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

Making the Grade

A quality education is key to a child’s future. When we provide our kids with a good education, we give them countless opportunities for their adult lives. This week the Department of Public instruction announced the majority of schools in Wisconsin met or exceeded expectations. It’s great to hear that many students around the state are doing well. However, this report did come with bad news: there are almost 100 schools that didn’t pass. Many were high poverty schools. Students in high poverty areas should get the same quality education as kids from higher income areas. Finances should not determine the quality of one’s education. We can do better for our kids. While we should celebrate the progress we’ve made as a state, we also need to focus on our schools in trouble so that every child has the opportunities they deserve. Moving forward, let’s put a focus on these kids and make sure their futures are as bright as their classmates.

Bannon Appointment Unacceptable

The presidential election is a nightmare that keeps on giving. Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Stephen Bannon, head of the conservative, racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic “news” site Breitbart, would be his top policy adviser. This site is heavily associated with the so-called “alt-right” movement, which has been a breeding ground for white supremacy and hate.  Today, I join over 150 members of Congress in speaking out against Bannon’s appointment. We’ve been loud and proud in our discontent. And what have Republicans said? You guessed it. Nothing. The alt-right movement is doing everything in their power to normalize hate. We cannot normalize racism, sexism and Islamophobia. America is a country for everyone regardless of race or religion. Racism won’t make America great again.

Mistakes Cost Lives

A recent report found that mistakes in medical care and poor monitoring were responsible for three inmate deaths at Sheriff David Clarke’s Milwaukee County Jail. The report also found that one third of medical positions at the center remain vacant, making it difficult to treat inmates. I shouldn’t have to spell out why this is unacceptable. When we put people in corrections, we put them in the care of the government. There is no reason why that care should be sub-par. We need to get these medical positions filled so our people receive proper care. People in corrections are there to reform. We need to give them the opportunity to do that.  


On behalf of myself and my office, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a time of year for us to reflect on those who mean the most to us, and to show we cherish them. Make sure to call any loved ones to let them know you care if you won’t see them over the holiday. If you’d like to help the community this Thanksgiving, please check out Parklawn Assembly of God’s community Thanksgiving which helps to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Please call their office for more information (414-442-7411). Once again, I’d like to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving. Please enjoy your holiday to the fullest.

Weekly Call to Action

I still believe that love trumps hate. I know that we will emerge from this stronger and more united. But only if we all get off the sidelines and get in the fight against hate. If you’re upset about the appointment of Bannon you need to contact your elected officials and tell them that you won’t stand for a bigot in the White House and that they shouldn’t either. Your elected officials are there to listen, so let your voice be heard loud and clear. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Gwen Moore have already objected to Bannon’s selection. But what about Sen. Ron Johnson? Contact your Senator today and ask him to object to Bannon’s hiring. Moments like these define us as a people. Years from now, will you feel like you did everything you could to stop hate and bigotry? I refuse to live in a world where hate wins, and I hope you will join me.




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 Quote of the Week:

"Bannon won’t build bridges, he will burn them."

-New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Bannon appointment

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