Legislative Update for April 7

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In February, Assembly Republicans rushed through nearly 200 bills in what they promised will be the end of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The majority party decided to adjourn the legislative session at the earliest date in nearly 50 years.

As state representatives elected to serve our districts and address our state’s biggest challenges, we were disappointed that we were sent home early with so much work left undone. 

In the flurry of bills passed, there was no action to boost Wisconsin’s paltry job creation record, no help for our public schools and no action on anemic wage growth. The party in power took no steps to address our crumbling roads and bridges and there was nothing done to lower monthly student loan payments for the one million Wisconsinites saddled with student loan debt.

No matter where you live, we all share the same Wisconsin values and dreams for our future.

Ordinary people tell us that they want their kids to get a high-quality education, they want to protect our lakes, and they want their communities to be safe and for small businesses to thrive. They want a chance to pursue the American Dream by working hard, playing by the rules and making a better future for the next generation.

Unfortunately, during the legislative session, majority Republicans were far more focused on rewarding their political friends than on addressing the issues ordinary Wisconsinites face.

Worst of all, Republican legislators tried to keep more of what they’re doing secret. Their failed attempt to roll back our state’s open records laws would have made it nearly impossible for taxpayers to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions in office.

The people of Wisconsin deserve better.

Assembly Democrats spent all session aggressively pushing forward a positive alternative. That’s why we pursued an economic opportunity and middle-class agenda to grow jobs and wages and make us competitive in the global economy. We also advocated for sustainable transportation, full and fair funding for our public schools, and reforms to make our jobs agency and government more accountable to taxpayers.

As your state representatives, we are here for you year-round. We want to represent your voices at the State Capitol. We encourage each and every one of you to get involved and stay informed on the critical issues facing our state. Contact us if there is an issue you care about or let us know if there is a way we can serve you better.

Together, we can take steps to ensure that future legislative sessions address the issues that keep people awake at night.

We look forward to joining with the families and small businesses to build a smarter, cleaner and more prosperous state.

Sincerely,

Assembly Democratic Members

Rep. Peter Barca

Rep. Mandela Barnes

Rep. Terese Berceau

Rep. Jill Billings

Rep. David Bowen

Rep. Jonathan Brostoff

Rep. Dave Considine

Rep. Chris Danou

Rep. Steve Doyle

Rep. Eric Genrich

Rep. Evan Goyke

Rep. Gary Hebl

Rep. Dianne Hesselbein

Rep. Gordon Hintz

Rep. LaTonya Johnson

Rep. Andy Jorgensen

Rep. Robb Kahl

Rep. Fred Kessler

Rep. Debra Kolste

Rep. Cory Mason

Rep. Beth Meyers

Rep. Nick Milroy

Rep. Tod Ohnstad

Rep. Sondy Pope

Rep. Daniel Riemer

Rep. Melissa Sargent

Rep. Katrina Shankland

Rep. Chris Sinicki

Rep. Mark Spreitzer

Rep. Amanda Stuck

Rep. Lisa Subeck

Rep. Chris Taylor

Rep. Dana Wachs

Rep. Leon Young

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa

Rep. Josh Zepnick

P.S. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.

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