City and County Meetings of Interest 6/29/15

Not many meetings this week, but several of interest.  Find out which meetings Progressive Dane recommends.  These are meetings with issues our elected officials are working on and need support or issues identified by the party as being of concern. Continue reading

GMM Tonight! 6/24/15

June GMM - Wednesday, June 24 - 6:30pm - Madison Central Library Room 301 Continue reading

New development does not mean lower property taxes for everybody else!

By Richard S. Russell Richard S. Russell, when he worked at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, wrote the computer program that computed aid payments to the state's 400­plus school districts.It’s a widespread misconception, often repeated without question as if it were self-evident, that new developments result in lower property taxes on existing properties. And, if you look at only half the picture (which is all anybody ever seems to do), it does superficially seem to make sense. Continue reading

Recommended City and County Meetings this Week 6/22/15

Find out which meetings Progressive Dane recommends this week at the City and County.  These are meetings with issues our elected officials are working on and need support or issues identified by the party as being of concern. Continue reading

Madison Represents at 6/6 St. Paul March against Enbridge pipeline

By Janette RosenbaumIt's 6am, and 50 Madisonians are ready to roll. They're on their way to the Tar Sands Resistance March in St. Paul, Minnesota. There, they'll join a few other Madison locals, as well as thousands of people from across the Midwest, some of whom have already been travelling for hours by the time the Madison contingent takes a group photo and boards their bus. Continue reading

Age Friendly Communities

Age­ Friendly Communities: Time to put Wisconsin on the mapBy Diane Farsetta Making communities more walkable and housing more affordable. Strengthening community supports and health services. Making social and civic bodies more inclusive.   Continue reading

Tell Alders and Mayor to Provide Equity for People without Homes

Is the mayor saying that he thinks it is ok for landlords to refuse to rent to people who were homeless, or that employers could refuse to hire them, that businesses can lock their doors to them and government and refuse them services that everyone else can use? And that they can do that based on the fact or perception that they are homeless? How in the world will that help people stop being homeless? What happened to the commitment to racial equity and social justice? What happened to the work on poverty he touts? Continue reading

Recommended City and County Meetings this Week 6/8/15

Find out which meetings Progressive Dane recommends this week at the City and County (and this week School Board too!).  These are meetings with issues our elected officials are working on and need support or issues identified by the party as being of concern. Continue reading

School Board Discusses Tech Plan and Funding Tonight

 On the MMSD Board Operations Work Group agenda for Monday June 8, 2015 (5:00 PM), a proposal (pages 19 & 20 of the “2015-16 Budget Review and Input” here)  to delay $4,115,000 in debt payments till 2026 and 2027, and add $1,428,348 in debt service payments, all in order to “Make it Possible to Support Annual Increases in the Tech Plan thru 2019 without Drawing Away Funds from Other Areas of the Budget” (the latest version of the Tech Plan budget has full implementation in 2022). For many reasons (too many to go into here), this seems like a very bad idea. In general, I think we should begin again and create a Tech Plan that we can afford without these kind of shell games. Continue reading

SLAC Advances Cut JanSport Campaign

Written by Leland Pan For over the past year, students and community members at UW-Madison have been demanding University administration cut the University’s licensing contract with JanSport.  JanSport’s parent company, VF Corporation, produces apparel in Bangladesh, where thousands of workers have died due to unsafe working conditions, including 1129 workers in the Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013.  Workers in Bangladesh have organized to create an Accord on Building and Fire Safety to ensure legally binding inspections for factories to prevent such disasters.  VF Corporation refuses to sign on. Continue reading