Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 June 23, 2015


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418 North State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708


PH: (608) 266-7521

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FAX: (608) 282-3690

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Things happening in the district & around Madison


Community Forums with Chief Koval

Wednesday, June 24


Memorial High School (201 South Gammon Road)


Please stop by and take the opportunity to talk with the Madison Chief of Police! 

Verona Road Project Meeting

Thursday, June 25


City of Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 (5415 King James Way, Fitchburg)


An open house meeting will be held next week to discuss design and construction activities for the Verona Road (US 18/151) reconstruction project, from the Beltline to County PD (McKee Road) and the Beltline, between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.


West Side Farmers Market

Saturdays, April 18th to November 14th 7AM - 1PM

Hill Farms DOT Building Parking Lot

University Ave. & Segoe Rd.


Lakeside Kids! w/ Construction Day

Wednesday, June 24


Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center


Come to Monona Terrace on Wednesday mornings and enjoy this eclectic and educational program designed for children ages four and up. A wide variety of local performers, artists, and organizations provide entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning. In the event of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be moved inside. Please call 608.261.4000 after 8:30 a.m. the day of the event for program location. If transporting kids by bus, please call Don Adams, SpPlus at 608.261.4070 or e-mail at least 48 hours prior to event.


Gallery Talk: David Griffeath on Mathematics and the Visual Arts

Thursday, June 25


Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


Drawing on selected works from Coordinates, David Griffeath will illustrate aspects of the history of mathematical influences on the visual arts, contrasting aesthetics of math and art, and the impact of recent directions in math and science on contemporary art. David Griffeath is a retired mathematician who specialized in probability and complex spatial dynamics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, chairing the Department of Mathematics from 2002-2005. His research included the study of pattern formation in physical and social systems such as spontaneous spiral nucleation, snow crystal growth, and emergence of traffic jams.


Shake the Lake

Saturday, June 27

Starting: 5pm

Monona Terrace


Celebrate Independence Day in Madison at Shake the Lake! While the fireworks show start at 10pm, there will be plenty of free entertainment beginning at 5pm. A variety of musical acts will perform, including Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Shovels & Rope and the UW Marching Band. There will also be a BBQ from the Madison Area Chefs Network (MACN), bike polo exhibition, Mad Rollin' Dolls Roller Derby exhibition, and multiple food vendors available. The official rooftop party is at Monona Terrace - tickets are required to enter the rooftop.


Health Insurance  Enrollment and Exemption Application Assistance.

 Thursdays, until August 31st

10 am - 3 pm


Dane County Job Center

1819 Aberg Ave., Madison  


Consumers can walk in for assistance or make appointments by calling Covering Kids & Families at 608-261-1455.





Dear Friends and Neighbors,


As I write this, we are still waiting for Republican leadership to get their act together and break their deadlock on the budget. As of now, Republicans continue fighting amongst themselves over transportation funding, the Bucks arena, and determining revenues, among other items. This means that the Republican co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee have not called a meeting since last month, making increasingly unlikely that they will meet the June 30 budget deadline.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find a budget update, more news on the failures of Governor Walker’s centerpiece economic development agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and an update on changes to unemployment compensation.


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 Update 

The Joint Finance Committee has not met in weeks, as Republicans meet behind closed doors trying to hammer out a deal on key budget issues. Unfortunately, the process has been plagued with in-fighting and dysfunction as Republicans struggle to reach consensus. They have locked Democrats and the public out of their discussions, and it appears unlikely that they will meet the statutory June 30 deadline for passing the budget.


With a $250 million cut to the University of Wisconsin system, an estimated loss of $800 million for neighborhood schools over the next 10 years, sweeping changes to the state’s long-term care programs, and massive cuts to the Department of Natural Resources and other vital services currently included in the Republican budget proposal, a few key topics remain on the table. These include transportation funding, funding for a downtown arena in Milwaukee, and revenue. It is abundantly clear that whatever the Republicans put forward on these items, their proposed budget is, in its entirety, a disaster for the people of Wisconsin.


