Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

November 10, 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

Donuts with Dad
Saturday, November 11
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N. High Point Road

Saturday morning fun with stories, movies and snacks, especially for dads and their kids. Moms welcome, too.

Ecological Restoration Work Party
Saturday, November 11
9:00 am - 12:00pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at the Visitor Center.

The CCC and the Arboretum
Sunday, November 12
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) set up its only camp on a university campus. More than 200 men served here until the camp closed in 1941. Learn about their extraordinary efforts to restore the ecosystems of Wisconsin and hike through the landscape they helped create. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Family Festival
Sunday, November 12
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

St James Church and School
1128 St. James Court

Annual festival features famous pfeffernuesse cookies and bake sale, kids games, craft corner, chicken dinner, snack bar and hidden treasures sale. Hidden treasures starts with a pre-sale Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 for a $5 donation. Sale continues Sunday morning at 9:30; ½ price sale at 1pm; bag sale from 3:30 to 4:30.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesday, November 14
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.

Addressing the Needs of African American Aging Adults
Tuesday, November 14
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Mt. Zion Baptist Church
2019 Fischer St.

Join our community forum as Pastor Marcus Allen from Mt. Zion Church and Dr. Rueben Anthony from the Urban League of Madison will facilitate a discussion on the needs of African American aging adults in the community and what we can do to meet those needs now and in the future

Library LEGO Club
Tuesday, November 14
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

Join other LEGO fans and build your own unique creation

Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner
Tuesday, November 14
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elver Park Neighborhood Center
1201 McKenna Blvd

Elver Park Neighborhood Center is having an annual Thanksgiving dinner!

AnjiPlay Date
Wednesday, November 15
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lussier Community Center
55 S. Gammon Rd

The library will provide play and art materials especially chosen to encourage highly engaged, self-determined play. When kids are done, they'll create a Play Story depicting their play that day. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all ages.

Chess Club
Wednesday, November 15
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Season of Shadows
Wednesday, November 15
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

Make messes and play with light at Meadowridge Library! Join Alaura Borealis in building metaphors and cultivating feelings with light boxes, shadow puppets, projectors, movie making, and more. Experiment with shadow art during this youth-focused residency.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Thursday, November 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.

Knitting at the Library
Thursday, November 16
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.

Game Night
Friday, November 17
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!

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 Capitol was full of people celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Capitol building, and the Assembly was on the floor on both Tuesday and Thursday. Read on for a full update on the final Assembly session days of 2017.

Also in this newsletter, you will find an update on the Foxconn contract, exciting news that Exact Sciences is expanding on the west side of Madison, and information regarding tomorrow’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Capitol.

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


2017 Wraps Up in the Assembly
This week the full State Assembly met on Tuesday and Thursday. Yesterday’s floor session was most likely the Assembly’s last day on the floor for 2017. Unfortunately, Republicans have decided to end the year with more for the special interests and without tackling the issues that matter most to the people of Wisconsin.

Under the leadership of the Trump-Walker administration, Republicans have made 2017 the year of the hand-out to corporations, billionaires, and special interests. As if writing a $3 billion check to Foxconn, a foreign corporation with a dubious track record, was not enough, they paved over laws protecting our clean air, water, and land at the behest of Foxconn, mining companies, and wealthy property owners. Lest the average billionaire feel left out, the 2017 Republican budget was lined with tax breaks for the wealthy.

When not catering to the whims of the wealthy in 2017, Republicans have focused on an extreme social agenda that pleases their special interest campaign donors by taking swipes at access to abortion and birth control, rolling back gun safety laws that keep our communities safe, and taking money from our neighborhood schools to send it to unaccountable voucher schools.

Republicans have failed to address stagnant wages and have ignored access to health care, education, and jobs. Tuesday night’s election results made it crystal clear that the country has rejected the Trump-Walker agenda, and the people of Wisconsin have done the same. It is a mystery why legislative Republicans continue down the path of Trump-Walker, ignoring the voice of the average Wisconsinite.

Democrats remain focused on investing in Wisconsin and its people. We will continue fighting for a fair economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top, investing in our future by providing strong educational opportunities, and strengthening our local communities to ensure hardworking Wisconsin families can achieve their dreams.

Highlights from this Week on the Assembly Floor:
Assembly Bill 275 passed. Underage drinking in Wisconsin continues to be a significant concern. Current law prohibits an adult from knowingly permitting or failing to take action to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol beverage by an underage person on premises owned or controlled by the adult, but the law has loopholes. This bill expands the prohibition to make it apply to property owned and occupied by an adult who knowingly permits or fails to take action to prevent the illegal consumption or is occupied by an adult and under the adult’s control.

