Wisconsin Way Forward promotes Fairness, Opportunity, and Community
When the 2017-18 Legislative Session began, it was clear that too many hardworking Wisconsin families were struggling to make ends meet, too many of our roads and bridges were crumbling, too many of our schools and students were suffering as a result of massive funding cuts, and too many local businesses and family farms were closing.
While other states have rebounded from the greatest recession in the last century, many Wisconsin families, communities, and businesses continue to fall behind. In response, Legislative Democrats announced a unified agenda called the Wisconsin Way Forward designed to put the needs and aspirations of Wisconsin families ahead of wealthy special interests by investing in our students and schools, our roads and bridges and the businesses that create jobs and opportunities for all our residents.
We shared our commitment to building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the very top. We believe that when we expand opportunities for all Wisconsin residents and give every hardworking family a fair chance to get ahead, we can grow our middle class and strengthen communities throughout the state.
We decided to take that perspective and use those inherent values to evaluate every piece of legislation that was brought forward this session. For each policy proposed, we agreed to consider whether it was fair, whether it provided new opportunities, and whether it strengthened our local communities. And throughout this process, we made a conscious effort to solicit public input, encourage new ideas and hold elected leaders accountable.
As part of our effort to empower residents and increase government transparency, we launched an unprecedented effort to keep citizens informed, engaged, and involved in our state. Through these weekly email updates, regional listening sessions, expanded social media use and new online resources, we have worked to expand access to information and make sure everyone can easily follow what happens under the dome of the State Capitol.
The input and feedback we’ve received has been incredibly helpful, and we look forward to continuing these conversations with Wisconsin residents throughout the year and in the upcoming legislative session as we work together to chart a Wisconsin Way Forward.
— Wisconsin Senate and Assembly Democrats