Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

December 15, 2017


Contact Me


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

Game Night
Friday, December 15
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd.

Join us for a night of board games and puzzles. We'll supply some, but you can also bring your favorites to share with new friends.

Ecological Restoration Work Party
Saturday, December 16
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. More information: (608) 265-5214 or

Conifers Walk
Sunday, December 17
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

Learn about some of the Arboretum’s cone-bearing trees—including pines, spruces, and firs—how to distinguish them from one another, and their ecological importance. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesday, December 19
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.

Table Top Game Night
Tuesday, December 19
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

A ton of tabletop games, just waiting to be played! Drop in and join!

Chess Club
Wednesday, December 20
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.

Solstice Night Walk
Wednesday, December 20
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

Because birds are easier to spot after leaves have fallen, this is a good time for youngsters to learn about them. Binoculars available to share. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Alicia Ashman Crochet Club
Wenesday, December 20
6:30pm – 8:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd.

Come join the community of crocheters at Alicia Ashman Library each first and third Wednesday of the month. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, you'll enjoy the camaraderie of sharing an evening with other crocheters. See what others are working on, get advice from other crocheters, learn new techniques, and share your own work.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Thursday, December 21
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, December 21
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.

After Dinner Mints -- MOANA
Friday, December 22
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd

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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,


Happy Chanukah to all of you who celebrate! I am looking forward to spending some time with family this weekend to celebrate the holiday.

In this week’s newsletter, you will read about a Democratic bill that would create fair funding for our public schools and learn about a Republican bill that makes sweeping changes to landlord tenant law, most notably making it harder for our city to inspect rental properties and keep our neighborhoods strong. You will also find a reminder that today is the last day of open enrollment for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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


Fair Funding for our Schools
Funding for public education in Wisconsin is far below what is needed to fund our neighborhood schools. To make matters worse, the school funding formula does not fairly distribute funds across all school districts. Under the current funding formula, some children do not have access to the best education opportunities simply because of the zip code where they live.

Every child has the right to a high quality education, no matter where they live. That is why I am one of the authors of a “Fair Funding” bill for our public schools. The bill alters Wisconsin’s school funding formula to be fair, sustainable, and transparent. It provides a greater base level of funding for each student, allocates slightly more for students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and increases what are called equalization aids. Additionally, the bill creates a path for the state to again fund two-thirds of educational costs, taking more of the burden off our property taxes.

School funding issues are complex and can seem overwhelming. What I think we need to keep in mind is that you used to be able to live anywhere in the state with the confidence that your children would receive a quality education. Unfortunately, Republicans have changed that. Increasingly, we see families selling a home in one neighborhood and moving into another neighborhood in search of better schools. Passing our fair funding bill would strengthen Wisconsin schools and provide every child with the opportunity for a great education

Republican Bill Bad for our Neighborhoods
Under legislation proposed by Senate and Assembly Republicans, SB 639, cities like Madison would no longer be able to conduct systematic inspections of rental properties. This would have a chilling effect on neighborhoods on the tipping point where aging housing stock and a patchwork of largely absentee landlords renting their properties to tenants, as property inspection has been crucial to maintaining quality of life in these neighborhoods.

Additionally, while homeowners that do not clean and maintain their walks in winter can be fined, those who own rental property would not be held to the same standards if Republicans have their way. Under their bill, the City of Madison would have to mail notices to landlords of rental properties before charging for ordinances related to maintaining property, including sidewalk snow removal.

The bill allows landlords to charge tenants increased fees for credit checks, background checks, inspection fees, and even for performing repairs to the apartment that should be the landlord’s responsibility anyway. The bill also makes several changes that would impact a tenant’s ability to defend against an unfair eviction action. For example, if a landlord has been accepting a tenant’s rent on the 5th of the month for years despite the lease stipulating it is due on the 1st, the landlord could evict the tenant for not paying on the 1st, and the fact that the tenant has always paid on the 5th would no longer be a defense that could be used in court.

All in all, this legislation would be bad for renters and bad for our neighborhoods. The bill would leave tenants more vulnerable to arbitrary eviction actions and potential discrimination. At the same time, the proposed law would take away critical tools that our city uses to maintain the quality of housing and quality of life in our neighborhoods. At a time when we face a shortage of affordable housing, this legislation would only exacerbate the problem, likely increasing the cost of renting.

SB 639 had a public hearing in Senate this week and is expected to have a public hearing and a vote in the Assembly in January.

FCC Nixes Net Neutrality
Earlier this week, Republican appointees to the Federal Communications Commission took an action that threatens to dramatically change the internet. The FCC voted to repeal the net neutrality rules put into place by the Obama administration in 2015.

Basically, “net neutrality” is the idea that internet service providers should treat all data equally. For example, if you have internet service through a provider, then you have the right to expect that the content you wish to access would be treated the same – no fast lanes for some sites, or slow lanes for others. Without net neutrality, providers would have leeway to manipulate the flow of online data by blocking or throttling different websites, social media platforms, and streaming media services.

