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 Wisconsin Parents Build Back Better Thanks to Child Tax Credit, No Thanks to WI Republicans 

MADISON, Wis. — Today, thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, parents across Wisconsin are seeing another round of payments from the expanded Child Tax Credit. These payments were funded by the American Rescue Plan, which provided additional relief of up to $1,600 per child to the families of nearly 1.2 million children in Wisconsin. The expanded payments are also expected to lift 46,000 Wisconsin children out of poverty. This expanded middle-class tax cut echoes Gov. Evers’ commitment to cutting taxes for families across the state — earlier this year he signed a $450 million small business tax cut and provided more than $2 billion in individual income tax relief for middle-class Wisconsinites. Since taking office, Gov. Evers has cut middle-class taxes by a cumulative 15 percent.

“This expanded middle-class tax cut is President Biden delivering on his promise to build back better,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin interim Executive Director Devin Remiker. “Whether parents are using these payments to put food on the table or pay for child care, we know that all families are better off thanks to President Biden and Democrats in Congress. Republicans, who stood in unified opposition to the American Rescue Plan, should be ashamed for taking a partisan stance in the fight against child poverty.”

Here’s what parents across the state are saying about President Biden’s middle-class tax cut:

UpNorthNews: GOP States Are Getting a Big Chunk of Biden’s Popular Child Tax Credit — Wisconsin Also Above Average

  • “As a new round of monthly child tax credit payments goes to around 35 million American families, a Reuters analysis found Wisconsin is among the states where households are receiving higher-than-average benefits from the expanded credit which was also converted into monthly checks by President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. A Reuters/Ipsos poll also found the expanded credit and payments enjoy broad public support.”

WisBusiness: Main Street Alliance: Wisconsin small biz supports enhanced child tax credit

  • “Corrine Hendrickson, owner of Corrine’s Little Explorers in New Glarus, shared how the enhanced child tax credit is helping: ‘As a parent the expanded child care tax credit has helped me keep my growing teenage boys clothed, fed, and sheltered. My friends with younger children have commented that it is helping offset child care costs allowing them to keep working since they now aren’t using their entire paycheck.’” 


  • “Macy Buhler, owner of Yahara River Learning Center in DeForest also comments: ‘It is helping parents afford extra costs related to the pandemic…it has been a lifeline.’”

PBS Wisconsin: What an Expanded Child Tax Credit Means for Two Madison Mothers

  • “Despite the financial pressures these work struggles placed on her family, she considered herself ‘blessed’ for still having a job when so many others lost theirs. But for Campbell, even a couple extra hundred dollars every month would have made a big difference.”


  • “‘It would be amazing,’ she said. ‘Bills would be on time, I wouldn’t have to figure out, am I going to pay for the kids to be able to go to school with the internet? Or should I worry about the food?’”

 FACT SHEET: Biden Administration’s NEW Plan to Combat PFAS

MADISON, Wis. — Today, the Biden-Harris administration outlined an accelerated nationwide plan to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been a persistent issue facing Wisconsin communities. While Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature rejected statewide funding proposals designed to target the toxic chemicals, ridding Wisconsin’s waters of PFAS has been a priority of President Biden, Gov. Evers, and Wisconsin Democrats.

President Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s partnership with Gov. Evers will address the systemic water-waste challenges that plague Wisconsin. The EPA’s newest program, titled PFAS Roadmap, outlines three concrete steps that the federal government will take to eradicate PFAS including — holding polluters accountable, ensuring science-based decision-making, and addressing the impacts on disadvantaged communities.

“Every single Wisconsinite should have access to clean drinking water. Today’s announcement is just another example of President Biden and Democrats delivering for Wisconsin’s families where Wisconsin Republicans have refused to take action,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Interim Executive Director Devin Remiker. “Despite PFAS posing significant risks to the health of our state, Republicans in our state legislature put politics over people and tried to flush away clean-water funding from Gov. Evers’ state budget. Thankfully, we elected President Biden, who understands that the safety of Wisconsin’s residents must be our number one priority. By addressing these legacy chemicals, President Biden is cementing his legacy as a pro-Wisconsin president.” 

