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

No King Walker

Governor Walker has decided that the Department of Administration would be better off if human resource functions were consolidated within it. This is unacceptable. This would allow the governor to appoint whomever he would like to run so many important government services, giving him an undemocratic power over the Wisconsin government- but as I said this Tuesday, “No King Walker” on my watch. It would appear that Walker wants to run his administration the same way that the 45th President runs his, through nepotism and favors to the wealthy. That simply does not line up with the democracy that Wisconsin stands for. We must drain the swamp that is Scott Walker’s administration and not allow it to grow. This consolidation will not save taxpayers money and we must not stand for it.


Higher Ed, Lower Debt

This Tuesday, I fought alongside my Democratic colleagues in the Joint Committee on Finance to pass a plan that would reduce student loan debt by allowing individuals to refinance their loans, just like we can for a home or auto loan. Unfortunately, Finance Republicans shot this proposal down despite incredible support from the public. However, we will not stop fighting for a solution to this problem. Student loan debt is holding young people back from their full potential. We must support those who may not have had a privileged experience in college as parents cannot financially support their children like the parents of previous generations could. There are simply not enough scholarships for all students to be financially supported, and students are suffering for it. Students in these situations should not be punished. Higher education should open doors, not close them, and we should invest in those who chose to invest in themselves, rather than holding them back.


Upcoming Changes for the MCTS Go Pass

This past April it was announced that several changes would be made regarding the Milwaukee County Transit System’s (MCTS) Go Pass, a program introduced in 2014 that has provided reduced and sometimes no cost fares for Milwaukee County residents. However, starting June 26 MCTS will no longer be offering free rides to senior citizens or persons with disabilities. Under the new program these individuals will be required to pass a series of requirements to register for new Go Pass benefits. Riders are required to go to the Milwaukee County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1220 West Vliet St. to apply for a new Go Pass. In order to apply one must bring a photo I.D. that states one’s age along with proof of residency in Milwaukee County as well as one of the following items:  (1) A copy of a Medicare card (2) A doctor’s statement describing the nature of the disability written on professional letterhead (3) A previously issued MCTS reduced fare card. Qualified riders will be required to pay a one-time $5.00 fee as well as a daily fee of $1.00. These changes are expected to lead to the deactivation of roughly 11,000 of the 26,000 existing Go Passes.


Republicans Pass Discriminatory W2 Drug Testing Measure

Despite our best efforts, Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance voted to endorse a plan laid out by Governor Walker aimed at further drug testing and screening for participants of the W2 Wisconsin Works program, a program aimed at helping low-income individuals find jobs. This Republican’s proposal is neither moral nor cost effective. It runs off of the assumption that poorer individuals are more likely to use drug and supports a culture of bias towards low-income individuals. Furthermore, similar drug screening programs have been created and proved to be highly unsuccessful given the amount of money the Republicans pour into them. In Missouri, taxpayers spent more than $336,000 to screen 31,336 welfare applicants, generating 38 positive tests. In Arizona, officials screened 87,000 welfare recipients, generating ONE positive test. The State of the State is not ideal, and Governor Walker’s continued frivolous spending on programs like this is only making things worse for the working people of Wisconsin. As a dedicated public servant I will continue to fight for cost-effective and fair policies, unlike our Republican colleagues.





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