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, so if there's anything my office can
do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.
Senator Lena Taylor
Wisconsin's 4th Senate
Bill in The Cross Hairs
Sen. Taylor participated in a
Monday conference call regarding the U.S. Farm Bill which expires this
Sunday. The bill is passed or renewed every 5 years and touches
everything under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s control. The
$867 billion dollar bill, however, is stuck in committee because
members of Congress can’t agree on a range of issues to include
whether to add stricter work requirements in order for people to be
eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP). Sen. Taylor is concerned how the
proposals being considered in the 2018 Farm Bill will impact urban
communities, children and youth receiving free and reduced lunch,
and also the request from the National Women In Agriculture
Association’s (NWIAA) program for minority women in agriculture
groups to provide agriculture education and opportunities to underrepresented/socially disadvantaged youth.
Sen. Taylor will be calling on members of Congress to voice her
support for resources to be set-aside to support the NWIAA program
and closely monitoring the impact of the bill on Wisconsin
Development and Employment Pathways
On Tuesday, Sen. Taylor
met with Sec. Allen from the Department of Workforce Development.
As a part of her Love & Faith Initiative, they discussed Urban
Agriculture and employment pathways to proposals including the
field of Aquaponics, Composting, High School Forestry Classes, and
Pre-Apprenticeship programs to prepare qualified applicants for
registered apprenticeships currently offered in certain fields.
Placement and Support Study Committee
The Legislative Study Committee on Child Placement
and Support met on Tuesday to continue reviewing existing law and
presentations on issues impacting children and families in this
area. As Vice-chair of the committee, Sen. Taylor and members heard
from a variety of speakers. Presentations covered topics for review
from professors of Public Affairs and Social Work from the
UW-Institute for Research and Poverty, representatives from
Protecting Military Families in Wisconsin, and Involved Fathers of
Wisconsin. Some of the areas touched by the presentations included
the Birth Costs Recovery Program, domestic abuse information for
Guardians Ad Litems and more. It was a
productive meeting and Sen. Taylor left feeling confident that some
of the important conversations we’ve needed to have for a long
time, are finally taking place.
136 Years of
On Wednesday, Sen. Taylor
provided welcome remarks to faith-community members from Indiana,
Illinois, Michigan, Canada and India who are in Milwaukee to
attend the 136th Annual Conference of the 4th Episcopal
District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Hosted by St.
Mark’s AME Church, which is Wisconsin’s first African American
church and dates back to 1870, the group is in town through
Aboard Supervisor Ortiz-Velez!
It was great to meet this week with recently
elected Milwaukee County Board Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez,
of the 12th District. We had a great discussion about our mutual
interests in increasing employment and job training opportunities
for Milwaukee residents, as well as exploring new employment
pathways. Our talks ranged from K-12 soft skills training, to
re-entry work with returning residents, to the role that the HEMP
industry could play in creating new opportunities in the county. I
look forward to working with Sup. Ortiz-Velez and welcome her new
of Milwaukee Rehab and Care Center Visit
On Thursday, Sen. Taylor had the opportunity to
visit one of the many long-term care facilities in her
district. While touring the facility, she had a chance to
meet with residents and listen to their concerns about healthcare
and state government, as well as provide them updates on the work
being done to improve both care and safety for seniors in the
state. She also met many of the hardworking caretakers and
staff that care for the residents at the facility. Each month, Sen.
Taylor or a member of her staff visits a nursing home or long-term
care facility to stay connected to seniors and residents, who
otherwise are unable to attend community town halls or
Therapist in The House?
Senator Taylor met with
representatives from the Pew Charitable Trust Funds on Thursday to
discuss a bill to bring Dental Therapists to Wisconsin. The Pew
Charitable Trust Funds is a non-profit, non-governmental
organization that seeks to help improve communities by providing
recommendations on public policy and civic life. One of their
recent efforts calls for the establishment of a Dentistry position that
could provide services like general checkups and cleanings for a
lower price. The mid-level care providers are called Dental
Therapists and could provide services to countless individuals who
might otherwise go without dental care. The Dental Campaign
has been an ongoing effort by Pew Charitable Trust and Senator
Taylor was grateful for the chance to sit down and learn more about
their efforts, she looks forward to working with her colleagues in
the legislature and discussing the topic in the future.