Assembly Bill 329. I was a co-author of this bill which prohibits licensed educators, school boards, private school governing bodies, and charter school operators from assisting a school employee, contractor, or agent obtain a new job in a school or with a local educational agency if they know, or have reason to believe, that individual committed a sex offense with a minor or pupil. Administrative or personnel files could still be transferred under the bill, and the prohibition would not apply if law enforcement closed any resulting case or investigation without a conviction. Under the bill, providing prohibited assistance is “immoral conduct” for which the Department of Public Instruction may revoke an educator’s license.

This week’s lowlights (and sadly there are many):
Assembly Bill 330 passed with the potential to weaken rules in place to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. Under the bill, a commission or board, including a credentialing board, that has not taken action on a rule in ten or more years is prohibited from acting on the rule unless a future change in law permits it. This legislation will prevent boards from being responsive and making necessary adjustments to rules that govern various professions and that protect consumers. The fact that there are rules in place that have not been changed in ten or more years proves that boards act in a thoughtful, deliberative manner and consider the consequences of rule changes on license holders and the public. This is legislation which appears to be part of a larger, national agenda to undermine occupational licensure.

Another lowlight was the passage of Assembly Bill 497, which could endanger our wetalnds. As we have seen with flooding events in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the United States, the filling of wetlands can have catastrophic consequences. We ought to be addressing legislation that protects the wetlands we have and protects them in the future. This is a bill that allows utilities to operate in the same manner as other entities that have been issued a wetland individual permit by the Department of Natural Resources. Rather than having to take mitigation steps if the temporary and permanent filling of a wetland for a project exceeds 10,000 square feet, utilities will not have to undertake mitigation steps unless there is permanent fill of more than 10,000 square feet of wetland. Rather than focusing on having lower standards that are equal for all business entities and allow for the gradual loss of wetlands, legislation should focus on having higher standards apply for all projects that impact our wetlands.

Senate Bill 109 passed on Thursday and is the latest in a series of “Race to the Bottom” bills Republicans have offered to diminish training and quality standards in licensing. Nationally, there is a movement on the part of far-right groups to undermine occupational licensing laws that are in place. Senate Bill 109 makes numerous changes related to the licensing of barbers and cosmetologists. The significant changes are not industry driven or sought by persons who provide barbering and cosmetology instruction. The changes do increase the potential for the public to be harmed by the improper use of chemical treatments and from infections. This comes on the heels of a bill to reduce training for nursing assistants and on the same day Republicans passed another bill to diminish apprenticeship training for some building trades.

These are just a few of the highlights and lowlights from the Assembly floor this week. Click here to read more about what happens each week in the Capitol in our “Under the Dome” updates.

Foxconn Boondoggle Contract Approved
During the Assembly floor session on Tuesday, Assembly Democrats offered a resolution which would have required the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to post the proposed FoxConn contract on the WEDC website. A motion to bring the resolution to the Assembly floor failed on a party line vote with each Republican member voting to keep the contract terms out of public view.

After pressure from Wisconsin Democrats, WEDC Secretary Mark Hogan released the contract to WEDC Board members on Monday morning. Board members had an opportunity to conduct a minimal, cursory review of the contract terms but were prohibited from taking it upon themselves with expertise whose review could have provided valuable insight.

While my Democratic legislative colleagues on the WEDC Board, Representative Dana Wachs and Senator Tim Carpenter, voted against the contract, it was approved by the WEDC Board on Wednesday.

The FoxConn deal is the largest taxpayer giveaway by a state to a foreign corporation in our country’s history. A Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis concluded the state would not recoup the $3 billion giveaway until 2043 at the very soonest. You and I should have been able to review the contract. The fact that Republicans fought to keep contract a secret does not bode well for Wisconsin taxpayers.

Exact Sciences Expansion Coming to Vacant Spectrum Brands Site
This week, Exact Sciences held a groundbreaking for their new facility at the site that formerly housed Spectrum Brands on the southwest side.

Exact Sciences is well-known for their Cologuard DNA-based test to screen for colorectal cancer. The non-invasive screening test pioneered by Exact Sciences is ordered by a doctor and sent to the patient’s home. The patient collects a stool sample and sends it in for testing. Results are sent to the doctor in about two weeks.

Work at the site will involve remodeling the four-story building at 601 Rayovac Drive that had housed Spectrum Brands’ headquarters and the removal of an adjacent building which will be replaced by a parking ramp.

In addition to expanding in our community, the company has also said it is going to conduct an internship, apprenticeship, and training program aimed at youth and unskilled adults in nearby neighborhoods in partnership with the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Park Edge/Park Ridge Employment and Training Center.


