September 1, 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.
St. Francis Days
Made in Milwaukee
Celebrating Wisconsin's Labor Movement
As we celebrate Labor Day this
upcoming Monday, we should take time to remember Wisconsin’s deep labor
history and the generations of workers and reformers who have made
significant contributions to building a middle class across our state.
Our Community Fights for
The labor movement was vital to growing a strong American economy and a solid middle class. The ability to organize, receive fair treatment and work in safe conditions are fundamental values that built our country.
Annually, we celebrate our
hard-working Wisconsinites and the Labor Day holiday with
family-friendly neighborhood festivals. Join me in our community this
Labor Day weekend as we celebrate Wisconsin's current workforce, as well
as those that came before us and fought for better workplace rights for
all. See a list of local Labor Day events below.
Oak Creek Lions
Labor Day Festival
American Legion Festival Grounds (MAP)
9327 S. Shepard Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154
September 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watch the annual Labor Day parade that starts at Zeidler Union Square Park at 11 a.m. and works its way to the Summerfest grounds. Once at Summerfest, enjoy a free festival that includes music, Bingo, vintage cars, a children's area and much more. Local vendors will also be selling food and drinks throughout the afternoon.
Zeidler Union Square Park (MAP)
301 W. Michigan Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Henry Maier Festival Park (MAP)
200 N. Harbor Drive
Back to School: Working with Less
With summer coming to an end and
children heading back to school, it is time for us to reflect on the
past six months and how Governor Walker’s budget will affect our
children's educational opportunities this school year.
Our local schools face substantial cuts of $1.6 billion under the Republican budget. In our community, education funding for our children has been cut by $1,021 per pupil on average and over $185 million throughout local school districts. The budget also completely eliminates funding for many essential school programs including P-5 grants, Advanced Placement, and nursing service grants, while also cutting funding for programs such as school library aids and Head Start.
a result of these cuts, our neighborhood schools and educators have been
asked to continue service levels with substantially less support. I
commend all of our schools for stepping up to this challenging task of
trying to maintain current educational opportunities for our children
and ensuring that they continue providing vital educational
Wisconsin has always been highly regarded for the educational opportunities we provide to all of our children and I hope that we can continue on that path in the future despite recent setbacks from Governor Walker and Republican legislators. Each Wisconsin generation before us has made an investment in our state's education. Education cannot be an optional expense, like a gym membership, but rather must be treated as the absolute necessity that it is. A quality education is the backbone of our state and the key to improving Wisconsin's long-term economic success.
Community Meeting on Economic Development
Wednesday, September 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
I encourage you to actively participate in the economic development of our community by attending a neighborhood meeting this upcoming Wednesday at the Cudahy Family Library. Representatives from the cities of St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Cudahy and Oak Creek as well as Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation will be in attendance to discuss their current development efforts. This forum is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more and provide feedback about future planning in Milwaukee County, including the Hoan Bridge Repair, Aerotropolis, and other important community issues.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like additional information or have questions about the event.
Cudahy, WI 53110
South Milwaukee Opening Day
I would like to thank those that attended the South Milwaukee School District's Opening Day this past Monday to discuss protecting our children's educational opportunities. I also appreciate being invited to the event held at South Milwaukee High School.
It was great to see so many of our neighbors participate in this community-based event that clearly laid out the school district's vision, mission and goals. It is important that we have these conversations in order to ensure that we are all on the same page about our children's educational futures.
Each year events like this one occur
in communities across Wisconsin. For those interested in quality
education, I encourage you to attend such events.
Milwaukee to Host Nation's Governors
The annual meeting for the National Governors Association is headed to Milwaukee in August 2013. I was happy to attend the announcement for this event, which will have many positive effects on our community.
This highly-anticipated event will be a great opportunity for Governors from all over the country to see what our community has to offer and will bolster our local tourism industry and ultimately our economy. Additionally, I hope that this bipartisan meeting proves to be a positive step forward towards improving relations between the two major parties both at the state level and nationally.
Session to Resume this Month
The 2011-2012 Legislative Session is scheduled to resume on September 13. If you are looking to stay up-to-date on the issues that are important to you, I encourage you to take advantage of the following free legislative resources:
Wisconsin Legislative Notification
System - An email notification system offered by the Legislature
that alerts subscribers of legislative activities relating to issues
that they have identified as important.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Committee Calendars - Tracks all upcoming committee meetings and public hearings. To view a copy of the calendar, please CLICK HERE.
WisconsinEye - Provides the public with unfettered access to committee meetings, public hearings, session days and other government activities, which allows the public to view legislative debate and policy-making without editing, commentary or analysis. CLICK HERE to watch videos made available by WisconsinEye.
Eye on Lobbying - Keeps track of which organizations are opposing or supporting proposed legislation. To visit this Web site offered by the Government Accountability Board, please CLICK HERE.
Intern at the Capitol
I currently have an opening for a
legislative intern in my Madison office. A legislative internship is a
great opportunity for students and recent graduates to learn more about
the legislative process while gaining practical work experience.
With Interns from the Spring 2011 Semester
Intern responsibilities vary, but
include policy research, summarizing proposed legislation, and
responding to constituent inquires. All interns also assist with general
office operations, including answering the phone.
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