WisDems: Sen. Jeff Smith, Rep. Jodi Emerson, and Eau Claire Community Leaders Hold Press Conference to Vote NO
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WisDems: Sen. Jeff Smith, Rep. Jodi Emerson, and Eau Claire Community Leaders Hold Press Conference to Vote NO

MADISON, Wisconsin — Today, Senator Jeff Smith and Representative Jodi Emerson joined former Eau Claire City Councilman and Northwest Wisconsin Cooperative Organizer for Citizen Action Wisconsin Jeremy Gragert at a press conference in Eau Claire urging Wisconsinites to vote NO on two misleading constitutional amendment ballot questions placed on the August 2024 primary ballot by right-wing politicians in the Wisconsin Legislature.

Today’s event is the latest in a statewide campaign by Wisconsin Democrats to educate voters about the dangerous consequences these constitutional amendments could have on Wisconsin’s small businesses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Evers’ swift action to deploy federal aid was critical to ensuring Wisconsin’s main streets could recover and community organizations could support their neighbors. Now, Republican politicians are trying to mislead voters by eliminating checks and balances to give themselves exclusive control of critical federal funds.

Watch the event and see what the speakers had to say, in part, below:

WisDems: Sen. Jeff Smith, Rep. Jodi Emerson, and Eau Claire Community Leaders Hold Press Conference to Vote NO

State Senator Jeff Smith: “(Republicans) continue to prove to us that we cannot trust the legislature to do what it needs to do when they hold the majority. If these two constitutional amendments were passed, Republicans would have even more power to obstruct critical funding for every one of our first responders, our small businesses, and our communities in times of emergency. They cannot be trusted. Wisconsin Republicans want to ensure that they alone have the power to act — or refuse to act. That is not the way this republic is set up with checks and balances. These amendments are a sad attempt to remove those checks and balances and give even more power to the legislature.”

State Representative Jodi Emerson: “It is critical that voters vote NO on these proposed amendments so that our small business community is not left without support during economic hardship. And I want to remind everyone that after the pandemic, Eau Claire has grown and maintains a strong and vibrant small business community thanks to ARPA funding and Governor Evers’ Main Street Bounce Back program. Without the Governor’s ability to act quickly and distribute emergency funding, we would not have seen our small businesses and nonprofits here in Eau Claire and across Wisconsin thrive.”

Jeremy Gragert: “It is important that voters understand the impact these constitutional amendments will have on our community. These amendments will limit emergency response and delay assistance to small businesses, nonprofits and families during natural disasters and emergencies. … The small business economy is a tight-knit community. And this community feels every loss. Here in Eau Claire, we know the value our small businesses and nonprofits bring to our city, and we have seen firsthand how critical federal funding is when communities like ours are in need.”

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