Official Government Communication
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
Walker vetoes grant to Milwaukee energy consortium while Obama makes grant award
Last month, Governor Scott Walker vetoed a provision in the state budget I supported to award a $250,000 grant to the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, this week the US Small Business Administration named MWERC a $50,000 grant grant recipient for their newly launched WERCBench Labs, which is geared towards rebuilding Milwaukee’s legacy as the world’s machine shop. The consortium includes engineers, entrepreneurs and scientists who are working on various technologies including drones, imbedded systems and alternative energy systems.
I applaud President Obama for his vision and leadership to spur growth in our economy. I just wish Governor Walker shared that same vision. The cutting-edge, innovative work being done through M-WERC will rejuvenate Milwaukee’s economy. I encourage you to check out the WERCBench Lab application video.
US DOJ finds pattern of bias and abuse in Ferguson
According to the US Department of Justice, police officers in Ferguson, Missouri have regularly violated the constitutional rights of the city's black residents. While one-third of Ferguson is white, 85 percent of their traffic stops were Black people, who made up 93 percent of all arrests. Racial disparities like these are the reason I fight so hard for social justice and justice reform. This Department of Justice report is proof of what our incarceration rates also tell us; people of color are disproportionately incarcerated, which is a key component in the cycle of poverty far too many of our families face.
Happy birthday to the Voting Rights Act
August 6th marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. We should all celebrate this great accomplishment. But not for too long. The US Supreme Court under Chief Justice Roberts ruled there is no longer a pattern of prejudice in voting equality in American. That very ruling has opened the floodgates to attacks on voting rights. Take for example Wisconsin's photo ID for voting law. While data shows that people of color, seniors and college students will be disproportionately effected by the photo ID for voting law, that didn't stop Governor Walker from pushing the law. Now that he's running for president, it's easy to see why he signed the law.
Milwaukee Police to deploy GPS trackers on fleeing vehicles
Tragic deaths led the Milwaukee Police Department to change their policy on pursuit of fleeing vehicles. Their policy now precludes them from pursuing a fleeing vehicle unless they suspect someone in the car is committing a violent felony or is an immediate threat to the safety of others. To aid in their police work, law enforcement will now be equipped with GPS tracking devices they can deploy onto a fleeing vehicle. Hopefully, this advancement in technology will help keep us all safer on the roads. Click here to read more about this issue.