Official Government Communication

Week of Dec. 3rd - 9th

Dear Friend,

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

GOP Senate Tax Plan Riddled With Issues

In the biggest tax code overhaul in years, the U.S. Senate tax plan is riddled with problems. Rushing the bill’s passage, Republican lawmakers have failed to responsibly create clear and fair tax legislation. Additionally, they have ignored the far-reaching implications of this huge policy change on American families as reported by the Congressional Budget Office. More than one hundred organizations have lined up to raise concerns about the plan. Yet Republican congressional leaders seem unfazed. Though the main priority of the new tax plan is to incentivize business in the United States, it would ultimately hurt small businesses and startups while granting huge breaks to multinational corporations. For example, keeping the alternative minimum tax will nullify the value of a popular research and development tax break, discouraging businesses from spending on these crucial areas. Other provisions will raise taxes on many middle-class families and primarily benefits some of the nation’s wealthiest citizens. Governor Walker has been clear in his support for the Trump administration’s tax plan and although I agree the tax codes need to be modernized, I do not support misleading Wisconsin residents about the true impact of the tax plan. Link to story:

Sexual Assault Response Should Be Free of Partisanship allegations and accusations of sexual assault have rocked the country. No industry is immune or without concern, this includes local and national legislative chambers. The consequences have been swift in some instances. Media and business giants have fallen. With many fired or resigning, increased public scrutiny has demonstrated little tolerance for these accounts of sexual misconduct. Except in one arena, where some lawmakers seem to think they are exempt or above the law. In particular, the reaction of far too many Republican members of the U.S. Congress has been simply unacceptable.
On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) resigned from office after he was accused by numerous former female legislative staffers of inappropriate or unwanted sexual advance. On Thursday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) announced that he will officially resign his position in the coming weeks. Democrats, led by female legislators, in both chambers called for their resignations and are currently asking for their colleague Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nevada) to step down as well. In stark contrast, far too many Republicans have remained largely silent on allegations of sexual misconduct by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who used $85,000 of taxpayer money to pay a claim of a former staffer. Many Republicans legislators have lined up to stand behind U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore (R-Alabama) who has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with underage high schools girls. Then-candidate Donald Trump received the Republican nomination for president after audio tapes of him bragging about sexually assaulting women surfaced and more than 19 women came forward with claims of sexual assault against him. As President, Trump has formally endorsed Roy Moore and said in a phone call to Moore, “Go get ‘em, Roy”. The deafening silence from most members of Congressional Republican leadership calls into question the judgment and integrity of our heads of state. Supporting individuals who commits such acts to maintain legislative power is outrageous and sends a dangerous message to both victims and perpetrators of these assaults. Here in Wisconsin, we have had our own allegations arise. I am pleased to report that mandatory attendance at presentations aimed at raising awareness of sexual assault in the workplace and resources available to staff have been provided. Sexual assault should not be a polarizing issue relegated to partisan politics. We must work together to improve organizational cultures that are free of sexual misconduct towards women.


Dressember past Wednesday, I celebrated “Dressember” as part of the campaign to promote awareness on sex trafficking and sex slavery in both the United States and worldwide. Every day in December, women are asked to wear a dress to recognize the millions of individuals whose lives are impacted by sex slavery. The dress represents a flag for the campaign and a symbol of people everywhere reclaiming their dignity. Sadly, more than 30 million people are currently enslaved worldwide. Internationally, human trafficking generates about $150 billion dollars and approximately 2 million innocent youth are exploited in the global sex trade. Milwaukee has repeatedly ranked among the top cities for human trafficking, where the youngest individual between 2010 and 2012 was only 12 years old. Dressember events have earned over $3 million dollars to advocate for human trafficking victims and help in the eradication of sex trafficking.I am extremely committed to this unconscionable crime in Wisconsin. To combat this, I have authored and supported legislation that addresses human trafficking and increases penalties associated with soliciting sex with a minor. If you know someone who may be experiencing human trafficking, please call 1-888-373-7888.


Sisters 4 A Cure week, I attended the “Braver, Bolder, Better: Breast Cancer & Cervical Cancer Prevention and Survivorship” event hosted by Sisters 4 a Cure. The organization is composed of a group of dedicated volunteers and cancer survivors who spread awareness on self-care skills and practices to improve the quality of life for those affected by breast cancer and depression. Nationally, there are large disparities between white and black women in breast cancer mortality. In 2012, black women in the U.S. were 42 percent more likely than their white counterparts to die from breast cancer. While breast cancer deaths continue to decrease among white females in the nation, it has increased by more than 36 percent in black women in Southeastern Wisconsin. These differences are attributed to a variety of causes that include the stage at which cancer is detected, screening awareness and the sad fact that black women are more likely to develop something known as triple negative breast cancer. Additionally, the health of black women diagnosed with breast cancer is often compromised by up to three other diseases such as high blood pressure, depression and diabetes. In terms of cervical cancer, an estimated 4,000 women in the U.S. die from the disease each year. Racial disparities impact life expectancy in this form of cancer, as well. One of the ways we can make a difference and attempt to combat these diseases is to educate the public, especially young women. We need to help women to understand the importance of early detection. Further, providing better access to screening services for low-income and underinsured women is essential. If you or a loved one needs access to breast cancer screening services, the Wisconsin Well Program provides services to women with little to no health insurance. For more information, please visit


