LARSON REPORT

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER


 

 

April 18, 2013

     

CONTACT ME


Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or opinions you might have.

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487

Email:
Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

 

Mailing Address:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

 

Web Site:

SenatorChrisLarson.com

 

Find Me on Facebook and Twitter:

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
 

Supporting our neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and your family are listed below. 

 

 

Storytime Smiles at the St. Francis Library
Date: Now through Wed., May 1

Location: St. Francis

Description: Start your child on the road to reading. The St. Francis Library is offering free storytimes for children this spring. Families can register now, in the Children's Room or over the phone by calling (414) 481-7323. Your child will enjoy a combination of stories, fingerplays, flannel board stories, puppets, art projects, and more. Each storytime matches your child's developmental level, attention span, and interests, to promote a love of literature. They are also a great time to meet new and old friends, and a special time for all who join in. Pajamarama (for ages 2-6) is scheduled for Monday nights from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Or join Preschool Storytime (for ages 3-6) on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Two year-olds are invited to Toddler Time on Wednesdays from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., with an optional playtime afterward. All young children can play with their friends at Tot Time, which is held on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a brief storytime and playtime. CLICK HERE for more information, including a complete schedule of storytime events.

 


NEWaukee Young Professional Week

Date: Now through Sun., April 21

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Young Professional Week is a national discussion of the issues that face today's Millennial Generation. This weeklong program examines a variety of topics that face today's young professional, including sustainability in a modern city, women in leadership, and innovation in Milwaukee. The Bubbler Awards will also be held and a brunch with the CEO of Zappos will be featured. CLICK HERE for more information and a schedule of the week's events.
 

 

Gallery Night and Day
Date: Fri., April 19 through Sat., April 20

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced art connoisseur and the beginning admirer. Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, this evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, April 19 and continues during the day on Saturday, April 20. The quarterly event will showcase 62 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission to all participating venues is free during event hours. CLICK HERE for more information, including a list of participating locations.

 

 

Love the Earth & Bike in Milwaukee

Date: Sat., April 20 at 8 a.m.

Location: Milwaukee

Description: In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, customers who bike to the store on Saturday, April 20 are able to register for their chance to win a $100 gift card. Stop by the Customer Service Desk with your helmet to enter. CLICK HERE for more information.

Whole Foods Milwaukee (MAP)

2305 N. Prospect Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

 

Spring River Cleanup

Date: Sat., April 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Location: Various Locations

Description: Join the Milwaukee River Keepers in their pursuits to keep our communities beautiful. This event takes place at various locations simultaneously, including Gordon Park, Milwaukee Krueger Park, Hoyt Park, and Wauwatosa Estabrook Park. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

 

Great American Cleanup

Date: Sat., April 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Location: Various Locations

Description: Help beautify Milwaukee County by participating in trash clean-ups throughout the area. This event is sponsored by Milwaukee County Parks. Some of the parks participating include Bradford Beach, Cudahy Park, Humboldt Park, and many more. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

 

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood Park Clean-up

Date: Sat., April 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Stop by this annual neighborhood clean-up set for Saturday April 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. This event starts in Back Bay Park, then moves to Water Tower Park and, if there is time, Gilman's Triangle. Join in this morning of fun public service with your fellow neighbors. Kids are welcome, too. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Back Bay Park (MAP)

2315 E. Back Bay

Milwaukee, WI 53202
 

 

Earth Day Festival for Afternoon Nappers

Date: Sat., April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Kids five and younger can celebrate Earth Day at a special event just for them. Held right before their annual Earth Day Festival, the Urban Ecology Center is offering a special event for young children. This event will offer children the opportunity to take part in exciting outdoor activities and age-appropriate crafts. It is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated. CLICK HERE for more information.

