Daily Archives: December 1, 2018

Gov. Walker: Orders flags to half-staff honoring Former President George H. W. Bush

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Contact: Amy Hasenberg, (608) 266-2839

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker ordered flags to half-staff on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in honor of former President George Herbert Walker Bush. Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on December 30, 2018.
Governor Walker’s executive order is available here.

Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative: Thank DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson for leadership on life-changing employment initiative

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Contact: Conor Williams, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute
262-442-4646 and [email protected]

Milwaukee— Eloise Anderson, Secretary of the State Department of Children and Families, will be the honoree and main speaker at the Transitional Jobs Celebration, Tuesday, December 11th from 6:00 – 7.30 p.m. at United Way JCI Volunteer
Center, 200 W. Pleasant St., Milwaukee. Secretary Anderson’s Department administered the Wisconsin Transitional Jobs programs since their inception in 2010 and has been a champion for these programs up to the present. She will be honored for her groundbreaking leadership by the Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative, a Milwaukee coalition, comprised of 30 area agencies and organizations, that is sponsoring the celebration. All are welcome at this community event.

“Secretary Anderson championed Transitional Jobs when few understood their value and many were skeptical of their effectiveness,” said Pastor Joe Ellwanger of MICAH. “Before she steps down, we want to recognize her leadership and dedication to improving the career opportunities of struggling workers.”

Transitional Jobs—short-term subsidized employment for job-seekers with barriers to employment—were launched as a pilot project in Wisconsin in 2010, enabling hard-to-place but eager workers to get into the workforce and build a bridge to unsubsidized employment. Since that pilot program, the state’s Transitional Jobs initiatives have grown and found support among employers, community groups, and legislators of both parties. Most recently, Transitional Jobs were expanded to veterans via the Hire Heroes Act authored by state Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago) and state Rep. Daniel Riemer (D-Milwaukee). The legislation passed unanimously in both houses of the state legislature and Gov. Scott Walker signed it into law in April 2018. Since 2010, the state’s Transitional Jobs programs have placed more than 6,000 workers into unsubsidized employment
The Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative was created to monitor the program’s effectiveness in the city and is made up of state and local administrators, employment agencies, community organizations, faith groups, and policy researchers. Members are celebrating the program’s successes on December 11th to reaffirm their commitment to providing a path to employment for marginalized jobseekers. The celebration will include testimonies from employees that have gone from the transitional job to a permanent job, and testimonies from employers who have hired persons in the program. Besides honoring Secretary Anderson, the Transitional Jobs Collaborative will also recognize the agencies that have recruited the employees and the employers and have mentored the employees during and after their employment: UMOS, Milwaukee Urban League, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, Northcott Neighborhood House, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, Milwaukee Careers Cooperative, Employ Milwaukee, Goodwill Industries of Southeast Wisconsin, and the City of Milwaukee.

“Over the years we have seen how a steady job has the power to change an individual worker’s immediate and long-term circumstances,” said Conor Williams, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. “We’ve also seen how employers have integrated their Transitional Jobs workers into their workplaces and enabled them to build a better future for themselves and their families. We want to recognize Transitional Jobs workers and their employers for seizing opportunities to prosper.”

Rep. Neubauer: Statement on Republican Lame Duck Session

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Contact: Greta Neubauer, 608-237-9166
[email protected]gov

RACINE, WI – Late Friday, Legislative Republicans released a five-bill package for the lame duck session. The 287-page package includes 42 sweeping changes to Wisconsin’s government, from changing the governor’s powers, gutting the Attorney General’s office, and changing the 2020 election schedule for the benefit of a conservative candidate, to attempts at voter suppression via limits to early and absentee voting and changes to Wisconsin’s social safety net. Representative Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) issued the following statement in response:

“The people of Wisconsin sent a clear signal on November 6th. We need to be reaching across the aisle and working together on a new vision for our state. But instead of respecting the election process, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Scott Fitzgerald are playing politics, transferring authority from the Governor and gutting the Attorney General’s office, and gifting that power to the Republican-controlled legislature.

“This package is a grab-bag of partisan priorities aimed at concentrating Republican power at the expense of Wisconsin’s citizens and taxpayers. They deserve better,” Neubauer concluded. “I hope my Republican colleagues realize the same on Tuesday.”

