Official Government Communication

Week of August 13th - August 18th

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


Opening Remarks at CME Annual Conference welcomed attendees of the 3rd Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) District Annual Conference to Milwaukee. I was invited to greet conference participants from Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin on behalf of the Wisconsin 4th Senate District. The conference theme "Back to the Basics: Reclaiming Youth & Young Adults", is a timely message, given the rash of troubling incidents involving youth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and across the country, that has led to senseless injuries and loss of life. It was great opportunity to engage minority groups on a number of topics intended to teach, motivate and inspire more people to action.


Ms. Lovell Being Honored by Rotary Club Taylor was excited to attend a ceremony recognizing one of her former teachers, Mrs. Lovell. Honored by the Milwaukee Rotary Club, Mrs. Lovell was a  source of inspiration to so many students over the years. Senator Taylor was appreciative of the opportunity to show her appreciation to a woman who kept her focused on her goals, in her early days as a student. We know that many of us have been shaped, inspired and made to dream big by educators who saw in us, what we didn't see in ourselves. Senator Taylor believes it's important to remember where you came from and who helped you along the way.


Fired Up, and Ready to Go Taylor stopped by 1510 AM radio to talk with Sherwin Hughes. They discussed a number of issues, including who Senator Taylor was supporting on Election Day, her efforts to secure more dollars for Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Black Lives Matters movement. Specifically, Mr. Hughes shared the stats from a UW-Milwaukee study that found that between 1990 and 2011, 26,222 black men from Milwaukee County were incarcerated. That means that roughly half of all black men in the County had experienced incarceration at some point in their lives, and at the cost of $91 per day per person, that comes out to about 3.88 billion dollars spent on just their incarceration. It is statistics like these that make elections matter.



No Place Like Home Taylor spoke at an event hosted by the Church of God in Christ in Milwaukee this week. In her speech, she spoke to the role that one's faith can play in reinforcing the values of the home, or how faith can fill in the gap if a child's home life isn't everything it could be. She also spoke to her own story of how faith has helped her get to where she is today. Churches inspire youth to find ways to deal with difficulties in a healthy, lasting way. We can never underestimate the positive influence of faith in fostering healthy relationships and values.


LA is Calling: Voter Id is Not the Answer sat down and talked with two award winning screenwriters from Los Angeles about Voter ID laws in Wisconsin. The writers are interviewing legislators and residents to gather research for their next project, a narrative screenplay about Voter ID in our state. I recounted the fight over the controversial 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, known as the "Voter ID Law", and the effect it has had on disenfranchising voters from the polls.

One of the nation's strictest voter ID laws, we certainly saw both anecdotal and academic that confirmed voter turnout was reduced in targeted groups of residents. In 2016, a political scientist from UW-Madison did a study in which he believes as many as 45,000 state residents were deterred from voting due to these restrictive voter ID laws. I was encouraged to see the interest in this topic and look forward to viewing the finished project.


BloodCenter of Wisconsin Follow-Up Meeting week, Senator Taylor had a follow-up meeting with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin about CodeR. CodeR is a collaboration of local churches that work to generate a conversation about organ donation among the African-American community. Last week, they held an informational session to educate the community on the benefits of eye, tissue, and organ donation. This program is great for the community and can help inspire people to become organ donors - saving many lives now and in the future. Senator Taylor spoke with representatives from the organization about how to expand their work, including collaborating with MPS, being connected to local resources, and using the work they do to create a pathway to industry.


School Trust Fund Study Committee Meeting Taylor sat down with her colleagues in the legislature for the first meeting of the Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds. One of several study committees on which the Senator sits, this committee was established to review the statutes governing the investment of the trust funds administered by the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL), including the loan program used by many municipalities around the state. The Study Committee will assess whether current statutes adequately ensure the effective investment and appropriate use of the proceeds of the funds, and recommend legislation for necessary changes.

The BCPL uses public lands to generate revenue for different levels of the state's education system. It distributes 96 cents on every dollar made to schools across the state at no cost to the taxpayer. Senator Taylor has already met with several constituents with their own ideas about changes that should be looked into, as well as policies that should remain the same. As Vice Chair of the Committee, the Senator looks forward to upcoming decisions and encourages constituents to reach out with any input on the topic they may have.


Neighborhood Children Sports League (NCSL) Introduction of President Kern Taylor visited the Neighborhood Children Sports league (NCSL) this week. The event they were hosting was to introduce the new president of the program, Evan Kern. The NCSL is a non-profit children's sports league in Milwaukee dedicated to exposing kids to the hard work, good sportsmanship, and leadership roles that comes with playing sports. In today's job market, soft skills that lead to effective teamwork are consistently near the top of all employers lists, and playing sports is one of the best ways to teach these skills. In addition, playing sports teaches kids the benefits of staying active and keeping a healthy lifestyle. These are great qualities to teach our children as early as possible, and Senator Taylor is proud of the work that NCSL does.


