Walker and the Republican Governors Association, meanwhile, have been running ads charging Evers wants to raise the income, property and gas taxes, in addition to eliminating the manufacturing and ag credit.

NFIB: Small business endorses Bryan Steil for election


Stephanie Marrs, 202-314-2027

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2018) – NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, is endorsing Bryan Steil (WI-01) for election to the United States House of Representatives. NFIB announced the endorsement today at member business Irving Polishing & Manufacturing Company in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“Bryan Steil has a deep understanding of the challenges that Wisconsin small businesses face,” said NFIB’s Wisconsin State Director Bill Smith. “We are confident he will be a strong advocate for small businesses in the U.S. House and will support efforts to roll back onerous regulations. On behalf of small businesses in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, we are proud to endorse Bryan Steil for election to the United States House of Representatives.”

Bryan Steil is from Janesville, Wisconsin.

“I am proud to have the support of NFIB. As I meet small business owners and employees across the district, they are concerned with rising healthcare costs and making sure we continue to create jobs, raise wages, and expand opportunities in Southeast Wisconsin. In Congress, I will use my experience in manufacturing and education to keep taxes low for workers and small businesses and prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future,” said Steil.

“We know good small business policy comes with electing good small business candidates,” said NFIB National Political Director Sharon Sussin. “Bryan Steil will be a staunch supporter of issues that concern small business owners in Wisconsin and across the country, and we are glad to endorse him today.”

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association. Bryan Steil’s endorsement today comes from the NFIB FedPAC, the organization’s political action committee. Small business owners vote in high percentages and they are influential in their communities. NFIB members in Wisconsin will work hard to elect Bryan Steil to the U.S. House.

Office of Washington County administrator: County seeking applications for District 11 board supervisor position


Washington County is seeking applications from District 11 to fill the unexpired Board term
ending April of the year 2020.

Interested candidates must reside in District 11, attend County Board meetings including regular meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. and attend regular standing committee meetings.

The Washington County Board of Supervisors is vested with powers of local, legislative and
administrative character to act upon matters of general government, public safety, transportation, health and human services, court services, land use, planning and the conservation of land resources as delegated to the counties of Wisconsin by State Legislature.

“Our ideal candidate is someone that has a passion for serving the citizens of Washington
County, can work collaboratively with a diverse group of people and bring a fresh point of view to add to the quality of life for the citizens they represent,” said County Board Chair Don Kriefall. “This is an exciting time to join the County Board of Supervisors as we are exploring a variety of new initiatives that will lead to a more effective government, which can better serve the citizens of Washington County.”

To learn more about the Board’s current initiatives, visit our website and view the Strategic
Priorities for the Quality of Life of the Citizens of Washington County.
To apply: Email applications to Don Kriefall, County Board Chairperson at [email protected] Subject: District 11 Applicant – Last Name


Mail or drop off applications to P.O. Box 1986, 432 E. Washington Street, West
Bend, WI 53095 Attn: Don Kriefall – District 11 Candidate

Applications may include a resume and statement of interest but at a minimum,
must contain an address and brief biography. The deadline for applications is
Friday, November 2, 2018, at 4:00 p.m.

One Wisconsin Now: Desperate Scott Walker campaign criticizes Tony Evers for supporting a bigger tax break and better plan for student loan borrowers

Mike Browne, Deputy Director
‘We All Know Scott Walker is Willing to Do or Say Anything to Try to Win, But This Takes the Cake’

MADISON, Wis. — In his increasingly frantic campaign to save his quarter century long career in politics, Scott Walker is now criticizing his opponent Tony Evers for supporting a tax break for student loan borrowers and a common sense plan to help them refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage. As part of a rambling attack on Evers, the Walker campaign attempts to call the tax savings for borrowers contained in the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act spending. The plan would also, at no net cost to taxpayers, help borrowers refinance student loans at lower interest rates.

“Scott Walker is so desperate he’s attacking Tony Evers for supporting a common sense plan to help hard working student loan borrowers in Wisconsin,” said One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher. “Besides opposing help to refinance their loans at no net cost to taxpayers, Walker is claiming more tax savings for borrowers is increased state spending.”

