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Rep. Robyn Vining Highlights Risk of Losing Federal Funding for K-12 Education in Wisconsin

MADISON – Yesterday, a memo by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau stated that Wisconsin was at risk of not qualifying for $2.3 billion of federal funding for K-12 education, after the U.S. Department of Education previously stated that the amount would be $1.5 billion. This is due to the Republican-controlled Joint Committee on Finance not allocating enough funds for K-12 education in the state budget to qualify for the federal funding, if the budget is signed into law. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Introduces Bill to Support Students, Teachers, School Districts & Summer School Programs

MADISON – Today, State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa), State Representative Sondy Pope (D-Mount Horeb), State Representative Sara Rodriguez (D-Brookfield), and State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) introduced LRB-3142, the Summer School Counts bill, adjusting the count for summer school enrollment for purposes of school district revenue limits. Currently, only 40 percent...
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Rep. Robyn Vining Commends Call for BadgerCare Expansion Special Session

MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers announced a special session for BadgerCare expansion and to invest the $1 billion in cost savings from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into economic recovery and development projects across Wisconsin. Governor Evers signed Executive Order #116 calling a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature to vote on LRB-3568 on Tuesday, May 25th. Rep. Vining issued the following statement in support:
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Rep. Robyn Vining: Statement on the 17th Annual State of the Tribes

MADISON- Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa President John D. Johnson Sr. delivered the annual Wisconsin State of the Tribes Address today at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Rep. Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) released the following statement on the State of the Tribes address:. “The State of the Tribes is...
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Rep. Robyn Vining: Statement on Joint Committee on Finance Removal of Important Provisions from State Budget

MADISON – Today, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) voted, on party lines, to remove almost 400 items from Governor Evers’ proposed budget. Key proposals that JFC removed from the budget include BadgerCare expansion, Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), eliminating copayments for prescription drugs, PFAS related provisions, repealing the right to work law, family and medical leave, among others. Additionally, many of the provisions removed would have increased equity in Wisconsin, including the equity grant program, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, the creation of the Office of Environmental Justice, underserved community grants, health equity grants, and funding for equity officer positions in key state departments, among other provisions on this topic. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) released the following statement in response:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Advocates for Small Business Assistance to Support Dreams, Families, and Jobs

MADISON – Today, Governor Tony Evers joined State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) in her district at Miss Molly’s Cafe in Milwaukee to discuss assistance to small businesses during the pandemic and announce that $2.5 billion from the American Rescue Plan will be invested in economic recovery in Wisconsin, $600 million of which will go to support small businesses. Gov. Evers also vetoed Senate Bill 183, preserving the ability to direct the federal relief funds quickly and effectively. Rep. Vining gave the following remarks:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Calls on Legislative Leaders to Take Immediate Action for Wisconsin Workers

MADISON- On March 11th, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, which allocated an additional $300 per week for unemployed Wisconsinites. In order to access these funds, the Wisconsin Legislature must suspend the one week unemployment insurance (UI) waiting period. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) released the following statement urging legislative leaders to take immediate action:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Condemns Violence & Hateful Rhetoric Against Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

MADISON – On Thursday evening, President Biden addressed the nation and condemned the rise in violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, a man in Georgia shot and killed six Asian American women and two other victims. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Applauds Wisconsin Equal Rights Amendment Introduction

MADISON – Today, Sen. LaTonya Johnson, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Rep. Sara Rodriguez, Rep. Jodi Emerson, Rep. Lisa Subeck, Rep. Tip McGuire, Rep. Lee Snodgrass, and Rep. Dora Drake announced the introduction of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution. Wisconsin’s Equal Rights Amendment would establish equal rights on the...
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Rep. Robyn Vining: Statement on Passage of Special Session Unemployment Assistance Legislation

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly unanimously passed January 2021 Special Session Senate Bill 1 as amended to address urgent issues related to the state’s unemployment insurance (UI) system. This legislation is aimed at helping Wisconsinites get the support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic during a time of unprecedented unemployment rates. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Applauds Inclusion of Main Street Recovery Package in Wisconsin Act 1

MADISON – Yesterday, Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 2 into law as Wisconsin Act 1, an omnibus tax bill which includes tax relief provisions that were originally introduced as the Main Street Recovery Package. This bill package was introduced and co-authored by Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) last month, led by Representative Tip McGuire (D-Kenosha).
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Rep. Robyn Vining: Statement on Passage of Assembly Bill 2

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted on Assembly Bill 2, an omnibus tax bill which includes an amendment to allow a deduction for expenses paid with the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Democrats in the legislature introduced an amendment to allow a deduction for expenses paid with PPP loan funds that is capped at $250,000 and a $214.7 million grant program for struggling small businesses. This cap would cover 90% of loan recipients, and by capping the deductions at $250,000, the total cost of deductions for expenses paid with PPP loans is $204.7 million, saving $214.7 million for the grant program. This Democratic amendment was voted down.
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Rep. Robyn Vining Advocates for Standalone COVID-19 Relief Bills

MADISON – This week, Wisconsin Legislative Democrats introduced the provisions in the compromise version of Assembly Bill 1 as standalone bills. These 22 bills address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic including: removing barriers to unemployment benefits, support for childcare providers, eliminating cost sharing for COVID-19 testing and vaccination, increasing prescription drug limits, coverage of vaccinations under SeniorCare, Medical Assistance payments to hospitals during the pandemic, among others.
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Rep. Robyn Vining Supports Wearing Masks to Save Lives

MADISON – Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a joint resolution to overturn the statewide public health emergency order and mandatory mask order, with the vote being 52-42. Soon after the Assembly voted, Governor Tony Evers issued another public health emergency order and mandatory mask order, effective immediately until March 20th, 2021.
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Rep. Robyn Vining Statement on Passage of Amended Assembly Bill 1

MADISON – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed an amended version of Assembly Bill 1, with Assembly Republicans adding additional amendments with provisions that had been removed from the version of the bill that had passed the Wisconsin State Senate with bipartisan support earlier this month. Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:
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Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to Governor Evers’ State of the State Address

MADISON – Last night, Governor Tony Evers delivered the annual State of the State address, outlining priorities for the year. State Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:. “As Governor Evers stated in his State of the State address, we are strongest when we support one another.
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Rep. Robyn Vining Responds to Kenosha DA Decision

MADISON – On Wednesday, Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that no charges will be filed against the officer that shot Jacob Blake. Representative Robyn Vining (D-Wauwatosa) issued the following statement in response:. “I am thinking of Jacob Blake, his children, and his family in the wake of this decision....