Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 March 14, 2017


Contact Me


418 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708


PH: (608) 266-7521

TF: (888) 534-0078

FAX: (608) 282-3690



Things happening in the district & around Madison

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Thursday, March 16

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.


After School Art -Origami with Sarah Conn

Thursday, March 16

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Let yourself unwind after school with interactive projects from Bubbler artists. Ages 7-12. Registration begins 2 weeks before each class date. Call 288-6160 to register.


Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network

Thursday, March 16

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


This is a course in computer and employment literacy for adult students who want to improve their reading, writing and general communication skills. Each student will have an individual lesson plan created for them and will work through the semester on completing that plan. Skills learned will help with job searching and applications, completing the GED and improving skills on the computer. Please register for the entire series, January 26-May 11. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 33, for more information or to register.


WI Film Festival Sneak Peak

Friday, March 17

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


A free preview of this year's Wisconsin Film Festival (March 30-April 6, 2017). Watch trailers from this year's films, learn about the ins and outs of the festival from festival organizers, and bring your questions about this year's festival.

Sneak Peek events are funded in part by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Madison Community Foundation and are offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Film Festival.


Ecological Restoration Work Party

Saturday, March 18

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Grady Tract

UW Arboretum


Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. More information: (608) 265-5214 or


Awakening Land Walk

Sunday, March 19

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Hwy.


We will look for buds swelling, the return of birds such as sandhill cranes and turkey vultures, and indications of mole and worm activity in the thawed soil. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. 


Spring Equinox Night Walk

Monday, March 20

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Hwy.


Join the naturalist for sunset on the first day of spring, halfway between the winter and summer solstices. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.


West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Tuesday, March 21

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.


The Supper Club

Tuesday, March 21

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Discover great apps for kids in this new evening digital storytime for families. Pack a picnic from home or order a box dinner from one of our partner restaurants (menus here: No pre-registration required.


Tabletop Game Night

Tuesday, March 21

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


We've got a ton of tabletop games, just waiting to be played! Drop in and join us.


VITA Free Tax Filing Assistance


Central Library, Meeting Room 301

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

March 25, April 8

Call 266-6350 to make an appointment.


Sequoya Library

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

March 21, March 28, April 11


12:00pm -5:00pm

March 15, March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12


Call 266-6385 to make an appointment.

Visiting the Capitol

Whether you are planning a visit to the state Capitol as part of a large group, small gathering, or just by yourself, our office can assist you in scheduling a free guided tour of the Capitol building during normal business hours.


Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours depart from the ground floor Information Desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm. A 4:00 pm tour is offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are also open during the summer months.




Dear Friends and Neighbors,


On Saturday, I had the honor of speaking at the 4th Annual Community Celebration of International Women’s Day. The theme for the event, #BeBoldForChange, exemplified what we must all do to forge a world in which we achieve gender equity. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap will not close entirely until the year 2186. My message to attendees was that we can do better if we all choose, in our own way, to be bold for change.    


This week’s newsletter includes news from Thursday’s Assembly floor session, information about the devastating impact of the GOP federal healthcare plan, the latest construction update on the Verona Road project, early voting information, and more.


If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office. 



Lisa Subeck

State Representative

78th Assembly District

Budget Listening Session

Next Thursday, Senator Fred Risser and I will host a budget listening session in the 78th Assembly district to hear from you. Please stop by and let your voice be heard.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Arts Center, Oakwood Village

6205 Mineral Point Road


Members of the public attending can park underground (marked P) under Heritage Oaks, level P1. From there take the elevator to the first floor and follow the signage to the Arts Center.


Project Labor Agreement Prohibition Passes, Driving Down Wages and Sending Jobs Out of State

Last week, the Wisconsin State Assembly was in session. The main item on our agenda was Senate Bill 3/Assembly Bill 24. This bill prohibits local counties and municipalities from requiring or favoring Project Labor Agreements (PLA)  in their competitive bidding processes. I’ve seen how PLAs make it possible for local elected officials to ensure our communities get the most bang for their buck when spending taxpayer money on contracted projects and services. Nevertheless, this bill is the latest in a long series of Republican bills that drives down wages and makes it harder to keep good jobs in Wisconsin. I voted against the bill, which passed on a party line vote and now heads to Governor Walker’s desk for his signature.


Click here to read my statement on passage of SB 3.


Republican Plan Guts the Affordable Care Act

Seven years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. As a result, 20 million more Americans were able to obtain healthcare coverage. This included people with pre-existing conditions, people under the age of 26 just starting out in life, and people who previously had no affordable care options and lived in fear of incurring medical bills – especially for a major medical issue.


To say that there is a great deal of concern with the potential repeal of the ACA is an understatement. The plan unveiled by Congressional Republicans will hurt Wisconsin families by gutting and capping Medicaid and defunding Planned Parenthood. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that 14 million Americans would be thrown off their current healthcare if this plan moves forward and within the next ten years 24 million fewer Americans will be insured. Wisconsin residents who are currently enrolled in the ACA would lose over $2,000 in tax credits aimed at keeping premiums down.