Riverside Park (MAP)

1500 E. Park Place

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

 

Keep Pedaling In Celebration of Earth Day

Date: Sun., April 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Cudahy to Franklin

Description: Join South Shore Cyclery in reducing your carbon footprint. There will be a group bike ride from South Shore Cyclery to the Wehr Nature Center for "In Celebration of Earth Day." The ride leaves SSC at 11 a.m. "In Celebration of Earth Day" begins at noon with nature walks, a vintage manual typewriter "type-in," a presentation by Kohl's Wild Theater, sustainability displays, and "recycled" crafts for kids of all ages. The group ride will depart from Wehr for SSC at a time decided on by the group.
 

South Shore Cyclery (MAP)

4758 S. Packard Avenue Cudahy, WI 53110

 

 

Financial Awareness, Wisconsin Saves

Date: Mon., April 22 at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Cudahy

Description: Learn how to develop positive spending habits through the Wisconsin Savers Program. This event is free and open to the public. Please call (414) 481-9611 to register for this event in advance.


Kelly Senior Center (MAP) 6100 S. Lake Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

This Larson Report takes pause to remember those we lost in Boston and their families. Additionally, we recognize a local hero who helped us find hope and strength after recent tragedies suffered by our community. Continue reading for more about these and other important issues, including provisions to sell our land to foreign countries, increasing voter restrictions, and recognizing Earth Day and Organ Donor Month.


Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

 

 

 

Thoughts and Prayers with Boston

Like many others across the country, I was devastated by the news coverage of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. My thoughts and prayers go out to the lives that were torn apart by this act of terror.

Finishing a marathon is not just an achievement, it is the culmination of months, if not years, of hard work a runner puts in just to get there. It is about overcoming hardship and adversity. The cowards that did this not only struck out against that American spirit of endurance and achievement, but they also struck out against a world community of runners from all 50 states and 90-plus countries across the globe.

 

As an avid runner who had family and friends attending and participating in the Boston Marathon, this affected me on a personal level. While my family and friends were uninjured, none of us were left untouched by this unthinkable event. My hope is that the people responsible for this horrible act of terrorism are found and brought to justice so that the those affected by this tragedy and their families are able to find peace.
 

 

 

Selling Our Land to...China?

Last session, the state budget made devastating cuts to education, healthcare, and local government, with this budget doing little to repair the damage. In addition to failing to uphold Wisconsin values, this budget also includes some unusual policy items. One especially concerning provision allows foreign corporations to purchase tracts of land larger than 640 acres in Wisconsin.
 

Since 1887 Wisconsin law has prohibited nonresident aliens and corporations from purchasing more than 640 acres of land in Wisconsin. This law was created to protect our highly valued family farms, locally owned businesses, forests, and recreational lands. However, the current budget is seeking to get rid of these protections to place the interests of foreign nations above those of local Wisconsinites. The Wisconsin State Journal recently reported that foreign owned land in Wisconsin has doubled between 2005 and 2010. If we relax provisions for foreign purchases of Wisconsin land, will that number double again? Or triple? And, most importantly, how will this affect our community businesses, such as family farms?

 

While Wisconsin land has previously been purchased by countries, such as Switzerland, the governor's recent trip to China has left some wondering if China might be next to join in on the action. In other states where this trend has taken hold, such as California, over 50% of farmers are now renting farmland versus owning, compared to only 30% who rent in Wisconsin. When foreign corporations purchase such large tracts of land, it causes land prices to spike. As a result, existing family farms are put under increased financial strain and prospective farmers are prevented from getting their start. The foreign acquisition of farmland has even forced large dairies out of business due to their inability to purchase the affordable grain needed to support their livestock.

In addition to the tremendous concerns my colleagues and I have over the possibility of foreign countries and corporations purchasing large tracts of Wisconsin forest or farmland, we are also disturbed that such a policy shift was sneaked into the budget rather than a separate bill. Such a maneuver is typically done to cover up policy choices one would rather not be made public. Moving forward with this horrible provision is not they Wisconsin way.


 

Sign the Petition Today!