Veterans Day
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a time to honor our friends, family and neighbors who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Please join me in honoring and thanking those who have served our country.

The Madison Veterans Council is hosting its annual Veterans Day ceremony Saturday in the first-floor rotunda of the state Capitol. The “Honoring All Who Served” event begins at 9:30 a.m. with music from VFW Post 1318’s Volunteer Band. Brian Zeigler, board chairman of Badger Honor Flight, will deliver a keynote speech followed by a moment of silence at 11 a.m.

Other guests will include Gold Star parents Ruth and Kermit Hugo; Madison Mayor Paul Soglin; John Rohrer, director of the Madison VA Hospital; Madison Police Chief Mike Koval; and staff representing U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan.

Elections Commission Postcard: Not Junk and Not a Scam

If you receive a postcard from the State of Wisconsin Elections Commission, it is not junk mail or a scam. The Commission is in the process of sending out 343,000 postcards to voters who may have moved within Wisconsin or out-of-state in order to determine which registered voters to remove from poll lists and to advise other voters of the need to re-register at their new address.

The cards are being mailed first class and will be forwarded to persons at their new address. People who have moved within our state - even if they only moved from one apartment to another in the same building - will need to re-register at their current address. Voters can register online up to 20 days before an election at the MyVote Wisconsin website if they have an up-to-date Wisconsin driver license or state ID card. Voters can also register by mail up to 20 days before an election, after which they may register at the clerk’s office until the Friday before the election, or at their new polling place on Election Day.

If you receive a postcard, but did not move, please mail the postcard to your local municipal clerk, whose address is on the card, and your registration will continue unaffected. Since the Election Commission receives information from the Division of Motor Vehicles, among other government agencies, actions such as simply registering a motor vehicle at the address where it is kept could result in your receiving a card if that address is different from your home address.

Should you mistakenly receive a card addressed to someone else at another address, please do not discard it. You can simply place the card back in the mailbox, or outgoing mail, for your mail carrier to pick up and deliver correctly.

Click here to register online, check your registration status, or learn when you will have the next opportunity to vote.


Elver Park Farmers Market
The first year of the Elver Park Farmers market was a great success. Due to the success and plans to expand next year, the farmer’s market organizers are looking for a paid Market Manager. If you or someone you know is interested please pass along the job description and contact information below.

This is a part-time position of between 7 and 10 hours a week while the market is operating and up to 30 hours helping to get the market organized, starting this spring. There will be volunteers to help with some of the duties of running a market, but the major responsibility falls on the manager.


  • Soliciting vendors to participate in the Elver Park market.

  • Ensuring that the vendors follow the rules in the handbook.

  • Setting up, supervising and cleaning up after each market. (Volunteers may be available to help).

  • Handling the Food Share program at the market and handling all the paperwork required by the Food Share program.

  • Ensuring that the market complies with the Elver Park rules and conditions set up by the Park Department.

  • Helping with advertising the market, primarily placing signage.

  • Working with the Core Team, which will offer advice and help.

  • Other duties as assigned.

This position reports to the leadership team which will work primarily on finding sponsors, creating advertising and marketing and writing grants.

The market manager will have to work as an independent contractor, Compensation is
around $3000.

If interested in the position please send an email to Please attach resume and any references.


Something Special from Wisconsin Offers Holiday and Gift-giving Options That are ‘Uniquely Wisconsin’
With the most wonderful time of year just around the corner, many shoppers are preparing for the gift-giving season. As you shop your local stores for holiday ingredients and unique gifts this year, keep an eye out for the Something Special from Wisconsin™ sticker.

It’s easy to spot: this oval logo has a bright red background and white and yellow lettering, allowing you to easily identify a Something Special from Wisconsin™ product. This sticker carries a meaningful message, for when you see it you can be assured that at least half of the product’s ingredients, production, or processing has come from right here within our state.
The Something Special from Wisconsin™ logo can be found on everything from meats and cheeses, sweet syrups and candies, to soaps, candles, lotions, wreaths and more. With more than 480 participating companies, you can easily add local flavors and items into your holiday celebrations.

Since 1983, the Something Special from Wisconsin™ program has been trademarked through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection. Click here to find more information and you can give thanks to our local farmers and agribusinesses all year long.

Fun Wisconsin Fact
On October 14, 1912, the assassination attempt of Theodore Roosevelt occurred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Roosevelt gave an 80 minute speech in the Milwaukee Auditorium before being treated at Milwaukee hospital. Because the bullet did not cause harm to any internal organs, Roosevelt carried the bullet in his chest for the rest of his life.


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