Official Government Communication

Week of March 26th - March 31st

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District


Corrections Facility Visits week, I visited two correctional facilities: Green Bay and Columbia Correctional Institutions.

Letís make no bones about it, the way we handle corrections in this state is frustrating. We are one of only a few states that has a prison population that is increasing instead of going down. Other states have implemented evidence-based corrections practices that have resulted in less incarceration, increased rehabilitation, reduced recidivism, and lower crime rates. We donít do that in Wisconsin. Instead we have Truth-in-Sentencing and an underfunded, back- logged system.

As a result, my office averages 30 letters a week from incarcerated residents expressing serious concerns about treatment and the lack of court-ordered or required programming needed for their release. I also understand that I represent individuals that are imprisoned and have made these visits a part of my responsibilities while in office.   As a public servant, it important to me to understand first-hand the conditions, effectiveness and safety of our correctional facilities for both those confined or employed at these institutions. 


Meeting with Project Central Voice Tuesday, I attended a meeting to learn more about Project Central Voice and how to better align agencies and services that serve the Greater Milwaukee community. 

Project Central Voice partnered with community researchers to interview more than 90 residents of the central city whose voices are seldom heard. They offered their insights about crime prevention and community organizing in the Northside CDBG neighborhoods and shared their results with community leaders at two public forums.  Neighborhood residents were trained in the survey administration, certified in the Protection of Human Subjects through the Medical College of Wisconsin and played a key role in reporting the results.  I look forward to addressing the findings of the report and working to incorporate recommendations, where possible, in my work as a legislator.


BOSS Program Visit

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Community Cyber High School and talk to students in two classrooms.  The first class I visited was the Building Occupational Skills for Success, or BOSS, initiative. It was great to see so many students already benefiting from the program, which was created by a unanimous resolution from the City of Milwaukee in January 2017. The program was originally developed by Pete Bellavia to address the need for community based leadership in Milwaukee. With its focus on personal finance, employment and entrepreneurship, the BOSS programís goal is to prepare students for graduation and from there find success in their own business ventures and community projects. I had a great time explaining the process that led to the successful implementation of the program and canít wait to check back in with the students to see just how far they go!

The second class was with a group of seniors discussing Social Issues. I spoke with the students about some of the Milwaukee specific issues weíve found solutions to, and more importantly the issues we still face. The pipeline to prison, institutionalized racism, under funded public schoolsÖ The list goes on. These are all real problems in Milwaukee that need our attention. They are things we can change, not just parts of life we have to accept. It was great talking to a group of young people who have first-hand experience dealing with these issues and who are as eager as me to work towards making a change. I reminded them that changing the world starts with a conversation as simple as the one we were having. You donít need to be anyone in particular to improve things. Thatís something Iíve always believed and I hope youíll remember that when it comes time to share your vision of the world.



Judge Yang Swearing-In Ceremony Good Friday will be extra good, as I will get to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Kristy Yang.  Elected in April 2017, Judge Yang will become just the second Hmong-American judge in the country, and first female Hmong-American judge in the nation. Prior to running for office, Yang specialized in family, disability, and workplace injury law.

Yang has discussed the importance of cultural competence in dealing with minority populations and not allowing cultural barriers to impede justice in a case.  Growing up in a refugee camp in Thailand before moving to Sheboygan with her family, Judge Yang will do much to bring another perspective and set of skills to Milwaukee County Circuit Court.  Yangís installation moves us a step closer to having a judicial system that better reflects the communities we serve.  I look forward to witnessing history when she is swore in on Friday. 


MMAC Visit night was the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerceís annual (MMAC) Madison Night in Milwaukee. Legislators and community leaders from the Milwaukee area got a chance to connect and learn from one another. The reception highlighted the immense economic impact Milwaukee has on the state as a whole. The goal of MMAC is simple: Help Milwaukee continue transforming into a world class business center and a hub for job creation. One of the best ways to do this is by supporting local businesses and creating government programs to encourage others to move to Milwaukee. In the last few weeks the Milwaukee Legislative Delegation petitioned Governor Walker to apply for Federal Opportunity Zones around the city. If these zones come to fruition, they will provide incentives for businesses to set up shop in our community, creating jobs for local residents. Seeing Milwaukee transformed into the strongest version of itself economically is something Iíve been passionate about for some time now, so needless to say, I appreciated the opportunity to attend.




50 Miles More March school students from around the state took part in the 50 Miles More March this week. From Sunday to Wednesday, an incredible group of student activists marched the 50 miles from Madison to Janesville to keep the issue of gun safety in the public sphere after Saturdayís March for our Lives in DC. They cited the young people who marched in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march as inspiration. I am inspired by them. Students from Milwaukee schools like Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and Rufus King (Go Generals!) joined others to collectively make the statement that keeping our kids safe extends beyond the doors of a classroom.  We have a responsibility to make safer communities for these students as well.  








Events and Opportunities




Easter Bunny Visit at Greendale Gift of Wings


Saturday, March 31st 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Gift of Wings

5608 Broad St.

Greendale, WI 53129


Event Details Here




Easter Egg Hunt to Benefit the Wauwatosa Food Pantry


Saturday, March 31st


Wisconsin Avenue Park

10300 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Wauwatosa, WI 53226


Event Details Here




LaFollette Park Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt


Saturday, March 31st

Breakfast: 8:30AM - 10:45AM

Egg Hunt: 11:00AM

9418 W. Washington St.

West Allis, WI 53214


Event Details Here


Boerner Botanical Gardens Easter Bunny Visit and Egg Hunt


Sunday, April 1st

10:00AM - 2:00PM

Easter Bunny: 10:30AM - 1:30PM

9400 Boerner Drive

Hales Corners, WI 53130


Event Details Here


Amazing LEGO Mindstorms Workshop: Presented by Rockwell Automation at Discovery World

Saturday, March 31st
10:30AM - 4:30 PM
Cost: Included in General Admissions
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Event Details Here







 Quote of the Week:

"On March 14th, we walked out of class to make a statement on gun violence. On March 24th, we took to the streets to make a statement on gun violence. And on March 25th, we started a 50 mile journey to make a statement on gun violence. Has it done anything? Have we gone anywhere? Has there been change? Not yet. But does that mean we stop moving? Does that mean we stop pushing forward? Does that mean we give up? No."

-Katie Eder, Shorewood High senior and #50MilesMore March Organizer speaking in Janesville on Wednesday


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