The Walker campaign document attacking Evers references a fiscal estimate prepared for 2017 Assembly Bill 143 prepared by his Department of Revenue. But the cost Walker cites is actually a decrease in state revenue because the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act expands a current state tax break and would allow borrowers to deduct student loan payments and interest from their taxes.

Polling conducted in Wisconsin has found overwhelming and bipartisan support for provisions of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act. An overwhelming 79 percent supported “a plan to allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage.” A mere 9 percent were opposed. Support was strong across partisan lines with 85 percent of those identifying as Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of independents favoring the proposal. In addition, 79 percent of men and women supported student loan refinancing along with 74 percent of voters age 18-29, 71 percent of voters age 30-45, 87 percent of voters age 45-65 and 77 percent of voters age 65 plus.

Walker has made his own proposals that, while offering him a campaign talking point, provide little to no actual help for nearly one million state student loan borrowers with over $24 billion in education debt. His attempts to address the issue consisted of telling borrowers to “call a bank” if they wanted relief from high interest student loans and calling for a tax change that would exclude from eligibility anyone who has graduated before its theoretical passage, at some future date.

In fact, under Walker, Wisconsin has risen to the top ten in the nation for percentage of college graduates with student loan debt and the average graduate leaves school with nearly $30,000 in debt.

Eicher concluded, “We all know Scott Walker is willing to say or do anything to try to win, but this takes the cake. He is literally criticizing Tony Evers for supporting a bigger tax cut and a better plan to help student loan borrowers refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage.”

Rep. Thiesfeldt: Receives the MMAC Champion of Commerce Award


Contact: Paulette Kozar
Phone: 608-266-3156

Champion for the 2017-18 legislative session

MADISON – Representative Thiesfeldt along with several other state lawmakers have been recognized as one of Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) “Champions” for the 2017-18 legislative session. He has repeatedly stood up for tax cuts, pro-growth reforms and investments in our state’s businesses and its workforce this past legislative session. He has supported initiatives that will spur economic growth and job creation by putting an emphasis on improving Wisconsin’s business climate.

MMAC, is recognizing individual lawmakers with a prestigious “Champion of Commerce” award in response to their efforts to keep the state moving forward.

“I am proud to be one of the leaders in this state working to create a political environment where businesses thrive. I am honored that the MMAC has chosen me to be one of their recipients for this prestigious award.” Thiesfeldt commented.

Rep. Vos: Statement on worker training grants in Racine County


Speaker Robin Vos (608) 266-3387
[email protected]

Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement after the Department of Workforce Development awarded more than $700,000 in worker training grants to Racine County and the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. The grants are administered through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program that has awarded more than $25 million in grant contracts to roughly 200 projects since 2014.

“With the rapid job growth in southeastern Wisconsin, these grants will help employers find the skilled workers they desperately need and the unemployed and underemployed to land family-supporting careers. I’m proud of what’s being accomplished through state, county and local coordination. These Fast Forward worker training grants are making a difference and in essence, are a large welcome mat for people who are looking for work in Wisconsin.”

Worker training information will be available at a Racine County Job Fest on Thursday, October 18th at the Veterans Terrace in Burlington from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. The job fair will also promote employment opportunities at the family-friendly event.

Republican Party of Wisconsin: Wisconsin can’t afford Tony Evers and his higher taxes

Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
Walker campaign releases report detailing Tony Evers’ proposed $7.2 billion in potential tax increases
[Madison, WI]— Today, Governor Walker’s campaign released a stunning memo detailing just how much Tony Evers would raise taxes on Wisconsin job creators and families if elected governor. Over the course of his campaign, Evers has shown openness to raising income taxes, property taxes, and the gas tax – even saying that a gas tax increase of up to $1 per gallon was “on the table.” Now, through a review of Evers’ public statements, Walker’s team was able to paint a picture of what his tax plan could look like. The result? A total of $7.2 billion in potential tax increases.
“The complete disregard for Wisconsin’s hard-working taxpayers shown by Tony Evers is stunning,” said Alec Zimmerman spokesman for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. “Wisconsinites deserve better than the same failed leadership and empty promises that led to billion dollar deficits and double-digit tax increases not long ago. Governor Walker has invested in Wisconsin priorities while continuing to lower the tax burden on Wisconsin families, while Tony Evers’ reckless agenda would take Wisconsin backward with skyrocketing taxes. Wisconsin can’t afford Tony Evers.”

