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

Fighting voter suppression

This election voter turnout was only at 56 percent. While this news is disheartening, I would like to remind everyone that a lack of turnout isnít necessarily to blame on voters themselves; the new laws that preventing them from voting in the first place play a large part here too. Voter suppression is a real issue in this country we must address if we want our political process to be fair to all. After voter ID was implemented in Wisconsin, ďvoter turnout in Wisconsin was at its lowest levels in 20 years and decreased 13 percent in Milwaukee, where 70 percent of the stateís African-American population lives.Ē Thatís unacceptable. If we want higher voter turnout, we need voting to be accessible for all. Itís a citizenís right to be able to vote. It is our job as legislators to make that right accessible.

Gains across the country

I know the outcome of this election seems dark. That being said, while Hillary Clinton did not make history as the first female president of the United States, several other women did break barriers. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois will become Americaís first Thai American Senator, Californiaís Kamala Harris will be the first black woman to serve in the US Senate in nearly 20 years and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will be Americaís first Latina Senator. After these three victories, the US Senate will have the highest numbers of women of color ever. Not only did Nevada put a Latina in the US Senate, a ďblue waveĒ put Democrats in control of the state Legislature. There are other legislative bright spots too. Minnesotaís Ilhan Omar became our nationís first Somali-American legislator and Democrats picked up a handful of seats in the US House of Representatives. Despite how last week turned out, I am comforted that there are new elections in two years and we have an opportunity to turn things around.

Doing the best for our kids

Good news for our kids also came out of this election. Several public school districts approved referenda to improve their schools and give kids a better education. Letís be honest, when we get down to it, itís all about the kids, right? Moving forward, I plan to work on further legislation to help them succeed. With almost 84% of Milwaukee school children reading below grade level, we must teach our children how to read. If children can read, they can learn. If children can learn, they can succeed. Thatís how we fight poverty, one book at a time. I think my fellow legislators across the aisle can see the importance of that.

Moving forward

There is still work to be done. While I know people are disheartened by the election results Iíd like to remind everyone that in my career, Iíve passed 101 bills into law. Much of that work has happened with a Republican governor or a Republican Senate. Corrections reform is an area I believe we can make great strides, by working with Republicans to divert more people way from prisons, transition more inmates into successful jobs and reduce recidivism. Building economic wealth is critical as we work to fight poverty in Americaís most segregated city. Low wage, low skill jobs arenít going to bring our community back. We need to foster innovation, bring businesses to our community and train the workforce of the future to do those jobs. Clean drinking water is another area where we need to work together to ensure we move Milwaukee forward. With 37,000 lead pipes bringing contaminated water into households, we must work with Republicans and Democrats to ensure we literally tear those pipes out of the ground and get the lead out. While I know working together seems difficult, there are things we can accomplish.

 

 

 

Stay in touch:

     Email: Sen.Taylor@legis.wi.gov

    Milwaukee:  414-342-7176

    Madison:     608-266-5810

 

   

   

 

 

 

 Quote of the Week:

"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams."

-Hillary Clinton

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