June 17, 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.
of the Arts
Visit with the artists as you explore the jewelry, paintings, ceramics, metalwork and other pieces at this year's Lakefront Festival of Arts. Both inside and on the museum grounds, festival-goers can also take part in hands-on, interactive fun in the expanded childrenís area, enjoy live music and the silent art auction, unwind in the wine garden and more. Admission is $14 for one-day at the gate or $20 for a three-day pass. Museum members can get in for $8 with a valid membership card, and kids under 16 are admitted free with a paid adult. CLICK HERE for more information.
Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Join the American
Cancer Society and community members in raising funds and cancer
The Budget passed in both the Senate and Assembly this week. I have included information about some of the most significant provisions and how these will impact our community. I have also included an update on WiscNet and concealed carry legislation.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
Budget Passage Means Major Cuts, Tax Increases and Corporate Giveaways
Republicans followed the Assemblyís lead by rubberstamping Governor
Walkerís attack on middle-class families Thursday night.
Republicans also used this budget as an opportunity to cut billions in funding for neighborhood schools, life-saving health care programs, and crucial public transit in order to finance massive corporate giveaways and buy off special interests. With this budget, Republicans have mortgaged our childrenís future by cutting $1.6 billion in education funding in order to give away $2.3 billion in corporate tax breaks and loopholes.
1). Cuts $1.6 billion from our children's schools
2). Increases spending by more than $1 billion compared to the last budget
3). Favors CEOs and big corporations by creating a $196 million corporate slush fund and $2.3 billion in tax giveaways
4). Increases fees by $111.3 million and taxes by nearly $70 million on the middle-class
5). Caps enrollment in the vital FamilyCare program, a cost-savings initiative that keeps loved ones out of nursing homes and in-patient facilities, saving taxpayers money
6). Republicans voted to end SeniorCare in 2013 when they rejected an opportunity to safeguard the federal SeniorCare waiver beyond 2012
7). Cuts $234 million from the Stewardship fund that protects our state's natural resources
8). Broke the promise to restore the recycling program by decreasing funding for the program by 40%
9).Approved funding for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, but provided no details on how the agency would use its funds, decreasing transparency and accountability
10). Eliminates the clean election initiatives, taking power from voters and giving more control to wealthy, out-of-state corporations in Wisconsin elections
Senate Democrats introduced budget
amendments to halt the assault on Wisconsinís middle-class and working
families and invest in the programs people value statewide including:
quality schools, access to affordable health care, supporting public
transit, creating well-paying jobs, and promoting clean water. Unfortunately, none of these
amendments were adopted.
The Republican budget has passed the Assembly and the Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature. It is important to note that Wisconsin's governor has one of the strongest veto pens in the nation and that Governor Walker could still dramatically alter this budget.
A Win for WiscNet
Early Thursday morning Democratic
Assembly members successfully protected the WiscNet program and its
funding. After receiving pressure from Democratic lawmakers, WiscNet
advocates and community members, an amendment to the budget was adopted
restoring WiscNet's funding and allowing the program to continue
operating in the same capacity for at least two years.
Concealed Carry Passes the Senate
On Tuesday this week, Senate Bill 93, a concealed carry proposal passed in the Senate and is now headed to the Assembly.
Once enacted, this legislation
will allow possession of a loaded firearm, electric weapon or knife in
private businesses, churches and parks. This proposal also loosens the
restrictions on gun carrying near schools.
Supreme Court Ruling
In an unsurprising move, the Wisconsin
Supreme Court overturned Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumiís ruling
this past Tuesday on 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.
The legal arguments in the ruling made it clear that the partisan agenda of special interest groups and big corporations has seeped into the very foundation of Wisconsinís court system. The passage of Act 10 and the subsequent ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court will undo over 50 years of progress in labor working with management to move Wisconsin forward.
CLICK HERE to see the ruling by the
Wisconsin Supreme Court.
June is Invasive Species Awareness Month
This June marks the 7th annual
Invasive Species Awareness Month in Wisconsin. Invasive species are
non-native plants and animals that threaten Wisconsinís land and water
habitats. They spread quickly, consequently endangering native Wisconsin
ecosystems. Additionally, they pose a threat to Wisconsin agriculture by
competing with planted crops. This has an enormous negative impact on
Happy Father's Day
This Sunday, I encourage you to
celebrate and thank the fathers in your life by taking advantage of some
of the Fatherís Day events in our community, which are listed below:
Fatherís Day at the Zoo
Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5
Milwaukee County Zoo (MAP)
10001 W. Blue Mound Road
Fatherís Day at Betty Brinn
Henry Maier Festival Park (MAP)
Visit Dryhootch for Veteran Services and Coffee
Stop into Dryhootch for great coffee drinks, breakfast foods and sandwiches. Additionally Dryhootch offers neighbors the opportunity to catch up with all the latest in veteran events, programs, and benefits. This also includes peer-led support groups and assistance for coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For additional information about Dryhootch, please CLICK HERE.
1030 East Brady Street
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through
Thursday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
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.
St. Francis Arts Council 2011
Summer Concert Series
Vretenar Municipal Park (MAP)
4224 S. Kirkwood Street
St. Francis, WI 53235
Bay View Bicycle Club Senior Bike Ride
If you or someone you know is a senior looking to stay in shape this summer by staying active in the community, take advantage of the Bay View Bicycle Club's weekly senior bike ride. This ride is designed for seniors. The ride will start out with a basic ride on city streets not more than two miles to get everyone oriented to group riding. The following week we will ride to the State Park at the Summerfest grounds. The ride will meet at the Beulah Brinton Center at 9 a.m. every Tuesday starting on July 5. All riders must wear helmets and have a bicycle that is in good condition. For more information about the Bay View Bicycle Club's Senior Bike Ride, please CLICK HERE.
Beulah Brinton Center (MAP)
Bradford Beach Family Days
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