Role of Genetics in Health Care
On Friday, Sen. Taylor had a
really interesting meeting with Dr. Dessie Levy to discuss her work
on an upcoming health study that will take place in
Milwaukee. The study will be centered on genetics and
specifically how they play a role in our health. There’s
no denying the fact that we inherit a whole series of things from
our parents, their parents and theirs before that, but there’s a
lot that remains unknown when it comes to the specific science of how
that process works. With the help of interested participants
from the Milwaukee Community, Dr. Levy and her team from the
National Institutes of Health hope to find some answers to the many
questions surrounding ancestry, genetics and health.
This week, Sen. Taylor and
Rep. Crowley provided a citation for the life and service of Mr.
Carl Gee. Known for his countless efforts to expand opportunities
in education, employment and entrepreneurship, Mr. Gee was the
Chief Executive of the Opportunities Industrialization Center of
Greater Milwaukee (OIC-GM), working with the organization for 35
years before he retired in 2004. His career was spent working to
address issues of poverty, job training, AODA treatment,
corrections, teen pregnancy, and left an indelible mark on both the
City of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Sen. Taylor was pleased to
attend the community retirement tribute for Mr. Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the AFL-CIO.
Throughout his long and remarkable career, Mr. Neuenfeldt
has been a passionate champion of fair wages, safe work
environments, defending the Family and Medical Leave Act, teaching
labor education in the schools, and so much more. He has
always pushed legislators and business to do what was right for Wisconsin
workers. He worked hard to form alliances and build diverse
coalitions to protect the rights of workers. Although it is a
retirement well deserved, his strong voice will be missed in the
Spotlight: Emily Pahnke
This week’s intern spotlight
is on one of Senator Taylor’s communications interns, Emily.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Emily is a senior studying
Communications Sciences and Disorders with a certificate in Gender
Women’s Studies. When the opportunity to intern for Senator Taylor
arose, Emily couldn’t pass up the chance to be a part of
such important issues, knowing that the Senator’s agenda
aligned with many of her own beliefs. Aside from this, she has
wanted to gain experience within politics, especially with today’s
political climate towards women, as well as gaining a better
understanding of Wisconsin politics. When Emily isn’t at the
capitol she’s involved in Delta Delta Delta sorority, as well as the public relations
manager for IGNITE, a club that empowers women to run and be
involved in politics.
With graduation right around
the corner, Emily is searching for jobs with an interest in public
relations or communications. As for if she will stick around
Madison, she is open to move anywhere; preferably somewhere with
less snow and more sun. Regardless of where Emily decides to go
after graduation, we are happy she is here to lend a helping hand!
College for Kids and Teens
for Kids and Teens are offering students the opportunity to attend
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math-focused programming
during the school year. Classes will be a hands-on, project-based
learning experience that will give you a taste of the College for
Kids and Teens.
(414)-227-3360 for More Information
Annual Prostate Health Educational Symposium
September 29th at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 3456
North 38th Street, Medical College of Wisconsin's Cancer Center
will host the 2nd Annual Prostate Health Educational Symposium.
welcome to this free event that includes a great breakfast from
Soul2Soul Catering, on air talent from Jammin'
98.3, raffle prizes from the Milwaukee Bucks, giveaways and free
prostate cancer screening (PSA blood testing).
Council on Problem Gambling
November 1st, The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling will host a
series of training programs.
participants will learn about the effects of problem gambling on
the individual, family, and community and use the information to
help those who fall into their own professional scope of
(920)-437-8888 for More Information
Fair for High School and Middle School
time for Milwaukee Public Schools families to select a middle
school and high school for the 2019-20 school year. With more than
20 high schools and a diverse array of programming in Milwaukee
Public Schools, the district would like to make this important
decision as easy as possible for students.
This event gives families the chance to ask questions, meet school
staff, learn about programs and transportation, and find the best
fit for student needs such as bilingual programs, art, music,
college prep, career pathways, special education and more.
Information Click Here
Sturgeon Fest 2018
Saturday, September 29th, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202
More Information Click Here
2018 Milwaukee National College Fair
Sunday, September 30th, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53203
More Information Click Here
Urban Wildlife: Poetry In Your Backyard
Tuesday, October 2nd, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
1960 W. Atkinson Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53209
More Information Click Here
Westown Farmers' Market
Wednesday, October 3rd, 10:00 a.m.
Zeidler Union Square
301 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53203
More Information Click Here
October 6th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Vincent High School
Granville Road, Milwaukee, WI 53224
~For More Information Contact Senator
Taylor's Madison Office~
Quote of The Week
"Differences will always exist, but division
doesn't always have to result"-Beth Moore