Republican Party of Wisconsin: WISGOP files complaint against 23 Democrat campaigns for conspiring to violate WI campaign finance law

Contact: Alec Zimmerman
(608) 257-4765
Failures to report contributions from PAC’s exceeding legal limits
[Madison, WI] — Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin is filing a complaint with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission against the political action committee One Vote at a Time and 23 state Democrat campaigns for conspiring to violate Wisconsin campaign finance laws ahead of the 2018 election. The Republican Party of Wisconsin released the following statement from Executive Director Mark Morgan regarding the complaint:
“What these Democrats are doing is illegally circumventing campaign finance law to advance their political fortunes. Democrats will stop at nothing to take Wisconsin backward including this blatant violation of the public trust. These candidates cannot be trusted to run honest campaigns and certainly cannot be trusted in office.”
The complaint cites violations between One Vote and the various campaigns that range from failing to disclose in-kind contributions, to the accepting contributions valued far outside of the limits allowed under Wisconsin law.

Reversing course, Fitzgerald says Senate would pass pre-existing conditions bill if needed

Just hours after casting doubts on whether his caucus had the votes to pass a bill providing protections for those with pre-existing conditions, Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald reversed course and said the Senate would pass the legislation “if it becomes necessary.”

Health care has become a major issue on the campaign trail this fall with Dems accusing Republicans of seeking to undermine protections for those with pre-existing conditions with efforts in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act and a lawsuit seeking to have it declared unconstitutional.

Gov. Scott Walker has vowed those protections will remain as long as he’s in office, and AG Brad Schimel has defended his lawsuit challenging Obamacare by saying “every” legislator supports a state bill that would provide those assurances if the challenge were successful.

But Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said after a WisPolitics.com luncheon yesterday while he wouldn’t rule out passing the bill, “I know I got members that probably are not on board, which is one of the reasons that it wasn’t something that we tackled at the end of session.”

Later in the afternoon, he issued a statement, “Pre-existing conditions are covered right now, and I support that policy. If it becomes necessary to cover them in the future, the senate would pass a bill to do so.”

The Assembly bill protecting pre-existing conditions in the state cleared the chamber in June 2017, but failed to pass the Senate. Despite casting doubt on the bill’s prospects in his chamber, Fitzgerald yesterday alluded to the bill’s political clout as a reason he would keep it under consideration.

Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, ripped Fitzgerald’s shift.

“The constant flip flopping and broken promises from Republicans are why voters don’t trust them to do what’s right when it comes to standing up for families with pre-existing conditions,” she said. “If Sen. Fitzgerald is serious about supporting the current protections he’d call on Gov. Walker and AG Schimel to drop the lawsuit.”

Safe Transportation Over Politics: ‘Scottholes’ campaign hits the gas pumps and airwaves with new ads


Contact: Roger Putnam

National Study Released Today Lists Four Wisconsin Cities’ Road Conditions As Some Of The Worst In U.S.

(Pewaukee, Wis.) – The popular Scottholes.com campaign is growing and its new video
can be seen today at nearly 100 gas stations across Wisconsin on the GSTV network.
“Governor Walker has nowhere to hide on transportation and fixing our roads and bridges,”
said Terry McGowan, president of the Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139. “He can fly
over the problem on the taxpayers’ dime or he can charge gas customers extra at the pumps and hope nobody understands, but we feel it is our responsibility to inform the taxpayers.”

Scottholes.com is also airing its new "Lost Walker" radio commercial statewide that focuses on the artificial markup of gas prices of more than 20 cents per gallon that consumers pay and that does NOT go towards the maintenance of our roads and bridges.
The expanded campaign comes as a national study confirms today what many Wisconsin
residents already knew and other studies have previously highlighted – our state roads are
some of the worst in the country. Specifically, TRIP, a national transportation research group, cited Milwaukee (4th worst – large cities), Madison (3rd worst – mid-sized), Green Bay (8th worst – mid-sized) and Appleton (11th worst – mid-sized) as ranking near the bottom for road quality.