Did you know that the Republican budget allows for no new spending--$0 dollars--for our traditional public schools but increases spending for voucher schools by up to $1,414 per pupil? Let the governor and Republican Legislature know that you oppose their misplaced education priorities. Tell them to support public education and stop spending public dollars on unaccountable private voucher schools by signing this new petition being circulated on SignOn.org. The petition states the following:

In 2011, Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature passed a budget that contained the largest cuts to public education in Wisconsin history--$1.6 billion gone from our kids' schools. Class sizes went up drastically. Quality after-school programs were eliminated. Good teachers were laid off.

This year, the governor's proposed budget freezes public school spending, while increasing funding for unaccountable and unproven private voucher schools. Tell Governor Walker and the state Republicans to stand up for our kids and not special interests that want to profit on the backs of our future generations.


Petition signatures will then be shared with your state representative, state senator, and the governor. Additionally, once a neighbor has signed on to the petition, they will then have the option to send information about the petition to others by sharing it on Facebook, tweeting about it on Twitter, or emailing it to friends and family.

Join 2,525 of your fellow Wisconsinites by clicking here to sign the petition.
 

 

 

More Attacks on Voter Rights

While Republicans have done little this session to create jobs, leaving Wisconsin 44th in the nation in job creation, they have proven vocal on plans to change Wisconsin's prized election system. Not only was one of the first proposals they circulated this session legislation to eliminate same day registration, but since that time, legislative Republicans have also put forth proposals to limit voter access to the polls and politicize the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, among other things.

 

Eliminate Same Day Registration

Wisconsin has historically been one of the top states for voter participation. Much of this stems from our adoption of same day registration laws, which make it convenient for eligible voters to participate in Wisconsin's elections by allowing them to register at the polls on Election Day prior to voting. However, the Republican-controlled Legislature is attempting to undo this success by prohibiting same day registration in Wisconsin.

Same day registration has proven to be a popular option for voters, and is also widely supported by the nonpartisan officials that administer our elections. According to the Government Accountability Board, during major statewide elections, 10-15% of Wisconsin voters opt to register to vote or update their registration information on Election Day. This rate is even higher in our area. The Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht reported that in the November 2012 general election, 19% of those who voted in Milwaukee registered that day.

Eliminating this widely used registration option would be a tremendous inconvenience for many voters and create countless problems. If same day registration were to be eliminated, Wisconsin would immediately become subject to federal voter protection laws, including the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Wisconsin was previously exempt from these laws because it offered same day registration. These laws require that voter registration take place at the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) as well as at agencies that provide federal or state public assistance or administer programs that primarily assist neighbors with disabilities. Many DMV locations in Wisconsin, especially in rural areas, are open during limited hours. Additionally, some Wisconsinites have to drive nearly an hour to reach the nearest DMV center. These complications, among others, will make it increasingly difficult for the people with full-time jobs, the elderly, students, individuals with disabilities, and Wisconsinites in rural areas to register in a timely manner prior to elections.

Furthermore, eliminating same day registration will also prove costly to taxpayers. The Government Accountability Board, which would be tasked with implementing any changes to our registration and voting laws, has estimated that implementing this change will initially cost approximately $5.2 million during the first two years of the switch. Continuing not to offer same day registration and having to instead comply with federal laws will then cost the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board at least $2 million every two years from here on out. No word yet on what the costs would be for other agencies, such as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
 

Limiting Voter Access to Polls

Another proposal was recently introduced to limit voter access to the polls. Under current law, voters can apply to vote in-person absentee with the local municipal clerk beginning on the third Monday preceding the election and ending at 5 p.m. or the close of business on the Friday preceding the election, whichever is later. Assembly Bill 54 would penalize local municipalities seeking to provide greater access to the polls for qualified voters by changing this existing law.

Under this bill, in−person absentee voting applications may only be received by each municipal clerk's office Monday to Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. In addition, the clerk's office may not be open more than 40 hours a week beginning on the third Monday preceding the election and ending at 5 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election in order to receive in-person absentee voting applications. This means that municipalities that choose to offer extended hours during weekdays or open their doors on weekends prior to an election will no longer be allowed to do so. Unfortunately, the people that really lose out under this proposal are Wisconsin's workers who may be unable to leave their job to vote absentee during normal business hours.

