December 13, 2012
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Supporting our neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and your family are listed below.
Description: The northern lights are nature’s own light show. As we approach the solar maximum, when the sun is most active, more dramatic northern lights are expected. Visitors will learn what causes the northern lights to appear and whether they are visible at a given location.
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium (MAP)
1900 E. Kenwood Boulevard
A Christmas Carol
Description: The ultimate holiday tradition returns again for its 37th year. Dickens’ classic masterpiece will delight and brighten your holiday season with beautiful carols and a timeless message of hope, peace, love, and the true meaning of the holiday season. Bring the whole family and join in a tradition that has been delighting audiences for generations. CLICK HERE for more information or to buy tickets.
The Pabst Theater (MAP)
Join Clara, Fritz, and Marie on a journey where toys, flowers, and
snowflakes come to life. Are they enchanted somehow? Perhaps. Are you?
Most definitely. With the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra performing
Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score alongside the Milwaukee Children’s
Choir, you will be absolutely charmed by this feast for the senses.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-7206 for more information or to
Description: This six-week festival will spread holiday spirit with animated light displays in Cathedral Square Park, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square, as well as decorated streetscapes and hundreds of events. Marvel at the spectacular sights aboard the convenient Jingle Bus, a Coach USA bus that takes visitors on a 40-minute tour. For $1 per person, visitors can relish in the holiday spirit while admiring a festive panorama. The tour is narrated by Milwaukee Downtown’s Public Service Ambassadors who will acquaint riders with key attractions and landmarks.
CLICK HERE for more information about the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, and other holiday events going on in the Milwaukee area.
Description: Enter the colorful world of cable access TV hostess Earlene Hoople as she tapes her last Christmas special. The self-proclaimed “Queen of Rural Media” entertains with participatory bell-ringing, cookie baking, a family slide show, some outrageous advice for surviving the holidays with relatives, and a whole lot more. CLICK HERE or call (414) 278-0765 for more information or to purchase tickets.
The Sound of Music
Come enjoy The Sound of Music this holiday season in Milwaukee. This
timeless classic makes for a perfect evening for the entire family. When
Maria, a nun-in-training, proves to be too high-spirited for religious
life, she is sent to serve as governess for the seven children of a
widowed naval captain. Her amazing rapport with the children combined
with her generosity and kindness gradually captures the heart of the
austere Captain von Trapp. Shortly after marrying, the whole family is
forced to flee invading Nazis by escaping over the mountains of
Switzerland. The family’s narrow escape on the eve of World War II is
one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in
CLICK HERE or call (414) 291-7811 for more information or to
Description: On Saturday, December 15, the Depot in Cudahy will be offering pictures with Santa. There will also be bakery items, hot lunch, poinsettias, and candy available for purchase. This event is sponsored by the Cudahy Historical Society. CLICK HERE for more information.
The Depot (MAP)
4647 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
Cudahy, WI 53110
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As we approach the holidays, the next budget process is already underway, which is discussed in this week's report. Additionally, we examine proposed changes to Wisconsin's registration and voting laws. Continue reading for more information about these and other current state and community issues.
2013-2015 Budget Process Underway
Wisconsin has a two-year budget cycle,
which typically runs from July of an odd-numbered year through June of
the next odd-numbered year. For example, Wisconsin’s next budget, the
2013-2015 Biennial Budget, is expected to take effect on July 1, 2013,
and end on June 30, 2015.
The process began this fall when state agencies submitted their funding requests to the governor and the Department of Administration (DOA). The governor is currently working with his appointees in DOA to craft a budget proposal that reflects his priorities. While Governor Walker has started holding "listening sessions" on the budget, none of these events have been open to the public. Instead, attendance is by special invitation only. A number of groups have expressed concern that this process prohibits a real public dialogue.
Once the governor's budget proposal is complete, it will be presented to the Legislature in late January or early February and sent to the Joint Committee on Finance. Legislators here have the opportunity to ensure that the public is able to voice their thoughts and concerns about the budget. After reviewing the proposal and getting feedback from neighbors via public hearings, the Joint Committee on Finance may amend the governor’s proposal and submit it to the Legislature for approval. Both houses must pass an identical budget proposal before it can be sent back to the governor for partial vetoes and his signature.
