This weeks podcast was taped moments after the critical U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a key affordability provision of the health care law. This week we reflect this landmark ruling from the high court. We also discuss Governor Walker's presidential ambitions when it comes to guns, flags and a woman's right to not carry to full term in cases of rape and incest. We also delve into the lessons of Charleston, and a merger of two Wisconsin progressive organizations. And finally, we chat about launching a campaign to install Dr. Robert Kraig as the new CEO of WEDC and, of course, engage in witty banter around all the great things to do in Milwaukee. Click here to listen to Podcast #199
- Wisconsin Dodges Bullet on Health Care Freedom - Citizen Action press release on the King v. Burwell Ruling
- Fitzgerald: Scott Walker would sign abortion bill without exemptions - JSOnline
- Scott Walker signs gun bills, explains sidestepping Confederate flag - JSOnline
- Democratic leaders call for WEDC chief to resign - JSOnline
- United Wisconsin and Wisconsin Jobs Now Join Forces
Our panel reviews the latest state budget news (or lack of) and conducts an autopsy on the conservative effort to cut taxes on those making more than $200,000. WEDC and Walker take their jalopy road show to Canada. We also discuss the upcoming SCOTUS ruling on ACA and the implications of new labor ruling that Uber is an employer of their drivers. Milwaukee security guard, Greg Pierce, joins us to talk about being fired for organizing a union with SEIU Local 1. Click here to listen to podcast #198
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Lawmaker abandons AMT repeal, pursues 'marriage penalty' reduction
Darling: Budget deliberations could stretch into mid-July
Milwaukee Democrat says if Bucks arena plan removed from budget, deal is dead
Budget committee co-chair: Likely that Bucks arena is taken out of budget
WEDC has yet to claw back money from company outsourcing WI jobs
GOP rife with tensions over Obamacare-SCOTUS response
Republicans Crushed As 86% Of Enrollees Are Satisfied With Their Obamacare
As budget fight rages at home, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker goes abroad
A California Labor Ruling Just Said Uber Drivers Are Employees: That’s Uber’s Worst Nightmare.
Take Action to Close Walker's failed Jobs Agency
We discuss conservative legislators' effort to end the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau. The proposal was unveiled this week and widely criticized as bad policy. Most see it as retaliation against the audit bureau for its investigation of Walker’s failed jobs agency, while the bill’s authors insist it was not. We review the numerous items inserted into the state budget by Republicans after the public hearings, including lower standards for 6-12 teachers, more logging in state forests, less funding for state parks and the potential Bucks arena. We thank all the parents, students, educators and community leaders organizing throughout Wisconsin in support of public schools.
The panel reviews what’s at stake with the new Bucks arena proposal. The arena is a great opportunity for Milwaukee and Wisconsin if the project is done right. This week the first public hearing was held on the project. We discuss the funding mechanisms for the project and concerns being raised by community and political leaders that the deal does not adequately address job quality for the projected 1000 permanent jobs the project supporters predict the public subsidy will produce. Without clear standards many of these jobs are likely to pay below a living wage.
We conclude the show with a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act exchange subsidies. A bad decision by the court will result in millions of Americans unnecessarily losing access to healthcare coverage, including thousands of Wisconsin residents. The court is expected to rule later this month and the issue will likely dominate the public agenda this summer and into the 2016 Election. A special thanks this week to the show’s producer for the last three years, Brian Wooldridge. The show can not happen without him! Listen to podcast #197
Leading Good Government Groups in Wisconsin Denounce Bill to Destroy Audit Bureau
Kicking Controls Out the Window Budget surprises: Items inserted with little or no public input
Some raise doubts about county debt collection part of arena deal
Under arena plan, county debtors would pay 15% surcharge
Before the Supreme Court Weighs in on health law, Obama makes his case
Take Action to Close Walker's failed Jobs Agency
Wisconsin Families Under Assault
This week we welcome Nicole Safar from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin to discuss this week’s public hearing on GOP abortion legislation the medical community calls an unacceptable intrusion into the doctor-patient relationship. We also talk about the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce’s new assault on Wisconsin’s Family Medical Leave law, a new Milwaukee arena plan, more WEDC follies, a new federal voting rights lawsuit, and a victory for immigrant families over Milwaukee County's arch-conservative Sheriff David Clark. Click here to listen to podcast #196
Wisconsin Republicans to introduce 20-week abortion ban with Scott Walker's support.
20-week abortion ban sparks heated debate in Wisconsin legislative committee
'Medical emergency' exception in Wisconsin's 20-week abortion ban leaves room for confusion.
