November 17, 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.
Children's Art in
the Garden Exhibition
Join the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum for a vibrant exhibition of children’s art inspired by the Villa’s Renaissance Garden and created by students from Milwaukee-area schools. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, November 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the exhibit will be on display until December 4. Children’s Art in the Garden is free with paid admission to the Museum, which costs $5 for adults; $3 for students, seniors, and veterans; and is free for members, children under 12, and active military. CLICK HERE for more information.
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum (MAP)
2220 N. Terrace Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Milwaukee Holiday Parade
November 19 from
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
November 19 at
Family Free Day at
Parade and Old Fashioned Christmas
Enjoy holiday festivities in South Milwaukee this year by stopping by their parade and Old Fashioned Christmas. The parade kicks-offs at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of 12th and Milwaukee Avenues later ending at the South Milwaukee City Hall and Community Center. The Old Fashioned Christmas will feature children's crafts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a scheduled visit from Santa from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Other family-friendly activities include
stockings, a movie, and food for sale. There will also be a city tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
filmmakers from UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and MPS for a screening and
discussion of several "green" short films. Each film focuses on a
different issue facing Wisconsin. The discussion will investigate and
expand on what makes a film "environmental." Cost for adults and
accompanied children is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more
information about the Urban Ecology Center and this event, please
Last week I shared survey results with you detailing how Governor Walker's cuts have harmed our children's futures. Today we look more closely at how those cuts have adversely affected school districts in Milwaukee County, including those in our very own neighborhoods.
Survey Shows Governor Out of Touch with Education Cuts
of Milwaukee’s Legislative Caucus, including myself, voiced concerns
this past week about the state of Milwaukee County neighborhood schools after
results from a recent survey were released detailing how Governor
Walker’s detrimental $1.6 billion in cuts to education have
negatively impacted children attending Wisconsin public schools.
Effects of Education Cuts on
Similar Damage to Education Seen Statewide
The survey results for schools in Milwaukee County come a week after the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the initial statewide survey results. The statewide survey results showed similar trends that resulted from recent budget cuts, including that schools were forced to cut staff, eliminate vital support services, reduce course offerings, increase class sizes and narrow educational opportunities. Below is a list of how children across Wisconsin were affected by the $1.6 billion in cuts made by Governor Scott Walker and Republicans according to DPI's survey analysis:
Governor Walker’s misplaced priorities
have left our children and educators struggling to get out of an
impossible situation. His actions have also jeopardized the future
economic success of our state and limited opportunities for our
Make Your Voice Heard
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will continue taking public comment on the possible addition of a bike and pedestrian lane to the Hoan Bridge until Wednesday, November 30. This is the final opportunity to make your voice heard on this issue before DOT makes their final determination on the proposed project.
Please send any comments you have on this project to Carolynn Gellings, Wisconsin DOT Project Manager.
Send a letter:
I would also like to thank the 250 neighbors that joined me at the DOT public hearing to including a bike and pedestrian lane as part of the Hoan Bridge reconstruction project. The hearing began with DOT discussing the various plans for the project, which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE, and was followed with a Q&A discussion where our neighbors offered thoughtful questions. To watch video from the public hearing, please CLICK HERE.
Better Connecting People to Jobs
I am supporting legislation that
will be introduced shortly to provide for a more open and efficient
unemployment insurance system that will further aid Wisconsin's
Under the federal Workforce Investment
Act of 1998, local Workforce Development Boards were established
throughout the state to provide similar resources. In addition to these
resources, the local boards have a close relationship with community
businesses. As a result, some employment opportunities may be known only
to the local agency and not the state agency.
To view a copy of this bill, please CLICK HERE.
Protecting Our Great Lakes
Cory Mason and I sponsored a briefing for the Great Lakes Caucus, a
group of Wisconsin legislators that represent communities surrounding or
impacted by the Great Lakes. This briefing was on the recent landslide
in Oak Creek. The agenda focused on recounting what occurred, addressing
efforts being made to minimize environmental damage, and ensuring
similar events do not happen in the future.