Submitted Equity Council Social and Emotional Learning Feedback a member of the Equity Council, I submitted my feedback and recommendations for implementing social and emotional learning in our schools. The Equity Council was created by the Department of Public Instruction in 2016 as a group of education stakeholders from around the state who focus on closing the achievement gap in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is one of the worst states in the country for disparities in education outcomes.

This simply has to change. There are a variety of ways to make that change that include implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) into the state curriculum. SEL is incredibly important because it addresses social determinants of academic success. Doing well in school is the result of a large number of factors that take into account such issues as household income, neighborhood crime, and much more. SEL can provide students with the tools needed to deal with extra stressors and increase their focus on school.


Community Action Alerts

New Date and Location For National Night Out

Due to a forecast of rain on Tuesday, August 7th, National Night Out has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 21st and it will take place in Lincoln Park from 4:00 - 9:00 pm. We are sorry for this inconvenience and hope you will be able to make it!

Hundreds of Job Opportunities in Milwaukee

Job fair hosted by Ald. Khalif Rainey - More than 100 positions will be showcased by employers from leading industry sectors. Be there!

  • Where: Wheaton Franciscan (St. Joseph’s) auditorium at 5400 W. Chambers Street
  • When: Thursday August 23rd from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm 

Randstad is currently recruiting for temp to permanent positions for Packaging Associates for the 2nd or 3rd Shift. Wages begin at $15.48 per hour. Apply online at

WRTP/BIG STEP is recruiting for several manufacturing positions for ATI on Wednesday August 22nd 2018. Call 414-342-9787 to register for a scheduled time slot.


Free Friday Night Concerts

I encourage you all to take advantage of the free Friday night concert series hosted by Arts @ Large. All concerts will be located at the corner of 3rd and Walker Streets in the Walker’s Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Below are the dates and performers of each show:

  • Aug 17 LaChazz – Latin Jazz
  • Aug 24 Sindoola – African Dance Music
  • Sept 7 Listening Party – Bluegrass/Americana
  • Sept 14 Command Performance – Big Band

For more information check out Art @ Large's website. Enjoy!


South Howell Avenue Reconstruction Project

Please see the briefing below from the Wisconsin Department of Public Works on reconstruction on South Howell Avenue in Milwaukee.

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that a reconstruction project on South Howell Avenue from West Grange to Layton Avenues will begin on Monday, July 16, 2018 with preliminary work on the avenue crossovers. This is a State of Wisconsin Department on Transportation project, managed in conjunction with DPW, and is expected to last into December 2018, weather permitting.

IMPORTANT: Access to General Mitchell International Airport (GMIA) from S. Howell Ave. will be maintained during this project.

However, GMIA travelers, customers, employees, and vendors should be aware of traffic pattern changes and possible delays accessing the airport during the project. The traveling public may wish the use South 13th Street between W. Layton and W. Grange as an alternative route to the airport.

What to expect during construction:

  • Two-way traffic on S. Howell Ave. will continue during construction.
  • On Thursday, July 19 the east side of S. Howell Avenue will be closed.
  • One lane in each direction will be open on the west side of the street.
  • The intersection of S. Howell/ East & West Layton will also be reconstructed; traffic lane closures on Layton will occur as well.

Bus Routes: #55 and the Green Line will remain in operation on their regular routes. Route #80 will detour to/from the Airport Spur via W. Grange Ave. to S. 6th St. Passengers should watch for possible additional and/or relocated bus stops, and other possible delays, and plan accordingly.

Parking: There will be no on-street parking on S. Howell during construction.

Pedestrian access: Short-term disruptions will occur as sidewalks are being removed and rebuilt. Temporary accommodations will be provided as needed.

For more information on this project go to the DPW website.












Events and Opportunities



National Night Out

Tuesday, August 21st
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Lincoln Park
1301 West Hampton Ave.
Glendale, WI 53209


Free Summer Night Movie: The Lion King

Saturday, August 18th
8:00 pm

Veteran's Park

1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202



For More Info




Musical Mondays


Monday, August 20

6:30 pm


3233 E Kenwood Boulevard

Milwaukee, WI 53211

For More Info


Antique and Classic Boat Show

Saturday, August 18th
9:00 am

Pewaukee Lakefront Park 222 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Pewaukee, WI 53072

For More Info


Sunday Funday Bazaar

Sunday, August 19th
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cudahy Family Library 3500  Library Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

For More Info


Family Film Night: Paddington Bear 2

 Tuesday, August 21st
7:00 pm

Hart Park
7300 W. Chestnut St.
Wauwautosa, WI 53213

For More Info


Washington Park Wednesdays

Wednesday, August 22nd
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Washington Park Bandshell
4599 W. Lloyd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53208

For More Info


Industrial Hub Technologies Show

Thursday, August 23
8:30 - 4:00 pm

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino
1721 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

For More Info


Jackson Park Farmer's Market

Thursday, August 23rd
3:30 pm

Jackson Park
3500 W. Forest Home Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53215

For More Info












 Quote of the Week:

"We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It is our basic human right."

-Aretha Franklin

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