June 3, 2011
Web Site: senatorchrislarson.com
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.
Week Through June 9
South Shore Park (MAP)
2900 South Shore Drive
Bay View, WI 53207
Laura's Smile Mile
Sign up for the fifth
annual Laura's Smile Mile 5k Run/Walk. Proceeds will be
donated to educate and advocate about ovarian cancer. Prizes will be
given to the top three male and female finishers, and medals will be
given to the top three male and female finishers in the age groups. All
children ages 8 and younger participating in the Giggle Gallop will
receive a finisher's award. After the race there will be face
painting, a bounce house, cupcake decorating, refreshments, live
entertainment, a free raffle and an awards ceremony.
CLICK HERE for more information or to pre-register for the event.
Veterans Park (MAP)
1010 Lincoln Memorial
Reclaiming Our Heritage
June 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and June 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This annual, family-friendly event honors veterans and educates the public about veterans' countless contributions to American society. Reclaiming Our Heritage features reenactments from all the major military eras in U. S. history, starting with the pre-Revolutionary War to the present era. Enjoy music from the battle fields, period fashions, a parade, Civil War demonstrations and first-hand accounts. The event is also a resource for veterans seeking information about VA benefits and services. CLICK HERE for more information and to view the event schedule.
5000 W. National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53295
Our Kids Count March and Rally
June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join in the fight to save public education by participating in the Our Kids Count March and Rally this weekend. The 2.5-mile march will begin at MacDowell Montessori around 11:15 a.m. and continue down 16th Street to Forest Home Elementary School. The rally will begin at 1 p.m. at Forest Home Elementary School and will feature students, community members, and leaders in civil rights and education that will talk about what we can do as a community to support our children and their schools. The march and rally will also include performances from our future leaders, high-school drum lines, slam poets, dance groups, basketball teams and more. CLICK HERE for more information.
MacDowell Montessori (MAP)
1706 W. Highland Ave
Forest Home Elementary (MAP)
1516 W Forest Home Ave
Spring on Brady
June 4 from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Summerfest Grounds (MAP)
200 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Join the Villa Terrace
as it officially opens its Renaissance Garden for the season! Enjoy free
admission to the garden and museum, as well as garden tours, music and
CLICK HERE for additional information.
The Joint Finance Committee is making its final changes to the 2011-2013 Biennial Budget this week. I have included an update on these changes and details on the next step of the budget process. I also encourage you to complete a new survey on my Web site aimed at getting feedback from neighbors about budget priorities and the direction Wisconsin is headed.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
Spring 2011 Budget Priority Survey
I have found the tens of thousands of emails, letters, postcards, and phone calls from neighbors to be enlightening and invaluable as I consider current budget proposals. I invite your continued thoughts on budget priorities and about the direction Wisconsin is headed in. Please take a moment to visit my new Web site and complete the Spring 2011 Survey. This survey will be available for a limited time and only fully completed surveys will be counted.
It is my hope that we can work together on these important issues to improve our communities and make Wisconsin a better place to live and work for our family, friends and neighbors. I value your opinion and look forward to hearing back from you on these important issues.
CLICK HERE to complete the Spring 2011 Survey.
Republicans Vote to Cut Aid to Local Communities and Neighborhood Schools
Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted late Thursday night and early Friday morning to cut aid to local communities and decrease educational opportunities for children attending our neighborhood schools.
A motion to cut aid to our communities by nearly $77 million over the biennium passed along party lines with a vote of 12-4. Additionally, these cuts to local government were restructured to benefit the wealthier communities in Wisconsin, increasing the financial burden on the neighborhoods that are currently struggling across our state. Another consequence of these devastating cuts is that our local communities are expecting to make deep cuts to vital police protection programs, putting the safety of our neighborhoods in jeopardy.
Republican Joint Finance Committee Members also voted this week to decrease educational opportunities for children attending our local neighborhood schools. The adopted proposal reverses the intent of the voucher program aimed at helping economically-challenged students by increasing the income eligibility limit from 175% to 300% of the federal poverty level. Legislation to remove the current caps on our state's voucher program is also expected to pass later this session.
This means that taxpayers will now be responsible for paying $6,775 for each voucher student, some of which will belong to families that can afford to pay the tuition for these private or religious schools on their own. The changes to the current voucher program will likely increase property taxes in the Milwaukee area by millions and take away funding from our neighborhood schools at a time when our children need these crucial funds the most.
Small Conservation Victory--Funding to Recycling Partially Restored
The Joint Finance Committee voted to partially restore 60% of funding to recycling programs across Wisconsin, after pressure from Democrats, conservation advocates and community members.
Governor Walker's budget proposal would have completely eliminated funding for the popular statewide recycling program. This would have forced many local communities to end their existing programs or raise taxpayer fees.
Recycling programs reduce the amount of waste that end up in our state landfills. According to Recycle More Wisconsin, current recycling programs keep 1.69 million tons of materials out of Wisconsin's landfills, supports 97,000 jobs and contributes $5.4 billion to our state's economy.
I am happy to see that some funding was restored to this crucial program, which keeps our communities clean and encourages Wisconsinites to continue our valued tradition of stewardship.
Update on the Budget Process
The Joint Finance Committee is expected to wrap up debate on Governor Walker's budget proposal either tonight or Saturday. After they complete action, legislative service agencies will have approximately one to two weeks to compile the full budget document and the accompanying fiscal estimate. Once they have completed this task, the Legislature will then take action on the new budget proposal, which must be passed by June 30.
