LARSON REPORT

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

 

 

June 17, 2011

     

CONTACT ME


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

Email:
Sen.Larson@legis.wi.gov

 

Mailing Address:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707

 

Web Site: senatorchrislarson.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS
 

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.

 

 

Lakefront Festival of the Arts
June 17 at noon through June 19 at 5 p.m.

Visit with the artists as you explore the jewelry, paintings, ceramics, metalwork and other pieces at this year's Lakefront Festival of Arts. Both inside and on the museum grounds, festival-goers can also take part in hands-on, interactive fun in the expanded childrenís area, enjoy live music and the silent art auction, unwind in the wine garden and more. Admission is $14 for one-day at the gate or $20 for a three-day pass. Museum members can get in for $8 with a valid membership card, and kids under 16 are admitted free with a paid adult. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Milwaukee Art Museum (MAP)

700 N. Art Museum Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 224-3200



Free Electronics Recycling Event
June 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Safely dispose of your old electronics equipment this summer free of charge at this recycling event. Acceptable items include: computers, monitors, laptops, TVs, VCRs and DVD players, MP3 players, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners and more.


Pettit National Ice Center (MAP)
500 S. 84th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(877) 781-4030


Milwaukee River Marathon
June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Canoe or kayak through five miles of our  Milwaukee River and its adjoining parks while supporting local organizations and encouraging recreational water activities in the area. Enter one of three divisions--competitive, non-competitive or recreational--for just $20 to $25 per boat. Registration fees include boat valet at the starting point, transportation from the finish to the starting point, a t-shirt and a chance to win great prizes. Please CLICK HERE for additional information

Laacke & Joys (MAP)
1433 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 271-7878


Summer Soulstice Music Festival
June 18 from noon to 11 p.m.
Milwaukeeís official solstice celebration returns to North Avenue on the East Side for a full day of music and fun. Enjoy some of the best local, original music around. The Summer Soulstice Music Festival will also feature the Rage-in-the-Cage Dodgeball Tournament, high-flying Division BMX stunt teams, a burrito eating competition, family activities and plenty of street performers that can only be found on the East Side. CLICK HERE for location and schedule information.


Relay for Life of South Shore
June 24 and 25

Join the American Cancer Society and community members in raising funds and cancer awareness
at the 2011 Relay for Life South Shore. For more information or to donate, please CLICK HERE.
 

Cudahy High School (MAP)
4950 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110

(
414) 507-4626 or (262) 312-4021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

The Budget passed in both the Senate and Assembly this week. I have included information about some of the most significant provisions and how these will impact our community. I have also included an update on WiscNet and concealed carry legislation.

 

As usual, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have about our community or our state.

Sincerely,

Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7

 

 

 

Budget Passage Means Major Cuts, Tax Increases and Corporate Giveaways

Senate Republicans followed the Assemblyís lead by rubberstamping Governor Walkerís attack on middle-class families Thursday night.

The Republican budget broke countless promises by increasing spending by over $1 billion compared to the last budget, raising taxes and fees by over $180 million, and raiding $411 million from segregated funds. Not only did they increase spending and raise taxes, but they did it on the backs of Wisconsin workers, middle-class families, children and seniors.

 

Republicans also used this budget as an opportunity to cut billions in funding for neighborhood schools, life-saving health care programs, and crucial public transit in order to finance massive corporate giveaways and buy off special interests. With this budget, Republicans have mortgaged our childrenís future by cutting $1.6 billion in education funding in order to give away $2.3 billion in corporate tax breaks and loopholes.


Here is my top 10 list of the worst things in this budget:

 

1). Cuts $1.6 billion from our children's schools

 

2). Increases spending by more than $1 billion compared to the last budget

 

3). Favors CEOs and big corporations by creating a $196 million corporate slush fund and $2.3 billion in tax giveaways

 

4). Increases fees by $111.3 million and taxes by nearly $70 million on the middle-class

 

5). Caps enrollment in the vital FamilyCare program, a cost-savings initiative that keeps loved ones out of nursing homes and in-patient facilities, saving taxpayers money

 

6). Republicans voted to end SeniorCare in 2013 when they rejected an opportunity to safeguard the federal SeniorCare waiver beyond 2012

 

7). Cuts $234 million from the Stewardship fund that protects our state's natural resources

 

8). Broke the promise to restore the recycling program by decreasing funding for the program by 40%

 

9).Approved funding for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, but provided no details on how the agency would use its funds, decreasing transparency and accountability

 

10). Eliminates the clean election initiatives, taking power from voters and giving more control to wealthy, out-of-state corporations in Wisconsin elections

 

Senate Democrats introduced budget amendments to halt the assault on Wisconsinís middle-class and working families and invest in the programs people value statewide including: quality schools, access to affordable health care, supporting public transit, creating well-paying jobs, and promoting clean water. Unfortunately, none of these amendments were adopted.

