LAB Fraud Hotline: Working to Stop Waste, Abuse and Mismanagement

Jan 14, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

January 14, 2015 “We waited and the ride never came,” said one disabled man. “I was so cold” another woman said. “They said the heater in the van didn’t work.” The disabled folks from Black River Falls who called me were on to something. They described problems (like waiting for a van that never came) with state ...

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Pay Attention ~ There’s a New Legislature in Session

Jan 5, 2015 No Comments ›› Admin

January 7, 2015 “Raise your right hand and repeat after me,” the Supreme Court Justice directs newly elected and re-elected lawmakers. So begins the new 2-year Legislative Session. On the first working day of 2015 a new group of freshman legislators began their work. Ordinary folks from ordinary lives receive a crash course in state services, agencies, budgeting ...

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Looking Forward to the Challenges of 2015

Dec 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 31, 2014  There’s something about the New Year that brings freshness and hope. Pain and loss are eased as the calendar turns to 2015. Opportunity and change await. Farming taught me the importance of new beginnings. While the ground lies fallow, plans begin. The farmer sees the snow covered field. But in the mind’s eye, the ...

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Looking Back on 2014

Dec 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 24, 2014 The close of the year is a good time to reflect on what passed and look forward to what lies ahead. This week I offer my annual review of the opinions and needs of the folks I’m honored to represent. Communication with constituents is a big part of a Senator’s job. This year I ...

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Don’t Let Government Accountability “Reform” Mean Return to Corruption

Dec 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 17, 2014 “I promise you that two years from now, when we are sitting here, the GAB will not be in the current format,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told a crowd at a Madison luncheon as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal. The Government Accountability Board (GAB) was created seven years ago to prevent corrupt practices ...

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Serving Wisconsin: Retiring Senators Offer Wisdom

Dec 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Admin

December 10, 2014 “There is a yearning outside the Capitol for common sense, cooperation and compromise,” Senator Tim Cullen told his fellow Senators. “You all know how to do this if you’ve been married for more than 15 days.” As 2014 comes to a close, so do the public careers of several extraordinary Senators. I listened carefully ...

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