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

Huge turnout at JFC hearings

This week, we had HUNDREDS of Wisconsinites turn up at public hearings around the state. My colleagues and I on the Joint Committee on Finance went to Platteville, Milwaukee, and Berlin this week, and I can’t tell you how excited I was by the energy I saw! Of the hundreds of people who registered to speak at this week’s hearings, more than twice as many said they were against the budget than for it!

Wisconsinites were loud and clear in their message to Governor Walker: they will not stand for this irresponsible budget!

We must keep up the good work. If you weren’t able to make one of the past hearings, don’t worry, there will be three more opportunities:

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

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

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

Tuesday's spring election: the good and the bad

Thank you to everyone who turned up to vote at Tuesday’s spring election! We reelected State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, and down here in Milwaukee, we reelected Municipal Judge Val Hill. This was a good day for Wisconsin, and I congratulate Tony and Judge Hill on their reelections!

But there’s some bad news. Voter turnout was only 16%! I know you hear this a lot, but every election is important. Every time you vote you have your voice heard. If you don’t know when to vote, just remember that you have to be a #1 Vote FAAN. FAAN stands for when you have to vote – February, April, August, and November.

Voting is critical. We face a lot of problems as a city. But you don’t have to accept these circumstances. You can be the change maker Milwaukee needs. All you have to do is get out and vote!

Senate passes bill to privatize water rights

Republicans in the Senate voted unanimously this week to pass SB 76 which would take away the DNR’s ability to review and regulate high-capacity wells. Let me tell you why this is a big deal. High capacity wells pump 70 gallons a minute. Modern laundry machines use at most 40 gallons. This creates a system that pits the haves against the have nots. People with high-capacity wells will be able to suck up all the groundwater without any care or consideration for the impact on the local environment and community. The fact of the matter is Senate Republicans just picked winners and losers on our most vital resource: water. They will have to live with this legacy.

If you are concerned about our water resources, call your Representative and tell them what you think about SB 76 and AB 105! There’s still time to stop this bill.

Equal pay for ALL

You’ve probably heard the statistic that women make 79 cents for every dollar that men make, but did you know that number is even lower for women of color? Black women make 65 cents to the dollar, while Latina women make 58 cents to the dollar! I bring this up because this past Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, and when we talk about closing the gender pay gap, we seem to just talk about the 79 cent statistic. We need to fight for the equality of ALL women. That’s a non-negotiable. It’s upsetting to me that in 2017 we women still have to demand equal pay. But we must resist and persist, and equity shall be reached.

A healthier outlook on life

Milwaukee was once the healthiest city in the country. It won the award so many years in a row that they stopped the contest. That was in 30s and 40s. Things are much different now. The latest Milwaukee Health Report by the Center for Urban Population Health found that “dramatic” health disparities exist in Milwaukee, with those with a lower socioeconomic status experiencing worse health outcomes than the average American.

Let me break that down for you.

Living with poverty and racism is stressful. It’s been scientifically proven. Chronic stress can affect your blood pressure and immune system, elevating your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. So when you spend so much time in a high pressure environment, your health begins to suffer.

We hear about racial disparities in our courtrooms and classrooms, but rarely when it comes to our communities’ health. That’s why I introduced a resolution in the Senate this week to declare April 2017 Health and Wellness Month so that we can draw attention to these intense disparities. The resolution passed unanimously.

But we need to go one step further. We have to walk the walk too. That’s why I’m introducing my LOVE&FAITH initiative, a big component of which is urban agriculture. You can find more info about LOVE&FAITH here.

 With a little investment and some training, we can grow Milwaukee into a place where we can compost and grow our own food. Urban agriculture will help eliminate food desserts and increase health outcomes with access to healthier food. Everyone deserves a healthy and happy life, and we all need to be invested in breaking down the disparities in our community.





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 Quote of the Week:

“There is no obstacle in the path of young people who are poor or members of minority groups that hard work and preparation cannot cure.”

-Former Congresswoman (TX) Barbara Jordan

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