Larson Report 

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 A Capitol Update from State Senator Chris Larson

Dear Wisconsin Neighbor,

Hope you got a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather we had this weekend. I had a busy weekend meeting with student leaders from across the UW system, commemorating the Bay View Massacre in my district, and signing up for the Riverwest 24.

Everywhere I stopped, people were stunned to hear that a small group of Republican lawmakers are seeking to pull the Medicaid expansion out of the 2019-2021 budget. This is a big deal for Wisconsin. Voters get this.

Even the most recent Marquette poll showed 70% support. As a result, we're focusing this Larson Report on what that means and what you can do about it. I support Medicaid expansion and believe we can join 37 other states in expanding coverage for our neighbors.


In Service, 



P.S., My budget town halls start next week. Hope to see you at one of them!

May 13, 2019
Oak Creek Civic Center
Common Council Chambers
8040 S 6th St., Oak Creek
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


May 21, 2019
Bay View Public Library
2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


May 22, 2019
Ovation Jewish Home, Peck Hall
1414 N Prospect Ave.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


May 23, 2019
Cudahy Public Library
13500 Library Dr.
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Republicans Ensure Fewer People Will Be Covered By Gutting Medicaid Expansion In Wisconsin!   


On May 1, Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee announced over 100 items they plan to pull out of the budget with their first vote – including the cornerstone of the budget. Accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid would give access to 82,000  more of our neighbors and bring in $1.6 billion to fund further health care initiatives.

Wisconsin Republicans have yet again shown their willingness to throw their constituents out of the ambulance to make a dogmatic political point. In fact, the leader of the state senate, Senator Fitzgerald, represents a district that would suffer because of this cruel decision. 

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By callously gutting Medicaid expansion from the budget, Republicans are ignoring the will of the people - 70% of whom favor Medicaid expansion. 

It seems that Republicans believe that they are safe to ignore the voice of the people in Wisconsin because they have fortified themselves behind gerrymandered walls - it is time to remind them they are not. There is still time to have your voice heard and let them know that you want Medicaid expanded in Wisconsin, you want to cover more Wisconsinites, and you want to bring back the tax dollars we send to Washington D.C.

Below is the information you need to contact you Wisconsin State Senator and Representative. Make sure you call, and you keep calling.   

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To find out who represents you in the Wisconsin State Legislature click here and enter your address in the top right corner. 

Call your representatives and tell them to accept the federal Medicaid expansion in Wisconsin and to stop playing politics with people's health.

You may also wish to contact the members of the Joint Committee on Finance and tell them to keep Medicaid expansion in the budget and to work with Governor Evers, not obstruct and block what the majority of Wisconsin wants. You can find those members HERE.

Call and tell them that there is still time to do the right thing for their neighbors all across the state! 

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The Larson Report strives to provide up-to-date, in-depth information to you. Between editions, a lot happens in Madison and around the country. I want to make sure you know the most pressing issues facing our neighbors and friends across the nation. Below are some of the top stories from the past couple of weeks. 

Trampoline Parks Can Be Dangerous And Are Unregulated

There are no federal regulations governing trampoline parks, and currently, Wisconsin does not regulate them either.  It’s time for that to change. It is shocking for me that there are no inspection requirements, no safety standards, no required reporting of injuries, and no minimum liability insurance that trampoline parks must carry.

In 2018 there were 18,000 documented injuries at trampoline parks nationwide, and earlier this year my young daughter suffered a broken leg at a trampoline park.

This is an underestimate because unlike other institutions, they are not required to document injuries.

Parents deserve to know that their kids are safe when they visit these parks and if you’ve had an experience of injury at a trampoline park, please reach out to my office.

As we are exploring ideas on how to bring safety standards to trampoline parks in Wisconsin, hearing your personal stories will be of great help.



Milwaukee Lost One of our Best Ambassadors

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I was deeply saddened by the news of Joe Bartolotta's passing. As was made clear by the hundreds of us who attended his funeral at the Riverside, Joe was more than a restaurateur. He was a friend and fixture in our community.

I always enjoyed catching up with him whenever we saw each other at community events (which was often). The last time I saw him was the day DNC MKE was announced and he was amped. He had put in a lot of work to make it happen and was excited to show off the community we all love to the world. From the first time I met him to the last day I spoke to him, he always brought enthusiasm to everything he did. Our community won't be the same without him.

Jane's Walk MKE Returns For The Fourth Year!

Jane's Walk MKE is hosting a walking tour of Westown - the downtown area west of the Milwaukee River and east of I-43 on Saturday, May 18th, 4-6pm.  The walk begins and ends outside the Turner Hall Ballroom at 1034 Vel R. Phillips Avenue, Milwaukee.

Throughout the walking tour, participants will learn the real history behind this part of the city local historians and city planners - the good, the bad, and the ugly. The walk is free but you should consider staying afterward for a bite to eat and the Ex Fabula Story Slam at Turner Hall. 

Jane Walks embody the legacy of Urban activist Jane Jacobs by organizing free, neighbor-led urban explorations and building community through observation and open dialogue. For a full calendar of all the Jane's Walk events happening in Milwaukee in may Click Here 

Poetry In The Park!

Poetry in the park is presented by Juneau Park Freinds and is held at Juneau Park (900 N  Prospect Ave.) on the second Tuesday of the month starting in June. To keep up to date on all the happenings at Juneau Prak including the Poetry in the Park events follow them on Facebook HERE    

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