Riveredge Environment Center, I visited the Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville. This organization is dedicated to creating healthy communities, both human and of nature. They work to educate individuals of all backgrounds about environmental conservation in hopes of creating a better future for all. As a part of their outreach, they encourage others to explore nature to connect with it; they offer field trips for students to be fully immersed in nature and hold different programs for youth and adult groups in an effort to give all individuals the opportunity to explore and connect with the natural world. Expanding opportunities at the intersection of social lifestyles and environmental conservation shows a progress toward bringing the community together while also bringing awareness to sustainability efforts. They are also a renowned research facility, as the Undergraduate and Graduate Environmental Research Symposium works to expand the collection of important data to connect with local and national databases. Connecting a community with the natural resources around us is crucial in educating citizens on the ecosystem services provided by our environment. Riveredge Nature Center’s approach to education shows that the best way to enrich one’s education is outside the classroom. Experiencing nature as opposed to only reading about it in a textbook allows all of us to truly understand the environment around us. Furthermore, knowing more about nature is a great way to get others involved in the urban agriculture and forestry sector, ultimately allowing for more involvement in that sector of the workforce. Their initiative to develop and launch an environmental science internship and fellowship is an example of how this organization stays dedicated to their mission. To learn more information about Riveredge Nature Center, please visit


"We Got This" 500 Black Tuxedos


Looking forward to this weekend, I am excited to attend the 3rd Annual 500 Black Tuxedos event. Sponsored by the organization “We Got This”, the affair is a motivational and inspiring opportunity for Milwaukee area youth to be paired with African-American adult male mentors. The program targets those between the ages of 12 and 20. Securing tuxedos for roughly 250 boys and young men, “We Got This” founder Andre Lee Ellis seeks to help attendees view themselves differently. His mission is to show at risk boys and youth that there’s so much more to life. Participants receive a fresh haircut, venture over to the Milwaukee Art Museum for a group photo and then to dinner. Along the way, attendees get to talk and engage with community leaders. The mentors are with them to demonstrate the community’s support and desire to see them succeed. Much of this organization’s work has helped to create a sense of community within targeted neighborhoods, encourage education and demonstrate that there are people ready to support their dreams. Additionally, “We Got This” has a regular weekly program that teaches youth about urban gardening. While participating, they have come to learn valuable life skills, help clean up their neighborhood, earn money and be connected to a mentor. I have always been an advocate for urban agriculture and putting gardening into schools; with my LOVE&FAITH initiative. I am proud to support organizations like this that have so positively impacted the lives of the youth in our communities. To donate to the black tuxedo event and become a mentor, visit This event is an incredible way to take back our neighborhoods and empower our youth!







Events and Opportunities




Honoring Those

We Lost-

Tree Trimming

Saturday, December 9th



Atkinson Library

Capitol Dr., Atkinson St. & 20th St.

Milwaukee, WI



For details call:






ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Lab Saturday,

December 9th


10:30am- 1:30pm

Milwaukee Public Library

Capitol Branch, Conference Room


3969 N. 74th St.

Milwaukee, WI


Stop in & meet licensed Healthcare Navigators for info on ACA coverage!





Cocoa with the Clauses

Saturday, December 9th


11:00am- 2:00pm

Cathedral Sq. Park


825 N. Jefferson St.

Milwaukee, WI


See event details



A Very Merry Milwaukee- Pictures with Santa


December 10th


10:00am- 3:00pm

Milwaukee County Historical Center


910 N. Old World 3rd St.

Milwaukee, WI



Find more information.



Cookie Decoration Monday,

December 11th


4:00- 7:00pm

Atkinson Branch Library

Center St. Library, Community Room


1960 W. Atkinson Ave.

Milwaukee, WI



View event here



Teacher in the Library

Tuesday, December 12th


3:30- 6:30pm

Milwaukee Public Library,

Mitchell Branch


906 W. Historic

Mitchell St.

Milwaukee, WI


Students receive free help with their homework for grades 1-8! Bilingual teachers available.








 Quote of the Week:

"Sexual harassment does bring shame. And I think it's really powerful that this transfer is happening, that these women are able not just to share their shame but to put the shame where it really belongs: on the perpetrator."

-Tarana Burke, Creator of #MeToo Movement


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