The TRIP study comes as Wisconsin taxpayers continue to pay more debt service and less on actual repairs. Wisconsin was spending 11.5 percent of its transportation revenue on debt payments before Gov. Walker came into office in 2011. Eight years later, the state is spending 21 percent of its transportation dollars on debt payments.  Instead of his ever-increasing credit card approach to paying for road work, Governor Walker should listen to his Republican colleagues and take the $.20/gallon “tax” (minimum markup law) he is currently handing over to his big-business supporters and invest those taxpayer funds into our roads and bridges.

As Republican state senate candidate Dale Kooyenga notes, “At least a tax goes to your school or roads. This is a tax [minimum markup] that goes to a private business.”
That is correct – this government “tax” does not actually go towards fixing our roads but rather goes into the pockets of private business.

“We need to cut Governor Walker’s credit card spending and stop letting him take our money and hand it over to his big-business supporters,” said McGowan. The Scottholes.com campaign continues to garner national attention as the it has been highlighted in the New Yorker, Washington Post, New York Times and the Huffington Post among others and will be the subject of an upcoming national TV news show. Stay tuned. More from Scottholes.com.

Sen. Larson and Red Arnold state Senate debate 🗓


Contact: Jessica Marie Lopez
[email protected]

Please come see candidates Chris Larson and Red Arnold (seen on the ballot as Jason Red Arnold) cover all the topics YOU want to discuss. Each candidate will answer voter submitted debate questions in an hour long debate moderated by Cudahy School District Superintendent James Heiden, PhD in the Cudahy High School auditorium.

October 24th from 6:30pm -7:30pm

You may find the event link on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/248736392659017/ Or at BIT.LY/DISTRICT7DEBATE

To submit a question for the debate, email: [email protected]

Red Arnold would like to express a debt of gratitude to Senator Chris Larson for this opportunity along with Cudahy School District & Dr. James Heiden. We hope you will join us & have your questions answered regarding this very important state senate seat. Thank you in advance.

As for Red Arnold you can also find him on:
Facebook at www.facebook.com/voteredarnold
Twitter @voteredarnold
Email at [email protected]

The Fall General Election is November 6th, 2018. Don’t forget, early voting & absentee ballots are also available.

SPJ Madison, UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics post-midterm panel 🗓


SPJ Madison: UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics to host post-midterm panel Nov. 7

MADISON — The Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is partnering with UW-Madison’s Center for Journalism Ethics to host a panel discussion Nov. 7 on journalism ethics and the challenges of covering politics in highly polarized times.

The event — which is free and open to the public — will be held in the Promenade Room at the Overture Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Scheduled for the day after the midterm elections, the event is bringing together panelists with expertise in media, political reporting and the news industry for a lively discussion on topics ranging from declining media trust, changing business models and social media to how partisanship affects both journalists and news consumers.

The three panelists are: David Folkenflik, the New York City-based media correspondent for NPR News and the host and editor of On Point from NPR and WBUR; Jessie Opoien, a reporter at the Capital Times covering state government and politics; and Dhavan Shah, the Maier-Bascom Professor in UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the Mass Communication Research Center.

Folkenflik will be visiting the Center for Journalism Ethics the week of Nov. 5 as part of the Center’s journalist in residence program, an initiative now in its third year.

The event will be moderated by Center Director Kathleen Bartzen Culver, who’s also the James E. Burgess Chair in Journalism Ethics.

RSVP for the event on Facebook and see more details on the Center’s website.

State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: Racine county-based organizations receive more than $700K in Wisconsin fast forward worker training grant funding


Funding will help prepare residents and businesses for region’s extraordinary job growth

Racine – Today, Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and Racine Mayor Cory Mason were joined by other local and state officials to announce the award of more than $700,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant funding to Racine County-based entities to assist with worker training initiatives in Racine County.

