June 10, 2011
Web Site: senatorchrislarson.com
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.
The Town of Lake
Neighborhood Association, with the support of CNH of Racine, the Home
Depot at Holt and Chase, and the UW-Extension, raised enough money to
install a permanent fence at the community garden on the north side of
6th & Howard Street intersection.
Festival June 11 from 11a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lakeshore State Park (MAP)
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Henry Maier Festival Park(MAP)
Several bills moved forward in the Legislature this week that would make major changes to our neighborhood schools, public safety and broadband services. I have included an update on these changes and what they will mean for 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.
Republicans Vote to Eliminate WiscNet Broadband Funding
On Friday, June 3 the Joint Committee
on Finance passed Budget Motion 489. This motion contained a provision
that would eliminate the UW System's WiscNet program and its $1.4
million in funding for 2012-2013, and require Wisconsin to return about
$39 million in federal funds for the program.
Harmful Education Bill Moves Forward in the Senate and Assembly
faces decimating cuts under Governor Walker's budget proposal, which
strips away over $800 million from education statewide. Our neighborhood
schools took another devastating blow this week when Republicans in
the Senate and Assembly Committees on Education voted in favor of Senate
Bill 22 and its companion bill, Assembly Bill 51. This legislation aims to
dismantle our public school system and instead follow the path towards
private, for-profit education.
To stay up-to-date on this issue, I encourage you to utilize the Legislature's free email notification system that alerts subscribers of legislative activities relating to issues that they have identified as important. This is an excellent way to keep informed about the issues that are important to you. To use this helpful service, please CLICK HERE.
Photo: With young students from our community on their trip to the Capitol
Concealed Carry Advances in the Legislature
On Thursday this week, Senate
Republicans in the Joint Finance Committee altered and advanced Senate
Bill 93, a concealed carry proposal. Once enacted, this legislation
would allow possession of a loaded firearm, electric weapon or knife in
private businesses, churches and parks. This proposal also loosens the
restrictions on gun carrying near schools and does not require
individuals that are carrying to be sober while doing so.
Update on the Budget Process
The Joint Finance Committee concluded
their debate on Governor Walker's budget proposal on Saturday, June 4. Legislative service
agencies have since compiled the full budget
document and the accompanying fiscal estimate. The Assembly is expected
to take up the budget on Tuesday, June 14, while the budget will likely
reach the Senate Floor on Thursday, June 16, assuming the Assembly has
voted on it by then.
I will be sure to keep you updated on any new developments as the budget makes it's final lap through the legislative process.
To view the most updated budget papers and summaries by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, please CLICK HERE.
Spring 2011 Budget Priority Survey
Last week I asked for your continued thoughts on budget priorities and about the direction Wisconsin is headed in. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please take a moment to visit my new Web site and complete the Spring 2011 Survey. This survey will be available for a limited time and only fully completed surveys will be counted.
It is my hope that we can work together on these important issues to improve our communities and make Wisconsin a better place to live and work for our family, friends and neighbors. I value your opinion and look forward to hearing back from you on these important issues.
CLICK HERE to complete the Spring 2011 Survey.
Join Me at Alderman Kovac's Annual Bike Ride
Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m.
Join Alderman Kovac and me for a
bicycle ride to explore great neighborhoods throughout our community on
Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. The ride will begin at the Urban Ecology
Center located at 1500 E Park Place, will continue across the Locust
Street Bridge, and follow the newly paved Beerline Bike Path downhill
from Gordon Park to the Humboldt Bridge. The rest of the ride will take
us through local parks we all treasure. Let us know ahead of time if
there’s something you wish to highlight in your neighborhood and we will
try to include it on the route. The ride is free and open to the public.
No reservation necessary.
Hoan Bridge Petition
As you well know, our community's Hoan Bridge has been slated for repairs and will not be torn down. Our Hoan Bridge is vital to our neighbors as it is the transit artery connecting south side residents to the rest of their community, including downtown Milwaukee and the entire interstate freeway system.
Our existing Hoan Bridge structure only allows cars to cross the bridge. However, given that our bridge is so crucial to commuters and residents, the new project should include a bicycle and walking path that will complete Milwaukee County's Oak Leaf Trail between Downtown and Bay View.
As biking and walking are healthier, more cost effective and more environmentally friendly than driving, many of our residents have opted to leave their cars at home more frequently in favor of such options. This makes the addition of a walking and biking path vital to ensure that our neighbors can move freely throughout or community and to their jobs.
To sign a petition requesting that a bike and walking path be added to the construction project for the Hoan Bridge, please CLICK HERE.
This construction project on our Hoan Bridge is scheduled to begin in 2013 and includes replacing the existing bridge deck and bridges on I-794 going east and west between the Lake and Marquette Interchanges. Surface repairs on the Lake Interchange are also included in the construction plan.
Bay View Crime & Safety Meetings
Get involved with keeping our
community safe by attending the Bay View Neighborhood Association's crime
and safety meetings. These meetings are a time to analyze current crime
rates in our neighborhoods, organize neighborhood watch programs and
maintain a positive relationship with local law enforcement . Crime and
safety meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each
month in the St. Luke's Hospital Auditorium located at 2900 W. Oklahoma
Avenue in Milwaukee. Free valet parking is available.
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.
Cudahy Park (MAP)
3000 E. Ramsey Ave.
Cudahy, WI 53110
Historic Milwaukee Walking
Tours are available for a number of neighborhoods including the Historic Third Ward or Yankee Hill, Downtown, Brady Street and East Town. Historic Milwaukee Inc. even offers boat tours this summer. Don't see a tour you like? Feel free to book your own custom tour. You can also book a private walking tour for your group of six or more at any time this season. For more information or to book a tour, please call Historic Milwaukee Inc. at (414) 277-7795 or visit their Web site by CLICKING HERE.
Milwaukee County Free Days
Many of the museums right here in our neighborhood offer days when Milwaukee residents can visit free of charge. Below is a list of participating museums:
Milwaukee Public Museum (MAP)
800 W. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
*Free every Monday (additional charges
apply for the Humphrey IMAX Dome, Daniel M. Soref Planetarium & special
Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)
700 N. Art Museum Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (MAP)
524 S. Layton Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI 53215
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