 The PFAS Roadmap will work to:

  • Create a new national testing strategy, while continuing to update and expand previous assessments, focusing on toxicity and environmental detection;
  • Develop and deploy analytical methods to prevent and address contamination of PFAS in meat and poultry;
  • Conduct the first-ever inventory of PFAS use and releases from federal facilities;
  • Identify and quantify the risks of PFAS to first responders; 
  • Review the rapidly evolving science on human health and PFAS; and
  • Form the new Interagency Policy Committee on PFAS to help coordinate new policy strategies, remediation, and removal of PFAS in communities across the country.

Paired with the Build Back Better Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal, the Biden administration will invest in clean-water infrastructure, including providing bottled water to Wisconsin’s most impacted communities — like Peshtigo, Marinette, Madison, Rhinelander, and the Town of Campbell — as well as providing local municipalities the resources needed to remove the chemicals from their utility service systems. 


Weekly News From Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair 

Dear fellow Wisconsin Democrats,  

Let’s not kid ourselves: 2022 is going to be tough. 

At one level, it shouldn’t be a hard year for Democrats. Our governor is doing a terrific job, and people fundamentally like and trust him. Ditto for our president. Democrats are delivering, and we’re in the final stages of negotiation on the Build Back Better plan to deliver yet more. And Republicans are in total disarray, endlessly relitigating the their 2020 loss and trying to scaremonger with divisive attacks on COVID protections and honesty in education. Republicans are offering no vision for the future, and Democrats are walking the walk on what they ran on. What’s more, our party is in stronger shape than ever before in an off year. Those elements should all be a recipe for success. 


The single most stark lesson of American political history over the last century is that midterm elections spell trouble for the president’s party.  

In almost every midterm election, the party that just won the presidency has taken it on the chin. Twelve out of the last fourteen new presidents have seen their parties lose ground two years after reaching the White House. The only exceptions in recent memory were 1934, in the depths of the Depression, and 2002, after 9/11. There are several theories for why this is, but the leading one is simple: whoever lost the presidency has the urgent sense that the things they care about are endangered. But the party that wins the presidency becomes more complacent.  

It’s easy to understand the emotional logic of this by thinking about the 2018 election cycle, when we watched Trump threaten the foundations of our democracy. We absolutely had to turn out and put a check on his power.  

Now look at polls of Republicans: in huge numbers, they now falsely think that the last election was stolen. They believe that the Republic is in danger. In other words, they feel a little bit like we did in 2018. We have to expect them to be enormously mobilized at every level—and plan for them to surge in turnout in 2022.  

How do we counter this? Organize, organize, organize.  

Organize and communicate, at every turn.  

Governor Evers ought to win, based on his record and values. Ron Johnson deserves to lose. But those things will only happen if we organize and communicate so effectively that we overcome the momentum of history, in which the pendulum reliably swings against the president’s party. That’s why we’re investing and organizing so intensively right now, more than a year from the election—and why we’ll just be ramping up, and up, and up. So much is on the line. This fight will be tough. But there’s no group of people I would rather put my fate in than the members and activists and organizers of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. You can do this. We can do this. We’re going to do this—together.  

In solidarity, 



Wisconsinites Call Out Ron Johnson For Abandoning Them

This week, Chair Wikler joined Wisconsinites gathered at Ron Johnson’s Madison office—which happens to be located on Wall Street, perhaps in a subtle nod to Johnson’s priorities—to slam Wisconsin’s senior senator for his self-serving actions in office. Johnson has opposed the Build Back Better agenda at every step, standing against middle-class tax cuts, lower health care costs, critical pandemic relief, and federal investments in Wisconsin’s infrastructure. Despite his staunch opposition to delivering for Wisconsin’s working families, Johnson has never had a problem serving himself -- including rigging the tax system to benefit his bottom line and his biggest donors. 

:Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Ben Wikler: “Democrats are proposing help for parents, they’re proposing help for seniors, they’re proposing help for working families and adults. And Ron Johnson is saying no, no, no, no. The only things Ron Johnson ever says yes to are things that line his own pockets and the pockets of his wealthiest donors. This is not the kind of representation that Wisconsin needs or deserves.”

Health Care Worker and Mother of Two, Erica Throneburg:  “At every turn, as Ron Johnson has failed to represent the best interests of parents, children, and local businesses, he has proven to voters that he isn’t working for Wisconsin. And it’s clear that Senator Johnson will not support legislation that is actually good for families like mine.”

USA Today-Wisconsin Editorial Board Demands Gableman Resign, End Sham Investigation

As conspiracy theorist Michael Gableman’s election review boondoggle continues to go off the rails, the USA Today Network-Wisconsin Editorial Board slammed him and the Wisconsin GOP for “flushing taxpayer dollars down the drain” to further Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about an election that was proven to be secure nearly a year ago. 

This comes on the heels of Gableman admitting he doesn’t know how elections work, hasn’t voted in seven recent elections, and compared reporting to Nazi propaganda. 

The editorial board said, “Republicans should be embarrassed that public money is being used to lend legitimacy to a lie whose premise is at odds with both common sense and the Constitution.” 

Despite a recount, a report from Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security, and countless rulings by courts in Wisconsin proving the 2020 Wisconsin election was secure, Republicans are still running a bogus election review, all while wasting nearly $700,000 in taxpayers funds. If nothing else, Gableman’s ignorance surrounding elections, wildly offensive analogies to Nazism, inability to even write an email or send a subpoena without a typo, demonstrate how unfit he is to investigate a serious topic, discrediting any legitimacy to their election review. 

Rep. Sara Rodriguez and Health Care Professionals Condemn Kleefisch’s Failure on COVID-19

Earlier this week, state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, President of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin Pat Raes, and health care professionals from the Service Employees International Union hit back against Rebecca Kleefisch’s failure to provide a plan for combating the COVID-19 pandemic - the number one crisis facing the state and the country.  

Kleefisch has been radical and reckless with the pandemic since last year - she’s supported bogus treatments for COVID-19, attended and promoted potential super spreader events, and spoke to anti-vaccine groups. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin launched a TV advertisement against Kleefisch’s radical record on COVID-19 last week..

State Rep. Sara Rodriguez: “Too many Republicans put politics before lives and livelihoods. Republicans in the state legislature have undermined Governor Evers’ every effort to implement common sense solutions to the pandemic. We’ve lost too many Wisconsinites and too much time - we can’t afford a governor who doesn’t take the pandemic seriously.” 

Pat Raes, Registered Nurse at Meriter Hospital and President of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin: “Please Ms. Kleefisch, on behalf of all frontline nurses and the families who have lost loved ones -- stop promoting misinformation, stop pandering to anti-vaccine groups, and stop holding events all over our state without public health precautions, because you're putting Wisconsinites' lives at risk.” 

Amanda Klinge, Registered Nurse at UW Health: “As nurses, we need to know we’re protected, supported and heard by our officials. Governor Evers has steadfastly listened to us and provided that support, while Kleefisch has ignored nurses, our families, and our patients every step of the way.” 

Tammy Schutz, Resident Assistant at Oakwood: “This is deeply personal for me, because Kleefisch’s immoral actions are disrespectful, putting me, my coworkers and my residents at risk. She is a threat to the health and future of our state, and cannot be allowed to become governor.”

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Ben Wikler, Chair 

Our mailing address is:

15 N. Pinckney St., Ste 200, Madison, Wisconsin 53703



There are two jobs bills before Congress, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) and the Budget Reconciliation Bill. The Build Back Better agenda includes both the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Budget Reconciliation Bill. Together, both bills will create nearly 4 million jobs and make huge investments in the care economy.