The American Medical Association, AARP and other groups strongly oppose the proposal which has been put forward because it will drive up out-of-pocket expenses for working families and senior citizens. Even groups that have not been enamored with the ACA, and would be supportive of productive changes, find the Congressional Republican bill to be far worse.


I want to provide people with the ability to have affordable preventative care, coverage for conditions for which they were previously denied, and the peace of mind to know that their families would not face bankruptcy in the event of a major medical problem. I want women and men to have the ability to go to Planned Parenthood, and other providers, to have health screenings, receive medically accurate information, and obtain the reproductive care they need. While it remains to be seen what will happen in the halls of Congress, I will continue to fight for affordable and accessible healthcare here in Wisconsin.


Early Voting Begins Today

The Spring General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, but you do not have to wait until then to cast your ballot. In-person absentee voting for the election has begun in Madison, and will continue through Sunday, April 2, at the Madison City Clerk’s Office and additional locations throughout the city including Madison’s public libraries. To learn more about in-person absentee voting, including locations and times, please click here.


Absentee ballots are also available by mail. Everything you need to know to receive a ballot by mail is available via the Madison City Clerk by clicking here.


Remember: You must present an acceptable photo ID card to vote in Wisconsin. Click here to find out if you have the correct identification and to get information on how to obtain a free Wisconsin State ID Card for voting purposes.


Click here to see what is on your ballot.


Click here to read the “Candidates’ Answers” on the League of Women Voters of Dane County website.


Note: If you vote outside of the City of Madison, you will need to contact your local city or village clerk’s office for absentee voting locations and times.


Orange Barrels Return to Verona Road

This week construction crews have returned to Verona Road (US 18/151) and nearby roadways in Fitchburg, as Stage 2 of the project continues on Verona Road from Raymond Road south to County PD (McKee Road). This spring and summer’s reconstruction work will occur at the following locations:

  • Verona Road, from Fitchrona Road to Williamsburg Way;

  • East Frontage Road, between Spoke/Sprocket Drive and Chalet Gardens Road;

  • Fitchrona Road extension, from King James Way to County PD;

  • County PD and Fitchrona Road intersection; and

  • County PD, Fitchrona Road to Commerce Park Drive.

What you need to know:

  • Read the upcoming work operations and associated traffic impacts for the projects listed above.

  • Please be alert for crews and equipment in these areas, and drive with caution through all work zones.

  • Electronic weekly construction updates will start next Friday (March 17), and continue through the 2017 construction season.

  • Access to area businesses and neighborhoods will remain open throughout construction.

  • Please continue to patronize local businesses in the project area!

  • All work operations and lane closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

  • These construction activities are anticipated to be completed in mid-August 2017.

  • Stage 2 construction for the Verona Road Project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2020.

Click here to visit the Verona Road Project website

Click here to visit the Verona Road Project Facebook page


Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum

The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities. It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness to approximately 30 students with disabilities from throughout the state of Wisconsin. YLF is a project of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.


The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum is for:

  • Students who show leadership potential by being active in their school and community

  • Students who have a disability (physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, sensory, etc.)

  • Wisconsin residents

  • Students who are currently sophomores, juniors or seniors

Why Students Should Attend the Youth Leadership Forum?

  • To give you a place to meet other students your age who are experiencing similar issues and concerns,

  • To help you increase your leadership skills so you can further your future goals and reach them,

  • To assist you in becoming a leader in your school and community.

WHERE: Edgewood College, Madison, WI

WHEN: July 9 – 14, 2017


Submit application by Friday, April 7, 2017.


Click here to download the application.


Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Tax-related identity theft was a factor in 75% of all of the identity theft complaints filed with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in 2016.  The ID theft category received the fourth-most complaints of any type of consumer issue last year.


Thankfully, while the tax ID theft number was staggering, the overall count of identity theft complaints was actually down significantly from 2015 (down 48%).  While we cannot be certain of the cause of the drop, it may be attributable to a combination of new protective measures put in place by tax authorities and increased education and awareness of the risks of identity theft.


Click here to read more from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection and learn how to protect yourself from identity theft.


Congratulations Spartans

The Madison Memorial High School boy’s basketball team has qualified for the WIAA State Basketball Tournament.


The WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 16, 17, and 18 at the Kohl Center.


Go Spartans!


Click here for more information on the tournament.


Meet Our Intern, Taylor

I am excited to introduce Taylor, the newest addition to our office. Taylor is originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and started interning in the spring. She is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Political Science and Strategic Communication in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This year, Taylor interned on her first presidential campaign working to elect Democrats up and down the ticket. Her time with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin only reaffirmed her passion for politics. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, and reading a good book. Post-graduation, Taylor hopes to pursue a career in political communications.


Fun Wisconsin Fact

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, March’s fun facts will highlight women’s contributions to Wisconsin’s history.


Wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote, in 1920. In 1921, Wisconsin passed the nation’s first equal rights bill, granting women full equality with men under the law.


Pictured right: Former Wisconsin State Senator David G. James, Republican from Richland Center 1908-1912 and the father of suffragist Ada James, holding Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He is surrounded by 10 suffragists.


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