Official Government Communication

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my email newsletter. There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,

      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

Raising tuition lowers opportunities

 Everyone deserves an education. With rising college costs, affording higher education has become difficult for Wisconsin families. The tuition freeze in UW system has helped keep college affordable but that may change with the Regents recent request to raise tuition. If we raise tuition, less kids will be able to access a good education and the opportunities it provides. This isnít an acceptable solution. I understand why the Board of Regents wants the raise; with recent cuts to the UW system, funds for the university are limited. But raising tuition isnít the solution. That will only hurt students in the long run. We canít limit opportunities for our young people. We need to reinvest in higher education. If we want an accessible education for all, we need to put our money where our mouths are and invest in our universities. The doors to UW-Milwaukee system were open for me and I want to make sure they are open for the next generation of Panthers.

Voter ID and the DMV

When Wisconsin passed Voter ID was passed here in Wisconsin, Republicans told us it was meant to prevent voter fraud. According to them, Voter ID was supposed to uphold the integrity of the political process and nothing more. I wasnít fooled. Voter impersonation isnít as big as a problem as Republicans would like you to believe and Voter ID isnít efficient at solving the few cases there are. Voter ID laws have always been about one thing only and it doesnít have anything to do with integrity; itís to shut out voters who predominantly vote democratic, often African Americans. Itís a way of rigging the system. As a federal judge looks to Wisconsin to see if weíre following an order to make obtaining an ID accessible, I ask: why do we need ID in the first place? It doesnít stop in-person voter impersonation. It puts an unnecessary burden on marginalized communities. It does nothing to uphold the integrity of the ballot box. We donít need Voter ID and more importantly, we donít need to be lied to by the GOP on why they put it in place. Everyone knows the truth; this law was made to win elections. Telling us otherwise is fooling no one.

Diversity in policing is crucial

Problems in policing have gained national attention. A truth weíve known for years is becoming clear. The criminal justice system disproportionately targets African Americans. Trust between police and their communities needs to be rebuilt for any significant change to happen. The Milwaukee police department is attempting to recruit more Latino and African Americans for the police and fire department. However, one step forward wonít get us far unless we keep walking. To rebuild trust, the police needs to actively work at becoming more accountable. People need to trust the police for the police to do their job efficiently. For that to happen, the police need to prove themselves worthy of that trust.

Slavery Ban

There is absolutely no compelling reason for the State of Wisconsin to allow slavery. Period. But did you know slavery is still allowed under Wisconsin law as long as itís a punishment for a crime? Not if I have anything to say about it. Next legislative session, I am reintroducing my slavery ban. My ban would eliminate the last 15 words of Article I, Section 2 of Wisconsinís Constitution, ďThere shall be neither slavery, nor involuntary servitude in this state, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.Ē I donít care what you do or who you are, nobody deserves a life of enslavement. In practice, this amendment allows our prisons to exploit incarcerated individuals and force them to work without pay. My constitutional amendment would have to pass the two consecutive legislative sessions and then it could appear on the 2020 ballot where the people of Wisconsin would get to have their say and vote Ďnoí on slavery. Wisconsin doesnít currently enslave its prisoners, but we do pay them often just pennies per hour of work. Somebody is getting rich off this and it sure isnít us. Letís be real - passing a constitutional amendment wonít solve the racism and bigotry of the system; there are still more black men in prison today than there were slaves in 1850. But itís a start.

 

 

 

Stay in touch:

     Email: Sen.Taylor@legis.wi.gov

    Milwaukee:  414-342-7176

    Madison:     608-266-5810

 

   

   

 

Community Events:

13th Premiere

October 7th, Netflix

A new Netflix  documentary by Ava DuVernay investigates modern day slavery

 

 

 Quote of the Week:

"What does it say about our society that we still allow slavery? It makes me sick. I donít know about you but Iím sick and tired of being sick and tired."

-Sen. Lena Taylor on her proposed slavery ban.

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