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Taylor Supports Increased Funding for Local Health Centers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 22 February 2019 10:02

healthHealth Centers meet the unique challenges residents face in the area, funding commitment must be a priority in state budget.

MADISON – Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement Thursday ahead of Governor Tony Evers press announcement about healthcare initiatives in his upcoming budget at a press conference at Milwaukee Health Services in Milwaukee.

lena-taylor"These health centers are the pulse of this community’s health and wellness. For far too long, they have been underfunded and undervalued. While rising to the challenge to meet the unique issues that face residents in the area, they have done so on a shoestring budget. The lines are wrapped around the buildings in the early hours of the morning to access services, many of which must be offered on a limited and first-come, first-serve basis.

For 16-years, I have been saying this is unacceptable. We must be deliberate in our funding commitment and it must be a priority in the state’s budget. Initiatives are welcome and so is adequate funding for Milwaukee Health Services’ existing work.“

Evers Announces Gubernatorial Appointments PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 22 February 2019 09:49

tony-eversMADISON - Governor Tony Evers announced the following appointments on Thursday:

Governor Tony Evers to chair the Interagency Council on Homelessness

Summer Strand as the Governor’s Designee to the Building Commission

Dr. Timothy Rose to the Fox River Navigational System Authority

Hank Newell to WEDC

Joe Kirgues to WEDC

John Brogan to WEDC

Becca Cooke to WEDC

Thelma Sias to WEDC

Kurt Fielding to the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board

Joel Enking to the Snowmobile Recreation Council

Jill Hoyt to the Dietitians Affiliated Credentialing Board

Tim Size to the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority

Robert Misey to the Accounting Examining Board

Karl Linck to the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers, and Land Surveyors

Katherine Schrubbe to the Dentistry Examining Board

Scott Krueger to the Dietitians Affiliated Credentialing Board

Peter Kallio to the Board of Nursing

Linda Pellmann to the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board

Lee Van Zeeland to the Snowmobile Recreation Council

Greg Winkler to the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board

Bowen Disappointed in Republicans’ Press Conference in his District PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats, Bryce Dille   
Friday, 22 February 2019 09:14

mc-courthouseLegislative Republicans choose to exclude Democrats from Milwaukee press conference on homelessness, fail to invite Black Caucus whose communities are deeply affected.

MILWAUKEE - Rep. David Bowen (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement in response to Democrats being excluded from Republicans’ Milwaukee press conference on homelessness:

david-bowen“I am terribly disappointed in my Republican colleagues’ decision to hold their Milwaukee press conference on homelessness without speaking to or even inviting members of the Milwaukee Delegation or Black Caucus whose communities are deeply affected by this issue. Once again, Republicans have chosen to act unilaterally on a critical issue that should not be partisan rather than work with Democrats to truly solve the problems affecting the citizens of Wisconsin and Milwaukee. Homelessness is not a Republican or Democratic issue–it is a Wisconsin issue that needs to be effectively addressed by stakeholders on both sides of the aisle.”

This morning, members of the Republican caucus are holding a press conference to roll out a bill package focused on homelessness at the Milwaukee-based non-profit “Pathfinders”, an organization dedicated to combating homelessness and providing services to youth in need. In addition, Rep. Bowen has a history of collaborating on youth issues much prior to being elected to the Legislature.

“Personally, I find it quite troubling that Republicans have chosen to hold this press conference in the 10th Assembly District, a district I have represented since 2015, without seeking participation or input from myself, Senator Taylor, or the other Democratic lawmakers who represent not just this district, but the city of Milwaukee at large,” Rep. Bowen continued.

“Last week, Republicans decided to speak for Wisconsin’s Black community while disregarding the input of Wisconsin’s Black legislators. This week, Republicans have decided to speak on an issue that deeply affects Milwaukee without even consulting legislators from Milwaukee. What’s next?”

Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 13:09
State Should Get Fair Share of Medicaid Expansion Funds PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jay Wadd   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 16:12

farmsWisconsin would save $279 million in the current budget if the Federal MA money is accepted by January 1st of next year. Walker had refused to accept the money in large part to position himself to campaign for president.

Part Three: Water is Precious PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Smith, State Senator District 31   
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 15:16

hicap-longlakeThird of three columns describing the importance of water in Wisconsin. Conserving water by limiting high capacity wells, preventing the destruction of wetlands and reinvesting in science at the DNR are easy ways we can keep drinking water clean.

New Task Force to Recognize Work of Caregivers PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:45

caregiverCaregivers are unsung heroes, supporting and caring for friends and loved ones so they can stay in their homes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2019 16:24
USDA to Address Opioid Crisis, Promote STEM Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by USDA, Jessica Mancel   
Monday, 18 February 2019 16:24

opioid-overdoseU.S. Department of Agriculture is giving funding priority for grant applications to address opioid misuse and increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in rural communities.

STEVENS POINT, WI – Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced Friday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving funding priority in a key grant program for applications to address opioid misuse and increase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in rural communities.

“USDA recognizes the need to combat opioid misuse and support STEM skills in rural communities,” Frassetto said. “By targeting our investments, USDA can be a stronger partner in helping equip rural communities with the resources they need to enhance their prosperity.”

USDA may award 10 special consideration points for opioid-related Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects or for those that provide STEM education as their primary purpose. The application deadline for these projects is May 15, 2019.

