Wisconsin AFL-CIO Releases 2015-16 Legislative Session Voting Record
Extensive scorecard details where lawmakers stand on issues important to workers, our families and our unions
The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO has compiled a legislative scorecard to grade how well state legislators have served working families in the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Legislative Session. The voting record tracks how lawmakers voted on issues of importance to workers, our families, and our unions.
“The Wisconsin AFL-CIO voting record will serve as an easily accessible and straightforward go-to guide for workers to see where politicians stand on working family issues,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Did your representative vote to create jobs and expand rights at work? Or, did they vote to pad their own pockets and advance the demands of high-paid lobbyists? It is essential to a healthy democracy that we have transparency and this easy-to-review history of votes will serve as a clear record.”
In the Assembly, the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO tracked 16 key votes. In the Senate, 14 votes were analyzed. Lawmakers were graded (R for Right, W for Wrong) on how they voted on a variety of bills including bills that attacked workers’ rights, prioritized Buy Wisconsin and Made-in-America provisions, restored rights on the job, and deregulated campaign finance law.
- Three Legislators had a 0% voting record score: Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Sen. Frank Lasee (R-DePere), and Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater).
- Seven Senators had a 100% voting record score: Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton), Sen. Nikiya Harris (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee), Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona), Sen. Janis Ringhand (D-Evansville), Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), and Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee).
- Twenty-one Democratic Assembly members had a 100% voting record score.
- Sixteen Republican Assembly members had a voting score less than 10%.
“This past legislative session Wisconsin families saw an onslaught of anti-worker, anti-family bills that were rammed through at lighting speed with little regard to time-honored democratic principles like public debate and adequate notice for hearings,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.