March 18, 2011



Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or opinions you might have.

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487



Mailing Address:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707












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.


Sketching in the Galleries
March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Try your hand at sketching artwork at the Milwaukee Art Museum. All materials will be provided and no experience is necessary. CLICK HERE for additional information.


Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)
700 North Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 224-3200



Young Playwrights Festival
March 18 through March 20, Showtimes Vary

Attend the 5th Annual Young Playwrights Festival presented by the Milwaukee Chamber Theater. The event features three one-act plays written by area high school students. The winning plays are "You'll Never Understand" by Emlyn Dornemann of Montessori IB High School, "A Rose for Mrs. Kemp" by Melody Hardman of Rufus King IB High School and "Misdirected Happiness" by Alyssa Cumpton of Homestead High School. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and MCT subscribers. For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Milwaukee Chamber Theater
Broadway Theatre Center (MAP)
158 N. Broadway, 5th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202












































































Dear Friend,

The Legislature's focus is now turning to the 2011-2013 Biennial Budget, which contains provisions that will greatly affect Milwaukee County and its municipalities. There are also some bills coming before the Senate Education Committee next week that could severely impact our neighborhood schools.


As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7




Breaking News: Judge Temporarily Bars Publication of Anti-Worker Law

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order today barring the publication of a recently-passed law that strips away rights of Wisconsinís workers.

Last week, Republicans forced passage of budget adjustment legislation despite concerns that their actions violated Wisconsinís Open Meetings laws.

I commend Judge Sumi for her impartial decision to follow the letter of the law. I also encourage Senate Republicans to take a moment of pause and reconsider pursuing the governorís attack on the middle class and instead listen to the People of Wisconsin. We need to keep our state moving forward by accepting the financial concessions and halting the governorís mean-spirited attack on workerís rights.





Budget Memos Available End of March

I have received a number of phone calls and emails from neighbors requesting summaries of key 2011-2013 Biennial Budget provisions. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) has indicated that informational memos for the newly-introduced budget will be available on March 28 and can be found at that time on the LFB Web site at




Effect of Budget Cuts on Milwaukee County and Its Municipalities

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released several preliminary memos summarizing the cuts to local governments under Governor Walker's budget. The budget will mean devastating cuts to municipal and county governments across the state. Our community is no exception.


State aid to Milwaukee County and the municipalities within it will face a drastic cut of $22,964,131 under this governor's budget. This means less money for public safety measures such as police and fire, reduced funds for our local parks and possible layoffs. To view the relevant LFB memo, please CLICK HERE.


Local communities will also have to endure cuts to their state transportation aid fund. Milwaukee County and its municipalities alone will suffer a loss of $7,082,264 to fund road and public transportation projects. This may reduce the number of operational bus routes and prevent repairs on streets where construction has become a necessity. CLICK HERE for more information on this provision of the budget.


Unfortunately, this is just a sneak peek of the challenges our community will experience as a result of these deep cuts. There will also be severe cuts to education totaling over $900 million, but the exact details of these have yet to be analyzed.


I will work hard to keep you updated on new developments with the budget as they unfold, and will also provide insight as to how specific provisions will impact our families and our community.




Education Public Hearing Next Week

Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol

The Senate Education Committee will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss several education-related legislative proposals that could have severe consequences for our community, including:


Senate Bill 20 - Under this bill the Milwaukee Common Council could lease or sell school buildings if they determine these buildings are being underutilized or unused.


Senate Bill 34 - Would prohibit Milwaukee Public Schools from having residency requirements for teachers.


Senate Bill 22 - This bill would take additional funds away from our neighborhood schools and instead give it to non-traditional schools, which have lower professional standards for their teachers and staff, and limited accountability and transparency.


I encourage you to attend and participate in the debate on these bills. CLICK HERE to view the public hearing notice. I have also requested that this hearing be available for viewing on WisconsinEye, which you can visit by CLICKING HERE.


Photo(TOP): Participating in public hearing




Town Hall in Bay View on Monday

Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in Bay View High School

There will be a town hall meeting this Monday to discuss the 2011-2013 Biennial Budget. Representatives Richards, Sinicki and Zamarripa and I are scheduled to be in attendance along with numerous local officials. This will provide neighbors the opportunity to discuss budgetary concerns and ask questions. Please do not hesitate to contact my office for additional information.


Bay View High School

2751 S. Lenox Street

Milwaukee, WI 53207




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