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Jeff Smith - Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

August 2, 2023

With over three years between us and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to imagine a world in which vaccines are uncontroversial. In the past few years, the efficacy of vaccines has been disputed and has sparked much debate, scientific or otherwise.


Jeff Smith - Enabling Everyone for Equality of Access

July 19, 2023

The definition of disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses or activities. That definition covers many conditions that might be considered a disadvantage. Being limited by blindness or by using a wheelchair may be some of the first things that come to mind, but barriers are not just physical or visible and are sometimes hard to detect.

Jeff Smith - Making the Best of a Bad Hand

July 12, 2023

The big news in Madison last week was the Governor signing the budget. The even bigger news was how he did it. The Governor put his veto pen to work on 51 areas of the budget. Most notable was his veto of the tax cuts for the wealthy that Republicans crammed in at the very end of the process. Governor Evers’ veto prevents Wisconsin from wasting a surplus, but many opportunities remain unaddressed and crises continue to loom.


Jeff Smith - How to Turn a Surplus into a Deficit

July 5, 2023

There are many ways to view the budget approved by the Republican majority last week: lost possibilities, squandered opportunities, tax breaks for the rich … take your pick.

Going into this spring I was genuinely excited by the possibilities before us. With a projected surplus totaling nearly $7 billion, we could have tackled challenges we weren’t financially able to in the past.

Jeff Smith - Progress for Pride

June 28, 2023

We are all familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s famous words from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”


Jeff Smith - Republicans Prove Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

June 21, 2023

As a father of two adult children, I remember the 2:00 AM feedings when my kids were babies. I wanted nothing more than to just sleep, but I’d stumble out of bed and do what it took to care for the crying baby.

Jeff Smith - Supporting Wisconsin Workers Makes A Strong Economy

June 14, 2023

During the Senate floor session last Wednesday, Republicans signed off on a set of unnecessary and punitive Assembly bills that create additional roadblocks for Wisconsin workers accessing unemployment, despite Wisconsin’s unemployment rate being at a historical low.

Jeff Smith - We’re Called Cheeseheads for a Reason

June 8, 2023

If you have any doubts about our commitment to dairy consider the facts. To start with, June is Dairy Month in Wisconsin. Every weekend there are a number of dairy breakfasts around the state. You can for a delicious breakfast near you.

Jeff Smith - Save Lives, Stop Prohibition

May 31, 2023

Wisconsin is in a rapidly-shrinking minority of states that have not legalized marijuana, .