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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

Creating change with laws

<![if !vml]><![endif]>With the end of the calendar year fast approaching, I’ve been thinking about the final few months of the legislative session (which ends in May) and the laws I would like to create between now and then. You know the crisis areas, so you’ll understand why I’m concentrating on education, economic security, and justice. My efforts will include more than 100 bills. Of course not all of them will pass, but all of them will help educate my colleagues and the community.

My justice reform package focuses on justice reinvestment. Ideas like banning the box on job applications that ask about felony convictions, CCAP reform, sentencing reform, probation reform, gun safety, marijuana law reform and sex offender law reforms are what I will be putting on the table. As far as education, if you know me, you know I’m all about our babies. I’m working on bills to tackle the record number of school suspensions and expulsions amongst our youngest kids, long-term substitute teacher pay equality, college affordability, vocational training and putting black history back in our schools. But safe, educated communities need a great economy to participate in and recent studies show that Milwaukee County’s median family income has dropped by 10.3% from 2009 to 2014. I will be focusing on providing opportunities for everyone from people coming out of prison to people coming out of college as part of my efforts to increase economic security.

In addition to these three major areas, I’m thinking about healthcare with bills on community health workers and improving the mental health of our community, as well as democracy with a series of bills that will strengthen our democratic system. Stay tuned for more updates as I introduce these bills!  

A terrible trend of violence in the US, and Milwaukee

<![if !vml]><![endif]>On Wednesday, in San Bernardino California, fourteen people were killed and twenty-one wounded in yet another mass shooting. My heart is heavy with this news and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends, and their communities. Homicide is a pressing topic these days with 355 mass shootings in the US just in the past year. And Milwaukee has not escaped this violence. With about a month left in 2015, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s homicide tracker shows 143 homicides to date. The grand total of homicides for 2014 rang in at 94. Let that difference sink in. If the shootings across our nation seem tragic but far off, this dramatic increase of violence—right here in our city—really hits home. My focus on justice reinvestment, good education for our children, and supporting our economy, not to mention mental health, are efforts not only to address specific problems but to address violence as a whole here in our community. Studies show that crime is lower where the economy is stronger. Justice reinvestment and education are both crucial factors as well.

Median household income down in Milwaukee

<![if !vml]><![endif]>The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the median household income in two-thirds of Wisconsin counties fell by a significant margin from 2009 to 2014. For us, in Milwaukee County, the median income fell by 10.3% to $43,385. Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Vilas and Racine counties all experienced declining incomes as well. This trend mirrors the nation. The US saw the median income decline by 7.5% to $53,482 after adjusting for inflation. Data shows that the middle-class is quickly disappearing and being replaced by low wage jobs, both across the country and in our community, and falling incomes lead to increased poverty. In Milwaukee County the percentage of people living in poverty increased by 3.9 points to 21.9%. The decrease of household incomes is a problem in the United States, and certainly a problem in Wisconsin. The first step to fixing a problem is identifying it, the second is actually doing something about it. My focus on economic sustainability in future legislation isn’t about identifying anymore, it’s about doing.

Legislation in the works

<![if !vml]><![endif]>Recently, three of my bills have received bill numbers and been referred to committee for review. All three are important bills and I want to make sure you hear about them. The first, Senate Bill 377, would give a victim notice when an offender’s extended supervision or parole is revoked. Current law allows victims to receive notification, if they choose, when an offender has applied for extended supervision or parole. Under SB-377 victims would also be able to know when an offender has violated the terms of their supervision or parole. The second bill, Senate Bill 398, would make mandatory the destruction of DNA records for a person who has not been found guilty. I do not believe the Department of Justice should retain biological samples from people who are found not guilty. The third and final bill I would like to tell you about is Senate Bill 399, which I call Taxation by Citation. The bill would prohibit a law enforcement agency from establishing a policy or engaging in a practice of enforcing laws that is intended primarily to raise revenue. Our law enforcement should be focused on keeping our communities safe, not writing tickets to fulfill a quota.

 

 

 

Stay in touch:

     Email: Sen.Taylor@legis.wi.gov

    Milwaukee:  414-342-7176

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Community Events:

Join me at three upcoming events!

Coffee with the Senator:December 7, 8:30am-10:00am at Colectivo Coffee 5735 N. Bayshore Drive, Glendale. Details on my facebook page!

"Let's Talk": December 9, 5:30pm-7:30pm Senate District Office 2602 W. Silver Spring Drive. Bring your questions, comments and issues to Senator Lena Taylor! Details.

Coffee with the Senator: December 15, 8:30am-10:00am at Coffee Makes You Black 2803 N. Teutonia Ave, Milwaukee. More info here.

Growing Power's Winter Famer's Market: Every Saturday this winter (except after Christmas and Thanksgiving.) 13111 W. Silver Spring Drive, Butler WI 532007. Enjoy breakfast or lunch from local vendors!

 

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