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Jeff Smith - Fifty Years After Roe, The Struggle Continues

January 25, 2023

As Americans we take pride that we live in a land of freedom and opportunity. Every July 4th we light fireworks to remind ourselves of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 that General Order No. 3 was issued, finally proclaiming the freedom of enslaved people in Texas. And on August 18th, we celebrate the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which affirmed the right of women to vote.


Jeff Smith - Don’t Take Amending Our Constitution Lightly

January 18, 2023

For any laws not governed by federal law or the U.S. Constitution, Wisconsin’s Constitution serves as the ultimate guide when crafting legislation. Our Constitution is sacred – it’s the framework for our state government. It determines protections and guides our justice system in how laws should be interpreted. 


Jeff Smith - Flat Tax Helps Rich Get Richer and Solves Zero Problems

January 11, 2023

In the last year, Republicans talked a lot about a flat tax. They call a flat tax a “simplification” of our tax system, but that’s a simplification of the truth. They make it sound good, but in reality it shifts a bigger share of the tax burden onto middle class families.


Menomonie School Board affirms library reconsideration decision, hold budget hearing

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Menomonie School Board mid-year budget hearing

January 6, 2023

As part of the regular school board meeting, the School District of the Menomonie Area Board will hear an appeal to the recent  The agenda for the meeting follows.

Jeff Smith - You Deserve Representation You Can Trust

January 3, 2023

This week those of us elected by voters to represent you in various offices, including the State Legislature, take the oath of office to begin our service. The oath I gave, as stated in our Wisconsin constitution, went like this: “I, Jeff Smith, swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and the constitution of the state of Wisconsin, and will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of State Senate to the best of my ability. So help me God.”

Jeff Smith - A New Year Means Renewed Priorities

December 26, 2022

Another year has flown by. As we celebrate the holidays I hope you have a chance to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends. While there is much to reflect on from 2022, it’s also time to look forward to 2023.


Jeff Smith - Do you hear what I hear?

December 14, 2022

As I reflect on this year and the campaign that just ended last month, I must thank the voters who showed up and cast ballots. I know not everyone reading this voted for me, but I’m grateful that enough did so I can continue to serve all of you in the Wisconsin State Senate.


Jeff Smith - It’s Time To Move Forward Past Political Division

December 7, 2022

Reflecting on my two years of service in the in the Wisconsin State Assembly and four years of service in the State Senate, I notice a stark difference in the way the people’s business was handled then and now.


Don’t get me wrong, there were still intense political disagreements, but we also discussed the merits of bills during public hearings and while meeting in the halls of the Capitol. The power of a good idea pulled Republicans and Democrats together.


Jeff Smith - Building Strong Local Economies, One Small Business At A Time

November 28, 2022

I guess you can call me a professional window shopper. For years I worked alongside my father, who founded our window cleaning company in 1954. One of the highlights for me was cleaning storefront windows. It was wonderful to see the unique displays and the twinkling, inviting lights, especially during the holidays.


Jeff Smith - New Energy Efficiency Incentives Abound

November 23, 2022

This time of the year leaves most of us dreading to see our heating bills, but this year we have new options to afford our bills and better incentives to make home improvements that will lower our bills going forward.