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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

 

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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.

WFU to host Budget Organizing trainings on rural priorities

March 13, 2021

Building a more vibrant rural Wisconsin starts with securing key funding for rural priorities in the state budget. Wisconsin Farmers Union is hosting two upcoming Budget Organizing Workshops to encourage engagement on rural issues.

 

The trainings will offer an overview of the state budget process. Attendees will also learn how their personal stories can make an impact through testimony at public hearings, engagement with the media, and deep canvassing.

Jeff Smith - The Climate Change Problem

State Senator Jeff Smith
March 8, 2021

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

 

Cynicism runs rampant in our society and has very dangerous consequences. There are some indisputable facts that we all live with; for instance, we age every day, the earth revolves around the sun and we have 365 days in a year. We all experience this, so there shouldn’t be a debate.

Jeff Smith - Building Momentum to Vaccinate More Wisconsinites

State Senator Jeff Smith
March 1, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in one way or another now for almost a year. It’s been a tough year for so many reasons; we’ve been disconnected from people in our lives, and sadly many Americans are burdened with grief over the loss of a loved one. In February, we surpassed a grim milestone that many of us never thought was possible just twelve months ago: 500,000 of our fellow Americans are dead from COVID-19.