Some Republican lawmakers argue that repealing net neutrality is fine because the internet ran just fine before the rule was in place. That is disingenuous at best. Prior to the adoption of net neutrality rules, the FCC was frequently at odds with internet service providers who wanted to manipulate the flow of online data and treat websites and social media platforms differently. The net neutrality rules were put into place because they were needed to prevent internet service providers from continually trying to manipulate the internet.

The vote by the FCC now jeopardizes the ability of universities to provide online content to students, and threatens to create a host of problems for entrepreneurs. It also threatens to create a scenario where certain news content is blocked while other news content flows freely.

As it will likely take months before the policy reversal takes effect, the fight for net neutrality is far from over. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking the lead on a multi-state lawsuit challenging the FCC’s vote. There could also be Congressional action either by review of the FCC decision or new legislation codifying net neutrality in federal law.


Out and About in the District
While things at the Capitol have slowed down a bit through the end of the year, I have had the opportunity to meet with groups of constituents in the district.

Earlier this month I spoke to a group at Attic Angels about what is happening here at the State Capitol and how they can engage on the issues that matter to them. Last week, I spoke to a UW-Madison PLATO class at Covenant Presbyterian Church. We discussed the $3 billion corporate handout to Foxconn. I shared my concerns with Foxconn and heard their concerns. Also last week, I joined the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute for lunch (pictured right). We talked about my bill to end the inhumane practice of shackling inmates during labor and childbirth. A group of women taking part in the Policy Institute are helping me to spread the word and get the bill passed.

It has been great to visit so many of you over the last few weeks, and I look forward to hearing more from you in the New Year! If you would like me to visit your group, please contact my office at 608-266-7521 or by email at


ACA Open Enrollment Ends Today
Today is the last day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. This year, the Trump Administration cut the enrollment period in half and Republicans also cut funding for Affordable Care Act outreach and advertising efforts.

If you, or someone you know, needs health insurance, visit ( TODAY to enroll.


2017 Capitol Christmas Tree
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, a 40-foot balsam fir harvested in the Town of Emery, was donated by Jim Ryf. The tree’s ornaments will honor the Capitol’s centennial and have been made by school children around the state.

Wisconsin is the nation’s fifth-largest Christmas tree producer, with an annual harvest of more than 600,000 trees valued at more than $16 million. There are more than 850 Christmas tree farms in the state, covering more than 23,600 acres.

Be sure to come and check out the tree and centennial ornaments. Please feel free to stop by my office while you are here to say hello and for a free copy of a Wisconsin Blue Book. We are located in room 418 North.


Don't Let Charity Grinches Steal Your Holiday Goodwill
Many consumers open their hearts and wallets during the holiday season, donating generously to charities. Unfortunately, the season of goodwill opens the market to scammers who use high-pressure pitches to gather funds through fake charities. Two state agencies ask consumers to do their research on charities before making a contribution this holiday season and to be leery of pushy phone- and internet-based requests for payments.

Before donating, check with DATCP about any consumer complaints on file against the organization and check to see if the charity is registered with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).

DATCP and DFI offer these tips for donors considering a contribution to a charitable organization:

  • If contacted by phone, avoid being pressured to make an immediate donation. Don't hesitate to ask the caller to send you information about the organization and its programs.

  • Ask a solicitor to explain the purpose of the organization, what services are provided, how much of the donation goes to fund-raising expenses, whether the donation is tax-deductible, and whether you will be sent a receipt.

  • Donate to charities that you trust and are well-established.

  • Watch out for "look-alike" sites or imposter websites. Scammers will often use names and websites that are similar to those of better-known, reputable organizations. Watch the spelling of the charity's name and web address closely.

  • Be wary of unsolicited requests for donations, especially ones received by email or text.

  • Criminals know that many people make year-end charitable contributions for tax purposes, so they may take a tax-related angle in pitching their scam.

  • Never write out a check or give cash to an individual solicitor. Write out checks to the name of the organization or use a credit card.

For more information or to file a complaint, consumers may contact:

  • DATCP on the web at; by phone (Consumer Protection Hotline) at 800-422-7128; by e-mail at; or at

  • DFI on the web at; by phone at 800-452-3328; or by e-mail at

Fun Wisconsin Fact
The official state wildlife animal of Wisconsin is the white-tailed deer. While the Badger is widely known as the State’s official animal, the white-tailed deer was made the state ‘wildlife’ animal by the legislature in 1957. White-tailed deer are not only animals of incredible beauty and grace, but they have an incredible amount of power. White-tailed deer can run up to 40 miles per hour, jump 9 foot fences, and swim 13 miles per hour. Wisconsin shares the white-tailed deer with 12 other states as an official symbol.


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