Rep. Sensenbrenner: Statement on the passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

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Contact:  Christopher Krepich, 202-225-5101

Brookfield, WI—Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) issued the following statement after the death of the 41st President of the United States, President George H.W. Bush:


(Pictured: President George H.W. Bush, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner,
Cheryl Sensenbrenner, and President George W. Bush)

“My deepest condolences go out to the Bush family, and I join our nation in mourning the passing of George H.W. Bush.

The former president was a heroic veteran, accomplished statesman, and lifelong public servant whose sense of duty and devotion to our country stands as a shining example for all.

He lived a remarkable life, and our nation is stronger today because of him. I am grateful for his contributions to society and will keep his loved ones in my prayers. May he rest in peace.”

Rep. Taylor: GOP legislators once again choose political power over people

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Contact: Rep. Chris Taylor, 608-266-5342

MADISON –Late yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:15 p.m., Wisconsin Republicans rolled out their rotten lame duck agenda. It’s a desperate, last ditch effort to appropriate executive and judicial power after suffering losses last month in every state-wide election. The 287 pages of bills reveal that Speaker Robin Vos and Leader Scott Fitzgerald want to enhance their own political power by invading the powers of other governmental branches and constitutionally elected officers. Legislative Republicans are attempting to ram these changes through the Legislature at lightning speed, starting with a public hearing and executive session in the Joint Finance Committee on Monday, December 3rd at 12:30 p.m. 

In response, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), the ranking Assembly Democrat on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), issued the following statement:

“This lame duck special session is a rotten attack on our democracy and the will of the voters. These Republican leaders are drunk on power, and now think they should also act as the executive and judicial branches and invade the constitutional powers of our state Attorney General. Left behind are the people of our state and their priorities, including adequately and sustainably funding our public education system and fixing our deteriorating roads and bridges. 

In fact, this “extraordinary” session is only extraordinary in the sense it reveals the depths Republican leaders are willing to sink to expand their own political power in direct violation of the will of the voters.  If Speaker Vos and Leader Fitzgerald wanted to be the Governor and Attorney General, they should have run for those positions rather than invade them by legislative fiat. 

Sadly, their temper tantrum is not just directed at the newly elected Democratic Governor or Attorney General, but at the voters of this state.  In one of the more blatant abuses of power in recent memory, Republican legislators appear willing to change our 2020 presidential primary not to heighten voter turnout, but to decrease voter turnout while making voters foot a potential $7 million bill for a third election in a three-month time span.  And they are again trying their unconstitutional tricks of limiting early voting, after approximately 20% of the electorate in November’s election early voted. These Republican legislators rig the system when they win, and when they lose. Enough is enough. These leaders need to back down and be reminded that separation of powers between the different branches of government is imperative to our democracy.”

Rep. Taylor urges Wisconsinites to join her in vocally opposing this unprecedented abuse of power by attending the public hearing on Monday, December 3rd in room 412 E at 12:30 pm and by participating in a rally at the Capitol later that evening at 5:30pm.

Speaker Ryan: President George H.W. Bush to Lie in State in the United States Capitol Rotunda

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Contact: AshLee Strong, 202-225-0600

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced that the late President George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda.

A bicameral arrival ceremony will be held for President Bush on Monday, December 3 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The public is invited to pay their respects from Monday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. ET until Wednesday, December 5, at 7:00 a.m. ET.

The Bush family will provide additional details regarding arrangements beyond the Capitol ceremony.

Speaker Ryan: Statement on the passing of President George H.W. Bush

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Contact:  AshLee Strong, 202-225-0600

WASHINGTON—This morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement:

“George H.W. Bush was a man for all seasons. He was great in his impact, making the world safer and freer. He was great in his character, leading with decency and integrity. A war hero and statesman, the country is inspired by his example.

“Like so many Americans, I admired President Bush not only for how he served, but for how he lived. He took pride in being a family man. The affection he showed for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was so endearing. His 73 years of marriage to Barbara marks a long and beautiful love story.

“President Bush best demonstrated the qualities he once described as ‘those little touches of grace and affection and humor that make life sing.’ His life was a hymn of honor.

“It was in the people’s House where he began his time in public office. In our sadness today, we express our deepest condolences to the Bush family. We give thanks to God for the life of this patriot.”

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