LARSON REPORT

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June 21, 2012

     

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. 
 

 

Packer Fans from Outer Space
Date: Now through Sun., July 22

Location: Milwaukee

Description: Come see the world's first (and only) Science Fiction Football Musical Comedy. This family-friendly musical comedy follows the exploits of Door County Packer Fan and apple farmer Harvey Keister. Keister is called upon by a group of Packer aliens to save their planet from the evil Space Bears. Marge, his Chicago Bears-loving wife, fears for his sanity. Packer Fans is even filled with songs that refer to the storied Packer-Bear rivalry. CLICK HERE or call (414) 273-7206 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts (MAP)

Vogel Hall
929 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

 

Mazel Tov! A Celebration of Jewish Weddings

Date: Now through Tuesday, July 31
Location: Milwaukee

Description: Standing under the chuppah. Breaking the glass. Circle Dancing. These familiar traditions enliven the Jewish wedding. Many of the vibrant and joyful customs date back centuries. While some of these traditions are still upheld today, younger generations have incorporated new customs reflective of their contemporary lives. Drawing on the museum's collection and objects borrowed from the community, this exhibit will explore the mores, symbolic artifacts, and celebration unique to the Jewish wedding. CLICK HERE or call (414) 390-5730 for more information.


Jewish Museum Milwaukee (MAP)
1360 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202


 

The 45th Anniversary Summerfest Tribute Exhibit
Date: Now through Sat., September 15
Location: Milwaukee
Description: Summerfest and Discovery World have joined forces to showcase the extensive history and memorabilia collected over the past 44 years of Summerfest in a special anniversary exhibit. This tribute exhibit will showcase never-before-seen Summerfest autographed memorabilia, historical photos, posters, and promotional items. CLICK HERE or call (414) 765-9966 for more information.

Discovery World (MAP)
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 


Crime Prevention
Date: Fri., June 22 at 10 a.m.
Location: Cudahy
Description: Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your home. This event is presented by the Cudahy Police Department and will teach you practical tips that will help you feel more safe and secure. CLICK HERE or call (414) 481-9611 for more information.

Kelly Senior Center (MAP)
6100 S. Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110


Greek Fest
Date: Fri., June 22 through Sun., June 24
Location: West Allis
Description: Attend the 47th annual Greek Fest at the State Fairgrounds. This event will feature a variety of entertainment, including live Greek music, games, authentic dance performances, and rides for the kids throughout the weekend.
The traditional performances are popular, but the biggest draw at this festival is the food. The Friday fish fry is a staple, along with authentic Greek chicken, souvlaki, gyros, saganaki, lamb dinners, and loukoumathes (deep fried dough balls drizzled in honey). Admission is free. Parking is $4 for cars and Motorcycles park free. CLICK HERE or call (800) 884-3247 for additional information.

Wisconsin State Fair Park (MAP)
640 S. 84th Street
West Allis, WI 53214


 

E-Waste Collection Event

Date: Sat., June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Cudahy

Description: The School District of Cudahy and DP Electronic Recycling are hosting this event that allows neighbors to recycle anything that plugs into the wall or runs on batteries, including appliances. Keeping these appliances out of our landfills is not only good for the environment, but it also good for the health of our friends, families, and neighbors. This event is open to the public and free of charge. CLICK HERE to view a brochure for the event.

 

Cudahy High School (MAP)

4950 S. Lake Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

 


Summer Soulstice Music Festival

Date: Sat., June 23 from Noon to Midnight

Location: Milwaukee
Description: This will be the 12th Annual staging of the Summer Soulstice Music Festival held at the intersection of E. North Avenue and N. Commerce Street. As in past years, this festival will feature a great line-up of bands and musicians performing original music. Music starts at 1p.m. and goes through 11 p.m. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants and vendors. New this year will be a line-up of family-friendly entertainment on Murray Street between Noon and 6 p.m. The Milwaukee Wave and The Discovery World Lab will be anchoring these activities. Bernie Brewer and two of the Racing Sausages will make appearances. Kids and adults alike can learn how to make pottery, have their face painted, pick-up balloon animals, or watch the stage with rotating acts including magicians, musicians, and jugglers. CLICK HERE for more information, such as a musical line-up.
 

