On the Issues

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Throughout her career, Lisa has fought to ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive health services. As Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, she worked to pass policies expanding access to affordable health care, ensuring access to birth control, and improving the quality of comprehensive sex education in our schools. On the City Council, Lisa successfully passed a Buffer Zone law that protects women from harassment as they enter health care facilities. As your State Representative, Lisa has worked as a member of the Health Committee to protect every woman’s right to make her own health care decisions without interference from government and to expand access to affordable health care for all. Lisa has also built bi-partisan support for for a bill that makes it easier for working mothers to continue breastfeeding after returning to the workplace.


slidercrestwoodelemAs a former early childhood educator and technical college instructor, Lisa understand the importance of high quality education at all levels. She has a long track record of advocating for quality early childhood, K-12, and higher education for all. She has advocated strongly against the privatization of our education system and has been on the front lines fighting the Governor’s attempts to move public school funding into an unaccountable  private voucher school program. Lisa believes that access to quality education is at the core of our state’s economic success. As your State Representative, Lisa fought back against Republican funding cuts to our neighborhood schools and our university system. She will continue her work to ensure every child gets a top notch education and will continue to fight the privatization of our public schools. She is committed to making college more affordable, reducing student loan debt, and restoring funding to the University of Wisconsin so that our university will continue to be one of the best in the nation.

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Lisa has spent much of her career working for social justice. Her work includes helping ensure low-income and homeless individuals and families have the opportunities and tools they need to succeed, fighting racial inequities in education and in our justice system, and fostering strong neighborhoods and communities throughout Madison. Lisa has advocated for restoring cuts to the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, and as a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission, she worked to eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, and public services. As your State Representative, Lisa has worked to eliminate racial and socio-economic disparities by authoring and supporting policies that emphasize fairness and give every Wisconsinite the opportunities they need to achieve success.

DSC05682Protecting our Natural Resources

As a member of the City Council, Lisa has worked to protect our natural resources by supporting policies that improve the quality of our lakes, ensure smart growth, and provide infrastructure for transportation alternatives such as public transit and bicycling. On the state level, she has advocated for policies that preserve the ability of local governments to regulate mining and other activities dangerous to our environment. As your State Representative, Lisa has fought back against corporate attempts to privatize of our water and sponsored legislation to protect Wisconsin’s valuable natural resources, our clean air, and our clean water.

RedistrictingPressConStrengthening our Democracy

Lisa has a proven track record advocating for campaign finance reform and the right to vote. As Executive Director of United Wisconsin, she has fought policies such as Voter ID and reduced absentee voting hours while advocating for progressive reforms  like on-line voter registration to expand ballot access. Lisa has worked for campaign finance reform and has been a leader in the movement to overturn Citizens United and get big special interest money out of politics. She has worked directly with state legislators to introduce and advance voting rights and campaign finance reform legislation. On the City Council, Lisa also successfully introduced and passed an ordinance to expand campaign finance disclosure, protecting the public’s right to know who is paying to influence our elections. As your State Representative, Lisa has fought to ensure every eligible voter has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, for fair non-partisan redistricting reform, and to pass reforms to increase fairness and transparency in our elections and campaign finance system. Lisa authored bills to reform our campaign finance system and to move toward reversing Citizens United, which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence our elections.

Workers’ Rights

As an advocate and as a member of the City Council, Lisa has worked advance policies that protect workers from unfair employment practices. Lisa has worked to increase the minimum wage, ensure living wages for contracted work, and expand access to benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act. She is a former union member and union steward who understand the value of collective bargaining to the employee and employer alike. When Act 10, eliminating collective bargaining rights for public employees, became law, Lisa was on the front lines fighting the impact of this legislation. On the City Council, Lisa has worked to extend contracts for our city employees and continues to speak out about how providing our workers a seat at the bargaining table helps us provide better services to the public. As your State Representative, Lisa has been a strong voice for fairness and respect for our public employees and will continue working to restore the rights that have been lost in recent years. Lisa has authored and sponsored bills to raise the minimum wage, improve family and medical leave, and ensure equal pay for equal work for women.

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