March 11, 2011
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.
Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Attend Milwaukee's annual St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend hosted by the Shamrock Club. Enjoy the nearly 140 marching units celebrating Irish life and culture. The parade begins at 3rd Street and Wisconsin Avenue and continues to Highland and Water Streets. CLICK HERE for additional information.
Downtown Milwaukee (PARADE ROUTE MAP)
Chinese culture by attending this unique and unforgettable performance
that includes elaborately costumed dancers, ancient legends of virtue
brought to life, modern tales of courage and soaring songs by masterful
vocalists. Ticket prices range from $60 to $160. For more information,
As usual, please feel
free to contact me with any questions, concerns or opinions you may have
about our community or our state.
Republicans ignored the historic pleas of hundreds of thousands across
Wisconsin on Wednesday as they raced from a rushed Conference Committee
to jam through a bill to strip workers of their right to bargain. The
bill passed with a vote of 18-1 ending
Wisconsinís proud 50-year tradition of working with labor.
On Thursday, Assembly Republicans also turned a deaf ear to those calling for compromise. Instead, the Assembly followed the Senate's lead and passed the bill without the fiscal items the governor initially said were vital to the legislation.
Their actions illustrate that Walker
and his rubberstamp Legislators lied every time they said this bill was
about the budget or fiscal necessity. In truth, it is a clear attack on Wisconsin's workers, and a giant giveaway to
Walkerís Wisconsin is a land of less opportunity. The governorís special interest agenda has divided our state like never before and if left unchecked threatens the very fabric of our communities.
Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of the final bill that was passed by both the Senate and Assembly this week and signed into law by the governor.
Picture (LEFT): Hand-made poster at the rally in Madison
Picture (RIGHT): Empty Capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, as the public was barred from entry
Join the Wisconsin 14 in Madison
Saturday, March 12 starting at 2 p.m.
For three weeks we slowed down Walker's rubberstamp Legislature and allowed the public time to recognize and respond to his attack on Wisconsin workers. Now with heavy hearts we 14 leave the Land of Lincoln, to return to our beloved state. As we return, we will make certain that all venues are exhausted in trying to overturn this bill. Saturday we will join those in Madison who have protested and rallied to add our voices. We will say thank you to those who stood with us for a better Wisconsin and ask for your help in the days ahead.
This fight now moves to the courtroom and ballot box. Thank you again for your support and kind words during the first battle of this continued struggle.
|Public Hearings on Budget in Milwaukee|
As was mentioned in last week's Newsletter, Governor Walker recently announced his 2011-2013 Biennial Budget, which proposes devastating cuts to educational opportunities, local services and access to basic healthcare for Wisconsinís most vulnerable.
Because the budget has far-reaching implications for many citizens, including those in our community, I have requested that the Joint Committee on Finance hold a formal public hearing in Milwaukee to discuss Walker's 2011-2013 budget proposal. There will also be a number of listening sessions to ensure you have an opportunity to be heard. I will be sure to keep you informed on these meetings.
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