Official Government Communication

Week of August 26th - September 1st

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

Fiserv Forum Meeting

On Sunday, I joined over 5,000 community members at the grand opening of the new home for the
Milwaukee Buckís team, the Fiserv Forum. Watching the new arena go up, itís hard to believe this was
just talk, negotiations and plans two years ago. Held on Herb Kohl way, the opening ceremony honored former team owner and U Senator Herb Kohl, who gave $100 million to help cover the nearly $530 million dollar price tag on the facility.

With a welcome mat, that was large enough to set a record in the Guinness World Records, fans were treated to a tour of nearly the entire building. It was great to see residents get access to luxury suites, premium seating and areas that they might not always get to see. Wherever you fell on taxpayer funding of this project, it was clear that the open house was unifying. I am excited to learn about the final economic impact of the building phase of the arena on Wisconsin jobs and look forward to the continued development of Milwaukee's Entertainment District.


Study Committee on Child Placement and Support

Senator Taylor attended the first meeting of the Committee on Child Placement and Support this week.
Created to review the standards under current law for determining periods of physical placement and
child support obligations, the committee may consider alternatives to current law concerning physical
placement, including a rebuttable presumption that equal placement is in the childís best interest. The
committee may also consider whether the current standard for deter child support adequately and equitably provides for the support of children and alternative models for determining child support obligations.

As the Vice Chair of the committee, Senator Taylor and committee members received presentations
regarding Placement of Children in Family Cases, Wisconsinís Child Support Guidelines Historical
Perspective, and Child Custody and Support Guidelines, from agency and industry experts. Understanding the need to be flexible and realistic about the diversity of situations that exist in child placement and support decisions, Senator Taylor knows that child welfare isnít a one size fits all concept. Some issues that are already on the table include child support payments, cases involving domestic violence, and the way current law applies to military families. In the months leading up to this initial meeting Senator Taylor and her staff met with groups that have a stake in these conversations and now that things are getting started, the Senator looks forward to continued work with those individuals to ensure that the Committee addresses those concerns. As a legislator, and more importantly as a mother, Senator Taylor is grateful for the opportunity to work towards making a difference for children and their parents as a member of the Committee.


Juvenile Justice Study Committee Meeting

Senator Taylor attended the Act 185 Juvenile Corrections Study Committee, for the third and final meeting before the September 1st deadline to submit recommendatio regarding Juvenile Justice Reforms. The meeting consisted of presentations regarding the Core Principles for Effective Re-Entry by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Essential Elements of Facility Services & Supports from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform from Georgetown University, and the Assessment & Case Planning in Wisconsinís Youth Justice System.

Finally a list of recommendations were generated from facilitated group work were reviewed and prioritized. Senator Taylor expressed support for the involvement of family and community has a priority, alongside cultural competency, and evidence based re-entry programs that would start the moment the youth enters a correctional facility. She also advocated for course credits of classes that would be transferable at any school, certificate and employment training programs that also were accepted across the industry. While the Senator was pleased to be a part of the committee, she expressed disappointment at the limited time the Committee was provided to do its work and make recommendations.


LOVE and FAITH Meeting with Northcott Neighborhood House Taylor was excited to sit down for a meeting with representatives from the Northcott
Neighborhood House and the Department of Workforce Development to discuss continued
methods in which Urban Agriculture can be employed to assist a myriad of issues in Milwaukee
to include employment, food deserts and other social determinants of health and well-being.
She discussed urban gardens, existing and developing partnerships to provide employment
training and funding, as well as the importance of community hubs.


Fork Farms Indoor Growing Installations at MLK Community Center with WestCare

Thursday was a huge day involving the work of Senator Taylorís Love and Faith initiative. As a part of
expanding the options for Urban Ag in Milwaukee, Senator Taylor was pleased to join WestCare and
community partners at the Martin Luther King Community Center and th Harambee Community Center for the installation and celebration of a vertical garden machine, The Flex Farm.
To impart the importance that health isnít just a diet, but a lifestyle, the people behind Fork Farms have made that lifestyle more accessible for everyone. The company has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools and organizations across Wisconsin to promote education on urban agriculture and hydroponics, a method of growing plants without soil. By feeding plants liquid nutrients directly, instead of through soil, the Flex Farm allows year round harvesting of a wide variety of delicious leafy greens. The promotion of alternative methods to farming and urban agriculture is a key element in Senator Taylorís LOVE and FAITH initiative. If youíd like to work with Fork Farms and set up an installation or educational session for your group, you can reach them at (920)-257-1380.


