Working Families Category Archive


  • Child Care Subsidy Bill Born Wrote Signed Into law

    Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 924 into law Tuesday, increasing the state’s investment in the Wisconsin Shares program, assisting the child care industry and Wisconsin families across the state. Wisconsin Shares...

    Daily Citizen, 04/03/2018
  • One Wisconsin Now Joins With Worker Advocates Opposing Efforts to Weaken Wisconsin Laws Protecting Wisconsin Families

    One Wisconsin Now today joined with advocates for Wisconsin families in opposing measures that would undermine current protections in state law for workers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/05/2018
  • Rep. Adam Jarchow’s Allies Promote Poor Shaming While Candidate for State Senate Seeks to Feather His Own Nest

    While Adam Jarchow seeks to feather his own nest in the legislature, his right-wing allies are doing the dirty work of attacking his opponent.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/03/2018
  • Walker: Increase Tax Credit for Working Poor

    Gov. Scott Walker wants to increase a tax credit for Wisconsin’s working poor that he cut in 2011, which could help 130,000 families. “Families are the foundation of our society,” Walker said...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/02/2017
  • Gov. Walker to Propose Increase in Tax Credit He Had Previously cut

    Gov. Scott Walker is reversing course on a key tax credit for the working poor, proposing to raise incomes for more than 130,000 state families by returning the more than $20 million...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/01/2017
  • Gov. Walker: Workforce Development Now State’s Top job

    Gov. Scott Walker declared in his seventh State of the State address Tuesday that workforce development will be his top priority going forward, a shift that comes after he failed to fulfill...

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, 01/10/2017
  • 5 Years After Walker’s Act 10 Union Membership Falls in Wisconsin

    In the five years since Act 10 was signed by Gov. Scott Walker, union membership in Wisconsin has plummeted. In 2015, the number of union members fell well below the national average...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/11/2016
  • The Hypocrisy of Rep. Paul Ryan on Family Time

    As Paul Ryan sets the conditions for his role as speaker, it is abundantly clear that his commitment to family and fairness extends no further than himself.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/27/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Working Families Issues

    Scott Walker’s policies have been a disaster for working families in Wisconsin, consistently favoring tax breaks that benefit the wealthy.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Walker Has Repeatedly Refused to Accept Federal Medicaid Expansion in Wisconsin, Hurting Low-income Workers And women

    “The state would stay the course and turn down federal money to expand Wisconsin’s health programs for the needy, under Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015 budget proposal….In 2013, the Republican governor rejected taking...

    Governing.com, 02/19/2015
  • As Paid Sick Leave Battles Continue in States, Wisconsin’s Law Was Singled Out As “Most Notable”

    Arguably, the most notable preemption law was passed in Wisconsin in 2011, when legislators approved legislation that repealed Milwaukee’s sick leave law—even though it had passed by ballot initiative in 2008 with...

    Fortune, 02/11/2015
  • Gov Walker Has Failed to Support a State Bill Allowing Refinancing of Student Loans

    Recent graduate Teri Crabb, 50, stood outside the building where Walker spoke with signs decrying high student loan debts and a low minimum wage. Crabb graduated in May with more than $50,000...

    Green Bay Press Gazette, 09/10/2014
  • Walker Called Minimum Wage Hike a “Political Stunt”

    Gov. Scott Walker lashed out Thursday against Democratic proposals to raise the minimum wage, calling them a “political grandstanding stunt” that will kill jobs. Walker was addressing a friendly crowd at a...

    Associated Press, 01/23/2014
  • Walker Opposes a Common Sense Raise in the Minimum Wage

    “Gov. Scott Walker opposes increasing the federal minimum wage, fearing it would prompt employers to do less hiring. In making his case, Walker paints a picture of low-wage workers as people working...

    Politifact, 01/13/2014
  • Walker’s Health Care Plan Kicked 77,000 Adults Off the Badgercare Program

    Legislation approved by Walker and GOP lawmakers requires some 77,000 adults in BadgerCare with incomes above the poverty line — $23,550 for a family of four — to be dropped from that...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/09/2014
  • Scott Walker: Eliminating Income Tax, Raising Sales Tax on the Table

    One Wisconsin Now deputy director Mike Browne questioned why Walker would continue with trickle-down economic policies… “You’re increasing a tax burden on those least able to pay,” Browne said of raising sales...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 12/19/2013
  • Nearly 15,000 Sign Up to Tell Gov. Walker and Big Business Lobby: “Respect Wisconsin Women”

    Nearly 15,000 individuals have voiced their opposition to the anti-woman agenda of Gov. Walker and the state big business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/09/2013
  • While Gov. Scott Walker Jets to New York to Hob Nob With Billionaires to Pursue Presidential Ambitions, Low Income Wisconsinites Getting Notices They’re Losing Their Healthcare

    Gov. Scott Walker “jets” to New York for a fundraiser hosted by billionaire owner of the New York Jets, for the benefit of the Republican National Committee.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/22/2013
  • On 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ Message of Racial Harmony and Economic Justice For All Under Attack by Gov. Walker’s Divide and Conquer Politics

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted how the “divide and conquer” politics of Gov. Walker and the policies he and the GOP-led legislature have pursued are universally antithetical to Dr. King's message.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/27/2013
  • Walker Claimed His “Boldest” Reform of 2013 Budget Was Forcing Food Stamp Recipients to Attend Work Training

    Walker went on to say, however, that the “biggest, boldest reform” in the budget was new work requirements for people on food stamps. Able-bodied adults must spend at least 20 hours a...

