March 4, 2011
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.
Milwaukee Polar Plunge
March 5 at 10 a.m.
Take part in this unique opportunity to support local Special Olympics athletes by running into the icy waters of Lake Michigan. Register yourself or a team either in advance online or on-site starting at 10 a.m. Plunging starts at noon. CLICK HERE for more information.
Bradford Beach (MAP)
2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Wisconsin Teen Poetry Slam Finals
March 5 at 7 p.m.
Teens from the Milwaukee and Madison areas will compete in a poetry slam. Individuals placing in the top six will earn a spot on the Brave New Voices team, which will represent Wisconsin in the national competition in California. Please CLICK HERE for additional information.
Helen Bader Concert Hall (MAP)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53201
March 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Learn how to identify maple trees, then participate in the classic Wisconsin winter activity of collecting maple sap and boiling it down into syrup. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children ($7 and $5 for members). Samples of the finished product are included. Please dress for the weather. For additional information, CLICK HERE.
Urban Ecology Center (MAP)
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Enclosed you will find updates for the recently announced Budget and the Budget Adjustment Bill. Monday's community meeting at UW-Milwaukee to address the effects of voter ID legislation and ending same-day registration is also discussed.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
|Capitol Update – Governor Continues Schoolyard Bully Tactics|
Governor Walker is growing desperate as his agenda to steam roll
Wisconsin has ground to a halt. In an unprecedented move, his
rubberstamp legislative leaders passed new rules grabbing supervision of
Democratic Senate staff. Under this rule, Republican senators have
been appointed and given the power to oversee Democratic office
operations, potentially controlling constituent contact, reviewing emails,
redirecting staff activities, and possibly even the hiring and firing of
The governor even fought a judicial order to stop his public lock out of the State Capitol. He has once again turned a deaf ear to the historic outcry.
His antics will not stop legislators from trying to find a compromise.
My Democratic colleagues and I remain committed to continuing our
discussion with Senate Republicans. Walker has proven again and again that he would
rather bully than lead, rather be vicious than visionary. In times like
this we need more than an amateurish administration.
Photo (TOP): Firefighters march on the Capitol
Photo (MIDDLE): Assembly members move their offices outside to meet with constituents after the Capitol was locked down
Photo (BOTTOM): Wisconsinites leave Post-It Note messages on the Capitol doors after the public was banned from entering
|Walkers’ Wisconsin – A Land of Less Opportunity|
Governor Walker announced his 2011-2013 Biennial Budget on Tuesday, which proposes devastating cuts to educational opportunities, local services and access to basic healthcare for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable.
These radical cuts will be
detrimental to our communities and others statewide and will decrease our
quality of life. Wisconsin has a strong history of smart investments in
the services that make our state a great place to live, work and raise a
family. Unfortunately, Walker’s Wisconsin is a land of little
In addition, the devastating cuts in
the governor's budget is an all out assault on our children attending
public school. These cuts will mean larger class sizes, fewer
educational opportunities for our children, massive teacher lay-offs and even
Our neighbors are becoming increasingly concerned with Walker’s misplaced priorities and the damage his agenda will have on the state of Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s second chapter is even worse than his first. First he attacked working families, now he threatens the quality of life in our communities. The more details we get, the worse his story.
To view a copy of the 2011-2013 Budget Bill in its entirety, please CLICK HERE. You can also view documents summarizing the budget by CLICKING HERE to visit the Wisconsin Department of Administration's Web site.
Town Hall Meeting Recap
Nearly 100 neighbors attended the town hall meeting at the UW-Milwaukee campus on Monday to discuss the effects of ending same-day registration and voter ID legislation.
Sen. Lena Taylor and I were able to video conference in to the meeting to address those present. We were also joined by Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderwoman Milele Coggs and Alderman Nik Kovac.
After giving brief presentations,
guests and legislative
staff answered questions and addressed concerns voiced by our neighbors.
Photo (TOP): Panel at the town hall meeting at UW-Milwaukee
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