The Fast Forward grant funding will enable programs to prepare local residents and businesses for the region’s extraordinary job growth spurred, in part, by Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion investment. The funding includes $400,000 to Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce for the training of 100 unemployed and underemployed individuals for positions such as CNC operators/programmers, logistics technicians, truck drivers, electronic assemblers, construction/carpentry builders and other high-demand career opportunities.

Additionally, Racine County will receive $314,103 to train 100 unemployed and underemployed individuals as CNC operators, industrial maintenance technicians, manufacturing operators, customer service specialists and hospitality specialists. This program will ensure that Racine County residents have the skills necessary to gain employment with existing local businesses that may be affected by Foxconn job growth.

“We are working hard to help our valued Racine County businesses find skilled talent in today’s job market. Bringing more than $700,000 in Wisconsin Fast Forward grant funding to Racine County is a tremendous boost for our local businesses and residents and will help ensure that everyone benefits in this historic new era for our community,” County Executive Jonathan Delagrave said.

As part of the County’s Fast Forward award, Racine County in partnership with Racine Community Foundation and United Way of Racine County will commit $90,000 to fund Community Connectors, a community-based organization to engage, enroll, and support individuals throughout their employment progression. Community Connectors will target roughly 70% out-of-school youth, women, veterans, minorities, ex-offenders, and long-term public assistance recipients and an additional 30% of participants from Western Racine County.

Gateway Technical College, WRTP-Big Step and First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship, a program of YMCA, will provide much of the worker training through the Fast Forward grant. WRTP-BIG STEP has committed $30,000 toward marketing and outreach services, and UMOS, a non-profit advocacy organization seeking to improve employment opportunities for underserved populations, will invest up to $100,000 for transitional jobs training and wage subsidies for successful trainees.

Training is expected to start in early 2019. At least 22 Racine County employers, including seven in Western Racine County, are committed to hiring more than double the number of residents successfully trained through the Fast Forward grant.

Today’s announcement comes just a few months after the launch of Racine Works, a training program for construction workers that was funded in part by Wisconsin Fast Forward grant money.

“With the Wisconsin unemployment rate at historically low levels, it is imperative that we make significant investments in training our workforce, especially those people who are unemployed or underemployed,” Secretary Allen said. “Under Governor Walker’s leadership, the Fast Forward grant program has proven to be an extremely effective tool in addressing that need.”

The State’s Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) grant program is a nationally recognized, innovative talent development solution driven by Wisconsin businesses to train and retain highly skilled workers. More than $25 million in WFF grant contracts has been issued to date, supporting more than 200 worker-training projects and benefitting hundreds of employers and thousands of workers across Wisconsin.

More information on the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grant program can be found online at WisconsinFastForward.com.

UW-Madison chancellor concerned about funding for building projects


UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she is “really, deeply worried” about funding for the university’s building projects.


“It is a budget year this coming year, but nobody’s doing much of anything until the election is over,” Blank said yesterday at a Wisconsin Technology Council luncheon in Madison. “We’ll see who it is we’re negotiating with and for what.”


She’s concerned because the state has funded “very, very little” in the last two bienniums compared to historical levels. Projects funded by UW-Madison that require several million dollars or more need the approval of the entire state Legislature and the governor.


That means these projects end up as “political footballs,” which she believes are “incredibly damaging” to the university.


“The constraints I have on capital projects are unprecedented compared to any of my peers… and almost unworkable at this point in time,” she said.

See more at WisBusiness.com.

Walker campaign: Releases statewide TV ad featuring Wisconsin mom saying she can’t afford Evers’ tax increases


Contact: Austin Altenburg
[email protected]

Walker campaign: Releases statewide TV ad featuring Wisconsin mom saying she can’t afford Evers’ tax increases
Ad shows how Tony Evers’ plans to raise property, income, and gas taxes would take Wisconsin backward and hurt Wisconsin families

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Walker campaign launched a new TV ad featuring Erin, a Wisconsin mom, talking about how Tony Evers’ plan to raise the gas tax by as much as $1 per gallon – on top of hiking property and income taxes – would hurt her family and take Wisconsin backward.

