How Dismantling Civil Service is happening in Wisconsin One Step at a Time

Oct 5, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

October 7, 2015 “Please do what you can to stop the dismantling of the civil service system,” Mary from Trempealeau County asked me. Mary is a retired social worker. Her call is one of a number of contacts I received lately from residents unhappy with a bill that would change state employment. Residents expressed concern that government ...

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Audit Bureau Turns 50, Receives National Recognition and Calls for its Demise

Sep 30, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

September 30, 2015  “Fix the broken programs, get rid of the ones that don’t work and fund those that are working.” There’s not a state candidate around that would disagree with this statement. Yet there are some in the Legislature that would eliminate the very source of information on which programs are a waste of taxpayer dollars ...

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Strong Consumer Protections Rely on You and Your Neighbors

Sep 22, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

September 23, 2015 “I got a call saying the IRS was taking me to court, but I filed everything on time. What do I do?” Linda asked.  We both agreed the phone call sounded fishy, so I reached out to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to learn more. The Consumer Protection experts ...

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WEDC Leaders Missed Opportunity to Apologize and Reform

Sep 16, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

  September 16, 2015 “Are you going to follow the recommendations in the audit?” I asked the Board Chair of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). He crossed his arms, sat back and smiled at me. A smile that, to me, said I was annoying him. The clearest path to better outcomes at Governor Walker’s flagship jobs creation agency ...

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Audit Shows Riders Received Poor Services – Elderly and disabled stranded when company did not deliver rides

Sep 9, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

September 9, 2015 “Just how many ‘no shows’ are acceptable?” I asked Medicaid Director Kevin Moore at a recent Audit Committee Hearing. “Is 4,154 people left without a ride too many?” Wisconsin needs a different system for getting seriously ill elderly and disabled to their medical appointments. A recent audit showed poor services provided by a private ...

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Senator Vinehout’s Education Budget Wrap Up 2015

Sep 8, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

Dear Friends, Thank you for you concerns about Wisconsin’s state budget. I am writing to provide an update on both K-12 and higher education changes in the recently passed budget. Investing in education is the most important priority for our state’s future. Unfortunately, the investment Wisconsin makes in our education system has dropped from about 40% a ...

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