  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) will provide critical funding to repairing Wisconsin’s roads and bridges, replacing our toxic lead laterals, and ensuring every family has access to broadband – all with critical “Made in America” standards as well as labor standards like prevailing wage. The U.S. Senate recently passed the Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act with Senator Ron Johnson voting against the bipartisan bill and Senator Baldwin voting in favor.
  • The Budget Reconciliation bill represents a $3.5 trillion investment in working families, education, paid leave, child care, clean energy jobs, and expansion of health care access. It also includes labor law enforcement with real penalties -- a key provision of the PRO Act.

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO fully supports both critical bills. Join us in taking action and urging Congress to pass both bills.

The Build Back Better Agenda will usher in an economy that rewards work, not wealth, by making the ultra-wealthy and corporations pay their fair share, cracking down on tax evasion and closing loopholes. The plan will lower costs for working families while creating long-term growth for our economy.

America’s labor movement fully supports both jobs bills. Click here to email Congress in support of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) and the Budget Reconciliation Bill today.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President

Dennis Delie, Secretary-Treasurer

 Republicans’ Vote Against Paying Wisconsin’s Service Members and Veterans

MADISON, Wis. — Despite adding nearly $8 trillion in debt under the Trump administration, Republicans in Congress have repeatedly voted against Democrats’ attempts to fund our government and to raise the debt ceiling as the country continues to recover from the pandemic made worse by Republican incompetence. Their decision to play partisan political games could send our recovering economy into a tailspin and have devastating implications for Wisconsin residents — and is an affront to the more than 1,000 military personnel and over 363,000 veterans who call Wisconsin home.

As House Republicans — including Wisconsin’s own Reps. Grothman, Gallagher, and Tiffany — voted against efforts to pay for spending lawmakers have already approved, the Department of Defense was forced to prepare for a shutdown that would leave around 1.3 million active-duty military personnel without pay

“Each and every day, our military personnel and their families serve our nation, protecting us from harm and showing what it means to sacrifice in the name of service. The GOP’s willingness to risk their paychecks and benefits by refusing to fund our government is a slap in the face to those who sacrifice so much for our country,” said WisDems Rapid Response Director Julia Hamelburg. “It’s time that Republicans in Congress put country over politics and ensure that our men and women in uniform get paid.”


Tax Paying Wisconsinites Blast Ron Johnson for Latest Tax Scandal

Madison, Wis. — Today, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Vice Chair Felesia Martin, Milwaukee business owner Becky Cooper, and Dr. John Perryman blasted Ron Johnson for paying virtually nothing in state income taxes in 2017 despite making a minimum of nearly half a million dollars that year. Johnson paid a mere $2,105, which is what a dual income family making $40,000 a year would pay in state income taxes.

See what the speakers had to say, in part, below and watch the full event here.

Vice Chair Felesia Martin: “What’s so outrageous is that so many middle class and everyday working Wisconsinites are working very hard, and they have to pay more in taxes than Senator Johnson. How is it fair that everyday working class citizens pay more money [in taxes] than one of the wealthiest individuals in the state of Wisconsin? Senator Johnson is not using his power to help everyday Wisconsinites, he is using it to make his donors richer and to game the system.”

Becky Cooper: “Johnson, who on top of his private income, gets a taxpayer funded salary as a senator and he doesn’t think he has the same responsibility to benefit the entire community like the rest of us. By avoiding paying his share of taxes and securing a tax cut for his wealthy donors, that puts the burden on the rest of us who are struggling to get by and seeing our communities suffer because others aren’t paying their fair share.”

Dr. John Perryman: “It was just mind blowing to see the minuscule amount of state taxes this millionaire Ron Johnson paid in 2017. I know he has issues with the public good but even for someone like him who has so much to pay so little is ridiculous. This is a man who is corrupting the system to help himself and the wealthy while leaving working families behind. It’s been a long 12 years of Senator Johnson cheating the system to benefit himself and his rich donors.”



