WEAC Election Watch – June 22

The top three things you should know this week, including that voters overwhelming support investments in public schools. Fifty-nine percent say they’d prefer more funding for public schools over 35 percent who say they would want property taxes lowered.

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Democrat Caleb Frostman wins Senate District 1 seat

WEAC-recommended candidate Caleb Frostman won election to Senate District 1 in a special election Tuesday. His victory attracted national attention because Frostman, a Democrat, won in a district that went for Donald Trump by more than 17 points two years ago and for Scott Walker by 23 points in 2014. The district has been held by Republicans for over 40 years.

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One Wisconsin Now proposes ‘Tomorrow Wisconsin’ progressive economic agenda

As Wisconsin families feel the pinch of stagnant wages and rising costs of things like child care and student loan debt, state progressives are rallying around a positive, forward looking economic agenda. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the progressive plan – titled Tomorrow Wisconsin – offers a much different vision for Wisconsin than that of Governor Scott Walker and his cohorts, who have stood in the way of progress and are taking billions of dollars away from priorities like schools and roads to give to the corporations and the wealthy.

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Public school supporters call for results at final School Funding Commission hearing

Wisconsin public education supporters united at the Capitol Monday to send a final message to members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding, which is holding the last of its statewide tour of public hearings in Madison. “We believe every student in every public school in Wisconsin deserves equal access and equal opportunity to receive an equally excellent public education,” said Heather DuBois Bourenane, Executive Director of Wisconsin Public Education Network. “The state is not currently meeting this obligation. To do so, our public school districts and community members have made clear their needs for a funding formula that is predictable, sustainable, transparent, and adequate to meet student needs.”

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