 

Garden District Community Farmer's Market

Date: Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 23 and ending October 20

Location: Milwaukee

Description: The Garden District Neighborhood Association is pleased to announce it will begin hosting a Farmer’s Market each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning June 23 and ending October 20. The market will be held at their new site located at 6th Street and Norwich and adjacent to the beautiful community gardens. Vendors will offer farm produce, prepared foods, and homemade goods at a total of 66 spaces. CLICK HERE for more information about this event.
 

 

Schlitz Park Miler

Date: Tues., June 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Milwaukee
Description: Following in the footsteps of such popular races as New York’s Fifth Annual Mile and Rockford, Illinois’ State Street Mile, the first ever Schlitz Park Miler is coming to Milwaukee. Run or walk the challenging one-mile Schlitz Park. The course twists, turns, climbs and descends through this historic neighborhood. Cash prizes will be given to the top three division finishers. Registration runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the race planned to start at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $20. Proceeds from the event will be donated to DreamBikes, a non-profit organization that places used bike stores in low-income, troubled communities. The store then partners with local youth organizations to staff the store with teens from the area. CLICK HERE to view a brochure for the event, which includes a map of the route and starting location.


Tales for Tots
Date: Fri., June 29 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Milwaukee

Description: Looking for a refreshing way to start the day? Join a Lakeshore State Park Naturalist on the shores of Lake Michigan, for a nature story and activity. Themes will vary weekly. This program is appropriate for children ages three to six, accompanied by an adult over 16. The group will meet at the north end of the park by the Lakeshore State Park sign. Call (414) 274-4281 for more information.

Lakeshore State Park (MAP)
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friend,

 

The tides of change are upon us this summer. Therefore, this week's newsletter will focus on change in a number of areas including the State Senate, higher education, Wisconsin's natural landscape, and more.

 

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

 

 

 

Change Comes Slowly in the Legislature

The official vote canvass in Racine showed that John Lehman beat incumbent Van Wanggaard by 834 votes, or 1.2%. Following the official vote canvass, Wanggaard requested a recount this past Friday.

 

As required by law, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board issued an order this past Monday requiring the Racine County Board of Canvassers to start its recount at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20. All of the 21st Senate District is located within Racine County. The canvassing board is required to complete the canvass and submit results to the Board within 13 calendar days of the Board’s order. Because that date lands on Sunday, July 1, the deadline for
completing the recount will be Monday, July 2. While it would be unusual, the county’s recount determination may be appealed to circuit court within five business days. If no appeal is filed, the Board will certify the results of the 21st Senate District Recall Election after the appeal deadline has expired. The recount is expected to cost Wanggaard's campaign $5 for each of the 137 wards for a total of $685. Taxpayers will then be responsible for all additional costs incurred during the course of the recount.

 

I look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle and hope that Senate Republicans recognize the need to accept the election results so that Legislative activities can resume. We have been presented with a valuable opportunity to experience true compromise, or both sides reaching a middle ground. A number of legislators have started requesting that the governor call a special session to address the areas of greatest concern in our state. It is my hope that through committee work and this potential special session, that we will be able to work together to get Wisconsin moving forward again.

 

Wisconsin has been blessed with smooth transitions of power and I am confident that Republican Senate leaders will step aside to allow a renewed balance in Wisconsin government.



 

Tuition Increases the Trend in Wisconsin

Following a recent University of Wisconsin Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee, it was decided that students at state colleges will once again see their tuition increased. With a vote of 17-1, the Regents approved UW System President Kevin Reilly’s recommended 5.5% tuition hike for the 2012-2013 school year. This tuition hike will affect all of the systems 13 4-year universities and 13 2-year colleges. Further, students should expect to see their annual tuition increase by $250 for 2-year colleges, $328-422 for 4-year universities, and nearly $700 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first time in Wisconsin's history, tuition and fees for in-state students will exceed $10,000.
 

