Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 August 25, 2015


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P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708


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Things happening in the district & around Madison


Back 2 School Block Party

Wednesday, August 26

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Theresa Terrace Neighborhood Center

1409 Theresa Terrace, Madison


Food, basketball, games. Sign-up for after school programs.


Madison Police Mounted Patrol Community Corral

Wednesday, August 26


Country Grove Park

7353 East Pass


The Community Corral is an informal meet and greet with Madison’s mounted police patrol. Come say hello to the largest 4-legged members of the police department.


Dane County Public Transit Committee

Wednesday, August 26


Middleton Public Library

7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton  


The newly formed Dane County Transit Committee is hosting listening sessions all over the county with the goal to assess public interest in expanded regional transit.


Job Club

Thursday, August 27 

12:00-2:00 p.m. 

Meadowood Neighborhood Center

5750 Raymond Rd, Madison


Hospitality Day.  Meet with employers in hospitality businesses.


Video Game Friday

Friday, August 28

2:30pm to 5:00pm

Meadowridge Library

5740 Raymond Rd, Madison


It's the best day of the week. Play new and old favorite multiplayer games. All games rated Teen and under.


West Side Farmers Market

Saturdays, April 18th to November 14th

7AM - 1PM

Hill Farms DOT Building Parking Lot

University Ave. & Segoe Rd.


Dane Dances

Friday, August 28

5:30-9:30 p. m.

Monona Terrace


Great dancing & eclectic food. Connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Lake Vista Cafe open. Food vendors open. Picnic baskets welcome.

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.


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,


Tomorrow is Women's Equality Day, marking the anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. As we celebrate this occasion, women still face significant challenges in gaining full equality. In the workplace, women still earn just 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. And women are still grossly underrepresented in elected bodies locally, as well as on the state and federal levels. We have come a long way since the days of the Suffragettes fighting for our right to vote, yet we have much work to do.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find news from the Public Benefits Reform Committee, information on a recently introduced bill demanding accountability from the Governor’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), a summary of how the President’s Clean Power Plan impacts Wisconsin, and tips to avoid becoming a victim of the latest utility scam.


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


Republican Proposals Impact our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

The committee on Public Benefits Reform held a public hearing on two bills last week. The first bill, AB 222, is a Republican proposal that would make it harder for our neighbors in need to access FoodShare assistance and that would cost the state millions to implement.


Republicans are again working to score political points with the most extreme right wing interests at the expense of our communities’ most vulnerable residents. AB 222 would add new barriers for FoodShare participants, making it harder for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and hard working families to put food on their tables. And this comes at the expense of millions taxpayer dollars.


This change would have serious disproportionate impact on the elderly and people with disabilities, who rely on others to assist them with purchasing food using their FoodShare cards. If this bill becomes law, these elderly and disabled individuals would be forced to find independent means and transportation to get themselves to the grocery store or go without adequate food to meet their nutritional needs.


The second bill before the committee was AB 212. This legislation stands to ban people from the state unemployment program for seven years, if they make simple mistakes filing a claim. This bill is moving forward even though a recent report from the Legislative Audit Bureau showed that 85% of unemployment overpayments are a direct result of unintentional reporting errors. The Department of Workforce Development’s mandatory filing survey includes complex questions and unfamiliar terminology, which the federal government has determined to be problematic. With this bill, Republicans will be punishing individuals who have simply made honest, unintended mistakes.


Republicans are willing to waste taxpayer dollars to make changes to our state’s safety net, creating a system that will do nothing more than burden our state’s most vulnerable and needy residents.


WEDC Funds Accountability Bill

After several instances of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) handing out taxpayer dollars to businesses that outsource jobs, there is now a bill to end this practice. I have joined Rep. Andy Jorgensen (D-Milton) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in their call for increased accountability at WEDC by co-sponsoring AB 304. This legislation would ban companies from applying for state taxpayer assistance for five years if they ship jobs outside of Wisconsin’s borders after receiving state aid.