While Scott Walker’s bold leadership put our state on the right track and will keep Wisconsin working for generations to come, Tony Evers is offering no leadership – just empty promises and higher taxes that Erin says families like hers can’t afford. In fact, his plan could add a burden of up to $1,200 per year for a Wisconsin family with two drivers. In contrast to Tony Evers’ reckless plan to raise taxes on Wisconsin families, Scott Walker has delivered over $8 billion in tax relief while investing record actual-dollar amounts in our priorities. Now, he has a bold agenda to continue reducing the tax burden on Wisconsin families and keep Wisconsin working for generations to come.

You can watch the ad featuring Erin’s story, entitled “Tony Evers’ Higher Taxes” here.  You can find more details on Tony Evers plan to raise taxes on hard-working families here.​

Erin: Like a lot of families it seems like we’re always juggling to make it all work.

When I’m not working with my husband at our automotive shop, I’m driving the kids around. School. 4-H. Theater practice. Sports.

So when gas prices go up, we really feel it.

You know what bothers me about Tony Evers?

He’s going to raise the gas tax by up to a dollar a gallon. And he’ll raise income and property taxes too.

Our family can’t afford Tony Evers’ higher taxes. We really can’t.

The spot will run on television as well as on a range of online and social media platforms. It follows recent ads highlighting how Evers would increase a wide variety of taxes and take Wisconsin backward, in contrast to Scott Walker’s plans to keep Wisconsin moving forward with more of the reforms that helped spark our state’s comeback.

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WEDC: Adds second supply chain readiness workshop in Milwaukee for Wisconsin manufacturers


WEDC: Adds second supply chain readiness workshop in Milwaukee
for Wisconsin manufacturers
Additional Oct. 29 session for small and midsize businesses 
to focus on productivity, vendor readiness for Foxconn and other companies 

MADISON, WI. OCT. 17, 2018 – In response to strong demand, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has scheduled a second informational workshop on supply chain readiness for Monday, Oct. 29, in downtown Milwaukee.

WEDC and its partners — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Milwaukee 7 – added the morning session after the afternoon workshop reached capacity.

The just-added workshop will take place at the WE Energies Public Service Building at 231 W. Michigan St. Registration is from 9 to 9:30 a.m.; the session will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The session is free, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. To register, visit wisconnvalley.wi.gov.

The workshops will include information to help small and midsize manufacturers respond to industrial innovation trends that are impacting the industry, including updates to statewide resources designed to help improve productivity, prepare for Industry 4.0 and establish a path for global competitiveness.

The session will also provide companies with details on how to become part of the supply chain for the Foxconn Technology Group as well as other major companies. Representatives from Foxconn will be on hand to provide participants with an introduction to the vendor readiness process the company will follow as it engages with potential suppliers.

The workshop is part of the Supplier Readiness Series that WEDC is hosting statewide. So far, more than 400 business have participated in five workshops. Another session is set for Oct. 19 in Superior.

All businesses are also encouraged to register with the Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace directory, which provides companies with a convenient way to find Wisconsin suppliers in a simple-to-use system that delivers results and supplier solutions.

Companies that create profiles on wisupplychainmarketplace.com will receive timely communication when Foxconn and other companies post requests for proposals to source suppliers for specific projects. The online tool is free of charge, and all Wisconsin businesses are eligible to create a profile.

Foxconn’s advanced manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant is expected to create up to 13,000 jobs, as well as thousands of construction jobs. Once the Wisconn Valley Science & Technology Park is fully operational, Foxconn is expected to make $4.26 billion in supplier purchases annually, with roughly one-third being sourced from Wisconsin. The project is expected to have at least a $7 billion annual economic impact on the state and generate between $116 million and $157 million in state tax revenue annually once fully operational.


Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Wisconsin manufacturing month: apprenticeships open door to rewarding careers


Contact: Nick Novak

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce: Wisconsin manufacturing month: apprenticeships open door to rewarding careers

MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month, and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) will be promoting the state’s top industry throughout October. Each week, a new video will highlight a different theme: Veterans, Supply Chain, Apprenticeships, Economic Impact of Manufacturing and the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.

