Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
I don't get much opportunity to praise the Wisconsin legislature. The gang that rushed through Right-to-Freeload, voted to turn the Penokee Hills into Penokee Canyon, and defunded public education has not taken many actions worthy of acclaim. However, today I would like to point-out a bill that has passed both houses and is actually good for us all. It is one of those rare substantive bills that has strong bipartisan support. State Senate Bill 18 bans use of plastic microbeads in personal care products and over-the-counter medicines.
Politicians often ignore the wishes of the majority. For example, 65% of Americans want Congress to fix the ACA wording issue raised by the King v. Burwell case. Yet, Congress does nothing. Universal gun background checks are supported by 91% of Americans. Yet, Congress does nothing. An increase in minimum wage is supported by 71%. Yet, Congress does nothing.
Federal budgets have recently been issued by several groups. The President revealed his annual budget, as described on the White House website. The House Republican majority issued its own budget, which will be up for a House vote this Wednesday. The House Progressive Caucus published a plan this month. A comparison of the latter two budgets clearly shows the stark differences in the priorities of the plan authors.