In addition to making it more difficult for our hard-working Wisconsinites to exercise their constitutional right to vote, this bill also infringes on the rights of local government. Who better to know if the municipal clerk should offer extended hours for voters than the office that conducts the elections for those Wisconsinites each Election Day?

Click here to view a copy of Assembly Bill 54.

 

Polarizing, Politicizing Nonpartisan G.A.B.

In addition to trying to change laws regulating voter registration in Wisconsin, Republican legislators have also set their sights on converting the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.) from a nonpartisan agency to being run by partisan appointees.

The G.A.B.  was created in response to the caucus scandal in Wisconsin, where legislators and their staff were found guilty of campaigning on state time and with state resources. It is composed of six former judges who are nominated by a panel of four Wisconsin Appeals Court judges, appointed by the governor, and confirmed by the Senate. Both the Board and its staff must be deemed nonpartisan. The mission of the G.A.B. is to ensure accountability and transparency in government by enforcing ethics and lobbying laws, and enhancing representative democracy by safeguarding the integrity of the electoral process on behalf of the people. The G.A.B. is also tasked with administering Wisconsin's elections through a fair and impartial process that guarantees that the vote of each individual counts so the will of the electorate prevails.

The Republican Legislature claims that the G.A.B. leans Democratic and thus a change is needed. However, professional and political experiences of the Board's six current members paints a very different picture than the one Republican leadership is suggesting.

According to research done by the Cap Times, the current make-up of the G.A.B. is as follows:

  • 2 members formerly served in the Wisconsin State Assembly as Republicans

  • 1 member served as a Democratic district attorney

  • 1 member served as a Republican district attorney

  • 2 members have never held partisan office

  • 50% of members were either reappointed or given their initial appointment to the Board by Republican Governor Scott Walker

The facts contradict the partisan claim that the G.A.B. is a left-leaning agency and needs to be "fixed."

 

Click here to view a copy of this proposal.

 

Bill Package Affecting Voters, Poll Workers Introduced

As if these three controversial proposals were not enough, Republican legislators introduced a slew of additional bills aimed at further restricting voters and poll workers. This bills package includes proposals that would:

  • Limit who can volunteer to work the polls

  • Create additional barriers when providing proof of residency

  • Disqualify votes that are subject to certain clerical errors

  • Make it easier to disqualify votes cast in a race that ends in a recount

According to a recent study titled Counting Votes 2012: A State by State Look at Voting Technology Preparedness, Wisconsin currently ranks among the top five in how well prepared each state is to ensure that every eligible voter can vote and every vote is counted. The study--conducted by Common Cause Education Fund, Verified Voting Foundation, and Rutgers Law School-- ranks states from best to worst in a number of areas including ballot reconciliation, election contingency plans, and post-election audits. The G.A.B. has also recently been awarded for its tireless efforts to protect Wisconsin's voting integrity. Just last year, they received the Election Center Best Practices Award.

 

Click here to view the full study.

 

Why Fix What Isn't Broken?

A study done by George Mason University examining voter turnout for the 2010 general elections ranked Wisconsin among the top five states with the highest voter turnout. This trend continued in the general election this year, as well. According to the G.A.B., Wisconsin saw a turnout rate of 70.1% in the most recent elections. Additionally, 3,071,434 votes were cast for president in the November 2012 elections. This was the highest number of votes cast for a single office in a statewide election in Wisconsin history. These are numbers of which to be proud. Upholding this tradition, not reversing it, is the Wisconsin way.
 

 

 

Honoring Oak Creek Lieutenant Murphy

This past Tuesday, I joined Representatives Richards, Sinicki, and Honadel at an Assembly ceremony honoring Lieutenant Brian Murphy, who has served the city of Oak Creek's police force for over 22 years.

 

Lieutenant Murphy became a hero to many in our community and across Wisconsin for the bravery he exhibited in the face of danger when our neighbors attending a service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin were attacked on August 5, 2012.

