Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 May 3, 2017


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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, May 4

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.


Knitting at the Library

Thursday, May 4

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.


Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network

Thursday, May 4

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. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 33, for more information or to register.


Friends of Alicia Ashman Library Book Sale

Friday, May 5

9:30 am - 7:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Pre-sale Thursday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friends only, join at the door ($5.00/individual, $10.00/ family). Public sale Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bag sale - 1:00 to 3:00 Saturday - $5 a bag.

Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 6

9:00 am – 5:00pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


If you love comic books, then May 6 is your lucky day! Go to any Madison Public Library to receive a free, kid-friendly, comic book of your very own! Stay and check out some of our comics and graphic novels. Then visit local comic book stores that are participating in Free Comic Book Day 2017. Click here to learn more about Free Comic Book Day. Only while supplies last!

Ecological Restoration Work Party

Saturday, May 6

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wingra Oak Savannah


Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Arbor Dr. parking lot, off Monroe St. More information: 265-5214 or

Spring Wildflowers on the Grady Tract

Sunday, May 7

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Hwy


Enjoy a naturalist-led hike to look for wildflowers in the Grady Tract oak savannas and prairies. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Tuesday, May 9

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.


Rap Sessh

Tuesday, May 9

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Local musician, Rob Dz, is passionate about words, and the power held in the words we choose to use. During this series of weekly after school music production and personal branding workshops, teen participants will be challenged to tell their story, and to tell their truth, through poetry, lyrics and music.


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,


This week the State Assembly was in session again, and the Joint Committee on Finance began voting on pieces of the 2017-2019 Wisconsin State Budget.  Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to express both support and opposition to proposals included in the budget bill. Not only do I look to your feedback when deciding how to vote on a bill, but your calls, letters, and emails also help me to generate questions to ask and possible amendments to propose. 


This week’s newsletter includes a summary of highlights and lowlights from yesterday’s Assembly action, an update on the state budget, information about the Madison/Middleton Solar Power Expansion, 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


Highlights and Lowlights from Yesterday’s Assembly Session


High Capacity Wells

Senate Bill 76 passed the Assembly yesterday with all Democrats voting against the bill. The bill rolls back regulations that protected our groundwater and grants forever-permits for high capacity wells with no additional oversight.


Effectively, Republicans abandoned Wisconsin’s Public Trust Doctrine, the constitutional protection that recognizes that the people, not the state, are the rightful ‘owners’ of our water. Senate Bill 76 threatens this doctrine which guarantees Wisconsin’s public water remains free and available to the public.


With the passage of this bill, Republicans chose winners and losers on water rights – and the average working people and small family farmers are the losers – in a political climate where the deck has been consistently stacked against the average person. The bill should have been amended to restore basic fairness, but Republicans refused to even consider reasonable changes. The result is a significant threat to our water resources.



Assembly Republicans passed an anemic package of bills under the guise of addressing homelessness. After six years of driving down wages and failing to expand access to affordable health care, child care, and family medical leave, Republicans have only exacerbated the problem of homelessness in our state. The bills passed yesterday do nothing to address the root causes of homelessness or to expand access to affordable housing, and given the opportunity to pass amendments that invest in substantive, evidence-based solutions, Republicans refused.


The Wisconsin Coalition Against Homelessness has indicated that, at a minimum, Wisconsin should triple the $3.25 million of dedicated funds it spends to address homelessness to $10 million. I offered amendments that would have invested in evidence-based approaches of eviction prevention, Rapid Rehousing, and Housing First programs. These amendments followed the recommendations of the Coalition Against Homelessness and of the many homeless services providers who testified at a hearing on the bills. Each amendment failed on a party line vote, with all Republicans voting against investing new resources to end and prevent homelessness. 


To successfully address homelessness we must tackle its root causes.   I remain committed to expanding the availability of affordable housing and case management services, increasing wages, expanding access to health care, and increasing economic security – all key ingredients to ending and preventing homelessness. Watch for more information about bills I will be introducing in the upcoming weeks to tackle this issue.