    Associated Press, 07/01/2013
  • Walker’s Choice: Millionaires or the Middle Class

    As Gov. Scott Walker ponders his vetoes to the 2013 state budget, a $30 million tax break with no income limits, worth up to $10,000, for parents already sending their children to private schools should be on the list.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/25/2013
  • Wisconsin Working Families and Middle Class Lose Big As Top GOP Legislative Leaders Flip-Flop Way to Budget Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — In his 2010 campaign, Gov. Walker signaled support for a bill to ban the legislature from voting after 10pm because, “… nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/04/2013
  • GOP Budget Plan: Another Massive Tax Giveaway to the Wealthy

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Rep. Dale Kooyenga’s announcement of a new GOP tax scheme doling out over $400 million in new...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/27/2013
  • Wis. Republicans Gather As Party Seeks to Grow

    And Scot Ross, director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, said Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature have focused on an agenda that benefits the rich and hurts the middle class.

    San Antonio Express, 05/02/2013
  • Advocates Said Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Harmed Working Families’ Child Care Access

    “Scott Walker’s proposed $273 million budget for Wisconsin Shares, the child-care subsidy program for low-income families, threatens to make it even harder for providers to give quality care to the children most...

    Capital Times, 03/26/2013
  • Walker Rejected Federal Expansion of Medicaid, Costing Taxpayers More For Less

    If the federal government keeps its current commitments, Gov. Scott Walker’s plan for avoiding a full expansion of the BadgerCare program under the federal health care law would cost Wisconsin taxpayers roughly...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/16/2013
  • Gov. Walker Slashes Health Care for Working Families to Appease Big Biz Lobby

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding reports that Gov. Walker will announce he will reject an expansion of federal Medicaid coverage in Wisconsin...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/12/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Included Provisions Hurting Workers, Creating More Tax Breaks

    Walker’s 2013-15 Budget included Provisions that: Made it harder for workers to access unemployment compensation benefits by reducing the number of allowable reasons to quit a job from 18 to 9. Expanded...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Failed to Support a Plan to Address the Growing Student Loan Debt Crisis

    The “Higher Ed, Lower Debt” bills, 2013 SB 376 & 2013 AB 498, were introduced 10/29/13 in the Senate & 11/8/13 in the Assembly. The bills called for the creation of a...

    Legislative Journal, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed a Bill That Benefited Wealthy Instead of Providing Tax Relief for the Middle Class

    Provisions of the measure included: For purposes of the state individual income tax, reduces the rate of taxation on the bottom income tax bracket from 4.4% to 4.0%. Replaces the levy limit...

    2013 SB 1 January 2014 Special Session, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed Equal Pay Repeal and Abortion Restriction Bills In Private and Released Them on Good Friday

    Walker, a Republican, signed the bills Thursday but didn’t announce the move until midday Friday, when his office released a list of more than 50 bills he signed Thursday and Friday…Walker also...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/07/2012
  • Supporters of the Equal Pay Enforcement Provisions Said They Had Been Effective in Addressing Wisconsin’s Gender Pay Inequity

    “The Equal Pay law wasn’t just about women—it also offered protection from discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and other factors. But it was enacted largely in response to...

    Daily Beast, 04/07/2012
  • Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

    A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill....

    Huffington Post, 04/06/2012
  • On April 5, 2012 Scott Walker Signed SB 202 That Repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act

    The Equal Pay Enforcement Act gave victims of wage discrimination the ability to sue in state courts for punitive and compensatory damages. By repealing the law, Walker made it easier for corporations...

    2011 SB 202, 04/05/2012
  • Research Shows That Since the Law Was Passed Wisconsin Has Been One of a Handful of States That Has Seen the Gap Between Women’s and Men’s Pay Narrow

    According to the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau:“Median female earnings as a percentage of median male earnings rose by 3.0% in Wisconsin between 2009 and 2010. Only four states had larger increases.Wisconsin jumped...

    Sen. Dave Hansen press release, 02/16/2012
  • Walker Created Waiting Period for Unemployment Insurance

    Effective January 1, 2012, there will be a one-week waiting period before an unemployed worker can collect benefits. The inclusion of this change in the State Budget was made unilaterally by Republicans...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Raised Taxes on Working Families & Poor

    Walker’s first state budget included two tax increases on working families: changing the Earned Income Tax Credit program (EITC) and removing the indexing of inflation from the homestead property tax relief program....

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Signed Law Pre-empting Sick Day Ordinance and Voiding a Milwaukee Ordinance That Had Been Passed by Voters

    Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Thursday a measure that voids Milwaukee’s paid sick leave ordinance that was passed by voters in a referendum and upheld recently by the state Court of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/05/2011
  • Big Business Anti-Sick Days Mouthpiece Racked Up Over 150 Taxpayer-Funded Sick Days

    MILWAUKEE — The paid business lobbyist who has served as the most vocal special interest opponent to allowing more than 120,000 hard-working Milwaukee citizens to earn modest paid sick leave benefits, accumulated...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/13/2008