May 26, 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.



24th Annual Family Kite Festival
May 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Attend this 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.

Veteran's Park (MAP)

1010 Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 277-0860


Discovery World's Summer Kickoff Weekend
May 28 and May 29

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

(414) 765-8630


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

(414) 224-3200



Downtown Dinning Week  June 3 to June 10
The annual event features three-course menus at $10 for lunch and $20 or $30 for dinner at a variety of downtown restaurants and a price you can afford. No passes, coupons or cards required. CLICK HERE for a list of participating restaurants and to view their menus for the event.

Spring on Brady

June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop by Brady Street to shop amazing sidewalk sales and take advantage of spectacular dining deals. Merchants will compete to earn the annual Flower Power award for the most decorated storefront and this year, you will be the judge. Those who go online to vote for their favorite storefront will be automatically entered into a drawing to win two free Air Tran airlines tickets. Spring on Brady is also partnering up with the Boys and Girls Club and the Cass Street School to do a school supplies drive. Donations can be made at Dryhootch (located at 1030 East Brady Street) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In exchange for donations, you can receive Brady Bucks which can be used throughout the day. CLICK HERE for additional information.












































































































































































































































Dear Friend,


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.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7




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
Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m.

The parade begins near Burdick School at East Bolivar Avenue and South Taylor, and travels to Woodlawn Cemetery at 614 E. Howard Avenue. Once at Woodlawn, an invocation, presentation of the memorial wreath and the singing of the National Anthem will take place.


South Milwaukee Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.

Meet at Old St. Mary Church on 13th and Manitoba for the beginning of the parade, which continues to Veterans Memorial Park on 10th Avenue.




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.

The program has earned widespread support because it meets the test of serving the health care needs of seniors in a way that makes the best possible use of scarce state and federal funds.




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. CLICK HERE to view their Web site.

Roast Coffee Company (MAP)
2132 E Locust St
Milwaukee, WI 53211




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 home.

Williams House (MAP)

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

Support 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:

1). Strengthens Our Local Economy – Buying locally increases employment, attracts businesses to the area and ensures more money stays within our own community.

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.
4). Decrease Farm to Table Distance – On average food travels 1,500 miles to reach a consumer’s plate. Decreasing food miles lessens the impact on the environment and our dependence on oil.
5). Enhances Connection Between Producer and Consumer – Buying locally provides consumers the opportunity to connect with businesses and learn more about their growing and management practices.


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
Times: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location Info: Beans & Barley Parking Lot; Corner of E. Kenilworth & E. North Ave in Milwaukee
Phone: (414) 502-9489

East Town Market (MAP)

Dates: June 4 through October 31
Times: Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location Info: Cathedral Park in downtown Milwaukee
Phone: (414) 271-1416

Howell Avenue Farmers Market (MAP)
Dates: July through October

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
Times: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to Noon
Location Info: South Shore Park, 2900 South Shore Drive, Bay View, WI 53207

South Milwaukee Downtown Market (MAP)

Dates: June 2 through October 13
Times: Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location Info: 11th and Milwaukee Avenues in downtown South Milwaukee
Phone: (414) 768-8195 or (414) 758-3155
Web site:



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
Discover Milwaukee County's historic sites this summer by participating in a unique passport program. Pick up your free passport at any participating site or download one off the Milwaukee County Historical Society's Web site. Visit the different sites and complete a special activity to collect stamps for your passport. Participants can receive a prize once they have visited half of the sites and again after visiting all of the sites. Everyone who fills out their passports completely will also be entered in a drawing for the grand prize! Please bring your completed passport to Trimborn Farm or the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Passports must be completed between May 28 and September 5. CLICK HERE for more information and to download the passport electronically.

Milwaukee County Historical Society (MAP)
910 N. Old World Third St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Jazz in the Park
Jazz in the Park is one of Milwaukee's outdoor, summer music series and features an eclectic lineup of jazz, funk, R & B, reggae, blues and much more. This free concert features the best bands from the city, region and across the nation. Concerts take place Thursday evenings in Cathedral Square Park and last from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting June 2 and ending on September 22. For more information or to view this summer's line-up, please CLICK HERE.


Cathedral Square Park (MAP)

Kilbourn Avenue & North Jefferson Street

Milwaukee, WI 53202


Milwaukee Trolley Loop
Take advantage of Milwaukee's seasonal trolley service this summer. Enjoy a leisurely ride through the city or use the trolley as an easy connector for grabbing a bite, attending a show or visiting local shops. The Milwaukee Trolley Loop will operate from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday from June 1 until August 27. Trolleys depart from each stop every 20 minutes and take about 40 minutes to make a complete loop. Round trip tickets cost only $1 per person. CLICK HERE or call (414) 562-RIDE for additional information.

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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