All DLT applications can be submitted electronically at or in hard copy to: USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Programs, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 2844, Mail Stop 1597, Washington, DC 20250-1597.

President Donald J. Trump has mobilized his entire Administration to address opioid misuse by directing the declaration of a nationwide Public Health Emergency. To help local leaders respond to this epidemic, USDA has worked to build infrastructure for prevention, treatment and recovery, facilitate partnerships, and drive innovation in rural communities.

Last year, USDA worked with the Office of National Drug Control Policy to establish a White House Rural Opioid Federal Interagency Working Group that is improving coordination of federal resources in rural America. In December, USDA launched the Community Opioid Misuse Toolbox. This initiative includes the Community Resource Guide (PDF, 1.7 MB), a comprehensive directory of federal resources that can help rural communities address the opioid crisis, and the Community Assessment Tool, an interactive database to help community leaders assess how and why the opioid epidemic is impacting their regions. For more information, visit


USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2019 16:42
Evers Proposes Reform of Wisconsin’s Marijuana Laws PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Monday, 18 February 2019 10:07

cannabisGovernor would align laws with people’s support for medical marijuana and the current use of CBD oil. The proposals would also decriminalize possession of 25 grams or less and review past incarcerations.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2019 10:42
Democratic AGs Celebrate Black History Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Attorneys General Association   
Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:13

MADISON - Happy Black History Month from the Democratic Attorneys General Association! As we recognize the events that have shaped America’s history and the people who are working every day to make our nation stronger, we also look forward to elevating the promising future of diverse leadership.

By celebrating our Black heroes from the past and present, we look towards a bright and safer future for all of us.


In 2016, there was only ONE Black Democratic AG: District of Columbia AG Karl Racine. Today, we have FIVE Black Democratic AGs fighting for the people in their states. Nevada AG Aaron Ford, District of Columbia AG Karl Racine, New York AG Tish James, Minnesota AG Keith Ellison, and Illinois AG Kwame Raoul, pictured above, are part of the most diverse group of Democratic Attorneys General elected in history.

We have the opportunity in 2019 and 2020 to continue our commitment to elect Democratic AGs that reflect the people they serve. Want to join in this effort? Help out with a contribution today.


Democratic AGs are fighting for your rights; DONATE HERE.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:29
Sen. Lena Taylor's Milwaukee Community Action Alerts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lena Taylor, State Senator, 4th District   
Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:57

milw_river_viewThings to do in honor of Black History Month and other news from Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee).

MILWAUKEE - In honor of Black History Month, there are a couple of opportunities to view the Netflix documentary covering the history of black colleges and universities called  Tell Them We Are Rising. The film has been nominated for multiple awards and was presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Some options for times to view the movie will be on Monday, February 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the African American Women's Center in Milwaukee. The second time is on Tuesday, February 19 from noon - 2:00 PM. This second viewing is being offered in the State Capitol Room 412 E.

lena-taylorThere will be also be a Town Hall Meeting with Representative Lakeshia Myers on Friday, February 22 at 6:00 PM. We will be discussing community issues including the governor's budget, legislative priorities, and other issues affecting the district. It will take place at West Granville Presbyterian Church. For more information, call 608-266-5813.

In other news,

  • Plant lovers can complete training for Wisconsin’s Rare Plant Monitoring Program and assist in the state’s efforts to collect information on some of Wisconsin’s most rare and beautiful native plants this coming spring and summer.  Training sessions are set to begin in March.
  • Wisconsin residents with interest in protecting Wisconsin’s endangered species can donate to the Endangered Resources Fund using their Wisconsin income tax form.  Contributions received from tax filers provide approximately 25 percent of the funding for work done by DNR Natural Heritage Conservation staff, partners and volunteers to protect and restore Wisconsin's rare wildlife, plants and State Natural Areas.

Juvenile Justice Update

As part of Act 185, the closing of Lincoln Hill Juvenile Correctional facility was mandated by the State. This is an opportunity for interested stakeholders to learn more about the proposed plans. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27th, location TBD, regarding the closing of the facility, this is an opportunity to learn more about Milwaukee County’s plans for a new secure care center for youth with less-severe offences.  The Milwaukee County is working towards creating a safer and better community for the youth in the area.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 February 2019 12:09
Conservation Group Likes U.S. Senate Vote to Reauthorize Land and Water Conservation Fund PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Conservation Voters, Ryan Billingham   
Friday, 15 February 2019 17:07

wisconsinriverLWCF has been improving our country and communities since 1964.

MADISON – In response to U.S. Senate passage of S. 47, the public lands package, which would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), among other provisions, Wisconsin Conservation Voters Executive Director Kerry Schumann issued this statement:

“From the soaring mountaintops of the Rockies to your local Lion’s Park, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been improving our country and communities since 1964. Be it Janesville or Racine, Dodgeville or Bayfield, the Ice Age Trail or the Apostle Islands – the LWCF has had a profound and lasting impact on our state. Congress should have never let LWCF expire as it did last September. This package is not perfect, but we welcome the Senate’s passage of this bipartisan legislation, which would permanently reauthorize LWCF and protect millions of acres of lands and waters. We will also continue to urge Congress to take the next step and enact full, dedicated funding for LWCF to end the chronic underfunding of this critical program. We expect the new pro-conservation House of Representatives to swiftly take up and pass this package.”


Engaging voters to protect Wisconsin's environment.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2019 19:30
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