Official Government Communication

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my email newsletter. 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

DoC Secretary Litscher returns

In the middle of dealings with the scandal at Lincoln Hills Juvenile Detention Center, the Department of Corrections has gained a new/old Secretary. This week, Secretary Jon Litscher is taking the wheel to run the DOC… again. Secretary Litscher is no stranger to the Department of Corrections. Unfortunately, he’s also no stranger to scandal and he’s no stranger to losing lawsuits. Secretary Litscher has run the DOC before, he’s been sued before, and ultimately another secretary had to step in and clean up his mess. They say what goes around, comes around. Let’s hope this time Secretary Litscher learns from the mistakes he has made.  With the ongoing scandal at Lincoln Hills, Secretary Litscher has a chance at redemption. Regardless of what these young people did to be placed at Lincoln Hills, they are still human. The care of these kids is a test of our humanity. During a private meeting last week with Secretary Litscher, I advocated for a trauma-informed care approach, more community-based visits from Milwaukee to Lincoln Hills, more artistic outlets to help the children with their trauma, and ultimately, to bring the kids back to Milwaukee. I like what secretary Listcher had to say about the kids, rehabilitation, and reentry, but talk is cheap. I hope that his actions will back up his words this time around.

Know Your Rights!

If you were pulled over by a police officer, would you know what rights you are entitled to? Did you know that your interaction with law enforcement differs when you are pulled over versus when you are stopped on the street on foot? Interactions with law enforcement can be overwhelming and frightening, especially when you do not know the laws that have been put in place to protect you. On March 19th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, we will be hosting a Know Your Rights “Empowering Voters” information session that is free and open to the public. Knowledge is power and it is our responsibility to educate ourselves and those around us about our rights. Being polite and respectful while knowing and asserting your rights could make all the difference in how an interaction with law enforcement plays out. I encourage you to spread the word and share the power with those around you by joining us on March 19th at Greater New Birth Church (8237 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee.)

Obama praises community health care sign-ups

President Obama visited Milwaukee this week to honor our city for winning the White House’s Healthy Communities Challenge. The challenge started in October of 2014 and lasted for five months. Milwaukee defeated twenty other communities across the nation with the most enrollments for health-care in this five month period. Over the past two years, my office has hosted four open enrollment events which made a huge contribution to our outstanding enrollment rates. Out of 51,000 uninsured Milwaukee-area residents who were eligible to enroll, more than 38,000 signed up for health coverage. For the first time, more than 9 in 10 Americans have health insurance. It is so important to me that we take care of our people, especially considering the racial disparities still widespread in health care. African-Americans have higher death rates at younger ages from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, as well as higher risks for HIV infection, homicide, and infant mortality. The Affordable Care Act has been a huge victory for health care access both across the nation and in our own community.

New legislation to help nonviolent criminals find work

Employment for ex-felons should always be a bi-partisan issue. That’s why I am excited to co-author a bill that will remove barriers that prevent people who have been convicted of a crime from finding work. Assembly Bill 614 was introduced by Rep. Dave Knudson, passed in the Assembly last month and had a hearing in the Senate this week. This bill will allow a person who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime to apply for a certificate of qualification for employment (CQE). This certificate removes many sanctions that come with a conviction and can prevent a person from being hired. Unemployment rates for ex-felons can be as high as 60-70% and men with convictions account for about 34% of all nonworking men from ages 25-54. Also, formerly incarcerated people with one year of employment had a 16% recidivism rate over three years compared to 52.3% recidivism in three years among un-employed ex-convicts. 




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Community Events:

50th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade: 100+ unit parade with marching bands, pipe and drum corps and local personalities. Saturday March 12th at 12:00pm. Further information here.

Cheep Cheep Easter Celebration: Free family fun event featuring the Easter bunny and costumed bunnies as well as baby chicks and guinea pigs for petting. March 19, 20 and 26 from 11am-3pm. Details here.

United States Air Force Band of Mid-America: The talents of 46 unit members will be displayed in a concert at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on March 16th at 7pm. Free and open to the public. More information here.

Milwaukee: Fresh Water Capital of the World: Milwaukee is quickly being recognized as the Fresh Water Capital of the world. Join Rich Meeusen as he describes how the world's water problems could be solved right here in Milwaukee. March 23, 6pm. Details here.



 Video of the Week:

Click on the video below to hear more about the Lincoln Hills scandal on Taylor Talks


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