June 24, 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.
Open House at the Depot
June 25 from 10
a.m. to noon
Cudahy Historical Society Depot (MAP)
4647 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue
Cudahy, WI 53110
Fireworks Kite Festival
July 3 starting at 11 a.m.
Kick-off the 4th of July holiday with some kite flying and fireworks on Milwaukee's lakefront. The Kite Society of Wisconsin and Illinois in conjunction with U.S. Bank and Milwaukee County Parks hosts the event which will aim to fly as many kites as possible and then watch fireworks shoot off right over the water. This is a great event to enjoy with family or friends. Kites will fly from 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. and then again from 7:30 p.m. until fireworks begin at 9:25 p.m.
Veterans Park (MAP)
1010 Lincoln Memorial
Governor Walker is expected to sign the 2011-2013 Biennial Budget into law this upcoming Sunday. I have included information about veto requests that my colleagues and I have submitted, and will continue to keep you updated on changes made to the budget.
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
Legislators Ask for Veto on Small Business Restrictions and Punitive Milwaukee Mandate
2011-2013 Biennial Budget was passed last week in both the Senate and
the Assembly. Governor Walker stated in a press release earlier this
week that he intends to sign the bill into law this Sunday.
Late in the budget process, Sen. Darling and Rep. Vos introduced a
motion in the middle of the night to once again stick the taxpayers of
Milwaukee with the bill by requiring them to cover the salary and
benefits of Milwaukee police officers who have been fired with cause,
such as violating our laws. The recent action of the Joint Finance
Co-Chairs defies logic given that Sen. Darling and Rep. Vos stood with
the majority of their colleagues when they voted to remove this unfair
mandate in 2008.
I also joined fellow legislators in submitting a bipartisan letter to
Governor Walker requesting that he line-item veto a budget provision
that limits the ability of Wisconsin's craft brewers to grow and create
jobs in the state.
To view a copy of the letter requesting a veto of the mandate on Milwaukee, please CLICK HERE.
To view a copy of the letter
requesting a veto of the budget provisions related to craft breweries,
Floor Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits Requested
Earlier today, fellow legislators and
I sent a request to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald asking that
he schedule a floor vote next week on legislation to extend unemployment
benefits for Wisconsinites.
Concealed Carry Passes the Assembly
Senate Bill 93, a proposal allowing for carrying hidden weapons, passed in the Assembly this past Tuesday, one week after its passage in the Senate.
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.
The Assembly rejected all
amendments proposed by their democratic members. 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
CLICK HERE to view the final version of Senate Bill 93.
Invitation to National Listening Session
June 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join members of Congress, including Reps. Gwen Moore, Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Lee and Jan Schakowsky, as they discuss the need for good jobs in our community. This is your chance to voice your concerns about the direction of our state and our country. To view the flyer for the event, please CLICK HERE.
Celebrating the 4th of July
The anniversary of our nation's Independence Day is fast-approaching. 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.
Almost every city 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 Monday, July 4.
Neighbors will be meeting in Cudahy's Sheridan park this year to celebrate our nation's independence. On Monday, July 4, join in celebrating with the community by attending the morning parade, listening to music performances by local artists, playing games, enjoying various ceremonies and watching fireworks after dusk. CLICK HERE for more information.
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
CLICK HERE for a list of participating parks and the events that
will be available at each location.
Attend Oak Creek's annual celebration on Monday, July 4, which will include a parade with the theme "America the Beautiful," baseball games, 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 day's events.
Our community will be hosting its
cornerstone summer celebration, Summerfest, from June 29 through July
10. Over the course of 11 days, Marcus Amphitheater plus an additional
10 stages will present over 700 bands for music lovers to enjoy at Henry
Maier Festival Park against the backdrop of Milwaukee’s downtown and
beautiful Lake Michigan. Along with over a week of music, festival-goers
can enjoy a diverse selection of foods and beverages, marketplaces,
interactive exhibits, family-focused entertainment and activities, and
fireworks on opening day.
Hands Across the Sand
Join Hands Across The Sand participants this Saturday as they say
"no" to offshore oil drilling and "yes" to clean energy. This global
movement takes place on beaches and in cities around the world at noon
in corresponding time zones. Bring signs or sign-making supplies to the
beach at 11 a.m. to help make a statement for clean energy.
Photo: At last year's Hands Across the Sand event
Power Down Week
Friday, June 24 through Sunday, July 3
Join in this city-wide grassroots event aimed at inspiring the people of Milwaukee and beyond to use less electricity and fewer resources. This week-long event was started last year in Riverwest and has since expanded into other neighborhoods. Power Down Week is a challenge with only two rules: make your carbon footprint as small as possible for one week, and challenge others to do it with you. The week will also feature dozens of events and community activities.
CLICK HERE for more information and a listing of Power Down events in your community.
Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Annual Impact Report
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has released the 2009-2010 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Annual Impact Report.
Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) is a comprehensive economic development program designed to increase the local sales of agricultural food products grown within the state. One component of this program is a competitive grant program that promotes the expansion of local food sales.
In the first two years, the BLBW grants resulted in $2.7 million in new local food sales and $600,000 in new investment. Additionally, over 1,200 Wisconsin producers have benefited from the grants, and dozens of other jobs have been created and retained in the state.
CLICK HERE to view a copy of DATCP's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Annual
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.
Summer Reading Club
St. Francis Public Library (MAP)
4230 S. Nicholson Avenue
St. Francis, WI 53235
Lake Park Musical Mondays
Take advantage of this eight-week
music series. Concerts are free and open to the public. Lake Park
Musical Mondays kicks off on Monday, July 4 at 6:30 pm in picnic area
#3. For additional information, please
CLICK HERE to visit the Lake Park Friends Web site.
Lake Park (MAP)
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