My Community Matters to Me!
Every day, policy decisions are made that impact your neighborhood and your home.
In just 3 easy steps, you can make your vote count and elect leaders who understand and value what matters to you!
Step 1: ASK!
You deserve to know the views of the candidates running for office who want to represent you. Don't be afraid to ASK and find out if they believe in what you believe in. ASK to find out if what matters to you, matters to them!
Step 2: LEARN!
There's an easy way to see how your elected leaders have voted on issues that impact women and their families. LEARN who has represented you and LEARN how they've voted on your behalf.
Step 3: VOTE!
Once you're informed and inspired to make a difference, mark you calendars and plan to VOTE next year.
Key Questions to Ask Related to Your Community
ISSUE: Enforcing Environmental Laws
Access to clean air and water are the basis of health for women and our families. In recent years, enforcement actions against illegal polluters has dropped 55% and there has been an astounding 68% drop in the number of cases against illegal polluters referred for prosecution to the Department of Justice. When the government fails to prioritize enforcing the laws meant to protect us, our families risk exposure to more pollution from factory farms, frac sand mines, and other industrial operations.
Will you support initiatives to protect our air, water, and land and ensure that the responsible state agencies have the resources they need to enforce environmental protections?
ISSUE: Public K-12 Education
The most recent state budget continues the trend of underfunding Wisconsin’s public schools that was accelerated by the historic cuts passed in the 2011-2013 budget. As a result, public schools are being forced to provide the same quality of education with less revenue every budget cycle. Public schools are increasingly required to rely on local referenda initiatives in order to meet their most basic budgeting needs, which only further exacerbates the disparities between higher and lower income school districts that cannot equally afford to adequately fund their schools in the face of insufficient state revenue supports.
The lack of state resources being allocated to public schools is compounded by an ever-increasing amount of taxpayer dollars that are being funneled away from public schools to private voucher schools.
The effects of underfunding our public schools are felt even more acutely by lower-income students, who constitute approximately 40% of Wisconsin’s public K-12 students. Since Wisconsin’s school funding formula does not adjust for income levels, many of the districts with disproportionate number of low-income students lose out.
Do you support increasing state funding to public K-12 education that would, at a minimum, restore the historic budget cuts that have been implemented since 2011?
Do you support taxpayer money being used to fund private voucher schools?
Do you support changing Wisconsin’s state school funding formula so that it takes family income and poverty into account?