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Dear Friend,

As our first snowfall marks the changing of the seasons, I wanted to provide an update on a few important things going on in our community.

Below you will find information on how to order 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Books, an update on actions to take around the F-35 proposal, and ways to submit your final comments to the Air Force before the November 1st deadline. Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office, attended events, and voiced their opinions around this proposal. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any legislative questions or concerns. 

 

Warmly,

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Rep. Chris Taylor

76th Assembly District

Blue Books are in!

The 2019-2020 Wisconsin Blue Books are here! Earlier this month, 300 copies were delivered to my office and I am excited to share them with my constituents.

The Wisconsin Blue Book was first published in 1853 and has been updated every two years since 1881. The purpose of this resource is to provide up-to-date information about the legislative process as well as the elected and appointed officials involved at every level of state government. The thoroughness of the book is a testament to Wisconsin’s standard of open government. You may use this book as a reference guide to all of the state agencies and the three branches of government, whose functions, phone numbers and addresses are all listed.

This version’s feature article is called A Hero’s Welcome. During World War I, Wisconsin became the target of fierce criticism due to its German population and pacifist politicians. After the Armistice, legislators struggled both to restore Wisconsin’s reputation and to address the challenges that veterans faced upon returning home. The 2019–20 feature article, “A Hero’s Welcome,” celebrates the centennial of the 1919 session, when policymakers overcame divisions to enact groundbreaking veterans’ policy.

If you would like a hard copy of the 2019-2020 Blue Book, please fill out this form. There is also an online version, which can be found here.

 

Our Community

Community Dinner and Meeting on F-35s

As the public comment period draws to a close this week, there is one more opportunity to join your community members and learn more about the Air Force’s F-35 proposal. On Wednesday, October 30th, Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin and the Northside Planning Council will be holding a community dinner and gathering at the East Madison Community Center (8 Straubel Court, Madison, WI 53704) from 6-8pm. The simple dinner begins at 6pm and will be followed by a community speak out event.

The event organizers asked me to pass along the event description:  In coalition with Northside Planning Council and Safe Skies Clean Water, come for the simple dinner at 6, and stay to hear and speak out about how F-35s would impact you. Alder Rebecca Kemble will share what she's learned from trip to Burlington, VT and Alder Samba Baldeh will speak on actions in District 17 and beyond.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Northside Planning Council or Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin

 

 

Public Comment Period ends NOVEMBER 1st

The public comment period to the Air Force regarding the F-35 proposal ends Friday, November 1st. Thank you to everyone who has voiced their opinions and that has reached out and encouraged others to do so. If you have not submitted comments, I encourage you to contact the Air Force through the links below. According to the Air Force’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement, this proposal will negatively affect our community, with disproportionate impacts on children, communities of color, and low income individuals. If you need ideas for comments, please click here to see sample letters on how this proposal will affect affordable housing, children, communities of color, the environment, and a general letter. After the public comment period ends, the final Environmental Impact Statement will be released in February 2020. A 30-day waiting period will follow, and the final decision from the U.S. Air Force will be announced in March 2020.  

Online comments can be submitted here. Comments can also be directed to Ramon Ortiz by email at usaf.jbanafw.ngb-a4.mbx.a4a-nepa-comments@mail.mil, by mail at NGB/A4AM, 3501 Fetchet Avenue, Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762-5157, or by phone at 240-612-7042. This phone number was not working before, but it has since been fixed.

 

Contacting My Office

My capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.