 

This senseless act of violence, perpetrated by a lone gunman, shattered our community's sense of safety and left us in a state of grief, mourning those lost that day. While this day was one of tragedy and loss, it was also one of hope and resilience thanks to neighbors, like Lieutenant Murphy. Despite sustaining critical injuries upon his arrival to this horrific and chaotic scene after coming across the gunman, Lieutenant Murphy sought to ensure others inside the temple were assisted first. This willingness to sacrifice in the line of duty and place the safety of others before himself truly exemplified the love he holds for his community and neighbors. His acts of courage and selflessness were crucial in preventing further tragedy.

 

I was honored to be a part of this moving event to share my admiration and appreciation to Lieutenant Brian Murphy. His work to keep our community safe is truly heroic and I thank him for his devoted service to protect our family, friends, and neighbors from harm.

 

 

 

Ask Chris

I often have neighbors contact me looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.

 

Q: Earth Day is almost here. Do you know how our community will be celebrating this event this year?

 

A: On April 22, 192 countries, including the United States, will observe Earth Day. Earth Day was created to increase awareness and demonstrate support for a healthy and protected environment. The holiday was founded by Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator dedicated to cleaning up polluted waterways, protecting natural resources, creating green jobs, and bolstering the state's recreation infrastructure.

Gaylord Nelson's efforts helped to ensure that Wisconsin has a proud, progressive history of stewardship.
Unfortunately, over the last few years the actions of some elected officials has threatened to destroy Wisconsin's environment, economy, health, and reputation as a leader in preservation. In addition to turning down funding for a railway system that would have reduced our dependence on foreign oil and cutting funding for the recycling program, the efforts of legislative Republicans have also undermined our Wisconsin tradition of stewardship by exempting select big corporations from following the laws that keep our water drinkable and lands safe. Wisconsin can do better.

 

If you are like me in wanting to play your part in restoring our tradition of preserving our natural resources, there are a number of Earth Day events happening around our community. Details for these events are provided below.

 

Milwaukee Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The city of Milwaukee and Rock the Green are partnering up to host this zero-waste celebration. This event boasts a bicycle-powered stage from Power by the People, which will feature live music from the Ethan Keller Group. Waste reclamation stations will also be made available along with sustainable, organic food provided by some of Milwaukee's favorite food truck vendors. This event is free and open to the public and will take place in front of the Milwaukee City Hall on Market Street between Wells and Kilbourn.

 

Click here for more information about this event.

 

Riverside Park Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 20 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at the Urban Ecology Center's annual Earth Day Festival. All ages can enjoy fun outdoor activities, discovery hikes, rock climbing, making crafts, and learning basic tai chi. Visitors can also grab a bite to eat from a local food vendor and listen to a Korean drum performance. This event is free and open to the public, although donations are appreciated.

Riverside Park (MAP)

1500 E. Park Place

Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

Click here for more information about this event.

 

Earth Day Bash
Saturday, April 20 at Noon

Stop by Whole Foods on N. Prospect for their annual Earth Day Bash. The day's events will include an eco-friendly vendor fair with vendors sampling product lines and discussing sustainability practices, a bicycle and gift basket give-away, and a recycled art fair for kids. This event is free and open to the public.
 

Whole Foods Milwaukee (MAP)

2305 N. Prospect Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53211
 

Click here for more information about this event.

 

More Earth Day events can be found in the sidebar of this issue of the Larson Report.
 

 

 

Did You Know...?

You may be aware that Earth Day is almost here, given the announcement of various events in our community to celebrate. But did you know that Earth Day was founded right here in Wisconsin?

Earth Day was proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1969 and was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was created to increase environmental consciousness across the country and to uphold our shared tradition of stewardship.


 

April Declared Organ Donor Month

April is National Donate Life Month, which serves to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example.
 