Weekly News From Your Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair





Dear friends across Wisconsin, 

This week, some colleagues and I hit the road. We traveled to Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Merrill, Rhinelander, Wausau, the Oneida reservation, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and finally back to Madison. We met with rural county party chairs and members, held roundtable conversations with AAPI leaders, connected with elected officials and tribal leaders, held press conferences, visited the LGBTQ Caucus’s PrideTober booth, and enjoyed cheese curds and other dairy delicacies in five different Congressional Districts. We made sure the Democratic message was carried on television newscasts all over the state.  

Most of all, we listened.  

Here’s what we heard.  

We heard that Democrats are fired up to re-elect Governor Evers—and absolutely, positively ensure that Rebecca Kleefisch doesn’t win in 2022. We heard that folks love seeing Governor Evers as he travels around the state, and that there is real power in showing up.  

We heard that Ron Johnson is an embarrassing disaster as a senator. And at the same time, even though he’s simply terrible at his job, we shouldn’t underestimate him politically. We’ve got to fight all the way through the finish line.  

We heard that it’s critical for Democrats to communicate the great things our elected officials are doing, in the medium and with the messenger that will most resonate locally and with the particular community affected. Sometimes that’s a local weekly newspaper. Sometimes pictures speak louder than words. To find the right message, medium, and messenger, ask locally.  

We heard a great deal about the issues, work, leadership, and challenges in the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community—and, while celebrating the official formation of the WisDems AAPI Caucus this year, recommitted to working to build our political movement in deep partnership with AAPI Wisconsinites.  

We heard that Republicans, even though they’re in disarray at the statewide and national level, are mobilizing locally—particularly in school board races, including recalls, focused on the phantom menace that Republicans (deliberately) inaccurately call Critical Race Theory. In a moment when more honesty and clarity is needed to ensure that Wisconsin students understand the histories of each of the communities that make up our state, Republicans are trying to frighten, divide, and cover up. It’s all of our job to fight back.  

We heard that, even though Trump is out of the White House, Democrats across our state know that the menace of Trumpism—and Trump himself—are still very real. Nobody is taking the “off year” as a year off. The stakes are too high.  






Thanks so much to all of the great Wisconsin Democrats who welcomed me and our team throughout the state this week—and thanks to everyone committed to the fight for democracy in Wisconsin, and to making this a state that lifts everyone up, no matter where we live, no matter what we look like, no matter whether we’re new Wisconsinites or have lived here for generations.  

A trip like this can be exhausting. But at every stop, we found new reasons for hope. Let’s draw strength from the fact that none of us is in this fight alone.  

In solidarity,




Sham GOP Investigation into 2020 Election In Chaos; Gableman Admits He Doesn’t Understand How Elections Work


This week, the Wisconsin GOP legislature’s pick to “investigate” 2020’s election said he doesn’t understand how elections work. 

"Most people, myself included, do not have a comprehensive understanding or even any understanding of how elections work," he said. That’s a direct quote. 

If your new mechanic is raising up your car on the lift for an inspection and casually mentions that he doesn’t have a comprehensive understanding—or even any understanding—of how cars work, get your car out of there as fast as possible. 

Michael Gableman's ignorance surrounding elections—and inability to even send a simple email message that doesn't raise major security flags from IT departments, or issue a typo-free subpoena, or decide what documents he wants cities to send him—illustrates what a complete, ultra-partisan sham this GOP "investigation" is. 

Republicans’ attack on Wisconsin's transparent, legitimate, certified, recounted, confirmed 2020 election is about one thing: creating a pretext to undermine future elections. It's a ghastly waste of public money and time in order to supplicate to Trump, who lost. 

There's really just one way to answer the attack: we've got to fight hard to re-elect Governor Evers who believes in democracy and has demonstrated that he'll back that up with his veto pen. Gov. Evers is the last line of defense for our democracy. Let's ensure he's there for four more years.


Tax-paying Wisconsinites Blast Ron Johnson for Latest Tax Scandal


This week, Democratic Party of Wisconsin First Vice Chair Felesia Martin, Milwaukee business owner Becky Cooper, and Dr. John Perryman blasted Ron Johnson for paying virtually nothing in state income taxes in 2017, despite making nearly half a million dollars that year. Johnson paid a mere $2,105, which is what a dual income family making $40,000 a year would pay in state income taxes. Ron Johnson, by contrast, earned $180,000 as a senator and took in another $270,000 from the company set up for him by his father-in-law.



