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Forward Fridays


Welcome to my latest e-update! Here are highlights from the past week as your State Representative. 

As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns you have.

Forward together!  

School Visits

Thanks for visiting the State Capitol this week, Burleigh Elementary and St. Dominic School!

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Moments spent bending down and talking with your children are treasured moments. I take not one of these milliseconds for granted! 

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I also had the opportunity this week to visit and tour Fairview South School in Brookfield, part of the Elmbrook School District. Fairview South is a school for secondary education age students with developmental, intellectual, or physical disabilities with programming and curriculum to meet their individualized needs. It was great to see the care and special education opportunities that these students receive. 

In-District Office Hours 

Last Friday, we had in-district office hours at Cafe Blue in Wauwatosa. 

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Thank you to the constituents who came to chat about your priorities for the budget! 

Budget Update

Transportation: JFC voted yesterday on transportation funding in the budget, including a 137% increase on vehicle title fees. More information on their decisions here

Important math to consider: Millennials and Gen Z are buying less and less cars, and the average age of getting a driver’s license is going up. There is a real shift away from every person owning a car. And we need to get real when we write and vote on state budgets. Modern math matters. We have to consider the next generation when funding transportation. 

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Medicaid: Republicans voted on Tuesday to spend more money from the GPR (General Purpose Revenue - our tax dollars) to avoid accepting over a billion dollars in federal aid. The result of this is less coverage and fewer services, such as for Healthy Women, Healthy Babies. 

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With this budget, the Republicans are essentially double-taxing us. 

We won't stop fighting to expand Medicaid because expanding Medicaid is the right fiscal, and moral, decision.

More details on the JFC vote against Medicaid expansion here. 

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Join Forward Wisconsin for their Day of Action on Thursday, June 13th! More information here.  

Want to help fight for Medicaid expansion? Click here. 

 Wear Orange Weekend

Yesterday was the start of "Wear Orange" Weekend and today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Orange is the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement, and this weekend is an opportunity to show support for gun violence prevention. 
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Yesterday, I attended the kickoff of the weekend in Milwaukee, with Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention, and gun violence prevention advocates and community members. 

We must take seriously the terror our children face in our neighborhoods. I stood with colleagues, neighbors, and Wisconsin’s children who are fighting to end the violence.

Other events:

Wear Orange Community Garden Event:
Surviving & Thriving

Scooter's Garden of Hope
2484 N Buffum St

Milwaukee, WI 53212
Friday, June 7th, 4-7PM

Wear Orange Community Celebration 

Northside YMCA
1350 W North Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53205
Saturday, June 8th, 12-3PM 


Event information provided by the City of Milwaukee's Office of Violence Prevention, website here

 19th Amendment Ratification Celebration

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Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote! Be a part of this 100 year celebration and see an unveiling of the original 19th Amendment, hear from Wisconsin women in leadership, and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. Share on Facebook here

Monday, June 10th at the Wisconsin State Capitol


  • Wear your suffrage whites and celebrate the centennial of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the Capitol Rotunda.
  • Hear from First Lady Kathy Evers, the Honorable Rebecca Kleefisch, and the Honorable Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.
  • Unveiling of the original 19th Amendment by The Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Christian Øverland.


  • View women's suffrage artifacts on display in the Capitol Rotunda for extended hours.


  • Join the Women Members of the 104th Legislative Session for a public reception in the Assembly Parlor (2nd floor, State Capitol). 

Photo-op with suffragists near the Forward statue at the top of State Street.

Looking Forward

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We will be hosting more in-district office hours this month, and are in search of a location! Contact my office with suggestions for a local small business (cafe, restaurant, etc.) where we could meet with constituents in the 14th district. 

Feel free to email or call my office with any questions or concerns, or meet with me at one of my in-district office hours or listening sessions.


Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov


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