The recent biennial budget cut approximately $315 million from higher education, shifting even more of the financial burden to students and their parents. UW System President Kevin Reilly suggested that such drastic cuts have created financial havoc for the system and without this tuition hike there would be larger and fewer classes making it take longer for students to obtain a degree while paying more in the process. The steep tuition hike is only projected to make up for about one-third of the budget cuts.
 

The rising cost of tuition is creating a significant hurdle for Wisconsin's youth seeking to continue their studies at an institution for higher learning. The changing trend of lowering state funding and rising tuition plays a significant role in increasing student debt for technical college or university graduates, or can even deter prospective students from attending such an institution all together. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, U.S. student loan debt reached $1 trillion this year, with UW-Milwaukee students averaging around $29,000 in debt upon graduating.
 

Obtaining some form of higher education is becoming more expected of Wisconsin's workers. Therefore, it is important that Wisconsin is able to provide its future workers with affordable education. Regrettably,  at 26%, Wisconsin is below the national average of 28% for the number of college degree holders. If Wisconsin is unable to build and preserve an educated, skilled workforce, it could have devastating long-term consequences on the overall economic health of our state.

 

As a member of the UW Taskforce for Restructuring, I will be working hard to help make sure that our colleges remain renowned, world-class institutions. It is essential that our state continues to support its first-rate universities in order to attract the brightest students to Wisconsin, as this will help encourage businesses to relocate to our state to create jobs. We need to stop looking at funding education as a frivolous expense, and instead view it for what it really is--an important investment that will undeniably create a stronger, more prosperous future for all of Wisconsin.

 

 

Next Community Meeting

I encourage you to stop by my next town hall listening session. I will be hosting this community meeting with Rep. Jon Richards and Alderman Nik Kovac on Milwaukee's East Side at the Urban Ecology Center on Thursday, June 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you might have about our community with us and your fellow neighbors.

Urban Ecology Center (MAP)
1500 E. Park Place
Milwaukee, WI 53211

 

A special thank you to everyone that attended the Milwaukee Bike Tour, Mobile Listening Session, and Oak Creek Town Hall meeting. It was encouraging to see so many of our neighbors stop by to share their thoughts on a wide variety of community and state issues. The thoughtful comments and questions are greatly appreciated. Hearing your perspective on issues that will have a significant impact on our community is crucial as we work together to get Wisconsin moving forward.
 

 

 

June is Invasive Species Awareness Month

This June marks Wisconsin’s 7th Annual Invasive Species Awareness Month. When non-native plants, animals, or pathogens rapidly take over a new location and alter the ecosystem, we consider them to be an invasive species. These species are a major threat to Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers, and natural landscape.

One prominent invasive species example, and one of the greatest threats to the health of our lakes, is the zebra mussel. This invasive species currently infests 130 Wisconsin lakes and rivers. Zebra mussels first entered the Great Lakes region through Lake Michigan at the beginning of the 1990s. Although zebra mussels act as a natural water filter, they make the water so clear that sunlight is able to better feed massive growths of weeds, which can profoundly damage our aquatic ecosystem. Additionally, zebra mussels are also responsible for killing off our native clams and blocking industrial water intake and outflow tubes.

 

It is everyone’s job to help prevent the spread of invasive species across Wisconsin. Below are some tips to ensure that your actions are part of the solution, not the problem.

