May 26, 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.
24th Annual Family
high-flying event hosted by the Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois.
The event features a grand launch of over 600 kites at noon and
performances by professional kite flying teams throughout the day. All
events are free and open to the public. Kites will also be available for
sale at the event. Free kite flying lessons will be offered, and the
first 100 kids that participate in the Kids Mad Dash kite launch will
receive a free kite.
1010 Lincoln Memorial
Summer Kickoff Weekend
Be sure to visit Discovery World this weekend to welcome home the S/V Denis Sullivan, the world’s only re-creation of a 19th century three-masted Great Lakes schooner. The Sullivan arrives Saturday around noon and will be providing 2-hour sailing tours on Lake Michigan throughout the weekend. Special sunset sailing is also available. Reservations for sailing tours is recommended. Please CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve your seat.
Discovery World (MAP)
500 N. Harbor Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202
Target Free First Thursday
June 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit the Milwaukee Art Museum today for free! Admission is free for all Milwaukee Art Museum visitors on the first Thursday of each month, courtesy of Target. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Week June 3 to June 10
June 4 from 11
a.m. to 4 p.m.
Remember that Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day. Take some time this weekend to pay tribute to our friends, family and neighbors that made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for all of us and our country. I have also included a list of Memorial Day events taking place in our community.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
Remembering Our Nation's Soldiers
Memorial Day is fast-approaching. Join in honoring the brave men and women that fought for our country and died to preserve our nation's freedom. There are several community events taking place during the Memorial Day weekend to honor our soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice while serving. You can find the information for these events listed below:
Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30 at 2 p.m.
Attend Milwaukee's 125th annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will feature about 100 groups including color guards, bands, marching units, vehicles and VIP dignitaries. It will start at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue proceeding east on Wisconsin to the War Memorial Center, ending at the Veterans Park on lakefront. There will also be a memorial wreath-laying ceremony immediately following the parade at 3:30 p.m. and a ceremony at the Reflecting Pool on Fitch Plaza in the War Memorial Center featuring the Metropolitan Community Band.
Bay View Memorial Day Parade
South Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade
Republicans Retreat from SeniorCare Cuts
Governor Walker's cuts to SeniorCare were reluctantly reversed on Wednesday when the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) bowed to public pressure and amended Governor Walker's budget proposal. Without these changes, over 79,000 seniors currently utilizing SeniorCare would have been forced to switch to Medicaid Part D as a result of Governor Walker's Budget.
The vote to preserve SeniorCare is a product of continued efforts by Democratic lawmakers, community advocates and seniors. Just last week such groups and individuals collected more than 14,000 signatures for a petition urging the Legislature to save the program.
SeniorCare is a vital state health care program that provides life-saving medication to seniors over age 65 at a price they can afford. The program first went into effect in 2002, and has served more that 150,000 seniors across Wisconsin.
SeniorCare is often a better option
for our seniors compared to the federal Medicare Part D because it is
easier to apply for and understand, provides reliable coverage at a
lower cost, and costs taxpayers less than half of what Medicare Part D
does. In contrast, the Medicare Part D benefit is a bureaucratic maze
with dozens of plans to sort through, high out-of-pocket expenses, and
holes in coverage that can be devastating to our seniors.
A Call to Save Public Transit
Under Governor Walker's budget proposal, public transit faces a drastic cut of $9.6 million annually, the majority of which would be taken from Milwaukee County. Earlier this month, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported that the transportation fund will have $27 million more than was previously estimated.
This money must be reinvested in our public transit. By using just a portion of this windfall, our state can protect our public transit infrastructure and ensure that all of our current services are maintained.
Having a well-supported public transit system is vital to maintaining and creating jobs in our community. According to the Milwaukee County Transit systems, on average 140,000 rides are provided daily. Of these, 39% are commuters traveling to and from work, another 5% are heading to job interviews, and 11% are students making their way to class.
Public transit is also the only transportation option for many of our neighbors. The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired estimates that there are 200,000 blind and visually impaired individuals living in our state. These individuals rely on public transit everyday to get to their jobs, purchase groceries, visit their family and make it to doctors appointments.
Public transit is likewise crucial to the elderly and people with disabilities. Without adequate public transit services, many of these individuals would not be able to live independently and would instead be forced to live in a group residential facility, placing a greater financial burden on the state.
Maintaining our current public transit operations is important for our community to thrive and our neighbors to get where they need to go. Therefore, I continue to urge the Legislature to reinvest part of the $27 million into our public transit system.
Judge Rules Open Meetings Law Violated
Early Thursday, Dane County Judge Sumi ruled 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 null and void. This legislation would have stripped the rights of Wisconsin's workers.
The non-partisan ruling found that Republicans broke Wisconsin law on multiple occasions when they rushed Act 10 through the Joint Finance Committee and later a conference committee.
It is a shame that Senate Republicans were so willing to trample on Wisconsin's Open Meetings Laws, which are designed to keep government open and accessible to the public. This judgment serves as a lesson for those looking to place their partisan political agenda ahead of the interests of the people they were elected to serve.
CLICK HERE to view a copy of the ruling.
Meet Me for Coffee in Milwaukee
Wednesday, June 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We will have office hours open to the public at
Roast Coffee Company near the UW Campus in Milwaukee. This is your chance to talk in person about any questions,
concerns or opinions you might have about our community or state. No
appointment necessary. Feel free to call my office for additional information.
to view their Web site.
Roast Coffee Company (MAP)
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
May is Clean Air Month
May is Clean Air Month! Air pollution, such as smog, presents a serious air quality problem even in parts of Wisconsin. Fine particles found in air pollution can be easily inhaled deeply into the lungs where they are then absorbed into the bloodstream or remain embedded for long periods of time. This is especially harmful to those with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Particle pollution also has been linked to heart attacks.
If you would like to stay up-to-date on the air quality in your neighborhood, I encourage you to use the American Lung Association's new toll-free Air Quality Hotline by calling 1-866-DAILY AIR. The Air Quality Hotline offers information about particle pollution and is available all day, every day for any county within the state of Wisconsin. Information is based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) and includes timely air quality range, forecast and health effects, as well as the AQI value of the previous day. To find out more about Wisconsin's air quality, please CLICK HERE for more information.
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:
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
|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 Passport Program
Jazz in the Park
Cathedral Square Park (MAP)
Kilbourn Avenue & North Jefferson Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee Trolley Loop
Photo: Courtesy of Metrobus
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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