I will be sure to keep you updated on any new developments as the budget makes it's final lap through the legislative process.
Runaway Highway Spending--Addicted to Asphalt
A new transportation report indicates that our transportation funds would be better spent supporting local roads and public transit, rather than throwing money at new projects, such as massive highway expansions.
The report by WISPIRG, a statewide non-profit, non-partisan public interest advocacy organization, examines four highway projects proposed by Governor Walker. The findings indicate that Wisconsin taxpayers will be footing the roughly $2 billion to fund questionable and unnecessary transportation projects
Governor Walker's budget proposal will increase highway funding by 13% to $328 million while slashing local transportation funds and public transit services by nearly $60 million. I will continue to stand up for the interests of our community by fighting to protect the quality of our current transportation infrastructure instead of wasting taxpayer funds on unnecessary ribbon-cutting projects developed from outdated data and insufficient need.
Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of WISPIRG's report.
Bike to Work Week
Next week is Bike to Work Week across Wisconsin. I encourage you to participate in this challenge to leave your car at home and instead commute to and from work on your trusty bicycle. Biking is healthier, more environmentally friendly and more cost effective than driving. It is also a great way to see more of our community. Below is a listing of local Bike to Work Week events that are happening in our neighborhoods.
Morning Commuter Stations
Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 9 at 5 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
CPR Awareness Week
National CPR Awareness Week runs from June 1 through June 7 and aims to encourage all of us to learn Hands-Only CPR. According to the American Heart Association, Hands-Only CPR (CPR with just chest compressions) has been proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims. Infants, children under eight years old and victims of drowning or respiratory issues still need conventional CPR with chest compressions and breaths.
Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. If not treated within minutes, it quickly leads to death. About 92% of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved as immediate CPR can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival. Unfortunately, 70% of Americans may be helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they do not know CPR or their training has lapsed. This is likely to have a significant impact on our loved ones as four out of every five cardiac arrests occur at home.
To learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR
in just 60 seconds, please visit the American Heart Association's Web
Williams House Historical Landmark Dedication
Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m.
Join me and on Saturday, June 4 at the
Bay View Historical Society's historical landmark dedication ceremony
for the Williams House. The home was built in 1865 by Joseph Williams
and Catherine Shields Williams. The ceremony is free and refreshments
will be served. You can also take a tour of this beautiful and historic
606 E. Homer Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Recap of Coffee in Milwaukee
Thank you to everyone that attended the coffee this week in Milwaukee. Neighbors gathered at Roast Coffee Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday to share their perspectives on community and state issues.
The thoughtful comments and questions are greatly appreciated. Hearing your perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our community is crucial as we continue working together through this legislative session and biennial budget.
Summer Activities in Our Community
Our community offers a wide variety of summer activities for families, children and adults alike. Below are just a few activities that you can take part in this summer.
Milwaukee County Free Days
Many of the museums right here in our neighborhood offer days when Milwaukee residents can visit free of charge. Below is a list of participating museums:
Milwaukee Public Museum (MAP)
800 W. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
*Free every Monday (additional charges
apply for the Humphrey IMAX Dome, Daniel M. Soref Planetarium & special
Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (MAP)
524 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Work Outside Wednesdays
Food Tours in Milwaukee
|Support Our Local Economy|
our local economy this summer by frequenting one of Wisconsin's many
farmer's markets. According to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture,
Trade and Consumer Protection, there are many benefits to buying local
for producers and consumers alike, including:
2). Supports Family Farms – The number of family farms in Wisconsin are decreasing. We need to keep these local farmers in business so that we preserve Wisconsin's rural landscape and farming tradition.
3). Fresher Food – Local food is
fresher than food shipped from other states and countries. Additionally,
locally grown foods tend to contain fewer pesticides.
Wisconsin is home to plenty of farmer's markets that can be found all across the state. We are fortunate to have many of them located right here in our community. Please see the list below to find a farmer's market near you:
Times: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location Info: Municipal Parking Lot at 4700 S. Packard Avenue in Cudahy
Phone: (414) 486-9593
East Side Green Market (MAP)
Dates: June 18 through October 8
Dates: June 4 through October 31
Times: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Location: US Bank at 4015 S. Howell
Avenue, Milwaukee Phone: (414) 881-1185
South Shore Farmers Market (MAP)
Dates: June 18 through October 15
Dates: June 2 through October 13
Volunteers Needed for Play in the Park
The YMCA and Milwaukee County Parks are seeking volunteers to help out with their new Play in the Park program.
Humboldt Park, located at 3000 S. Howell Avenue is currently lacking volunteers for the southeast corner of E. Oklahoma Avenue and S. Howell Avenue from 6 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.
Play in the Park offers outdoor fun for the whole family at participating local parks. Please consider donating some time to a worthy cause as volunteers are needed for the children to be able to fully enjoy this program.
For more information or to sign-up as a volunteer for Play in the Park, contact Curt at (414) 454-4657 or via email at email@example.com. You can also CLICK HERE to view the calendar of dates, times and locations of this event.
Web Site Now Available!
My State Senate Web site is now available! On this site you will be able to track legislation, view community and state updates, and access local resources. The Web site also provides another way for you to communicate with me directly about any questions, comments or concerns you may have about our community or state.
I will continue to update this site frequently and appreciate any feedback you might have to make the site as user-friendly as possible.
To visit my new Web site, please CLICK HERE.
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