 

Tips for Boaters, Paddlers, and Anglers

The main way aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels and Eurasian water milfoil spread to new waters is often by hitching a ride on the boats and trailers of the people who enjoy the water the most. Aquatic invasive plants and animals can also be introduced into lakes and streams through accidental and sometimes intentional releases. Remember these tips next time you are out on the water:

  • Inspect your boat, trailer, and equipment

  • Remove any attached aquatic plants or animals before launching, after loading, and before transporting on a public highway

  • Drain all water from boats, motors, and all other equipment

  • Never move live fish away from a body of water

  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash

  • Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer and use leftover minnows only under certain conditions

Tips for Campers, Gardeners, and Landowners

Our woods, prairies and wetlands are part of our legacy. Whether you take to the woods or just enjoy your own backyard, there are simple steps you can take to prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species. Continue reading for helpful tips for campers, gardeners, and landowners:

  • If camping, leave your firewood at home and instead buy it within a 25-mile radius of your campsite

  • Burn all purchased wood during any camping excursion

  • Inspect clothing and equipment for seeds, insects, or other particulates before leaving your camping area

  • Use native plant species when gardening if possible

  • Dispose of leftover gardening seeds in the trash

  • Be on the lookout for established invasive species in your existing garden or on your property

  • Respond aggressively to rid your land or garden of new invasive species

  • Leave native trees and plants on your property alone as natural landscapes offer the best defense against spreading invasive species

Helping Our Local Communities

Given the increasing budget cuts to shared revenue, many of our local neighborhood associations have stepped up to the plate to combat invasive species in our community. Many host annual events, such as cattail pulls or garlic mustard weed outs, aimed at bringing neighbors together to target invasive species growing in our parks. If you are interested in helping with future events, please contact your area neighborhood association or park "friends" group for additional information.

 

 

 

June is LBGT Pride Month

In an effort to take a stand against discrimination towards those in the LGBT community, to celebrate diversity in Wisconsin and nationally, and to remember the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in June.

Recent polling indicates support for marriage equality is growing, with the majority of American’s now saying they support allowing same-sex marriage. The poll, released by CNN/ORC International, indicated 54% now believe that marriage between gay and lesbian couples should be legally recognized, with 42% opposed.

Further, in 1998, the majority of American’s believed that a gay or lesbian individual could change their sexual orientation, whereas now only one-third believe that is the case. Hopefully this positive shift is signaling that our country is ready to move forward towards greater tolerance and marriage equality for all.

 

Click here to view the full results of the survey.

 

 

 

Ask Chris

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.

 

Q: I have heard that there will no longer be extensions available for individuals struggling to find work that are currently receiving unemployment assistance. Is this true?

 

A: Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor notified Wisconsin that our state is no longer eligible for the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation Tier 3 program because Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped below 7%. As of June 23, 2012, Tier 3 will be closed to new participants, and the state will drop to the Tier 2 program. Wisconsin's displaced workers that exhaust their Tier 2 aid after June 23, 2012, will no longer be able to move into Tier 3 as a result of this change to federal eligibility requirements. Only Wisconsinites already receiving Tier 3 compensation on or before June 23, 2012, will continue to be eligible for the program until December 29, 2012, when the program expires under federal law.
 

Created in June 2008, Emergency Unemployment Compensation is a federally funded program that provides assistance to individuals who have already exhausted their regular state benefits. This program is one of two unemployment compensation extension programs in Wisconsin. The other, the Extended Benefits program, is available to individuals who have exhausted regular state unemployment aid during periods of high unemployment.
 

Neighbors currently receiving regular unemployment insurance, can continue receiving this support until their eligibility ends. Regular state assistance lasts a maximum of 26 weeks. Under the new federal change, once Wisconsinites exhaust regular state aid after December 29, 2012, they will no longer be eligible for further unemployment insurance compensation, such as Emergency Unemployment Compensation.

 

Click here for a listing of program date changes.
 

The Department of Workforce Development will notify the affected individuals when their aid is exhausted or when there is a major change to an unemployment insurance extension program. If Wisconsin becomes eligible for additional resources in the future, the Department will likewise notify individuals automatically.

 

With these changes, comes an obvious question, despite Wisconsin lagging behind the rest of the nation in job creation, how has its unemployment rate fallen below 7%? According to the Department of Labor Statistics, the department that calculates the unemployment rate every month, only individuals without a job who have tried to find work in the past four weeks are considered unemployed. For example, people who ceased searching for a job because they have given up after struggling for too long with no success in this downtrodden economy are not factored into our unemployment rate. This means that while Wisconsin is struggling to create jobs, in contrast the unemployment rate can continue to improve as more and more individuals deplete their unemployment insurance compensation or cease searching for jobs.

