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Toll roads in Wisconsin? No, no, and no!

This is a terrible idea. The state spends billions of dollars on road construction, and the gas tax is not drawing in as much revenue as cars become more efficient.

WISN 12 News caught up with one lawmaker who believes the toll road solution is gaining support.

“Long term, we have to look at toll […]

Assembly Democratic Leader Barca announces living wage bill for contract state employees

Yesterday Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca announced new legislation that would set a living wage that is at least the federal poverty level of a three-person household or the same amount as a state employee performing the same duties for the hundreds of individuals working under state contracts in Wisconsin.

Here’s more from Barca’s […]

Peter Barca: Make 2014 the Year of the Middle Class

From my email inbox comes Democratic State Rep. Peter Barca’s latest column. Decisions made inside the state Capitol in 2013 have not been kind to Wisconsin’s working, middle-class families. Our state remained in the bottom half among states for job creation and we recently led the nation in our increase in unemployment claims. We also […]

Assembly Democrats Have No Spine: What Budget?

Although it doesn’t always pay to tilt at windmills, the decision by Wisconsin Assembly Democrats and Assembly Minority Leader Representative Peter Barca to refrain from offering a single amendment to the biennial budget is downright perplexing. On the one hand I can understand the futility of offering up amendments that have absolutely no chance of […]

13 Democrats join Republicans in voting to classify Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese as junk food (UPDATED)

This will never stand up to Federal scrutiny, but it still sucks… The Assembly approved, on a bipartisan vote of 68-26, a bill requiring at least two-thirds of the purchases in the state’s FoodShare program to come from a list of state-defined healthy foods, with Republicans arguing that the benefits outweighed the opposition of some […]

WEDC Fails Another Audit and This Time There Should Be Criminal Charges

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press are reporting that an audit by the state’s non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau found significant questionable financial activities surrounding Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. This time tax credits for creating jobs have gone unaudited, legally required reports haven’t been filed and there has been questionable spending on the […]

Getting Mad About the Wrong Thing on Madison’s Per Diem Debate

Earlier this week Zach posted an article about the State Assembly possibly raising the per diem expense rate paid to Assembly members during their stays in Madison. Surprisingly the article resulted in one of most spirited discussions of the week.

The per diem has a role to play in controlling the cost of government. Rather […]

Again with the mixed messaging…

This is a week old, but it’s worth discussing… “Scott Walker will see the inside of a jail cell before he sees the inside of another term!” yelled Wisconsin Democratic Party Chariman Mike Tate to great cheers at his party’s state convention this past weekend.

When Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News asked Kenosha Assemblyman […]

Do Democrats in the legislature need to deepen their bench?

From Playground Politics: Democrats need to spend more time cultivating future leaders in the legislature and less time turning the place over to retreads like Peter Barca, Fred Kessler, Jim Holperin, and Tim Cullen. Now Joe Wineke may well be on his way back, which would be a huge benefit to the rudderless ship that […]

Peter Barca Endorses Mayor Tom Barrett for Governor

Just announced.

“Tom Barrett will be a governor who will focus on jobs, and restore trust, integrity and accountability to state government. Our Wisconsin values have been under assault from this governor over the past 15 months, and its time for a healer who will bring us together. I know Tom Barrett has what it […]