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Dear Friends and Neighbors,


After another busy week in the Capitol, work on the state budget and other legislative issues is coming to a short pause as Memorial Day approaches. The upcoming long weekend gives us an opportunity not only to spend time with friends and family, but also to reflect and show gratitude to the men and women who have given their lives in service to the country. 

Read on for an invitation to upcoming budget listening sessions in the 78th District, as well as an update about recent developments on the 2019-21 state budget, a fun Wisconsin fact, 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

In This Week's Update:

Budget Listening Sessions

State Budget Update

Join the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

Promoting Medicaid Expansion in Dodgeville

Hands Around the Capitol for Foster Care

Local Government Committee Update

Fun Wisconsin Fact

Whats Happening?

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Budget Listening Sessions

Please join Senator Fred Risser and me for a budget listening session in the Meadowood neighborhood on Tuesday.  We want to hear from you about what you think our priorities should be as we deliberate on Governor Evers’s 2019-21 state budget proposal.  So whether you want to let us know how you feel about Medicaid Expansion, the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies initiative, the condition of Wisconsin roads, or any other state budget priorities, we hope to see you at the Meadowridge Library on Tuesday, May 28, from 6 PM to 7:45 PM. Click here for more information.

If you cannot make it on Tuesday or find Oakwood Village more convenient, we will hold another listening session next week at Oakwood Village University Woods on Monday, June 3rd from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.  I look forward to seeing you.


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State Budget Update - Funding our Neighborhood Schools


Yesterday, the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee voted down the $600 million increase in special education funding proposed by Governor Evers. This much-needed increase would ensure that school districts have the resources they need for special education after over a decade of flat funding. The vast majority of Wisconsinites across party lines support an increase in special education funding. Unfortunately, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee made drastic cuts to funding proposed by Governor Evers.

Every single student in Wisconsin, regardless of zip code or level of need, deserves a quality public education. The need for more special education funding is one of the most urgent concerns for educators across the state. Governor Evers’s proposal would have helped to address the increasing costs school districts all over the state are facing as they educate children with special needs. The budget proposal would have more than doubled the current reimbursement rate from just under 25% to 60% by the end of 2021 and would have met a portion of the 65% cost increases over the last ten years.

The Governor understands that investing in young people today will pay dividends for generations, and that is why we should follow his lead on funding our public schools.


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Join the Fight for Medicaid Expansion

70% of Wisconsinites agree -- Wisconsin needs to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds that would enable us to expand health care access in our state. Accepting the full expansion would lower health care premiums for everyone by 7 to 11%, save our state over $300 million, trigger $1.6 billion in new federal dollars invested in our healthcare system, and increase everyone’s access to affordable, quality care.

Unfortunately, Joint Finance Republicans voted to remove the Medicaid expansion from the 2019-21 state budget.

Sign this petition to tell your legislators that it is time to support the Medicaid expansion.

 If you want to help push back against Republican legislators’ disregard of the people’s voice, please fill out the petition to show your support of Medicaid expansion, and share with your friends and family across the state.



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Spread the Word – I will be in Dodgeville on Wednesday Promoting Medicaid Expansion

Join me and health care advocates in Dodgeville next Wednesday, May 29, for an update on the Medicaid expansion and the 2019-21 state budget. Hear from community members about the importance of quality, affordable healthcare, and put pressure on local legislators to take a position on this critical issue.

We'll be breaking into small groups to take action and bring the fight for Medicaid to southwestern Wisconsin. If you are in southwest Wisconsin, please join us, or be sure to let your friends in the Dodgeville area know about this organizing event.


Where: Cobblestone Coffee House 231 N Iowa St Dodgeville

When: Wednesday, 5/29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm

RSVP & more information here.  


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Hands Around the Capitol for Foster Care

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak at the 3rd Annual Hands around the Capitol event. The event was hosted by the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council (YAC), an advisory group to the Department of Children and Families comprised of current and former foster youth between the ages of 16-26.

The event brought together a wide range of child welfare stakeholders to honor youth’s voices and demonstrate solidarity with those in our child welfare system, and included a joining of attendees’ hands as a physical display of support for foster youth. 

The work the Youth Advisory Council does to provide a voice for all foster youth in Wisconsin is tremendously important. It was an honor to join Advisory Council members and others speaking at the event.