UW-Milwaukee and MKE Delegation 

On Friday, Senator Taylor joined members of the Milwaukee delegation of state legislators in a meeting with UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Dr. Mone to discuss an array of issues to include their capital budget requests and statewide initiatives regarding a new undergrad degree. In addition, Senator Taylor also discussed research opportunities for UWM and concerns about diversity and inclusion.




Olympic Gold

Saturday, Senator Taylorís office is pleased to attend the Weekend of Chaí Appreciation Luncheon, in which we will present a citation to Milwaukee native, Kenny Harrison. A graduate of Brookfield Central High School, where he competed in football, basketball and track. He holds schools records in the long, high, and triple jump. His triple jump of 52 feet 4.5 inches at the 1983 Golden West Invitational ranked him #2 triple jump prep in the nation and currently stands as the Wisconsin high school #1 all-time triple jump by over 2 feet. Harrison attended Kansas State University, where he captured three individual titles at the NCAA Championships, the most in school history. An 8-time Big 12 Conference individual champion in both indoor and outdoor long and triple jump, he holds school records in indoor long jump (26' 9.75") and outdoor long and triple jump (26' 11.5" and 56'0", respectively). An 11-time NCAA All-American and a 15-time Big 8 Champion, it was no surprise that Harrison went to the Olympics. He was the 1991 World triple jump Champion, but due to an injury missed the 92í Olympics. However, he went on to win the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics with a personal best, American and Olympic record of 18.09 m (59 ft 4 in), with negative wind! It is great to acknowledge, although long-overdue, this hometown hero.


Signing Off, Senator Taylor will be stopping by WGLB Radio 1560AM to say goodbye to host Cliffee Parris of the Community Talk radio show. A long-time fixture in Milwaukee community talk-radio, the Senator has appeared on the show regularly. Ms. Parris and her son, Keith, offered a wide range of subject matter and programming to listeners. Steeped in spirituality, this faith-based duo brought balance and compassion in difficult conversations. Although they will be sorely missed, Keith can now be heard at WNOV 860AM Monday Ė Thursday from 11am Ė 12pm and Friday from 9am - Noon.



Democracy at The Dentist

Even during a busy week of legislative work and community outreach, Senator Taylor made sure to take care of herself with a trip to the dentist, which doubled as photo shoot.  Even policy makers have to set aside time for their health! The only plaque in Senator Taylor's office is the latest proclamation she's getting ready for a member of the community.



Community Action Alerts


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 Walkerís Point neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Below are the dates and performers of each show:

  • Sept 7 Listening Party Ė Bluegrass/Americana
  • Sept 14 Command Performance Ė Big Band

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


Milwaukee 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.

  • Saturday, 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.

Reinhart 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:
Call Cynthia McGinnis at 312-840-6024 OR email at

Free Hepatitis C Screenings

"Take on Hep C" is coming to Milwaukee to provide free hepatitis C testing, with same-day results, to veterans and those attending the Harley-Davidson 115th anniversary. About 3.4 million people in the U.S. are living with hep C but because most people do not experience symptoms, many don't even know they have it.

Friday August 31st, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 1st, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 2nd, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr., Milwaukee WI 53202

For more information, click here

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.

Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit

Racine County and the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority will hold a Southeast Wisconsin Housing Summit on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The event will connect municipalities in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Waukesha, and Milwaukee counties with partners in the areas of development, financial, and housing. Individuals who may be interested in attending this session are: municipal officials (mayors, city planners and administrators), community leaders (housing authorities, chambers of commerce, community development corporations and local housing partners), developers (single family, multifamily and commercial), builders, and financial institutions.

For more information or to register for the Summit, click here.

Sewer Main Pre-Bid

A Pre-Bid Meeting for Sanitary Sewer System - Phase 1 will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant, WI 53406.

For more information on this meeting click here.












Events and Opportunities



Phenology Hike

Saturday, September 1st
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Friends of Lakeshore State Park
500 N. Harbor Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Saturday Stories

Saturday, September 1st
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Friends of Lakeshore State Park
500 N. Harbor Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info


Free Summer Night Movies: Karate Kid

Sunday, September 2nd
8:00 pm

Veteran's Park

1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202


For More Info




Westown Farmer's Market


Wednesday, September 5th

10:00 am


Zeidler Union Square

301 W. Michigan St.

Milwaukee, WI 53203


For More Info


Farmer's Market

Thursday, September 6th
3:30 pm

Jackson Park - Boathouse 3500 W. Forest Home Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53215


For More Info


Kids Fishing Friday

Friday, September 7th
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Friends of Lakeshore State Park
500 N. Harbor Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Info












 Quote of the Week:

"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here."

-Senator John McCain

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