GOP lawmakers aim to make it harder for public workers to get abortions

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State workers could not use government-sponsored health insurance for abortions in most cases, under a bill sponsored by Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere). Senate committee Republicans approved the measure on a party-line vote four years after abandoning a similar bill that Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) said then would unleash “all out hell” in that house. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sen. Erpenbach: Economy a challenge for most of Wisconsin

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Wisconsin’s economy is recovering in some factors, but in general the measures are split and the divide between the economies of booming counties and struggling counties continues to grow. What does that mean and how can we fix it? > Cap Times

Sen. Erpenbach: Prison safety needs legislative attention

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In 2018, Wisconsin’s prison population will be as high as it’s ever been. Coupled with an ongoing staffing shortage, it’s the perfect storm for dangerous situations in our institutions. With a set of bills I’ve introduced with Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo) we’re working to solve some of the problems we know officers and inmates are facing. > Cap Times

Sen. Erpenbach: Tax bill a double whammy for most of us

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If you are lucky enough to make an income three times the Wisconsin median, the tax plan being decided in D.C. will likely benefit you. But if you’re like the rest of us, who spend all or most of the income we receive on the costs of living, it will be harder to find a benefit. > Cap Times

Dem lawmakers ask Ray Cross to slow down UW mergers

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In letter circulated by Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) and Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), twenty Democratic legislators are asking UW System President Ray Cross to delay implementation of a reorganization of the system’s campuses. Cross’ plan would merge the system’s 13 two-year campuses with 7 of its 13 four-year campuses. > Cap Times

Erpenbach, Taylor bills would undo some abortion restrictions in Wisconsin

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Three bills proposed by Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) would undo a series of anti-abortion measures signed into law in Wisconsin over the last two decades. Though the legislation has virtually no chance of passing, Erpenbach said they will continue introducing it “session after session until it becomes law.” > Cap Times