I am reassured that extensive efforts are ongoing to safeguard the public's health and am relieved to learn that substantial progress has been made in resolving this situation. Long-term monitoring will be ongoing to safeguard water quality. While the immediate environmental impacts of this event are being managed, our community was fortunate that serious environmental and health problems appear to have been avoided. As we move forward, this event will serve as a reminder of the importance of environmental and health impact studies when pursuing future projects.
I will keep you updated and informed on any new developments as we monitor the response to this situation and will share lessons we learned to help protect against future events like this.
MATC Celebrates 100 Years
This past week, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the 100-year celebration of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). The visionary idea for the college began in the early 1900s with Charles R. McCarthy, commonly recognized as the "Father of the Wisconsin Technical College System," who advocated for a post-secondary education that would additionally provide job training.
Since 1912, MATC has had a positive and innovative influence on our community and has provided exceptional, practical tools for its students. The college serves more than 50,000 students every year at its four campuses in downtown Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Mequon and West Allis. It offers 200 associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and apprentice programs, plus nearly 400 transfer options for students hoping to ultimately seek a bachelor’s degree.
Considering that about 90% of graduates become employed within six months of graduation or continue on to four-year universities, MATC boasts an exceptional success rate for its graduates. Their efforts to provide a skilled workforce that reflects the changing job market and accommodates the needs of Wisconsin's employers has been a standard at MATC. Since its inception 100 years ago, MATC has used an innovative education model to grow the region and benefit students - a legacy that continues today.
CLICK HERE to learn more about MATC.
Photo: Courtesy of Sue Ruggles of MATC
Meet for Coffee in the Neighborhood
Friday, November 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Thank you to all of those who attended office hours in the district this past week There is one more coffee scheduled for this Friday in St. Francis. This is your chance to talk in person about any questions, concerns or opinions you might have about our community or state. No appointment necessary. Feel free to call my office for additional information.
Friday, November 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fixx Coffee House (MAP)
Remembering Admired Journalist Dick Wheeler
Dick Wheeler, one of the most well-known and admired members of the Capitol Press Corps, passed away last Friday. Dick Wheeler was a 67-year-old journalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the legislative process and a commitment to truth. He was known by everyone who met him to be a man of integrity who never once thought of his job as work.
One of Dick's lasting accomplishments
was creating The Wheeler Report – a comprehensive internet
service loaded with news and information about the State Legislature.
His online, widely-read report was the eyes and ears of the Wisconsin
people in the Capitol. The Wheeler Report has become known as a
respected, impartial news source. Dick set the template for making sure
Wisconsin gets the real facts about what happens in their government. In
Dick’s own words the mission of those at The Wheeler Report “is
to cover the office, not the person.”
Over 500 people attended his memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda earlier this week. Past and present legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle were in attendance to remember our dear friend, Dick Wheeler. Despite Dick’s passing, The Wheeler Report will continue to publish unbiased reporting from the Capitol, with his daughter, Gwyn Gunther, and her husband taking the reins. Dick’s commitment to truth will be missed by the people of Wisconsin and those working inside the Capitol. My condolences are with his family.
See You in the Neighborhood
I created a survey that I
am distributing to neighbors asking about various issues that are
important to them, our community and our state. I have been
distributing the survey door-to-door throughout our community and will
continue doing so through the month of November and hopefully into
December. To return the survey, simply
fold it, tape it, and affix a stamp.
To save a stamp and take the survey online, please CLICK HERE.
I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues. Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon!
Know Your Voting Rights
Scott Walker and Republican legislators recently enacted some of the most restrictive ID requirements for voters in the country. While they have been working to silence Wisconsin's voters, I have been working hard to keep Wisconsin's voters informed of their rights. I have created a simple handout answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Wisconsin's new voter restrictions.
|To Unsubscribe from the weekly Larson Report Newsletter, please reply to this email with the word "Unsubscribe."|