Manufacturing is the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s booming economy, producing more than $59 billion in total output in 2017 – nearly 20 percent of Wisconsin’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Additionally, the state’s more than 9,000 manufacturers employed nearly 470,000 people in 2017.

The third video in WMC’s series for Manufacturing Month focuses on youth apprenticeships in the state, the positive impact these programs have on both the student and employer, and the opportunities available to students after high school.

Sargento’s Youth and Registered Apprenticeship Programs are highlighted in this video, which offers an in-depth look at the types of programs available to students, the incentives of participating in these programs and showcases the pathway to a rewarding career. Sargento’s former and current apprentices provide insight on their own experiences and how an apprenticeship program has been beneficial toward advancing their careers.

Check out WMC’s third video in the Manufacturing Month series, which focuses on apprenticeships in manufacturing, by watching here.

To find out more about Manufacturing Month, including events near you, please visit www.WIManufacturingMonth.org.

WisDems: “Leah Vukmir Is Not For Us” Press Conference 🗓


Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

WisDems: “Leah Vukmir Is Not For Us” Press Conference
Medical professionals to highlight Leah Vukmir’s record of siding with insurance companies and special interests over patients, including by blocking coverage for autism treatments

WAUWATOSA — TODAY at 11:00 AM in Wauwatosa, area medical professionals will hold a “Leah Vukmir is Not For Us” press conference to highlight Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir blocking coverage for autism treatments as well as her consistent record of siding with powerful special interests over Wisconsinites in need of health care coverage.

In 2007, Vukmir blocked two separate bills that would have required insurance companies to cover Wisconsinites’ autism treatments. First, Vukmir used her position as chair of the Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform to block and ultimately kill 2007 Assembly 417, a bill to require “health insurance coverage of treatment for autism spectrum disorders,” without so much as holding a hearing a vote or hearing on the measure. Then, Vukmir worked to sabotage 2007 Senate Bill 178, a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate to expand autism treatment coverage, ultimately voting to table and kill it.

Event Details:
WHO: Nurse and former state Rep. Sandy Pasch and area medical professionals
WHAT: “Leah Vukmir Is Not For Us” Press Conference On Vukmir Blocking Coverage For Autism Treatments
WHEN: 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 17
WHERE: The corner of W Connell Ct. and N 92nd St. (Parking is available on N Connell Ave.)
RSVP: Media interested in attending should email Brad Bainum at [email protected]

Vukmir supports repealing the Affordable Care Act and gutting its protections for people with pre-existing conditions and she has consistently opposed Wisconsinites getting the care and coverage that they need, including by blocking and voting against coverage for oral chemotherapy, mental health care and substance abuse treatments, and even kids’ cochlear implants and hearing aids. Relatedly, in March 2013, Vukmir for more than one year blocked an infant heart screening bill, as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, letting it “languish” and die, without a public hearing or vote.

WisDems: 20 days out: Walker campaign and GOP flailing with health care as top issue in the race 


Contact: Alex Japko, [email protected]

WisDems: 20 days out: Walker campaign and GOP flailing with health care as top issue in the race
Scott Walker Had a BAAAAAD Day on Health Care Yesterday

Yesterday was not a good day for Scott Walker. With health care dominating the conversation heading into the final stretch of the election, Walker’s terrible record is catching up to him in a big way.

The day started out with the Washington Post reporting that Walker told Wisconsin voters to not be “distracted by that [pre-existing conditions] debate.” His statement was as tone deaf as it was delusional. It’s not a distraction when approximately 2.4 million people in Wisconsin have a pre-existing condition, and Walker is currently suing to eliminate these protections. It’s also deeply out of touch with Wisconsin voters. In the most recent Marquette poll, 78% of respondents said covering pre-existing conditions is “very important” to them.

But then things got much worse for Walker when, in a moment of candidness, Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald admitted that his caucus couldn’t deliver the votes to protect pre-existing conditions at the state level. “I know I got members who are probably not on board, which is one of the reasons it wasn’t something we tackled at the end of session,” Fitzgerald said.

