Vos gives insight into state Assembly’s fall agenda 

    Assembly chambers (photo by Melanie Conklin)
    Assembly chambers (photo by Melanie Conklin)

    Democratic and Republican legislators do a Weekly Radio Address, addressing what they see as the “hot” issue each week.

    You won’t be surprised to learn from earlier coverage in the Wisconsin Examiner this week that the topic chosen by Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) is “Fair Maps for a Fair Wisconsin.

    State Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa)

    The key example of the consequence of unfair maps, as she sees it, is that 70% of the public overwhelmingly supports Medicaid expansion, yet Wisconsin Republicans continue to vehemently reject taking federal dollars for expansion. Says Vining, “Legislators are ignoring this directive from their constituents because there is no electoral consequence for failing to act.”

     

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester)

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) gives the GOP address: “Budget Successes and Current Initiatives.” He starts, “Thanks to Republican leadership we have a conservative budget that doesn’t expand welfare and reduces taxes on the middle class.” 

    And with budget work done, he sheds light on pieces of the fall agenda, noting that three task forces are touring the state this summer gathering input on water quality, suicide prevention and adoption.” He says the recommendations will be turned into laws in the fall.

    The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association makes audio transcripts of both Republican and Democratic addresses available every week on its website

    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.

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