October 6, 2018

#BelieveWomen Rice Lake

It's hard to find the right words on a day like today. I'm incredibly disheartened by the US Senate's vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

I'm afraid because of what's at stake with Kavanaugh on the Court...women's rights, health care, and our democracy itself are all on the line.

And I'm upset because of the multiple credible accusations of sexual assault that have been made against Judge Kavanaugh. Watching Dr. Ford come forward with her incredibly courageous testimony of her assault was so powerful for me...and watching and hearing a majority of Senators either choose not to believe what happened to her - OR simply choose not to care - was absolutely gutting.

The past few weeks have been really hard. I've vacillated between feeling sad and demoralized, and just outright mad.

I know it's not just me. I would love to get together this week with anyone who's feeling the same way (allies and everybody included).

Let's gather, share stories, and just support each other...

Tuesday Night 10/9 @ 6:00PM
Barron County Dems Office
16 W John St, Rice Lake (map)

If you're interested, send me an email at aliforassembly@gmail.com or RSVP on Facebook here.

The Senate voted today, but WE get to vote on November 6th. Let's rally together and make a plan to keep fighting for what we know is right. Together we are strong. I hope to see you on Tuesday!

I'm incredibly disheartened by the US Senate's vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. The past few...

Posted by Ali for Assembly on Saturday, October 6, 2018

September 26, 2018

Ali on the Issues: K12 Education

The education of our young people is a priority for our families and our communities here in the 75th district, and it needs to be a top priority for our state lawmakers, too. Education is quite literally the key to our future.

In the last eight years, state funding of our public schools has been decimated. Even with education funding increases in the most recent budget, our public schools are still receiving less money from the state than they did in 2010-2011. My opponent is touting “record” funding for our schools, but his claim ignores inflation. Politicians may be able to pretend inflation doesn’t exist, but our families and schools don’t have that luxury.

On top of that, an increasing amount of that precious state funding is being taken out of our public schools through the statewide voucher program and sent to private religious schools. This is unacceptable.

We cannot maintain our world class schools by starving them of funding and diverting our tax money away from them.

Districts included: Barron Area, Birchwood, Boyceville, Cameron, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Clayton, Clear Lake, Cumberland, Glenwood City, Hayward Community, Luck, New Auburn, Prairie Farm, Rice Lake Area, Shell Lake, Spooner Area, Turtle Lake, Unity
All figures adjusted for inflation to 2018-dollars. Click here to check our math.
Amount Short compares actual state aid vs maintaining 2010-11 aid levels.

It is time for the State of Wisconsin to live up to its commitment to pay for 2/3 of the costs of educating our kids in public schools. The state currently falls far short of that commitment, paying only around 46% of public school costs.

We can and must drastically increase state funding to our schools WHILE reducing property taxes for people in the 75th district. And we need to fix the funding formula that is skewed against smaller, rural districts like so many in our area, so that this state funding is distributed in an equitable way. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers has proposed a school finance reform system called Fair Funding for our Future, which fixes some of the biggest problems of the current funding formula.

We also need to end the statewide voucher program. Public dollars are for public schools, and by making these crucial investments in our public schools, we will ensure that every student’s needs are met, and that every child has a full range of educational opportunities available to them.

It is not only our kids who need the support of our state lawmakers, but our public school teachers as well. It is shameful that here in Wisconsin, we’ve been paying for tax cuts for millionaires by demonizing and punishing the dedicated people who educate our children. I am so proud to work for public school teachers in this area, and I’m inspired by their tireless commitment and professionalism in the face of the attacks against them by our lawmakers. Plus, as the mom of a daughter in 3rd grade at Cumberland Elementary, I see every day just how great of an impact an incredible educator can have.

I hear from our rural school districts, who used to get dozens of qualified educators applying for an open teaching position, that they're now receiving only 1 or 2 applications, and often the applicants don't meet the qualifications. In order to reverse this trend and strengthen teacher retention, we must increase teacher compensation.

September 17, 2018

Listen to Ali Debate her Republican Opponent

On Monday, September 17th Ali Holzman participated in a Wisconsin Public Radio debate with Republican incumbent Romaine Quinn.

You can listen to a replay of the full hour here.

August 30, 2018

Thurs 9/6 - Women Working for Change

A conversation with Ali Holzman, a Progressive Mom running for State Assembly.

Thurs, Sept 6th @ 6:00PM
Badger Brew/White Stag
208 N Main St, Rice Lake (Map)

It's crazy that we're giving Billions to wealthy corporations while our families struggle with low wages and access to healthcare. Not to mention sending public money to private religious schools.

So I want to talk with the women of Barron County and the 75th District about how these policies impact us and our families, and how we can work together to build a better Wisconsin.

(Men are welcome too of course, but the focus of this event is to give women's voices center-stage.)

I want to talk with the women of Northwest WI about how we can work together to build a better Wisconsin. Join me Thurs...

Posted by Ali for Assembly on Thursday, August 30, 2018

August 3, 2018

Ali on the Issues: Healthcare

The number one concern I hear when talking to folks in our district is difficulty obtaining and affording health care. I’ve heard too many stories of hardworking individuals who can’t afford insurance, families who are facing financial ruin because a child gets sick or injured, and people a few years away from Medicare eligibility who are trying to find work so they can get the healthcare they need.

This is unacceptable to me. It’s immoral, it’s unfair, it’s flat out wrong, and very importantly, it’s completely unnecessary. We are the only major country that does not guarantee healthcare to its citizens – and it doesn’t have to be this way. I support a single-payer system. The only way to solve the healthcare crisis we are facing is to end our reliance on for-profit insurance companies. I will continue to fight until we have a Medicare for All system in this country.

We need action at the federal level to truly fix our broken healthcare system, but we can take steps here in Wisconsin to control healthcare costs and increase coverage in the near-term. As your State Assembly Representative, I will support:
  • Accepting the federal monies for Medicaid Expansion. This will provide healthcare for 80,000 additional Wisconsinites and save the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

  • Opening up BadgerCare as an option for anyone to purchase on the insurance marketplace. The marketplace currently includes only private health insurance plans, and offering BadgerCare as a public option on the marketplace would give everyone access to a plan that costs significantly less and drive private insurers to lower their prices to compete.

We cannot continue to have cost and access be barriers to every Wisconsinite getting the comprehensive health care they need, including reproductive care, and mental health and addiction treatment. Healthcare is a human right, and I can’t begin to imagine what we will be capable of as a society if everyone is able to get the care they need without the burden of medical debt.

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