The irresponsible actions by the Republican majority are moving Wisconsin in the wrong direction and it will take years to correct the damage that has been done. This backwards budget will be remembered when regular citizens seek to hold Republicans accountable for their broken promises and misplaced priorities.

 

The Republican budget has passed the Assembly and the Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature. It is important to note that Wisconsin's governor has one of the strongest veto pens in the nation and that Governor Walker could still dramatically alter this budget.

 

 

 

A Win for WiscNet

Early Thursday morning Democratic Assembly members successfully protected the WiscNet program and its funding. After receiving pressure from Democratic lawmakers, WiscNet advocates and community members, an amendment to the budget was adopted restoring WiscNet's funding and allowing the program to continue operating in the same capacity for at least two years.

WiscNet is a non-profit, cooperative Internet provider that supplies service to public higher education institutions, such as UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, K-12 schools and libraries across Wisconsin. Without WiscNet, our educational institutions and libraries would have been forced to seek Internet and broadband services from for-profit corporate telecommunications providers at a greater cost to the state and taxpayers.


WiscNet is important to the future vitality of Wisconsin's economy in an increasingly online world. These services keep Wisconsin competitive and preserve our public education institutions.

 

 

 

Concealed Carry Passes the Senate

On Tuesday this week, Senate Bill 93, a concealed carry proposal passed in the Senate and is now headed to the Assembly.

 

Once enacted, this legislation will 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.

Senate Democrats offered nearly 20 amendments aimed at making Senate Bill 93 more responsible and ensuring our neighbors and communities remain safe. These amendments would have prevented an individual from carrying a concealed weapon in school zones, child care facilities, zoos and polling places. Additionally, no amendment was adopted to require sobriety while carrying a concealed weapon. Without these common sense changes, I was unable to support Senate Bill 93.

Provided this bill passes the Assembly, it is expected to go into effect on October or November 1, depending on the date of publication.

 

 

 

Supreme Court Ruling

In an unsurprising move, the Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumiís ruling this past Tuesday on 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.

In March of this year, Republicans forced passage of Act 10 despite their actions violating Senate Rules and Procedures. Act 10 was the first step in Governor Walkerís unprecedented attack on basic worker rights and the middle class.

 

The legal arguments in the ruling made it clear that the partisan agenda of special interest groups and big corporations has seeped into the very foundation of Wisconsinís court system. The passage of Act 10 and the subsequent ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court will undo over 50 years of progress in labor working with management to move Wisconsin forward.

 

CLICK HERE to see the ruling by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
 

 

 

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month

This June marks the 7th annual Invasive Species Awareness Month in Wisconsin. Invasive species are non-native plants and animals that threaten Wisconsinís land and water habitats. They spread quickly, consequently endangering native Wisconsin ecosystems. Additionally, they pose a threat to Wisconsin agriculture by competing with planted crops. This has an enormous negative impact on our economy.

An invasive plant that is particularly rampant in Wisconsin is Garlic Mustard. Garlic Mustard produces over 100 seeds per plant, which are then distributed widely by animals. This becomes a concern because as the seeds are distributed, they grow and spread, taking over forest floors and inhibits growth of native Wisconsin plants.

An invasive insect that has been seen in parts of Wisconsin is the emerald ash borer. Once an Ash tree is infested, it usually dies. Though they cannot fly very far, they are able to survive in firewood and are spread widely through firewood transport. The Ash tree is the second most common tree in urban areas and it is important to protect them.

Throughout the month of June, the Wisconsin Council on Invasive Species will be hosting workshops, field trips and lectures to educate Wisconsin residents about what they can do to prevent the degradation of Wisconsin ecosystems by invasive species.

It is important that all Wisconsin residents are aware of the damage invasive species can cause, and realize that they play an important role in monitoring them. If we become familiar with invasive species that threaten areas around our homes and learn how to properly clear them, our Wisconsin ecosystems will be much healthier. For more information or to attend Invasive Species Awareness Month events, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Happy Father's Day

This Sunday, I encourage you to celebrate and thank the fathers in your life by taking advantage of some of the Fatherís Day events in our community, which are listed below:
 

Fatherís Day at the Zoo

Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All dads receive free admission to the Milwaukee County Zoo in honor of Father's Day. CLICK HERE for more information.