Currently, nearly 120,000 men, women, and children are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, 2,000 of whom are on the wait-list in Wisconsin. Last year, organ donors made more than 28,000 transplants possible. Another one million people received cornea and other tissue transplants that helped them recover from trauma, bone damage, spinal injuries, burns, hearing impairment, and vision loss. Each day, an average of 79 people receive organ transplants. However, an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that cannot take place because of the shortage of donated organs.

Great work has been done in Wisconsin to improve the donation process, by increasing the number of people who are donors and thus the number of organs made available for transplant. According to Donate Life Wisconsin, in 2009, 75% of people who were able to donate their organs did, which set a new record for Wisconsin.

Each year since 2003 during the month of April the state of Wisconsin recognizes the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and honors those individuals who have donated to others in our community, state, and country. In honor of this, Senate Joint Resolution 17 was adopted this month, on April 9, and called for the recognition of April 2013 as Donate Life Month. The members of the Legislature also called upon Wisconsin citizens to learn about the importance of organ, tissue, bone marrow, and blood donation, and to do their part by signing up to be a donor. This is an important step in furthering a Wisconsin tradition of generosity for those in need due to tragic medical circumstances.
 

Signing up to be a donor is easy. Anyone can register to be a donor, even if you have a pre-existing medical condition. At the time of passing, the appropriate donation professionals will review the patient's medical and social histories and review current medical tests to determine eligibility for donation.

 

Click here to sign up as an organ donor on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Web site.

 

You can also become any organ donor when applying for a Wisconsin driver's license or ID card. Simply mark the "yes" box next to the organ donor option on the license or card application, sign and date the back of your driver's license, and list what you wish to donate. Taking these steps will ensure an orange "organ donor" alert sticker is placed on the front of your license or card to alert others as to your wishes to donate.

 

 

Public Participation Encouraged in Budget Public Hearings

The Joint Finance Committee is wrapping up its official hearings on the budget. The hearings held this session and last session mark the lowest number of hearings held by the Joint Finance Committee in 25 years. Senate and Assembly Democrats understand that it will be impossible for many to get off work and participate in these limited events. Therefore, we are holding additional budget hearings across the state to make sure that our neighbors have an opportunity to voice their priorities and values to members of the Joint Finance Committee, as well as legislative leaders.

 

The budget is a document that sets our priorities and defines our state, so it is crucial that Wisconsinites have a genuine opportunity to have their voice heard on important budgetary issues, such as the expansion of unaccountable voucher schools, rejection of federal funds to expand health care access, doing away with the popular Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program, and much more. While hearing have already occurred in La Crosse and Racine, continue reading for more information on upcoming listening sessions.

April 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Milwaukee

MPS Administration Building, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee

April 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Wausau

UW Marathon County, 518 South 7th Avenue, Wausau

April 22 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Viroqua

Viroqua Middle/High School Band Room, 100 Blackhawk Drive, Viroqua

April 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Madison

Black Hawk Middle School, 1402 Wyoming Way, Madison

April 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Rapids City Council Chambers, 444 West Grand Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids

April 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Appleton

Fox Valley Technical College, D.J. Bordini Business & Industry Center Room 103, 5 Systems Drive, Appleton

April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Barron

Barron County Courthouse, 1420 Wisconsin 25, Barron

April 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Eau Claire

Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire

 

 

 

Take My Survey Online

I recently mailed out a newsletter district wide. This newsletter not only provided an update on a variety of important legislative issues, but it also featured a survey. The short survey provides me with a way to learn more about you and gives you the opportunity to share your thoughts on how to move Wisconsin forward together.

This survey was distributed by mail in my district wide newsletter titled Neighborhood News and has also been made available online.

Click here to save a stamp and take the Neighborhood News Survey online.

I look forward to tackling difficult but important issues with the governor and Republican legislators. However, such efforts will only succeed if as fellow badgers we dig deep and work together to create a brighter future for our family, friends, and neighbors. I look forward to hearing your feedback so I can represent you and our community as we endeavor to renew the Wisconsin spirit.

 

 

 

To Unsubscribe from the weekly Larson Report Newsletter, please reply to this email with the word "Unsubscribe."