The League of Women Voters is supporting and joining the 50th Anniversary March on Washington on August 24, 2013, organized by the National Action Network. Nothing could be more important to progressives everywhere, to Wisconsin, and to the nation. Please show your support by taking action. Even if you can't be in DC this Saturday, you can make your voice heard by writing to members of Congress and by supporting the work of the League of Women Voters nationally and in Milwaukee County.
The pace of job growth in Wisconsin, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "still lags." Here's the key paragraph from the story:
According to the Madison-based state Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin gained 24,124 private-sector jobs in the 12 months between March 2012 and March 2013, an increase of 1.1% in the workforce. That's a marked deceleration from the previous report, using comparable data, which showed the state added 32,282 private-sector jobs in the 12 months through December 2012, a 1.4% increase.
According to the article, Wisconsin's pace of job growth -- 1.4% per year -- is significantly below the national pace -- 2.3% for private sector jobs.
The CapTimes calculates that Wisconsin will need to add 8,505 private sector jobs per month in order to fulfill Scott Walker's pledge to create 250,000 new jobs in his first (and with hard work his only) term as governor. He is halfway through his term but only 29% of the way to honoring his promise.
See another Capital Times article, "The Great Recession's impact on Wisconsin," for a succinct visualization of the state of our state's economy.
From the IWF (Institute for Wisconsin's Future):
Here’s something political that you can do this summer that amounts to a pleasant walk around your neighborhood, meeting the great people who live around you to push an important issue. Whitefish Bay and Shorewood will join the Move to Amend movement to reform our election system. As you know, big money has perverted democracy. There has been more than enough evidence. Think about the failure of Congress to pass background checks on firearms, despite support from 90% of the public — including gun owners. Closer to home we have seen the breath-taking transformation of our state from our tradition of fair-mindedness and progressive ideas to one being run by one of the biggest collection of ignorant, mean-spirited people in Wisconsin legislative history.Read more
State Sen. Chris Larson effectively summarizes all that is wrong with the budget bill. In addition to denying women importan health rights, they are punishing the victims of sexual assault, encouraging unqualified individuals to perform invasive medical procedures, implementing an unfunded mandate on women, and all while continuing to lag economically.Read more
Republicans Prioritize Taking Away Women’s Health Care Access Over Jobs
Republicans refuse to exempt rape victims and women who need an abortion to save their lives from SB 206.Read more
“The American people will pay dearly for this decision when, more than ever, their voices are drowned out by corporate spending in our federal elections.” Russ Feingold on Citizens United. That is what we saw in Madison today.
Get Big Money out of Politics: Citizens United v Democracy
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