Week of August 20th - August 25th
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.
Juvenile Justice Study Committee, Round 2
Senator Taylor attended the second meeting
of the Act 185 Juvenile Justice Corrections Study Committee. The
committee was created as a result of the passage of 2017's Act 185, which
will close the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake youth correctional facilities by
2021 and replace it with a new juvenile corrections system built on
county-based facilities. Senator Taylor has been working for years to
implement a county-based system with juvenile corrections facilities that
keep youth closer to their families and allow for more personal,
rehabilitative programming. The committee, tasked by law with
recommending best practices for the new facilities, has its first deadline
coming up on Sept. 1st. Senator Taylor believes the committee has to be
completely transparent and seek as much community input as possible. If
you know an organization you would like to see the committee work with
going forward, please contact the office at (608)-266-5810 to share.
Advocate Radio Interview
Senator Taylor spoke with Mike Crute of Devil’s Advocate Radio to promote efforts to
strengthen community-police relations and offer some thoughts following the
last week’s State Primary Election. She highlighted the need for a
candidate who will address Milwaukee’s specific issues, especially those
that impact the African-American community and more often than not,
aren’t addressed. Senator Taylor explained the need for a close look at
the way we handle education in Milwaukee, noting that the worst
educational outcomes in the state are constantly feeding the pipeline to
prison. She mentioned that just addressing the problems isn’t all it’s
going to take for a candidate to get support from Milwaukee. Getting out
in the community and listening to the people living closest to these
problems is something previous candidates have neglected to do, and the
Senator is hopeful that in the coming months, we’ll see a different
approach to that. Devil’s Advocate Radio airs from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Monday
through Friday on WRRD 1510 AM.
Unfortunately, due the heavy rainfall
Monday evening, Senator Taylor’s National Night Out event had to be
cancelled. The bad weather made it impossible for many of the kid’s
activities to be set up, or for community vendors to participate. Senator
Taylor would like to thank everyone who was willing to participate from
the bottom of her heart. National Night Out is one of her favorite days
of the year, not just because it brings the community together to have
fun, but because of the reach and spirit of the event. National Night Out
brings communities together from around the world to meet their neighbors
and strengthen the community’s relationships with its police and fire
departments. Senator Taylor believes good community-police relationships
are essential to in order to combat distrust or misunderstanding. So, in
the spirit of National Night Out, say hello to your neighborhood officer!
Stop by the local station and introduce yourself! Having a good
relationship with your local police is something we can all work on year
Prairie Du Chien Visits
Taylor was joined by Representative-Elect Kalan Haywood and staff as she
visited Wisconsin Secure Program Facility (WSPF) and Prairie Du Chien Correctional Institution. Senator Taylor had a
follow up meeting with the warden at WSPF to learn more about a new
program that prepares individuals for release by simulating important
steps to re-entering their community. After she first
learned of the program, Senator Taylor was thrilled to know such
comprehensive training was available, and is working with the Department
of Corrections to bring the training to corrections facilities in
Senator Taylor was happy to be joined by a larger group than usual for
these corrections visits. As a legislator who has made corrections reform
one of her top priorities, she believes it is her job to visit all of the
state’s facilities. Given the over-crowding and under-funding of our
state’s correctional facilities, there is really no substitute for seeing
the conditions of prisons for yourself. It is all too easy to forget that
every policy decision has a very real impact on a real person somewhere.
As a public servant, Senator Taylor wants to understand exactly what that
impact is so she can best serve everyone.
Retirement Pastor Reynolds!
Senator Taylor is looking forward to
attending the retirement banquet for Pastor George Reynolds, a devoted
man who has dedicated 57 years of service to the African Methodist
Episcopal Church as the leading Pastor at Ellison Chapel. The Pastor’s
work towards promoting peace and love through the Gospel has made a
lasting impact in Milwaukee and Senator Taylor was honored to be invited
to commemorate his years of service. As he moves on to the next chapter
of his life, Senator Taylor is sure that in one way or another Pastor
Reynolds will continue to help the members of our community grow,
prosper, and reach their full potential.
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:
24 Sindoola – African Dance Music
7 Listening Party – Bluegrass/Americana
14 Command Performance – Big Band
For more information check out Art @ Large's website. Enjoy!
Public Schools Family Enrollment
School is about to start for most Milwaukee
families. The first day of school for MPS elementary schools on the
traditional calendar is Tuesday, September 4th.
To best serve families who need help with
enrollment, MPS Central Services will open doors on two Saturdays.
August 25, from 8AM - 12PM
September 1, from 8AM - 4PM.
Staff will be on hand to answer questions and
help families select a school, update contact information, create a
parent portal account, and register students.
MPS Central Services is located at 5225 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee WI 53208
For more enrollment information, click here.
Food Service - Order Selectors Wanted!!
Reinhart Foodservice is one of the largest,
independent food service distributors in the country, serving independent
restaurants, delis, sporting venues, schools, nursing homes, hospitals,
the military, and chain restaurants.
Reinhart employees are passionate about their business
and their food! If you love the thrill of the chase and thrive on hard
work and dedication, please apply today!
How to Apply
For more information and to apply online: http://jobs.rfsdelivers.com/
Call Cynthia McGinnis at 312-840-6024 OR email at Cmcginnis_c@rfsdelivers.com
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:
traffic on S. Howell Ave. will continue during construction.
Thursday, July 19 the east side of S. Howell Avenue will be closed.
lane in each direction will be open on the west side of the street.
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