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Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds

Tribal Relations Study Committee

Panel on Long-Term Healthcare

Annual Food Giveaway

Veteran's Day

Community Action Alerts


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, so if there's anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.


In Service,

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Senator Lena Taylor

Wisconsin's 4th Senate District

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Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds

 The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds held another meeting this Wednesday.  As a committee, we discussed possible referendum recommendations. In addition we reviewed information regarding the manner in which the constitutions of 30 other states govern the treatment of the principal and income of funds derived from lands granted to the states by the federal government. All 30 states have had, at some point in their history, state constitutional or federal provisions limiting the purposes for which the lands and funds may be used. It was informative to learn about the evolution of these programs and how they are administered today.  The next committee meeting is in December. 


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Tribal Relations Study Committee

The Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations held their third meeting this week. We continue our discussion on ways to implement new standards for students to learn about American Indian Studies within the K-12 curriculum. Since the previous meeting, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has outlined potential options for standards being added to student’s education in regards to American Indian Studies. DPI, along with the committee, discussed where including these new standards into the curriculum would be most appropriate. Suggestions included incorporating the subject in social studies, as well as environmental literacy. It is so important that our children receive a well-rounded and diverse education that contains the history of Wisconsin’s Native Tribes, as well as the relationship between settlers and indigenous people.

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Panel on Long-Term Healthcare

 Senator Taylor participated in a panel discussion on long-term health care funding Thursday.  Ensuring that Milwaukee’s longtime residents are provided with the best care possible isn’t just a policy issue, it’s simply the right thing to do.  Senator Taylor regularly visits nursing home and facilities in her district to better understand the issues facing residents, staff, and agencies.  Senator Taylor shared many of her findings and efforts to resolve some if the concerns raised.  There are problems that will need to be tackled by her colleagues in the legislature however that address a lack of programming and funding.  She talked with providers attending the discussion about how to effectively lobby their representatives and advocate for the needs of the clients they serve.

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Annual Food Giveaway

On Saturday, Senator Taylor will once again partner with Greater New Birth Church to provide their Annual Food Giveaway in Milwaukee. According to Feeding America, in Wisconsin, 609,360 people are struggling with hunger - and of them 205,660 are children. As many of us prepare to enjoy a family meal during Thanksgiving, Senator Taylor works to assist has many families as she can to have what they need. For more than 15 years, she has helped to secure, purchase, package food baskets for area families during the holiday season. If you or someone you know would like to receive a food basket you are encouraged to attend one of the following:

• Saturday, November 16th at 8:00am
Greater New Birth Church
8237 W. Silver Spring Drive
Food baskets given while supplies last.

• Tuesday, November 20th at 1:00pm
Milwaukee Health Services
2555 N. Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Dr
Food baskets given while supplies last

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Veteran's Day

 Senator Taylor would like to take an opportunity to thank members of the United States Military for their selfless  commitment to the safety and well-being of the citizens of our nation and others around the world.  We should always be reminded that “freedom” is not free.  Our office was pleased to participate in a luncheon that honored Milwaukee area soldiers for their service on Veterans Day. In addition, we would like to thank the families, friends and loved ones of our service members because we understand that they do not serve alone.

Community Action Alerts 


Heating Moratorium

Utility customers currently disconnected need to contact their local utility to make arrangements for service re-connection prior to the start of the winter heating moratorium.  

During the moratorium, from November 1 to April 15, utilities are prohibited from disconnecting customers who are behind on their bills. 

While Wisconsin law prohibits utilities from disconnecting the heat-providing service of residential customers during the winter heating moratorium period, consumers currently disconnected must make arrangements to pay outstanding bills in order to restore service.  Consumers without utility service are encouraged to contact their utility to establish a payment plan and arrange for re-connection prior to the onset of cold winter temperatures. 

We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) reminds customers to check their eligibility for some energy assistance.  Applications for energy assistance are now being accepted the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). 


Contact Information for large utilities in Wisconsin is listed below: 

  • We Energies 1-800-842-4565
  • Alliant Energy 1-800-255-4268
  • Madison Gas & Electric 1-800-245-1125
  • Superior Water, Light & Power 1-800-227-7957
  • Xcel Energy 1-800-895-4999


Census Jobs Available

Opportunities to work as a field representative with the United States Census Bureau are now available.  Starting salaries range from $14.89 to $19.32 per hour.  Employees will get a night differential and be reimbursed on gas.  The hours are flexible based on the survey. 

If you are interested in applying please call 1-800-865-6384.


Weekly Events 

8th Annual Housing Resource Fair

Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

North Division High School

1011 W. Center St.

For More Information Click Here


Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Display

November 23rd through December 26th

Weekdays, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Weekends, 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

96th Street to 92nd Street

Montana Avenue to Oklahoma Avenue 

For More Information Click Here


Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, November 23, 5:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M.

The Pfister Hotel

424 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Information Click Here


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 23, 10:00 a.m.

Historic Third Ward

Broadway and St. Paul, Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Information Click Here 


Christmas in The Ward

Friday, November 30, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Historic Third Ward

Broadway and St. Paul, Milwaukee, WI 53202

For More Information Click Here 



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