 

 

 

Did You Know...

Many of us are familiar with the Wisconsin's progressive tradition that fosters constant improvement and change in government. But did you know that one of the father's of this movement was Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette, a Republican who served as a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and Wisconsin Governor?

 

La Follette supported measures that instituted direct primary elections, broke up monopolies, preserved the state's forests, protected workers' rights, defended small farmers, and regulated lobbying to end patronage politics. La Follette even supported the growth of unions as a check on the power of large corporations dominating the nation's economy.

 

Click here for more information about Fighting Bob from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
 

 

 

Happy 4th of July!

The anniversary of our nation's Independence Day is Wednesday, July 4. Join family, friends, and neighbors in celebrating the past events that cemented our nation's fundamental rights and freedoms. It is also an important time to remember those in uniform who have served or are currently serving to protect our freedom and keep us safe.

 

If you are looking for a way to show your patriotism for our country or state, flags are available for purchase through the Wisconsin State Capitol. A 3'x5' nylon United States flag costs $13.00, while a 3'x5' nylon Wisconsin State flag is $16.00. Only checks are accepted and should be made payable to the State of Wisconsin. Orders will be fulfilled by my office once a check and request form are received.

 

Click here for more information, including a flag order form available on my Web site.

Cities across Wisconsin, including many of those in our community, will be hosting 4th of July events this year that will include parades, games, ceremonies, and fireworks. Continue reading to see what events will be going on in the Milwaukee area on Wednesday, July 4.

Cudahy
Neighbors will be starting the 4th of July celebration this year with a parade at Noon. The parade will again be on Lake Drive starting at Grange and ending on Armour Avenue. There will be a variety of family-friendly events following the parade, including an ice cream and Cracker Jack giveaway, an opening ceremony on the main stage, and performances by Cudahy High School's Poms group and Jazz Ensemble band, as well as local musicians. A fireworks display will light up the sky at 9:20 p.m. The local Lions Club will have food available throughout the event.

 

Click here for more information about the event.


Milwaukee

Join in celebrating the 4th of July holiday with Milwaukee in parks throughout the city. Families and friends can gather throughout the day for picnics, games, performances, and parades. At night the sky is filled with fireworks bursting across the city.

 

Click here for a list of participating parks and activities at each location.
 

Oak Creek
Attend Oak Creek's annual celebration on Wednesday, July 4, which will include a parade, ice cream social, live music, and fireworks. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on the corner of Groveland Drive and Shepard Avenue and winds its way through the city ending at the Legion.

 

Click here for more information about the event, including a map of the parade route.


South Milwaukee
July 4th festivities for the City of South Milwaukee will be located at the Brown Pavilion (Areas 5 and 6) in Grant Park. Community members and visitors will be able to participate in races and games, and enjoy a spectacular fireworks display. Food and refreshments will be available in the Brown Pavilion.

 

Click here for more information and a listing of events for the day.


 

 

Summerfest to Begin Next Week

Starting next week, our community will be hosting the beloved Summerfest music festival, which runs from June 27 through July 8. This annual event will be held at Henry Maier Festival Park, a location boasting 75 acres along Lake Michigan in beautiful downtown Milwaukee. The famous Marcus Amphitheater will be one of 11 stages that will be used to present live music day and night to music lovers of all genres with over 700 bands performing. In addition to live music, festival-goers can enjoy over 40 diverse food and beverage vendors, four unique marketplaces, interactive exhibits, family-focused entertainment and activities, and the infamous “Big Bang” fireworks on opening day.

With close to 900,000 people in attendance last year, Summerfest has once again earned the title of the "World’s Largest Music Festival." This event gives people in our community an opportunity to partake in a unique music and entertainment experience that hosts the music industry’s biggest stars such as Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Lupe Fiasco, and the Steve Miller band, as well as providing venues for emerging artists to display their talents.

