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Jeff Smith - You Are Not Alone: Recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month

State Senator Jeff Smith
May 12, 2021

Please note, this column contains sensitive information regarding mental health and suicide. Information and statistics in this column come from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

 

Every Worker Deserves a Safe Workplace

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 28, 2021

It has always fascinated me that American workers accomplished so much even when the technology and machinery that we take for granted now wasn’t yet available back then. Consider the New York skyscrapers, for instance. We’ve seen photos of workers walking on narrow beams hundreds of feet above the ground or the iconic photos of workers eating their lunch sitting on a steel beam overlooking the city. It’s hard to imagine the risks these workers took to construct those enormous structures.

JFC Budget Hearing press conference with Citizen Action on Climate Change

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April 23, 2021

Citizen Action held a press conference on 4/22/2021 in conjunction with the JFC budget hearing  in Menomonie. The conference included the following speakers:

State Senator Jeff Smith (31st district, member of Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change)

Jeff Smith - How the Budget Connects Our Community

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 20, 2021

I had an amazing conversation with a number of constituents who attended my budget listening session last week. The attendees, who were strangers to each other, shared personal and heartfelt stories. They made it clear that the decisions made by their legislators truly do affect them and their communities.

 

Jeff Smith - Schools, Children and their Future

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 12, 2021

You may have heard politicians and the media use the line that schools should “open” or schools have a plan to “re-open.” This has caused a lot of confusion because schools never stopped providing support and instruction to their students. Teachers never stopped teaching. Yes, to protect students and families, many districts had to adjust their methods of instruction, but the work never stopped.

Jeff Smith - Imagine the Possibilities during the Year of Broadband Access

State Senator Jeff Smith
April 6, 2021

What year is this? You might quickly answer that it’s 2021 and you’d be right. But Governor Tony Evers also declared this as the Year of Broadband Access in Wisconsin. This declaration is exciting and important in more ways than one.

 

WisEye Morning Minute: Wisconsin holds sixth pandemic election

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WisEye Morning Minute: Wisconsin Prepares for Its Sixth Pandemic-Era Election

April 5, 2021

Today's morning minute covers the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction race. 

Expand BadgerCare and Bring our Dollars Back Home

Senator Jeff Smith
March 29, 2021

On March 23rd, we commemorated the eleventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) being signed into law. Since its passage, 2.6 million Wisconsinites with preexisting conditions have benefited from enhanced healthcare protections. This certainly is an anniversary to celebrate, but it also reminds us that we still have work to do to get more Wisconsinites covered.

Wisconsin Women to Remember

State Senator Jeff Smith
March 22, 2021

 

Note: Information about the women mentioned in this column is attributed to the .

Jeff Smith - Climate Change Solutions

State Senator Jeff Smith
March 15, 2021

This is the second column in a two-part series about the climate change impact in Wisconsin.  

We’re all familiar with Isaac Newton’s well-known law of physics that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Although specific to the science of physics, we can still apply the law’s same concept to many other aspects of our lives. We know our daily actions impact others. One person’s bad behavior has repercussions that can affect many others.