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

24 million to lose insurance under disastrous Obamacare replacement

The GOP’s legislation to repeal Obamacare is inadequate, unpopular, and frankly, the people of this country need better.

Not only are some Republicans not backing this bill, neither is Wisconsin. Hundreds of protesters braved the snow and cold this week to let Paul Ryan know that they want “health care, not wealth care.” And I don’t blame them! Paul Ryan has been silent on addressing their concerns and has backed Trump repeatedly. While the GOP says they to want to help all of America, their actions speak louder to those who are really listening. Because here are the facts:

·         1) The Congressional Budget Office analysis showed that 24 million people would lose insurance by 2026

·         2) The parts of Obamacare being repealed could pull coverage from 1.3 million people with behavioral-health needs, such as substance abuse or mental health issues.

·         3) Premiums would skyrocket for some of the country's most vulnerable patients, including low-income Americans and the elderly

Health care is indeed complicated, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take the time to get it right, and ensure all Americans can live a healthy life.

Emergency informational town hall to be held

Last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Mid-America chemical plant on Milwaukee’s Cornell St. has been endangering the community with repeated conduct violations for decades. Owned by Container Life Cycle Management (CLCM), Mid-America is a barrel reconditioning facility that for years has allegedly been harming its workers and endangering the environment and nearby residents. I was shocked to hear that this was happening in my district. The facility is located down the road from a playground! This could potentially be an enormous public health crisis.

We know you probably have questions and concerns. Join me and Representative Bowen for an emergency informational town hall on this crisis on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:15pm-8:00pm. We will be providing information and responding to constituent concerns and questions. The town hall will be held at the Jerusalem Baptist Church at 2505 W. Cornell St., just down the road from the CLCM facility. Doors will open beginning at 5:00pm, and refreshments will be served at 5:30pm. Check out our Facebook event for more information and updates. I hope to see you there!  

NO to housing discrimination!

A Wisconsin appeals court ruled this week that a white landlord had the right to kick a tenant out of his house because he was black. You read that right. A Bay View man kicked a black tenant out of his room in 2013 because his wife didn’t feel “comfortable” sharing their home with a black man. Now Wisconsin law prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants based on race, but the 1st District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the law doesn’t apply in this case because the tenant was renting a bedroom in the landlord’s house rather than a separate dwelling unit. Discrimination in any way whether that be through renting a property or sharing a room in a home is NEVER ok! I will not tolerate this within my community and plan to introduce legislation to close this loophole and ensure fair housing practices.

Walker falls short of job creation goal

Unlike Governor Walker, when I make a promise, I keep it. More than six years ago as a candidate for governor, Scott Walker promised that if he was elected, the state would add 250,000 private-sector jobs in four years. We checked the numbers. In a report issued by the state Department of Workforce Development, we learned that Walker has only created 185,208 jobs since he took office. That’s almost 65,000 short! Wisconsin has actually lost jobs – the report stated that the state lost 4,000 jobs in December! We need to hold Governor Walker accountable to his sluggish growth. As your legislator, I will do my best to fight for you and move us forward. That’s a promise!

Fact Check: Wisconsin one of the most gerrymandered states

We’ve all heard about the federal court ruling from November that ruled that the district lines drawn by Republicans in 2011 were so partisan that they were unconstitutional. Now we have proof that we’re one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation! In an analysis of my colleague Senator Dave Hansen’s claim that Wisconsin was the most gerrymandered state, Politifact found the claim “mostly true.” Wisconsin’s lines are uniquely partisan. In 2012, for example, Democratic candidates in the state Assembly won more votes than Republicans, but won just 39 of the 99 districts. With gerrymandering and unnecessary voter ID laws, GOP leaders continue to rig elections and manipulate the vote in their favor.  

Trump fires federal prosecutor investigating Lincoln Hills

John Vaudreuil, U.S. attorney for Wisconsin’s western district and the federal prosecutor investigating Lincoln Hills, was forced to resign last week as part of President Trump’s purge of Obama-era appointees. For the past two years, Vadreuil has overseen the investigation into the numerous allegations of abuse and neglect at Lincoln Hill and Copper Lake School juvenile facilities. I pray that the investigation will go on as planned, and that the next appointee will see the urgency of this situation, too! We need answers, and we need solutions to prevent any future abuse.




Events & Opportunities

Under the Dome Updates - Sign up for a weekly update about activities happening at the State Capitol. Get updates on your Democratic officials, committees, and issues that are important to you. Find more info here.


Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum - YLF is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school students with disabilities. This is a great opportunity to meet other students your age, and increase your leadership skills! Applications are due April 7. Find more info here!


State Capitol 100 Year Celebration - Did you know that the Wisconsin State Capitol is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year? Check out the Capitol Commission's Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest events.


Rep. Sensenbrenner Town Hall - If you live in the 5th congressional district which includes parts of West Allis, New Berlin, Brookfield, and Greenfield, your Congressman, Rep. Sensenbrenner, is holding town halls over the coming week. Check out his website for dates and times. Have your voices heard!


Page for a Day Program – do you know a young person interested in a unique opportunity to learn more about the state government process? Check out the Page for a Day Program! More information can be found here.




















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 Quote of the Week:

There are lessons in everything. The bad, the good. Our job is to listen, and to continue to learn, so that maybe we get better at this. Maybe get better at life.

-Laverne Cox

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