Summerfest has proven to be extremely beneficial as a way to support our local economy, as well as providing us with entertainment from both local and nationally-known talent. Ticket sales, food and beverage commissions, and total revenue all increased from 2010 to 2011 and it is expected to continue to increase this year. This exciting event helps to boost sales for neighborhood restaurants and businesses while simultaneously supporting local musicians and artists. It has been estimated that Summerfest has generated between $150 to $200 million in direct and indirect economic impact for our community each year.

 

Click here for more information about Summerfest, including the musical line-up for this years' festival.
 

 

 

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.

 

Whether you are an avid music lover, or just want to spend time outdoors with friends and family, our community boasts a number of free summer concert series that everyone can enjoy.

 

Chill on the Hill

Tuesdays This Summer

Stop by this local music concert series on Tuesday nights this summer at Humboldt Park. Opening acts start at 6 p.m. with main acts running from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Bay View Neighborhood Association operates the concert series in partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks, with the support of numerous local sponsors, including area restaurants, vendors, and organizations.

 

Humboldt Park (MAP)
3000 S. Howell Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53207

 

Click here to view the flier for the event, which includes a listing of upcoming performances.

 

Jazz in the Park

Thursdays This Summer

This free, outdoor summer music series features an eclectic lineup of jazz, big band, funk, R&B, reggae, blues, and more. Performers come from across town or across the country. Concerts take place Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. now through September 6 in Cathedral Square Park. Music starts at 6 p.m., but stop by early for Jazz in the Park Happy Hour and get great drink specials. Food will also be available for purchase. All proceeds from sales at Jazz in the Park help offset the high costs of production and ensure the continued success of the festival. Please do your part to support this event.

 

Cathedral Square Park (MAP)
520 E. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

 

Click here for more information, including a musical line-up for the event.

 

Oak Creek Summer Concert Series

Various Wednesdays This Summer

Do not forget to bring your blanket and chairs to this annual outdoor concert event. Local vendors will provide produce, baked goods, flowers, and arts and crafts from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Neighborhood musicians will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

Oak Creek Community Center Grounds (MAP)
8580 S. Howell Avenue

Oak Creek, WI 53154

(414) 768-5840
 

Click here to view the flier for the event, which includes a listing of upcoming performances.

 

St. Francis Arts Council Summer Concert Series

Every Other Wednesday This Summer

Attend this free concert series this summer in St. Francis. Concessions will be available for purchase.

 

Milt Vretenar Municipal Park (MAP)

4230 S. Kirkwood Avenue

St. Francis, WI 53235

 

Click here to view the flier for the event, which includes a listing of upcoming performances.

 

 

 

Update on IDs for Voters

In March 2012, 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 was ruled unconstitutional and two separate Circuit Court judges ordered government officials to halt requiring voters to present a valid photo ID when casting their vote. It was stated in the ruling that 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 carried a severe risk of disenfranchising voters and was suspended based on the vital public interest at stake in allowing full participation in elections.

This controversial legislation also contains several provisions not related to presenting valid photo identification while voting, including changes to Wisconsin’s laws regarding residency and absentee voting. These provisions are still in effect. While the merits of this law are being examined, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will continue to provide free state ID cards to Wisconsinites.

This court ruling remains in the appeals process, meaning that current procedures may change based upon whether the courts irrefutably determine 2011 Wisconsin Act 23 to be constitutional or unconstitutional. I will keep you updated on any changes regarding implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23.

 

Click here for more information from the Government Accountability Board's Web site.

 

 

 

Neighborhood Survey Available

I created a survey asking about various issues that are important to our community and our state. The input of neighbors is greatly appreciated.

Click here to download and print a copy of this survey, which you can return to my office via mail, email, or fax upon completion.

 

Click here to save a stamp and take the survey online.

 

I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues!

 

 

 

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