Civil Legal Access Legislation Advances

Last summer, I served on the Legislative Council Study Committee on Access to Civil Legal Services.  These bipartisan committees consist of legislators and members of the public who have subject matter expertise.  The Study Committee was directed to review the funding and delivery of legal services for the low income people in civil cases. Yesterday, two bills developed by the Study Committee were passed by the Assembly.


The first, Assembly Bill 115, recognizes that providing low income and at-risk populations with free or reduced-fee civil legal services can be an effective way to eliminate or reduce the dependence on public assistance or other government programs. The bill encourages the Departments of Administration, Health Services, Children and Families, Workforce Development, and Justice to allocate, as allowed by federal law, any federal block grant money they administer which is intended to benefit low-income, indigent, vulnerable, or at-risk populations for the purpose for providing civil legal aid to qualified individuals.


The second bill, Assembly Bill 116, creates the Interagency Legal Aid Coordinating Council.  The Council will evaluate how providing low-income, indigent, vulnerable, and at-risk populations with civil legal services will serve, or further the missions, responsibilities, and goals of the agencies represented on the council.


Update: Joint Finance Committee Begins Amending the Budget


On Monday, the Joint Finance Committee started voting on parts of the state budget.   The Committee will probably spend the remainder of this month debating and voting on each piece of the budget. Here are a few highlights from this week’s deliberations:


In his budget, the Governor had proposed eliminating the Judicial Commission and Judicial Council. These bodies play an important role in the oversight of our judicial system, and I am pleased that the members of the Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to remove their proposed elimination.


The Committee also considered the Environmental Improvement Fund. Democrats introduced a motion to extend the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program until all lead laterals were replaced. Laterals are the pipe extensions that carry water from the city’s main water lines across your property to your home, and the presence of led in many of these laterals puts residents, especially children, at risk of lead poisoning. The City of Madison was the first in the state to successfully replace all lead laterals citywide. Republican members of the committee opposed the motion.


I will continue to provide highlights of Joint Finance Committee actions on the budget in future newsletters.  If you would like to know more about what the Joint Finance Committee is discussing the Legislative Notification Service will provide you with meeting notices.  Once you subscribe, you may also enter bill topics, committee names, and bill numbers to have topical legislative notices emailed directly to you.  Access the Legislative Notification Service by visiting


Madison/Middleton Expand Use of Solar Power

The City of Madison and the City of Middleton have launched a program called MadiSUN Solar Group Buy. The program assists residents to buy solar electric systems to help power their homes.


The program is recruiting households to participate in the program. They will connect residents with solar providers and assist with accessing federal tax credits and Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program rebates.


MadiSUN will be putting on six educational events that will help people learn more about solar energy and their program. Click here for a schedule of these upcoming events.


Verona Road Update

Construction continues on Verona Road, and this means lane closures and traffic delays. For the latest information on this week’s construction activities, please click here.


Beware of Fake Calls from the Department of Revenue

Last month, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) warned consumers about the resurgence of fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone calls.  In this nationwide scam, callers are threatened by imposter IRS agents who claim they owe back taxes and demand immediate payment over the phone.


Now, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is reporting that a number of taxpayers have received calls over the past couple of weeks that have "spoofed" the phone number for DOR's Milwaukee office on caller ID displays.  These are scammers calling, there is no legitimacy to their claims, and they do not represent DOR despite the caller ID information.


Click here for more information and to learn how to protect yourself.


NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Month

With severe storm season about to begin it is critical to have an emergency weather radio in your home, school, and office to protect you and your family.


Today, is NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The campaign encourages people to own a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. It provides a 24-hour source of weather forecasts, watches, warnings, and non-weather emergency information from the National Weather Service and its parent agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


Click here for additional information about weather radios including real life stories of Wisconsin residents who survived a tornado thanks to the early warning from a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards. 

Fun Wisconsin Fact

In the fall of 1882, the world’s first hydroelectric power plant was built in Appleton, Wisconsin. The plant, named the Appleton Edison Light Company, was built on the Fox River. The name was chosen by Appleton’s own H.J. Rodgers, a paper manufacturer, who was inspired by Thomas Edison’s ideas for hydroelectric power.






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