As we wait for fighting amongst the Republicans to end so the Joint Finance Committee can finish its work, I remain committed to standing up for the people I represent and demanding a budget that is reflective of Wisconsin’s core values and that puts people ahead of special interests


 Changes to Unemployment Insurance

During the 2013 legislative session, Republicans proposed and passed a bill making it more difficult for unemployed individuals to obtain Unemployment Compensation. The Department of Workforce Development provided the following information that may be helpful if you or someone you know is unemployed:

  • Claimants who expect recall by their employer may seek a waiver of the weekly work-search requirement for an 8-week period that can be extended for a maximum of 4 additional weeks with verification from the claimant's employer. Currently, waivers are approved through the end of a benefit year for a claimant who is not recalled.

  • The weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's will no longer be automatically waived for work search.

  • Claimants who will start work with a new employer within 4 weeks will need to provide employer verification in order to obtain a work search waiver.  Employer verification is not currently required in these cases.

  • Claimants working part time for a customary employer (an employer for which the claimant works for more than 4 weeks or the claimant worked at least 32 hours during a given week) will have their work search waived, but will be required to register with Wisconsin Job Service through and build a Job Match Profile.  This requirement is not currently in place for those with work search waivers.

Unfortunately, these changes will make things more difficult for hardworking Wisconsinites who find themselves temporarily unemployed to make ends meet and support their families.


                                                                 More Mismanagement at WEDC

In past newsletters, we have shared information about scandal and mismanagement that have plagued Governor Walker’s flagship job-creation agency. Late last week, we received additional information indicating that WEDC had handed out $124.4 million in grants and loans to companies without even conducting a formal staff review of these businesses.


WEDC has maintained a constant presence in the news recently after an audit indicating gross mismanagement and a Wisconsin State Journal investigation shining a light on possible pay-to-play activity. The State Journal investigative report revealed that a $500,000 loan was given to one of Walker’s major campaign contributors after top Walker aides pushed for the loan to be granted.


WEDC’s Democratic board members, Representative Peter Barca and Senator Julie Lassa, have called on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and U.S. Attorneys to investigate. The Dane County District Attorney Ishmael Ozanne is reviewing the audits regarding WEDC and is determining whether to open an investigation, as well.


                Girl Scout Visit

Last week, a few of my colleagues and I met with a group of Girl Scouts who were visiting the Capitol to learn about women in government. Though just over half of all Wisconsinites are women, less than 25% of our State Assembly Representatives are women.


It was great fun talking about the importance of having women in government, some of the challenges we face, and what it is like to be a State Representative. Breaking the glass ceilings requires inspiring and encouraging young girls who may want to serve and showing them that they can do it. 


                                                                            Senior Beat

Recently, I was on the set of Senior Beat to talk about the proposed state budget and its impact on senior citizens for their July show. Senior Beat is a half hour program that showcases conversations about issues that currently affect senior citizens in our community.

Senior Beat is broadcast on Madison City Channel on Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Fridays at noon. If you have a chance, tune in when the interview airs next month.





                     Meet Melissa

I am happy to introduce you to Melissa, who is an intern in our office. Melissa joined us in May, and she will be with us through the summer.


Melissa is from Livonia, Michigan and attends school at the UW-Madison. She will be graduating next May with a degree in International Studies and a certificate in European Studies.


This is Melissa’s first time working with state politics and interning in the State Capitol. She enjoys being involved in the legislative branch of Wisconsin politics and is excited for the summer ahead. After graduation, she hopes to take what she has learned here and apply it within the international community. We are excited to have Melissa interning in our office this summer.


                                                                 Verona Road (US 18/151) Project

An open house meeting will be held this Thursday to discuss design and construction activities for the Verona Road (US 18/151) reconstruction project, from the Beltline to County PD (McKee Road) and the Beltline, between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway.

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25
No formal presentation is scheduled; stop by at your convenience.

Where: City of Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 (5415 King James Way, Fitchburg)

Maps and exhibits showing the proposed improvements will be on display, and eventually posted on the Verona Road Project website, under the Resources tab and Public Materials. Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

STAY INFORMED: Verona Road Project website | Project Facebook page


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