April 10, 2014
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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.
Body Worlds & The
Cycle of Life
BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the latest exhibition from physician
and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. At BODY WORLDS & The
Cycle of Life, you will see the body throughout the human life cycle and
across the arc of aging. More than 200 real human specimens preserved
through Dr. von Hagens' invention reveal the human body in all its
stages, across youth, growth, maturity, and advanced age, and in all its
conditions, from health to distress to disease.
CLICK HERE or call (414) 278-2702 for more information.
South Milwaukee Public Library Book Sale
Date: Sat., April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: South Milwaukee
you have books you want to get rid of but do not know what to do with
them? Consider donating them to the Friends of South Milwaukee Public
Library for their used book sale. The book sale will take place on
Saturday, April 12 at the library. Proceeds benefit the library by
providing funding for special equipment, programs, and more.
CLICK HERE for more information.
South Milwaukee Public Library (MAP)
1907 10th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53712
School & Academy Presents
Location: South Milwaukee
Description: "Alice in Wonderland" features students from the Milwaukee Ballet Academy. This family-friendly performance is by students, for children of all ages and those who are children at heart. CLICK HERE for more information.
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (MAP)
901 15th Avenue
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Young Professionals Week
Date: Sat., April 12 through Sat., April 19
Description: Young Professionals Week is almost here. YPWeek is a week-long platform for discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter. Milwaukee is home to many organizations and community assets that engage, develop, and retain the local young professional community. Each year, NEWaukee partners with over 50 different local organizations to create a springboard for idea and goal sharing among Milwaukee's millennial workforce. With the platform of Young Professional Week, NEWaukee and local partners create a national audience for idea sharing, an increased sense of connectivity, and an investment in our local community among Milwaukee's millennial workforce. CLICK HERE to learn more about the events that will be happening across Milwaukee as a part of YPWeek.
DNR Spring Hearing
Date: Mon., April 14 at 7 p.m.
Location: 72 hearings with one per county
Every spring, each
person in Wisconsin has the opportunity to help direct how the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages our natural resources. The
DNR holds a hearing with survey questions and resolutions that are voted
on by all who attend. The hearing happens at the same time in each
county across our state and is scheduled to convene on Monday, April 14,
2014, at 7 p.m. Additionally, the DNR will provide a brief overview of
the status of the deer herd and some upcoming changes to the deer season
that are a result of the implementation of the Deer Trustee Report. In
conjunction with the hearing, Wisconsin's Conservation Congress holds a
brief meeting to elect officers who help carry the voice of
conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts to the Natural Resources Board
through out the year. The Conservation Congress is unique to Wisconsin
and reflects both our rich tradition of conservation and our commitment
to grassroots democracy. Meeting results, along with written comments on
the evening's questions and DNR recommendations, are used to advise the
state Natural Resources Board. Votes are non-binding and are presented
to the Natural Resources Board as advisories. If you are interested in
outdoor recreation, conservation, or our heritage of being citizen
stewards of our natural resources, I encourage you to attend and provide
your input to this important process.
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
10th Annual Eggs-travaganza
Riverside Park (MAP)
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Date: Thurs., May 1 and Fri., May 2
Location: Various Milwaukee Intersections
Description: Join me at this unique event that boasts a street performance aimed at making Milwaukee a city that sees and stops for pedestrians. You will also be invited to join in a mass street crossing (will follow all traffic laws). These events will take place at the following times and locations:
Site 1--Intersection of KK, Logan, and Russell on May 1 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Site 2--Intersection of KK and St. Francis on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Site 3--Intersection of Packard and Ramsey on May 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
Milwaukee Museum Mile Day
Date: Sun., May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Description: Five arts and culture museums, located on Milwaukee's historic East Side and in close proximity to one another along the Lake Michigan shoreline, have created the Milwaukee Museum Mile. This joint effort among the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, the Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art at St. John's On The Lake, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, and the North Point Lighthouse at Lake Park, creates a simple and more affordable way for visitors to access and enjoy multiple museum experiences. To celebrate their third birthday, the Milwaukee Museum Mile will hold an event on Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On this day, all five locations will offer free or reduced admission. Further, each museum will offer free docent-led tours and light refreshments. Free activities for children will also be available, including a Milwaukee Museum Mile scavenger hunt. A free, continuous shuttle bus will be available for travel between locations. CLICK HERE for more information.
DOT Listening Session
Date: Tues., May 20 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: West Allis
Description: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be holding nine listening sessions across the state to help determine their next budget. Their Milwaukee area meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 20 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in West Allis.
MATC West Allis Campus (MAP)
1200 South 71st Street
West Allis, WI 53214
Wisconsin's Free Fun Weekend
Date: Sat., June 7 and Sun., June 8
Description: On these days, the following activities will be free and open to the public: state parks, fishing, state trails, and ATV riding on public trails. CLICK HERE for more information.
Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,
Unfortunately, this will be the last Larson Report distributed until after Election Day on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, per Wisconsin State Statutes. This final report provides fast facts about the 2013-2014 Legislative Session, explains why the Larson Report is being temporarily halted, contains a link to the newsletter recently mailed community wide, and lists upcoming community listening sessions. Continue reading for more on this and other important issues.
Fast Facts From the 2013-2014 Session
The Legislature has concluded for the year barring the call of a special session. Here are some fast facts about what happened in Wisconsin during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session.
JOBS & ECONOMY
ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY
TAXES & COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS
SHARED PUBLIC LANDS
Larson Report Distribution Halted Until After Election Day
Wisconsin State Statute 11.33 stipulates that a state senator who is up for re-election may not distribute 50 or more pieces of substantially identical written or email communications from their Senate office between the first day for circulation of nomination papers and Election Day. Therefore, beginning April 15, 2014, I will no longer be able to distribute the Larson Report until after Tuesday, November 4, 2014. I will also be precluded from delivering mass email updates of any kind during that time frame.
However, in an effort to keep you up-to-date on the latest in state news and community happenings, I will continue posting regularly to Facebook and Twitter. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @SenChrisLarson and connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorChrisLarson.
Some of the articles that will be posted on social media between April 15 and Election Day include:
Please do not hesitate to contact me to offer suggestions for any of these social media posts, or regarding any questions you might have about this temporary change to the Larson Report. The normal weekly distribution of the Larson Report will resume when legislative activities pick up again in January 2015.
Additionally, please keep in mind that per Wisconsin State Statute, I cannot address campaign related questions or questions regarding campaign related activities of a particular political party from my Milwaukee and Madison state offices. These offices are reserved solely for the purposes of conducting official legislative business and assisting with neighbor casework. Therefore, should you have questions or concerns regarding a particular political party or candidate, I request that you refer these to those organizations or campaigns directly.
Reaching Out to Neighbors
It is a privilege to have the opportunity to represent you and our neighbors in the Wisconsin State Senate!
Our beloved state continues to face a number of challenges. This includes getting our neighbors back to work by creating jobs, restoring investments to our local K-12 schools that faced drastic cuts in the last two budgets, and increasing access to health care by accepting federal health care dollars.
The current 2013-2014 Legislative Session has concluded for the year, unless a special session is called. I put together a comprehensive newsletter to update you on my involvement in our community, some of the important things that happened this session, and how we can address the challenges facing our state. This newsletter will be distributed community wide via mail and will also be posted on my Web site, www.SenatorChrisLarson.com.
As always, I would like to hear your thoughts on important issues. Therefore, I have included in a survey in the newsletter. If you would like to save a stamp, then I encourage you to complete the survey online.
Join Me at Upcoming Listening Sessions
your thoughts and concerns is important to me. While serving you, I have
held town hall meetings, listening sessions, coffee and conversations,
business tours, and in-district meetings. I advertise these by posting
on my Web site, Facebook and Twitter, via neighborhood groups, with
media alerts, and through direct emails.
Neighborhood Business News
Neighborhood businesses are doing a lot of great things to improve our community for family, friends, and neighbors. Therefore, I feature a biweekly article in the newsletter that acknowledges new, growing, or award-winning businesses in our community. Continue reading to learn more about this week's featured business.
Connecting Milwaukee's neighborhoods
is imperative for our community's growth and prosperity. One Milwaukee
institution that embodies this principle is the Urban Ecology Center,
whose mission is to "foster ecological understanding as inspiration for
change, neighborhood by neighborhood." One of the organization's team
members, Judy Krause, Director of Finance and Operations, was proudly
named one of Milwaukee's "40 under 40" this year by the Milwaukee
Business Journal for her work at the Urban Ecology Center.
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.
When hard working Wisconsin women are not compensated fairly, all
Wisconsinites are affected as this gap in pay limits the freedom of
families to live out their American dream. The majority of Wisconsin
women are either primary or co-breadwinners in their family. Therefore,
as long as our sisters, wives, and daughters are making an average of
$10,000 less than men each year, Wisconsin's middle class will continue
Did You Know...?
You may know that Equal Pay Day took
place earlier this week. But did you know that Wisconsin's population is
comprised of more women than men?
Take the 2013-2014 Neighborhood Survey
I created a survey for the 2013-2014
Legislative Session asking about various issues that are important to
our community and our state. The input of neighbors is greatly
appreciated. My staff and I will be working hard to deliver as many
surveys door to door as possible. In addition, I
have also made this survey available online.
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