Legislation Tag Archive


  • Walker Budget Would Eliminate Special Transfer Program

    Currently, under the Special Transfer Program (commonly known as Chapter 220), the state provides aid to school districts to support voluntary efforts by school districts to reduce racial imbalance. Aid is provided...

    2015 SB 21, 01/01/2015
  • Walker Signed a Bill Making It Harder for Individuals in Residential Care Facilities To Vote

    Signed a bill which reduced the number of locations to which clerks are required to send special voting deputies to allow individuals to cast absentee ballots. The bill was passed by both...

    2013 AB 396, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Weakened Consumer Protection

    The 2013-15 budget bill contained measures weakening consumer protection in Wisconsin, including: retroactively throwing out lawsuits from individuals poisoned by lead paint; easing regulations of predatory payday lending operations; allowing cable companies...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Failed to Invest in Higher Education

    The budget: Flatlined funding in student financial aid, even though tens of thousands of eligible students have been denied aid due to lack of funding Cut the UW System’s budget by $66...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Measures Undermine Public Education

    The 2013-15 budget included measures that: Continue the public education deficit created in the 2011-13 budget; Expand the private school voucher program and increase its funding by $90 million; Create an income...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Played Politics & Middle Class Loses

    As a result of the budget: Due to the Republican plan to reject Medicaid expansion, taxpayers will pay $206 million more to provide healthcare to 84,700 fewer people Instead of using a...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Proposed Expanding the Private School Voucher Program in 2013 Budget

    Proposed and ultimately signed the 2013-15 budget which included expansion of the private school voucher program statewide. As approved, the program was expanded for 500 students in its first year and 1,000...

    2013 AB 40, 01/01/2013
  • 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 Budget Provisions Weakened Wisconsin’s Stewardship Program and Land Conservation and Force Sale of Public Lands

    Walker’s 2013 budget included a measure cutting bonding authority for the state Stewardship Program, which buys land for public recreation and a measure forcing the state to sell public lands without a...

    2013 AB 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Budget Included Expanding Wisconsin’s Estate Recovery Program for Medicaid

    The 2013-15 budget included provisions greatly expanding Wisconsin’s estate recovery program, allowing the state to recover Medicaid expenses from a deceased recipient’s estate or from the surviving spouse’s estate. The changes go...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 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 a Bill Increasing Partisanship of Poll Workers

    Signed a bill that requires that whenever two or more poll workers are required to perform a function at polling place and both parties have submitted nominees, then the chief inspector must...

    2013 SB 265, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed Bill Restricting Early Voting Hours and Limiting Local Clerks’ Control of Early Voting Hours

    Signed bill that limited clerk’s office hours and days available for early voting, eliminating weekend voting and severely restricting voting hours available outside the normal work day. The Assembly version of the...

    2013 SB 324, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Signed Bill That Put Liability Limits in Tort Actions Above Protecting Health of Wisconsinites, Particularly Veterans

    Signed a bill that set limits on liability in tort actions and failed to protect veterans who become sick as a result of asbestos exposure during military service and for a bill...

    2013 AB 19, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed a Bill Allowing Partisan Election Observers Closer to Voters, Jeopardizing Their Private Information and Making Polling Places More Contentious

    Signed a bill that allows election observers to be as close as three feet to voters and poll workers when they are registering to vote or giving their name and address when...

    2013 AB 202, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Walker Signed a Law Making It Easier to Continue Use of Race-based Mascots

    Signed a bill that eliminated the procedure for objecting to and ordering termination of a school’s use of a race-based nickname, logo or mascot. Additionally, the bill allowed school districts to stop...

    2013 AB 297, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013
  • Rolled Back Class Size Reduction Program; Allows Teachers to Be Evaluated on Standardized Test Scores

    On December 17, 2011, Walker signed a bill into law that rolled back a major provision of the popular class size reduction program, Student Achievement Guarantee in Education Program, which established class...

    2011 WI Act 105, 12/07/2011
  • Walker Capped Attorney Fees

    Walker signed into law a bill which would limit attorneys’ fees to three times the amount of compensatory damages. (2011 September Special Session SB 12, introduced 10/11/11; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll...

    2011 WI Act 92, 12/07/2011
  • Weakened Nursing Home Regulations

    On November 16, 2011, Walker signed a bill into law that weakens regulations of nursing homes, prohibiting “dual enforcement” of federal and state requirements and give nursing homes more time to pay...

    2011 WI Act 70, 11/16/2011
  • Walker Allowed University of Wisconsin to Raise Tuition by 5.5% Annually; Cut $250 Million From System

    2011 WI Act 32: On June 26, 2011, Walker signed the budget into law, which allowed the UW System to increase tuition 5.5% annually, over $107 million over the biennium. The tuition...

    2011 WI Act 32, 11/09/2011
  • Walker Allowed Municipal Employers to Undermine Collective Bargaining agreements

    Walker signed into a law a bill that allows any municipal employer to enter into a memorandum of understanding to reduce the cost of compensation or fringe benefits, without modifying an existing...

    2011 WI Act 65, 11/09/2011
  • Walker Allowed Landlords to Discriminate Against Renting to Individuals

    Walker signed into law a bill that allows landlords to discriminate against renting to individuals based on their conviction record or income. The Senate passed the bill June 14, 2011, 18-14, on...