This admission directly undercuts Walker’s claim that if his lawsuit to eliminate pre-existing conditions was successful, the state could swoop in and pass his deeply flawed replacement bill.

Then just hours later, Fitzgerald miraculously flip-flopped and claimed that he had the votes. Fitzgerald failed to mention what had actually changed in the few hours since he said Walker’s plan was DOA. An angry call from a politically endangered governor perhaps?

Either way, what started out as a day where Walker hoped to keep his liabilities on health care under wraps, ended with his caucus in disarray and his credibility in tatters. Not ideal. 

But that wasn’t all. Walker’s administration also had to push back on a report that he was slow-walking Medicaid reforms because he was worried it would expose him to even more attacks.

Walker’s health care charade is falling apart before our very eyes.

“After multiple health care debacles yesterday, how can Wisconsinites possibly trust a word he says on the issue?” said DPW spokesperson Alex Japko. “Scott Walker knows he can’t deliver on his health care promises and is still suing to undermine protections for pre-existing conditions. It’s no wonder he wants Wisconsin voters to focus on literally anything else.” 

WisDems: Leah Vukmir sided with insurers to block autism coverage


Contact: Brad Bainum, [email protected]

Earlier Today: Milwaukee-Area Health Care Professionals Hit Vukmir’s Opposition to Autism Coverage

WAUWATOSA — Today, Wisconsin health care professionals gathered outside of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa to highlight Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir’s record of repeatedly siding with insurance companies over Wisconsinites in need of health care coverage.

At the event, the health care professionals drew attention to Vukmir in 2007 blocking two separate bills that would have required insurance companies to cover Wisconsinites’ autism treatments. First, Vukmir used her position as chair of the Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform to block and ultimately kill 2007 Assembly 417, a bill to require “health insurance coverage of treatment for autism spectrum disorders,” without so much as holding a hearing a vote or hearing on the measure. Then, Vukmir worked to sabotage 2007 Senate Bill 178, a bipartisan bill that passed the Senate to expand autism treatment coverage, ultimately voting to table and kill it.

Former state Rep. Sandy Pasch, a nurse, and Dr. Brady McIntosh, an emergency room specialist, also hit on Vukmir’s broader record of siding with insurance companies over patients and Vukmir’s support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and gutting its protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions:

“Vukmir talks about her record as a nurse but she’s always voted against taking care of people […] In 2007, Vukmir blocked two separate bills that would have required insurance companies to cover Wisconsinites’ autism treatments. […] How could anyone, let alone a nurse, oppose expanding coverage for Wisconsinites with autism? It’s shocking. But, then again, this is the same Leah Vukmir who tried to block oral chemo coverage and voted against hearing aid coverage for kids.” –Nurse and former state Rep. Sandy Pasch

“[W]hen I heard people like Leah Vukmir talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act and gutting the law’s protections for people who have pre-existing conditions, I just don’t get it […] We should be expanding health care access and improving affordability, not cutting kids’ health care and returning to the days when insurance companies could jack up prices and price sick patients out of getting covered.” –Dr. Brady McIntosh

Woman in Walker’s latest TV ad warns family ‘can’t afford’ Evers tax hikes


Gov. Scott Walker’s latest TV ad features a woman who warns her family “can’t afford Tony Evers’ higher taxes.”

Walker’s ad, the 29th of his re-election bid, will run statewide on TV and a range of online platforms, his campaign said.

It features a woman the campaign only identified as Erin. She says her family is “always juggling to make it all work.”

She adds when she’s not working with her husband at their automotive shop, she’s driving the kids to school, 4-H, theater practice and sports. The ad shows her driving a minivan with the logo for Merlin Auto Repair and Maintenance on the side.

“So when gas prices go up, we really feel it,” she says.

Erin then says she’s bothered Evers is “going to raise the gas tax by up to a dollar a gallon” and hike income and property taxes, too.

“Our family can’t afford Tony Evers’ higher taxes. We really can’t,” she says to close the spot.

It is the latest in a series of ads from Walker accusing Evers of wanting to raise the gas tax by up to a dollar. His Dem rival has said while “everything is on the table” to address transportation funding, that much of an increase isn’t under consideration.

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