July 14, 2016
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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.
Cathedral Square Park
Dog Day at Drexel
South Shore Frolics Festival of Arts
Date: July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Bay View
Description: 2016 marks the twelfth year that the Bay View Arts Guild has managed the South Shore Frolics Festival of Arts as a high quality fine arts and crafts show. Over 70 carefully selected artists offer a wonderful experience for art fair patrons on Milwaukee's lakefront in beautiful South Shore Park. Visitors will find decorative and functional art in a variety of styles and media. Discover new artists and returning favorites, from throughout Wisconsin and beyond. Be prepared to stroll, shop, schmooze and enjoy an outstanding art fair experience! CLICK HERE for additional information.
South Shore Park (MAP)
2900 S Shore Dr.
Bay View, 53207
Milwaukee by Canoe
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Description: Enjoy beers from around the world at the second annual Milwaukee Brewfest on the city's lakefront. Milwaukee Brewfest features unlimited sampling of over 150 craft beers and micro brews from around the world, plus live musical performances, exhibits, home brewing demonstrations, and games. A variety of foods for purchase from local restaurants and vendors will also be available. CLICK HERE for more information, including ticket prices.
3000 S Howell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
This summer when you see a dangerous
pothole or crumbling neighborhood street, feel free to send me a photo
of it at Sen.Larson@Legis.WI.Gov.
|Wisconsin Must Fix Local Roads First|
Wisconsin is a beautiful state, especially in the summertime. Many of us take this as an opportunity to take trips and visit the many wonderful sites around the state. Unfortunately, as we set out on our adventures we see firsthand the discrepancies and poor condition of our neighborhood streets are similar to community streets across Wisconsin. In fact, a majority of Wisconsin's local and county roads have been falling in such disrepair that we have been ranked among the nation's worst states in regards to road surfaces and infrastructure.
Simply put, it doesn't have to be this way. The quality of our local roads is an intentional choice, made by years of poor decisions and misplaced priorities by Governor Walker and legislative Republicans.
Local Roads Not Receiving their
The everyday Wisconsinite has also been vocal about this problem, growing increasingly tired of bumpy commutes. Open any local newspaper across the state, and I'm sure you'll find a Letter to the Editor that talks about the potholes, crumbling curbs, and bad bridges that can be found in every corner of the state. Take Dave from Fitchburg for example, he recently wrote, "Repairing and replacing worn roads, bridges, and infrastructure is an investment for all our citizens."
our local roads are not receiving their fair share of transportation
investments. While 90% of our roads are local, neighborhood streets
and carry 40% of statewide traffic, they only receive around a mere
quarter of our state's transportation appropriations. In contrast, our
state throws nearly 65% of our transportation funding on building and
expanding major highways. We must prioritize our investments fairly
by adopting a "Fix it First" model, which would reallocate funds in
a multi-year, multi budget cycle, utilizing the Local Road Improvement
Program (LRIP) to focus on fixing our deteriorating neighborhood streets
communities have pleaded with the state Department of
Transportation and the Walker Administration for years, urging them to
focus their attention on desperate local infrastructure needs and
investing in the LRIP program. They have
been ignored budget after budget, and a crisis that was once just around
the corner, is now right in front of us.
Priorities Costing Us All More
We all deserve to be safe on our roads during our day-to-day commutes and while driving our children to school. Additionally, our economy depends on having strong infrastructure. Local companies like Kwik Trip have had to implement shorter intervals between maintenance on their vehicles due to road problems. This crisis is one that can no longer be ignored.
Wisconsin in the Wrong Direction
Despite his low
approval ratings, it appears the governor still clueless to the
irresponsible transportation budgeting problems he created. Rather than
fixing our local roads as a priority, Walker sent a letter to his Department of
Transportation secretary, telling him not to ask for any new money in
his budget request for the anticipated 2017-19 state budget.
According to the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association, both
American Baby Boomers as well as Millennials are driving less, but still
opting to live an active lifestyle. As such, the demand for safe
transportation alternatives, like bike lanes, is skyrocketing.
program encourages the construction of sidewalks, crosswalks, medians,
and bike lanes during the early stages of road development to promote
healthy lifestyles and environmentally conscious travel.
Studies have also found that
Millennials are leaving Wisconsin after graduation and moving to cities
where non-motorized transportation is accessible. Places like Austin,
Texas and Portland, Oregon are popular destinations in part due to their
strong biking community. Wisconsin's economy cannot thrive with the
continued loss of skilled, young workers.
I will continue to push for bolstering the idea of
Complete Streets and investing in TAP as well as oppose the damaging
funding practices of those in control of the Legislature. I hope
that you will continue to raise awareness of these issues so that,
together, we can push for real change.
I often have neighbors contact me looking for my perspective on various local and state issues. I very much appreciate our neighbors' questions and want to dedicate a portion of my newsletter to common questions that I hear to maintain an open dialogue. Please continue reading for this week's question.
Since taking office, Governor Walker
has been unwilling to take federal money for a variety of initiatives.
These intentional snubs have resulted in a substantial loss of revenue.
The Walker administration also returned a $23 million federal grant that would have been used to expand broadband capabilities in rural Wisconsin. Disturbingly, he then turned around and spent $1.5 million in state funds to do less.
The political opportunistic priorities
of our governor have been clear over the past years and he has betrayed
the hardworking people of Wisconsin in an attempt to gain popularity
with his own national party. Hopefully, as his national ambitions have
been rejected, we can start to regain control over our budget disaster
and start to get to work on initiatives that will move Wisconsin
I want to hear from you! Therefore, I created a 2016-2017 Neighborhood
Survey asking about various issues that are important to our community
and our state. Your input is greatly appreciated and will help me
prepare for session to resume in the coming months.
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