 

Milwaukee County Zoo (MAP)

10001 W. Blue Mound Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 256-5466

 

Fatherís Day at Betty Brinn Childrenís Mueseum
Sunday, June 19 from noon to 5 p.m.
Fathers receive FREE admission to the Museum to celebrate Father's Day. Children can create a paper card and coin catcher for a special someone in their life. For additional information CLICK HERE.

Betty Brinn Children's Museum (MAP)
929 E. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 390-5437; Ext. 287

Fatherís Day Beer and Cheese Tasting
Sunday, June 19 at noon
Celebrating Fathers Day this year with a beer and cheese tasting. Lucy Saunders, cookbook author and beer connoisseur, will be at this event to explain the beers that are matched up with local Wisconsin cheeses. Included in the ticket price are two beers of your choice to drink in addition to the samples of beer you will taste. The price for this event is $12. For more information please visit the Wisconsin Cheese Mart Web site by CLICKING HERE


Wisconsin Cheese Mart (MAP)
1048 N. Old World Third Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
1-888-482-7700

 

Polish Fest
June 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
To celebrate Fatherís Day Sunday, dads are admitted free with a child of any age from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to the 30th anniversary of Polish Fest. Attend America's largest Polish festival. This three-day festival offers non-stop polka music and dance at multiple stages, and ethnic food such as Polish sausage, pierogis, potato pancakes and hunter's stew. Polish Fest also features a children's stage, a place to trace your genealogical roots, an outdoor marketplace and a "cultural village" that houses artists demonstrating traditional crafts, including egg decorating. For more information,
CLICK HERE.
 

Henry Maier Festival Park (MAP)
200 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 529-2140

 

 

 

Visit Dryhootch for Veteran Services and Coffee

Stop into Dryhootch for great coffee drinks, breakfast foods and sandwiches. Additionally Dryhootch offers neighbors the opportunity to catch up with all the latest in veteran events, programs, and benefits. This also includes peer-led support groups and assistance for coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For additional information about Dryhootch, please CLICK HERE.

 

Dryhootch (MAP)

1030 East Brady Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 763-2785
 

Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
 

 

 

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.

 

St. Francis Arts Council 2011 Summer Concert Series
Attend this free summer concert series sponsored by the St. Francis Arts Council. Concerts are every other Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The concerts and parking are free and located at Vretenar Municipal Park in St. Francis. There are picnic tables and lots of grass, but feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable to enjoy the music. A variety of food and drink concessions will be available to purchase with proceeds going to fund future concerts. If the concert is cancelled due to rain, the concert will be held the next evening on Thursday. Please call the St. Francis City Hall at (414) 481-2300 for  more information on this event.

This summer's concert schedule is listed below:
June 29: Crossfire (County & Western)
July 13: Random Maxx ( 70's-current- pop/rock)
July 27: Bad Medicine (80's rock & Bon Jovi)
August 10: Six Pack (Rock & Roll Dance Music)
August 24: Speakeasy ( Top 40 pop/rock and R&B)

 

Vretenar Municipal Park (MAP)

4224 S. Kirkwood Street

St. Francis, WI 53235

 

Bay View Bicycle Club Senior Bike Ride

If you or someone you know is a senior looking to stay in shape this summer by staying active in the community, take advantage of the Bay View Bicycle Club's  weekly senior bike ride. This ride is designed for seniors. The ride will start out with a basic ride on city streets not more than two miles to get everyone oriented to group riding. The following week we will ride to the State Park at the Summerfest grounds. The ride will meet at the Beulah Brinton Center at 9 a.m. every Tuesday starting on July 5. All riders must wear helmets and have a bicycle that is in good condition. For more information about the Bay View Bicycle Club's Senior Bike Ride, please CLICK HERE.

 

Beulah Brinton Center (MAP)
2555 S. Bay Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207
(414) 481-2494

 

Bradford Beach Family Days
Enjoy the sun and sand this summer as Friends of Bradford Beach returns with the Bradford Beach Family Days series. Kids 12 and under can take part in coloring, a sand castle building contest, and a treasure hunt and have fun on kid-sized volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall and other activities from Discovery World, First Stage Children's Theater and other local organizations. CLICK HERE for date, time and activity information information.

Bradford Beach (MAP)
2400 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 962-8809
 

 

 

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