As we proceed with this long and
complicated process, it is crucial that we hear from people across
Wisconsin to make sure we are representing the values and priorities
shared by our family, friends, and neighbors. There are several ways to
stay informed and make your voice heard throughout this process,
Committee Calendars--Tracks all upcoming committee meetings and public hearings.
Click here to view a copy of the calendar.
Click here to watch videos made available by WisconsinEye.
|Preserving Same Day Registration is Common Sense|
Republicans have said little about jobs initiatives they may
introduce to help Wisconsin catch up and experience the economic recovery other
states have enjoyed, they have been vocal on plans to introduce
legislation to eliminate same day registration. Such a proposal was even
touted by Governor Walker while laying out his legislative agenda at a
dinner for donors in California.
Polarizing and Politicizing the Nonpartisan G.A.B.
In addition to trying to change laws
regulating voter registration in Wisconsin, Republican legislators have
also set their sights on converting the Government
Accountability Board from a nonpartisan agency to being run by partisan
The facts contradict the partisan claim that the G.A.B. is a left-leaning agency and needs to be “fixed.” In the past two years, the G.A.B. has been forced to rule on a number of controversial issues. Both Democrats and Republicans took issue with some of their decisions related to the recent recall elections. However, I do believe that the G.A.B. acted in each of those situations according to what they thought was in the best interest of the people rather than politicians, parties, or special interests.
I hope that Republicans will reconsider this unfounded attack and realize that it is inappropriate for us as legislators to simply change the referees when we disagree with their decisions. It is time that we put the interest of the people first by choosing not to go back to the days of a political board making partisan decisions. To better restore Wisconsin's election integrity, we must protect the tenants employed by the Government Accountability Board, which includes remaining nonpartisan.
I often have neighbors contact me looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.
Q: I'm a student who has been studying politics and government in school. Is there a way I can get a more hands-on experience in the Capitol?
A: The Wisconsin Capitol is a great place to gain real world experience about our state's legislative process and the day-to-day operations of the Wisconsin State Legislature. Whether you are a high school student or attending a technical college or university there are a number of ways you can get involved, including participating in the Senate Scholars program or interning in a legislative office.
Participate in Senate Scholars
The Senate Scholars Program is an
intensive week-long education program offered by the Wisconsin State
Senate. This is a wonderful opportunity for Wisconsin youth to view the
role of the Legislature in democracy first-hand and gain experience in
the areas of policy development, constituent relations, and processing
legislation. Senate Scholars will also have the chance to work closely
with senators, legislative staff, and University of Wisconsin faculty.
Admission to the program is highly competitive and limited to 33
academically exceptional high school juniors and seniors from across the
state. Applications are due on March 1, 2013.
If you have additional questions about the program or the application process, I encourage you to call the Legislative Training Officer in charge of the program, Jacob Clark, at (608) 266-2610.
Intern at the Capitol
Intern in Milwaukee
I will be opening up a district office
in Milwaukee after the New Year. While most intern responsibilities and
expectations will mirror those of interns in Madison, Milwaukee interns will likely have an experience more tailored to assisting
with constituent casework and services. There will also be opportunities
for interns to attend meetings in the community with neighbors, advocacy
groups, elected officials, and local businesses. Internships at the
Milwaukee office are anticipated to begin in February 2013. As with
those applying to work in Madison, please submit a cover letter, resume,
and intern application electronically or by mail. Make sure you specify
in which city you are interested in interning. Please contact my office
if you have any questions about this internship opportunity.
Did You Know...?
Despite the fact that snow has been scarce the past couple of years, most of us have been able to thoroughly enjoy and experience Wisconsin's snowy winters. But did you know that Wisconsin's average annual amount of snowfall ranges from 35 to 40 inches near the Illinois border to 135 to 165 inches in the Iron County snow-belt from Gurney to Hurley?
Giving Back This Holiday Season
The holiday season also provides many opportunities to give back to our community. This winter, try volunteering in one of our local food pantries. Hunger Task Force Inc. and Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, both based out of the Milwaukee area, provide excellent volunteering opportunities. More information can be found on their Web sites:
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