    2011 WI Act 108, 11/07/2011
  • Walker Undermined Wildlife Management

    2011 WI Act 50: On November 4, 2011, Walker signed a bill into law that prohibited the Department of Natural Resources from establishing restrictions of hunting antlered deer and regulating the fall...

    2011 WI Act 50, 11/04/2011
  • Politicized Department of Veterans Affairs & Appointed Crony As Secretary

    Walker signed into law a bill that politicizes the Department of Veterans Affairs by giving the governor authority to appoint the Secretary, rather than being selected by the Board of Veterans Affairs,...

    2011 WI Act 36, 07/13/2011
  • Signed Into Law “Concealed Carry” Bill

    Walker signed into law SB 93, the “Conceal Carry” legislation, which allows individuals to go armed with a firearm, loaded or not, and concealed or openly carried. Loaded firearms are also now...

    2011 WI Act 35, 07/08/2011
  • Stripped Public Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights

    Walker signed a bill that stripped all public workers, except police and firefighters, of their collective bargaining rights. The bill no longer allows teachers, nurses, snow plow drivers and other public employees...

    2011 WI Act 10, 06/28/2011
  • Walker Slashed General Transportation Aids to Local Governments for Road Maintenance

    Walker signed into law $27.5 million in cuts to transportation aid to local governments for maintenance of local roads. (2011-13 Executive Budget Comparative Summary, Department of Transportation, page 666; 2011 Assembly Bill...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • 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 Cut Over $71 Million From Tech College System

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker slashed over $71.6 million in state aid from the technical college system, a 30% reduction, and capped tech college’s ability to raise additional funds through property tax...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Eliminated the Renewable Energy Grants and Loan Program

    2011 WI Act 32: In the budget, Walker eliminated the Renewable Grants and Loans Program which provides incentives for Wisconsin businesses to develop emerging technologies such as manure digesters and biofuels.

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Reduced Immigrants’ Access to Education

    Youth who are the children of undocumented immigrants are no longer allowed to pay the resident tuition rate to attend the UW System or a technical college. They had the right to...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Approved Cuts to Focus on Energy of $340 Million Over Next Four years

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker repealed current provisions that authorize the Public Service Commission to spend more than 1.2% of their annual operating revenues on energy efficiency and renewable resource programs, if...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Eliminated the Office of Energy Independence

    2011 WI Act 32: In the budget, Walker eliminated the Office of Energy Independence, which as part of the Department of Commerce. The Office provided long term-planning and development of Wisconsin fuel,...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Child Labor Law Weakened Under Walker

    Walker signed into law a provision in the budget which lifted provisions barring 16 and 17-year-olds from working more than 26 hours during a school week and more than 50 hours a...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Created Loopholes for Corporations to Avoid Paying Taxes

    On June 26, 2011, Walker signed the budget, which allows big corporations to write off business losses before 2009 from their tax liabilities. Only around 400 companies out of more than 40,000...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Cut $234 Million From the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker signed into law cuts of $234 million from the state stewardship program, which allows the Department of Natural Resources to acquire land and provide grants to local...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Cut $3 Million From Tobacco Use Control Grants

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker signed into law cuts of $3 million in tobacco use control grants, allocated to a range of organizations for tobacco cessation activities, like the tobacco quitline and...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Cut $500 Million From Medical Assistance Programs

    On June 26, 2011, Walker signed the budget, which contained his proposal to cut $500 million from Medical Assistance programs. The proposal does not exclude any specific groups from receiving the program...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Cut $9.6 Million in Aid for Mass Transit

    Walker signed into law $9.6 million in cuts to mass transit operating expenses for the biennium. The cuts have the biggest impact on the Milwaukee and Madison transit systems ($5,576,500 and $1,465,200...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Cut School Funding by $1.6 Billion

    Walker signed into law the 2011-13 budget, which cut school aids by approximately $800 million and reduced the revenue limit per pupil by 5.5% in fiscal year 2012. The Department of Public...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Eliminated Foodshare Benefits for Qualified Legal Immigrants

    Walker prohibited the Department of Health Services from providing FoodShare benefits to “qualified aliens,” except to the extent that federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits are required by federal government. This...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Eliminated Revenue Tax Exemption for School Nurses

    In the 2011-13 budget, Walker signed into law the deletion of a revenue tax adjustments available to schools to help cover the costs of having school nurses. (Legislative Fiscal Bureau Comparative budget...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Under Walker, Lost Opportunity for “Clean Energy” Jobs

    Walker eliminated the Green to Gold Fund, administered by the now defunct Department of Commerce. This was a “green jobs” initiative to encourage new manufacturing and technology related to the development of...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Raided Money From Other Projects for Reconstruction of Bridge in Milwaukee

    In the budget, Walker signed into law a provision that allows the Department of Transportation to take money from other major projects funded through major highway development, state highway rehabilitation, and southeast...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Reduced State Recycling Program

    Walker signed the state budget, which cut $24 million from the municipal and county recycling grant program over the biennium. In Walker’s proposed executive budget, he entirely eliminated funding for the recycling...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Repealed Racial Profiling Law

    Walker signed into law a bill that repealed a racial profiling law that took effect in January of 2011 that requires police to collect the age, ZIP code, gender and ethnicity of...

    2011 WI Act 29, 06/22/2011
  • Walker Signed Law Requiring Photo ID to Vote

    Walker signed into law Assembly Bill 7, requiring photo identification to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot. On February 12, 2011, the Senate passed an amendment to SB...

    2011 WI Act 23, 05/25/2011