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Here to serve,

      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

Transfer juveniles out of DOC now!

Two new stories of improper care and misconduct came out of Lincoln Hills again this week.  I wish I could say I am shocked by these new allegations, but I’m not. Complaints like these have become far too commonplace.

In the first incident, a boy tried to hang himself with a bedsheet. When his roommate saw what was happening, he hit the panic button and held up the dangling teenager, likely saving his life. The boy says he held his roommate for several minutes and was forced to keep holding him after a guard arrived while the guard waited for another worker to enter the room together. After the teens wrote me a letter about the incident, my office immediately requested an investigation from the Department of Corrections.

In the second incident, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported a 15-year-old boy was given the wrong psychotropic medicine. The boy’s family says the incoming school superintendent told them it wouldn’t happen again. Yet, just one week later, it did.  

Representatives of corrections workers say that staffing shortages and employee turnover have made it harder to respond to incidents such as suicide attempts. This is Wisconsin under the not-so-watchful eye of Governor Walker. Since he busted the public employee unions in 2011, we’ve seen a mass exodus of corrections officers and they’ve had a hard time recruiting people to go up to Lincoln Hills. Do you blame them? Why go to work for a government that doesn’t respect you and doesn’t pay you what you are worth?

Click here to read my full column about these incidents and my renewed call for a special session to solve the juvenile justice crisis.

Walker continues to avoid debt payment

Less than a year after signing his 2015-17 State Budget, Governor Walker  has delayed debt payments for the second year in a row in order to keep the current budget in the black. Wisconsin’s economy continues to under perform under Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans.

In 2014, Republicans passed a $541 million tax cut. Less than a year later, they skipped a $108 million debt payment. The current 2015-17 budget includes $388.8 million in tax cuts that will now be partially paid for by essentially borrowing $50 million and paying increased interest in the future. The upcoming 2017-19 budget already includes an additional $200 million revenue lost due to regressive tax cuts passed in prior years.

This is absolutely no way to move Wisconsin forward. Governor Walker can use every accounting gimmick in the book, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t make him fiscally responsible. Every extra dollar spent on Walker’s debt is a dollar that won’t help solve the lead crisis, the juvenile corrections crisis or teach our kids to read.

C O N C L A V E 2k16

This week, I was very fortunate to be able to attend the 2016 C O N C L A V E conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference emphasized leadership and vocational elevation, and professional development and networking for Black college assistant basketball coaches.

I am grateful for the invitation from Clay Dade, the executive director of this organization, who I am pictured here with.       I was inspired to attend this conference after the unjust firing of Coach Rob Jeter recently. I am so glad that he was able to land a new position as an assistant coach at UNLV.  I will truly miss having Coach Jeter in our community.

C O N C L A V E was very motivational and gives me hope in the future of minority leaders in coaching. Like I’ve said before, coaching is about much more than just sports. Coaches should be spending more time engaging their communities, through media and social media. They need to also get their elected officials engaged in their community outreach. No one knows your work and no knows your worth if you’re not out there talking about it.

I was concerned to learn that the process of hiring isn’t always consistent, and it can feel rigged, or like the deck is already stacked. It seems often, there is already a predetermined choice made before applicants have the chance to be interviewed. If we do not work to make a better hiring process, we will continue to face problems of inclusion for women and people of color.

Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial

On Wednesday, I attended the Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial at Clas Park, near the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The event honored more than 75 law enforcement officers and 16 citizens.  As many of us take time to honor National Police Week, we are solemnly reminded that there are officers who go to work each day, leaving behind loved ones who anxiously wait for their safe return. Not every officer will make it home. Therefore, I joined the community in gathering to acknowledge the service, memories, and lives of Milwaukee County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. These are debts that can’t be repaid but must always be remembered.

 

 

 

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 Quote of the Week:

 "Change requires more than speaking out... It requires listening to those with whom you disagree, and being prepared to compromise'"

-President Obama's Commencement Speech, Howard University

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