From the beginning, WEDC has been drowning in a flood of scandals and controversy. Over its brief four-year history, WEDC has been shaken by mismanagement, massive employee turnover, failure to follow board policies and state statues, the loss of millions in taxpayer dollars with inadequate vetting of deals, and the withholding of information from its board of directors. While Republican legislative board members want to walk away by removing legislative oversight from WEDC’s board of directors, Democrats are offering real solutions to address the problems that have plagued WEDC. AB 304 demands that WEDC responsibly and appropriately uses taxpayer dollars for business initiatives that create jobs right here in Wisconsin to benefit hard working Wisconsin families. 


Clean Power Plan

Earlier this month, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy announced the federal Clean Power Plan. The plan is aimed at protecting clean air and water, increasing use of green energy, and providing health and safety for Americans.


Climate change is a problem which must be addressed now to guarantee a sustainable future. President Obama’s Clean Power Plan p calls for a large reduction in carbon pollution from power plants across the country. By the year 2030, states like Wisconsin will be required to cut our emissions by 32% from levels set in 2005.


I look forward to working with experts and my fellow legislators to create a plan for Wisconsin to implement and meet our 32% emission reduction. Implementing a plan for Wisconsin will not only help clean up and protect our environment, but it will also be an opportunity to invest in green infrastructure, businesses, and living wage jobs for hardworking Wisconsinites.


Click here to read 6 Things Every American Should Know About the Clean Power Plan from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. 


New Fake Utility Company Scam

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has recently become aware of a new utility scam. Scammers falsely claim to represent the local utility company and are calling businesses or consumers and threatening them with disconnection of services unless immediate payment is made. If you receive a similar threatening call about your home or business utility account, hang up and do not engage the caller. Contact your local utility provider to inquire about the status of your account and to report the call.


Avoid being tricked in a utility scam by remembering these simple guidelines:

  • Utility companies will contact you by mail if your account is overdue. They may also call you if your services are at risk of being terminated, but will NEVER demand immediate payment over the phone

  • If a caller demands a utility payment by prepaid debit card or wire transfer, it is a scam.

  • Scammers can manipulate your caller ID display to show the local utility company’s name or number when they call.

  • If you are unsure of the status of your account, contact your service provider using the number listed on your recent gas or electric bill or visit their website to identify a customer service phone number.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to, or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.


Help Starting Your Business

If you are interested in starting a new business, you might want to start by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR)’s “starting a business” website. There you can find resources you will need such as the “one stop business registration portal” that allows new businesses to register with multiple state agencies in one place.


You can also sign up for a “new business seminar” where DOR specialists will present information  and answer questions on topics such as business registration, sales and use tax, business tax credits, and more. The DOR website is also full of training webinars and videos for business to learn and understand Wisconsin taxes and registration for new businesses.


Take the Survey to Help Shape Wisconsin’s State Service Plan

Serve Wisconsin, a 21-member citizen body appointed by the Governor to support community service and volunteerism in Wisconsin, is seeking public input on their three-year State Service Plan. They are looking for input from communities across Wisconsin in order to address local needs.  Federal AmeriCorps resources from the Corporation for National and Community Service will be awarded to organizations seeking to deliver services using an evidence-based approach to solve identified community needs in counties across the state.


Click here to see the draft plan and answer a brief survey to provide your comments and suggestions. Deadline is September 4th, 2015.  


Click here to learn more about AmeriCorps programs and volunteerism in Wisconsin.


Fun Wisconsin Fact

The Wisconsin Constitution is the oldest U.S. state constitution outside of New England. Only Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island use older constitutions. However, the original copy of the 1848 Wisconsin Constitution is missing. Soon after it was drafted, the original was given to a printer who produced three certified copies. Two of these copies are also missing. The one remaining copy contains the names of the original signers, but not the actual signatures. This copy is on display in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building.


Fall Interns

My office is now accepting applications for fall interns. If you or someone you know is looking for a fall internship, we still have openings. You can apply online by clicking here, or submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to It is a great way to gain some experience and learn about the legislative process.  




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