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

Let's Talk about the Budget

As you all know, it’s budget season. As one of the members on the Joint Finance Committee, I had the privilege of sitting in on agency briefings this past week to offer my concerns about Governor Walker’s budget. During these briefings, I got to ask agency heads about their department and how they’ll function under the new budget.

What a week it was! On Wednesday night we were in the Capitol until midnight! Though I was given limited time to speak, I made sure to stand up for many of the issues important to my constituents, including lead, corrections reform, institutional racism in our schools, and our broken transportation funding.

I’ve asked my questions, and now it’s your turn. I urge you all to attend one of the public hearings listed below to offer your concerns and further actions to be taken! Your presence and voice will empower our community in the right direction to assure our community has sustained growth in creating jobs, keeping the streets clean and accessible, as well as holding Governor Walker accountable for his failed policies that turn a blind eye towards Milwaukee. You can show up for an hour, or the whole day; whatever helps you to stand up and fight back!

1. Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

2. Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

3. Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

4. Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

5. Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

6. Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

(Photo courtesy of Wisconsin State Journal - Matthew DeFour)

Yes We Did!

Americans won a fantastic victory last week. That’s right - Trumpcare failed! Paul Ryan had to pull the bill because it didn’t have enough Republican support. This was a huge victory for us! It goes to show that the townhalls and calls to Congress worked – Republicans got scared about reelection, and felt uneasy about supporting this legislation. You have made a bold statement to Republicans that no matter your political party or individual concerns, the right to affordable and accessible healthcare for all will be upheld and defended!

Like Paul Ryan said, Obamacare is the law of the land. This is something to be celebrated. But we CANNOT give in to complacency. We need to continue the good work. Keep going to town halls, keep calling your Senators and Representatives, and most of all, keep standing up and fighting back!

The Black-White Achievement Gap

Part of my job in JFC agency briefings is to hold our state’s agencies to account and ask them how they plan to address the problems they’re tasked with solving. When Tony Evers, our State Superintendent for the Department of Public Instruction, was at the bench, I asked him what he would do about the black-white achievement gap in Milwaukee.

In Milwaukee, 80% of our students don’t read at grade level. While Wisconsin has one of the highest high school graduation rates, we have one of the lowest for our black students. Not by coincidence, 53206, the zip code I call my home, has the highest incarceration rate in the country for African-American men. 62% of our adult men will have spent time behind bars. Of those that are behind bars, only 32% will have a high school diploma.

Clearly, the achievement gap is an issue. Thankfully, Evers acknowledged that there’s institutional racism in our public education system. But this divide isn’t something that can be changed with a magic wand. We can’t just talk the talk. We need to walk the walk, and we all need to be invested in a better future for ALL of our children.

Getting Smart on Guns

A life is taken by gun violence every three days in Milwaukee. If someone died every three days from a preventable disease, you’d better believe we’d be working to find a cure for that. So why are guns any different?

I’ve never shied away from the gun debate. While I support the rights of law abiding citizens to arm themselves for protection, I also believe in common sense solutions to crack down on gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. This week, Republicans announced legislation to remove licensing and permit requirements for concealed carry. This is just plain wrong. I supported concealed carry because there were licensing and training requirements. To allow people to carry guns around in public without any basic firearm training is unsafe, and I refuse to support this bill.

We need to get smart on guns before it’s too late. This session I will introducing legislation to make our communities safer, like universal background checks, mandatory liability insurance, and increased concealed carry training. I’ll be the first to admit that gun laws alone won’t solve the problem of gun violence. But we have to start somewhere.





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.


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:

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."

-Former President Barack Obama

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