Employers push for changes to FMLA law in state budget
Data Calls into Question Fairness of WEDC’s Jobs Impact
Details of Bucks arena deal expected to be announced Thursday
Judge backs immigrant rights group in spat with Sheriff David Clarke
Our panel explores the wrestling match between Rep Andre Jacque (R-ALEC) and GOP Assembly leader Rep. Vos on the anti-worker repeal of Wisconsin's prevailing wage law. Jen updates us on a lawsuit disputing that Wisconsin's $7.25 minimum wage is an adequate living wage as required by state law. We also update the dysfunction at Walker's failed jobs agency and Walker's bizarre description of forced ultrasounds as "cool" for women. We also welcome state representative LaTonya Johnson back to the podcast to discuss her new bill to help fund alcohol and drug screening program in high schools. Click here to listen to Podcast #195
GOP lawmakers advance prevailing wage repeal
Labor Committee Approves Prevailing Wage Repeal Bill
Andre Jacque: Republicans may need prevailing wage repeal in order to pass budget
Walker says he'd be 'pleased' with prevailing wage repeal
Americans For Corporate Prosperity Congratulates Committee Vote On Prevailing Wage Repeal. Chapter Announces Launch of Radio Ads Encouraging Passage By Full Assembly
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Op/ED: WEDC must be replaced
Scott Walker proves himself to be incompetent and irresponsible
Scott Walker touts vaginal ultrasound requirement for abortions
Legislation By Rep. Johnson Would Have Wisconsin Schools Adopt Alcohol And Drug Screening Program Called SBIRT.
The podcast panel wishes you a happy Memorial Day Weekend. This week we discuss the GOP cuts to public education passed this week in the budget committee. Walker's failed jobs agency (WEDC) continues to spin out of control as Democrats call for a federal investigation. We look at new numbers showing the decision to reject enhanced federal dollars for BadgerCare will cost the state $398 million in the next state budget. We also celebrate Los Angeles becoming the latest city to pass a $15/hour minimum wage.
Click here to listen to Podcast #194
Sweeping GOP schools bill adds money, expands vouchers, revamps accountability, and more.
Large school districts face takeover; Racine Unified does not currently meet criteria.
GOP touts restored school funding as critics cite fundamental problems.
Democrats call for federal investigation into questionable WEDC loan deal.
Watchdog groups have long warned against WEDC practices.
State had sued for tax delinquency firm given unsecured jobs loan.
Scott Walker dumps budget proposal that would have exempted WEDC records.
Rejecting BadgerCare Money Costing Nearly $400 Million in State Budget.
Los Angeles Lifts Its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour
We welcome Nicole Safar from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin to discuss callous legislation that would make all abortions illegal after 20 weeks from fertilization. We also discuss the latest scandals at failed WEDC, costly GOP legislation to drug test the unemployed and restrict food available to Wisconsin FoodShare recipients, new John Doe documents, and youth and community organizing behind the protests in response to the Tony Robinson and Dontre Hamilton shootings.
Click here to listen to Podcast #193
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GOP legislators unveil bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks
20-Week Abortion Bans: Still Unconstitutional After All These Years
Assembly passes food stamp restrictions, drug testing for unemployed
Food stamp recipients targeted by Assembly bills
Governor Walker’s Failed Jobs Agency Should be Scrapped
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout: Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce
Sen. Hansen: Penalize firms that get state aid, outsource jobs
Records show ditching Wisconsin Idea was no accident
John Doe records show Scott Walker campaign arguments
After Wednesday's protest, leader of Madison's Young, Black and Gifted is 'refueled'
"$15 and GOP Budget Backpedaling" Battleground Wisconsin Podcast
We welcome State Representative Melissa Sargent to discuss her new legislation to raise Wisconsin's minimum wage to $15/hour and the latest developments in the state budget. We also welcome two leaders of parent-based education organizations who are leading the fight in Wisconsin to adequately finance public education - Heather DuBois Bourenane, coordinator for the Wisconsin Public Education Network and Shawn Rolland from Support Our Schools in Tosa. We also talk about the expensive lengths conservatives will go through to punish low income workers and the unemployed.
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No hike in revenue estimates forces tough budget decisions.
Wisconsin Republicans pledge to restore Scott Walker's K-12 education cuts
Spurred by Scott Walker budget, parents rally for public school funds
Lawmakers drop Scott Walker's plan to spin off UW governance
Vos mum on whether UW cut will be reduced
State's largest local business groups warn $300 million UW cut could hurt economy
New Numbers: Growth of Poverty Wage Jobs Makes Rejection of BadgerCare Dollars a Fiscal Threat
Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users
Limits on food stamp choices would cost state millions of dollars
WPEN - Wisconsin Public Education Network
SOS Tosa - Support Our Schools Tosa
IN THE NEWS:
- The Mic 92.1 FM (May 7, 2015) Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig Discusses Prevailing Wage and Fiscal Policy with Mitch Henck (10 AM Hour)
- Big Radio AM 1380/FM93.7 Janeville-Monroe (April 30, 2015) Citizen Action’s Robert Kraig Discusses Outsourcing Loopholes at WEDC with Sly
- Milwaukee Business Journal (April 28, 2015) Eaton Corp. WEDC Tax Credits Reviewed After Moving Jobs to Mexico