Week of Apr. 30-May 5
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.
The issue of stolen cars or “stollies” affecting Milwaukee has worsened in recent
years and more has to be done about it. Car theft rates in Milwaukee are
increasing from more than 6,500 cars stolen over the course of the year
in 2014, to 7,300 cars in 2015, to over 7,500 in 2016. In addition, the
average age of offenders has dropped significantly from 40 years old to
just 18. While the damage that used to be associated with the thefts were
low, the trend has been that more cars are suffering substantial damage
from wrecks or totaled all together.
Representative Leon Young (D – Milwaukee) on
Monday hosted a community forum to discuss the origins of the practice
and explore ways to fix the problem. The panelists included myself,
Bianca Williams and Torre Johnson. Ms. Williams is the founder and
president of the Cry For Help Foundation and Mr. Johnson is the founder
of the X-Men United Organization. Together, with the help of
several members of the community, we tackled the issue. It was
great to have ideas brought to the table and understand the progress we
have already made.
I look forward to continuing to work with Rep.
Young and the community to keep car thefts at a minimum and our citizens
and property safe. In the meantime, some simple things you can do to
prevent car theft are to always make sure your car is locked when you leave
it and be sure never to leave your car running, even to warm it up before
and Use of the School Trust Funds Study Committee
On Tuesday, I participated in a
preliminary meeting with attorneys from the Legislative Council Study Committee
on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds, which I will be
serving as Vice-Chair of this summer. The purpose of the committee is to
review the statutes governing the investment of the trust funds
administered by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The committee
will also assess whether or not the current statutes ensure that the
funds are being invested and appropriated effectively.
Over the next few months I’ll be working with
other legislators, Legislative Council staff, attorneys, and other
stakeholders to gather more information and make a recommendation on what
should be done. Study committees are assigned by the Legislative Council
in between sessions to address a number of different topics and issues.
These committees have meetings, hear testimony and collect research
throughout the summer before making recommendations to the legislature on
how to address the issues they studied. I look forward to working with
this committee and will share the details of our findings when they are
the Role of Banking and Industrial Hemp
On Wednesday, I met with Jay Risch, the Secretary of the Department of Financial
Institutions, to discuss industrial hemp. The meeting was a follow up on a
series of meetings I organized last week between departments that will
have a hand in industrial hemp now that it is legal in Wisconsin and
stakeholders. Throughout the country, states are once again legalizing
industrial hemp because of the incredible economic and agricultural
opportunities it offers. Yet, growers are running into issues accessing
money stemming from its production because the federal government still
has it classified as a Class 1 drug (we need to work on that too!). It
was great to connect with Secretary Risch to
discuss these concerns.
Curtin School Visit
Today, I spoke at an anti-bullying
rally at the Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy in Milwaukee along with
community activist Tracey Dent. I enjoyed speaking with students on the importance
of respect, and why we should treat our peers with kindness. I also
reminded students that it is not only important to stand up for yourself,
but to also stand up for others when they are being bullied. I shared
with them that even former President Barack Obama talked about being
bullied while in office and how no one is immune from this issue.
The other thing I discussed was how people respond to bullying and that
the consequences could be life threatening. It’s on all of us to
educate young people about the seriousness of this issue and give them
the coping skills and resources to deal with these situations.
for Former Wisconsin Secretary of State Saturday
On Saturday, the funeral for
revolutionary figure Vel Phillips, who sadly passed
away on April 17, will be held at St. Mark AME Church. Mrs. Phillips was
a trailblazer that worked to ensure fair treatment and equality in the
justice, political, and civil rights realm. Known for her record
many “firsts” for African Americans and women, Mrs. Phillips career
includes being elected in 1956, as the first woman and the first
African-American to serve on Milwaukee’s Common Council, being
appointed as the first female judge in Milwaukee County and the first
African American judge in Wisconsin in 1971, and in 1978, Phillips made
history as the first woman and first non-white elected Secretary of State in Wisconsin. A lifelong Democrat, she was also the first black
person to be elected as a member of the National
Committee of either
of the major U.S. political parties.
tributes pour in from around the world, Vel
Phillips is most often remembered for her participation in nonviolent civil rights protests against discrimination in housing,
education, and employment. Today her name rests on a
residence hall at her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin–Madison and
on the Milwaukee County Vel Phillips Juvenile
Justice Center. She was fearless and assertive, serving as an
inspiration for many people. Her work, legacy and commitment to
creating change within her community will continue to live on.
Project Clean and Green starts on
Monday, May 7 for some in 1st District
The City of Milwaukee Department of
Public Works’ annual Project Clean & Green program will run through
June 11, 2018. Part of Zone 3, which starts on May 7 (next Monday),
affects those in the 1st Aldermanic District who live south of
W. Silver Spring Dr., according to Alderman Ashanti Hamilton.
Please see the attached map
to find your dates for Clean & Green.
Project Clean & Green (PCG) is a
citywide program designed to foster neighborhood pride through
coordinated pick-up of excess household debris, street and alley
sweeping, nuisance inspections, graffiti removal, and other neighborhood
beautification activities sponsored by community agencies.
How Project Clean & Green
works: Normally, residents
are charged $50 - $150 for all bulky item pick-up requests larger than
one (1) cubic yard (about the size of an easy chair). However, on a
resident’s Project Clean & Green collection day, DPW crews will pick
up unwanted household items at no charge to the
resident. All City of Milwaukee residents are assigned to one of seven
Project Clean & Green “zones”. Residents are encouraged to set out
their extra unwanted items on their regular garbage collection
day during their designated Project Clean & Green
zone week. On their PCG pickup day, residents should place their
unwanted furniture, mattresses, household items, up to two (2) cubic
yards of tree trimmings and leaves, yard and garden waste, and up to five
(5) tires at their regular garbage collection point –
either the curb or alley line.
New for 2018: Residents can use brown paper yard waste bags
available at area stores for their yard waste, or they can place it in
piles at their collection point. However, grass clippings MUST
be placed in a brown paper yard waste bag – do not place loose grass
clippings in a pile or in your garbage/recycling carts for pick-up. This
is the only time the City will collect grass clippings.
If residents miss their PCG pick-up
date, please use the Drop Off Centers to dispose of your items.
Additionally, brush collection of up to 2 cubic yards is provided at no
charge by request from April through November.
All residents: For more information -
and to find your specific Project Clean & Green zone, week, and
collection date - go to milwaukee.gov/cleanandgreen or call 286-CITY (2489).