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Official Government Communication

Week of Dec. 17th - Dec. 23rd

Dear Friend,

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,

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Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

GOP Tax Plan Passes, Raises Taxes on Americans by Decade's End 

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/122117/GOP%20TAX%20PLAN.jpgOn Wednesday, the GOP-controlled Congress passed a tax plan that will benefit the wealthy on the backs of the working class. The tax plan provides 83 percent of the tax benefits to the top one percent of income earners. Heirs will no longer have to pay tax on inheritances up to $22 million, with a doubling of the estate tax threshold. In addition, the GOP bill cuts the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, which is the largest single reduction in our nationís history. While corporations and the wealthy benefit, the middle and working class will bear the costs. More than half of all Americans will actually pay more in taxes under the GOP plan by the end of the decade. Despite increasing taxes on the majority of Americans, the bill still adds $1.5 trillion to our nationís debt. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office projects that up to 13 million fewer Americans will be insured due to a repeal of the individual mandate, which is an important component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Last week, I shared the benefits of the ACA, which included expanded patient protections, cost-sharing for health insurance, decreased long-run health costs due to more accessible preventative care, and a workforce that is more mobile, healthy, and productive. This legislation will only expand the economic inequality that is seen today by making the middle and class pay more so that the wealthy can pay less.  

 

Christmas Family Feast

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/122117/Christmas%20Meal.jpgIf you or someone you know is looking for a family meal this holiday season, make sure to check out the 28th Annual Christmas Family Feast, hosted by the Salvation Army and other community partners. The Christmas Family Feast serves over 8,000 residents annually, and features a traditional Christmas meal including ham, turkey, and other food items free of charge. In addition to the meal, partners at the Feast are providing complementary gift packages for the holiday season. Individuals are encouraged to come for food and fellowship.

Details for the Feast are found here:

Where: Wisconsin Center District, 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue

When: Christmas Day, 11:00am to 2:30pm

 

Childrenís Health Insurance on the Line as Congress Fails to Act

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/122117/CHIP.jpgIn the GOPís mad dash to pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, which gives 83 percent of the tax benefit to the top one percent of income earners, Congress failed to re-authorize funding for the Childrenís Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP currently provides health insurance to nine million children born into low-income families nationwide, including 171,000 children in Wisconsin. Federal funding expired at the end of September this year, meaning Congress had nearly three months to act so that states can continue to run their insurance programs next year. On Monday, Alabama announced it would freeze enrollment for applications received on or after January 1, 2018, and that it will end coverage for enrollees starting in February 2018. As many as 4.9 million children in 16 states will lose CHIP coverage by the end of January if the GOP-controlled Congress continues its failure to act. Wisconsinís CHIP program is funded through April 2018, but the State has expressed concerns over its CHIP budget if federal funding is not reauthorized.

 

Taylor Sends Letter Opposing DHS Medicaid Waiver

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/122117/DHS%20Medicaid.jpgThis Wednesday, I sent a letter to the Department of Health Services asking the Department to join 31 other states to expand Medicaid coverage in their latest request to the federal government. The Departmentís request would extend its 2014 waiver, which reduced the eligibility threshold to qualify for BadgerCare/Medicaid services from 200 percent of the federal poverty level to 100 percent of federal poverty. Under that 2014 waiver, a single adult cannot make more than $12,060 a year to qualify and a family of four are ineligible if they make more than $24,600. The reduced income threshold cost 92,000 Wisconsinites access to BadgerCare Plus coverage, and created undue hardship for Wisconsinites who are just scraping by. In my letter, I asked the Department to revise its waiver request to expand Medicaid to cover those earning 138 percent of federal poverty. Under this expansion, a family of four would be eligible if they make under $33,948. This will provide immediate relief for those who are on the cusp of poverty, and it will actually reduce state spending by making us eligible for federal funds reserved for Medicaid expansion. Expanding coverage to more people at less cost to state taxpayers is a simple decision, and I hope the Department agrees.

Taylor Celebrates with GED/HSED Graduates

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen04/122117/GED%20graduation.jpgThis Tuesday, I had the honor to speak at the Citywide GED/HSED graduation ceremony, hosted at the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). I am proud of these graduates, who overcame whatever barriers and stigmas they may have faced, and accomplished a milestone that sets their path forward. I know for me, education has been the equalizer. I could not be a state senator without my education. I told the graduates of my own story of how a poor girl from Milwaukee Ė where finishing high school was far from guaranteed Ė was able to go on to finish college and earn a law degree. I was touched as each graduate received their GED. While not the traditional path, a GED opens the door to college, and potential higher earnings down the line. Beyond that, it shows dedication toward self-improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events and Opportunities

 

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Free Visit to Milwaukee County Zoo for County Residents

 

Christmas and New Year's Day

 

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

10001 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI

 

view event details

 

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Christmas Family Feast

 

Christmas Day

 

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Wisconsin Center District

400 W. Wisconsin Ave

Milwaukee, WI

 

See details here

 

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Polar Bear Plunge Viewing

 

New Year's Day

12:00 pm

 

Bradford Beach

2400 N. Lincoln

Memorial Dr.

Milwaukee, WI

 

 

 

See details here

 

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 Quote of the Week:

"To drop the Federal commitment to share in the care of dependent children is not a negotiable item. To roll up your sleeves and rip up the Social Security act is not my idea of legislating." 

-Former Sen. Daniel Moynihan

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