New York Times: Governor Tony Evers is a “Sea Wall for Fair Elections”


This week, the New York Times wrote about the stakes of Wisconsin’s 2022 gubernatorial election in a story that made clear why it’s critical to re-elect Tony Evers to protect our democracy.  

Wisconsin Republicans will stop at nothing to suppress our freedom to vote — using sham election “investigations” to justify draconian voter suppression bills and, potentially, overturn the results of a legitimate election. But their plot to steal future elections won’t work if Governor Evers is re-elected.  

Earlier this year, Gov. Evers vetoed six Republican-led voter suppression bills. Radical Rebecca Kleefisch has already said she would have signed these bills in an attempt to block eligible voters from the ballot box. Gov. Evers is the last line of defense against these egregious assaults on our democracy.




AFTW President and UW Students Condemn Rebecca Kleefisch’s Extreme Cuts to Education Funding


AFT-Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas and University of Wisconsin students responded to Rebecca Kleefisch’s radical record of cutting funds for college and technical education. As lieutenant governor, Kleefisch refused to support Wisconsin public schools. She proudly stood by her administration’s devastating budgets, including slashing $250 million from the UW System and $71.6 million from Wisconsin’s technical college system - 30 percent of their funding. 



Educational Organizing Opportunities with the Wisconsin Public Education Network


Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN) is a non-partisan group focused on supporting our public schools. With so many local school boards taking up discussions about critical race theory and other issues, WPEN is holding training sessions to support people with ideas and initiative to organize on the ground, specifically for Black, Indigenous and other people of color interested in running for school board.

 Sign up here! School Board Matters: How to run for school board with Megan Miller, Angela Lang and Jilly Gokalgandhi. 

October 20th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM



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Republicans are attacking our democracy. It’s up to us to fight back—with organizing.

Become a Poll Worker (Wisconsin residents only): Working the polls and helping your neighbors cast their ballots is the most direct way you can support voting rights in your community. And now more than ever, we need to ensure that our polling places are staffed by voting rights advocates who believe in small-d democracy. Poll worker is a paid position in Wisconsin, and open to all Wisconsin residents. Join our 30-minute Info Session to learn more about the responsibilities & qualifications to be a Poll Worker in Wisconsin and how you can get involved for 2022! Visit to learn more!

 September 21, 2021

ICYMI: Secretary of Education in the Badger State

MADISON, Wis. — This week, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited several schools in Wisconsin as he affirmed the Biden administration’s commitment to building back better in the Badger state. This latest visit by a Biden-Harris administration official comes just a week after First Lady Jill Biden spoke with parents and educators at an elementary school in Milwaukee last week.

On Monday, Secretary Cardona visited the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus and Locust Lane Elementary School in Eau Claire. The secretary spoke with students about their return to school and discussed the importance of bouncing back from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read more about the secretary’s trip here:

Wisconsin State Journal: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visits UW-Madison

“The return to school this year is more special than ever, after many of our nation’s students have been disconnected from their peers, educators, classrooms, school communities and learning routines for over a year,” Cardona said in a statement.


School of Education Dean Diana Hess, who joined the students, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, Gov. Tony Evers and Cardona on the terrace, said the program helps small school districts who struggle to hire special education teachers and must turn to untrained individuals with emergency teaching licenses.

“One of the things we set out to do in the Biden administration is really lift up the profession,” Cardona said.

Spectrum News: U.S. Secretary of Education begins ‘Return to School Road Trip’ in Wisconsin 

Students, parents, and teachers will join the secretary as he spends this week on the road to get a first-hand look at how students are returning to school, whether that’s an elementary classroom or a college campus.

During a visit to the UW-Madison campus, Secretary Cardona asked students in the special education teaching program for advice he could take back to Washington, D.C., and consider when crafting policy.