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Local Government Committee Update

On Wednesday, the Committee on Local Government met to vote on several bipartisan bills. The bills our committee considered included Assembly Bill 159, which regulates the rental and operation of electronic scooters on local roads, a rapidly growing industry. This bill set some guidelines for scooter rentals in Wisconsin and gives local governments flexibility to determine how electronic scooter companies operate in their municipalities.

Other bills that passed on a bipartisan basis included Assembly Bill 193, which allows counties and municipalities to adopt a biennial budget procedure, Assembly Bill 141, which clarifies an ambiguity in current law about when property tax bill payments are due to a local treasurer, and Assembly Bill 86, which clarifies statutory language about the filing of a bond for town municipal judges.


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Fun Wisconsin Fact

 The famous phrase “On Wisconsin,” now known as the name of the fight song for the Wisconsin Badgers, was first said by Arthur McArthur Jr at the Civil War Battle of Chattanooga in November of 1963. The 19 year old First Lieutenant inspired his troops by planting the flag of the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment on Missionary Ridge as he yelled, for the first time, “On Wisconsin.”

The battle, a decisive Union Victory, preceded General Grant’s promotion to leader over the Union Army and General Sherman’s capture of Atlanta and his famous march to the sea. By this time in the war, the Emancipation Proclamation had already been issued and a Union victory was in sight for both Grant and Sherman.

McArthur, after the Battle of Chattanooga, received the Medal of Honor and would soon become a colonel in the Union Army at the age of 19 years old. He would go on to serve in the military through the American-Indian Wars as well as the Philippine-American War, and would become a Major General of the Regular Army in 1901. He also served as the military governor of the Philippines alongside future president William Taft who was the civilian governor of the territory.

Even though McArthur never reached his final goal of leading the entire United States Military, he lived a full life of service and his legacy lives on through multiple military bases that memorialize him as well as being the first to have shouted “On Wisconsin.” Arthur McArthur died in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 5th, 1912, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.



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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Brat Fest
Friday, May 24th - Sunday, May 26th 

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison


Come and participate in the world’s largest Brat Fest. Enjoy food, music, and activities celebrating Wisconsin traditions while also raising money for many charities. Admission is free. More information regarding band line up and activities can be found at www.bratfest.com.

Forward Madison FC vs. Hertha Berlin
Friday, May 24th 

7 pm
Breese Stevens Field, 917 E Mifflin St


Come and watch Madison’s new professional soccer team play Hertha Berlin. Tickets start at $16.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Friday, May 24th 

7:30 pm
Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin St


Adapted from the 2003 three novel by Mark Haddon, the Strollers Theater Production of Simon Stephen’s play centers around a 15 year old math genius with autism attempting to solve a mystery of who harmed his neighbor’s dog after he is accused. Tickets start at $20.

Donuts With Dads
Saturday, May 25th 

10 am
Sequoya Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd


Spend your Saturday morning reading fun stories, doing crafts, eating snacks and so much more. Although this event is advertised for dads, any guardians are more than welcome to take part in the fun. Admission is free and no registration is needed.

Plant Sale
Saturday, May 25th 

9 am - 3:30 pm
Habitat ReStore West, 5906 Odana Rd


Stop in to Habitat ReStore for annuals (both flower and veggies), hybrid daylilies, prairie plants, hostas, hybrid irises, black-eyed Susans, ferns and so much more. All sales benefit Habitat for Humanity building efforts in Dane County.

Alumni Park Tour
Saturday, May 25th

2 pm
UW Alumni Park, 724 Langdon St


Swing by the University of Wisconsin Madison for a free park tour of the University’s new green space on a thirty minute free guided tour. Learn more about the rich 150 year history of UW Madison as well as notable alumni and campus traditions.

World Wide Mustard Competition
Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th 

10 am - 5 pm
National Mustard Museum, 7477 Hubbard Ave Middleton

Come and taste the 54 best mustards from a worldwide competition at Middleton’s beloved Mustard Museum. 

Memorial Day Program
Monday, May 27th 

2 pm

Sunset Memory Gardens, 7302 Mineral Point Rd


Put on by the American Legion Post 151, this program honors all deceased Veterans with a prayer, placement of a memorial wreath, address by an officer of the National Guard, firing squad and taps. This event is free.


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