State Sen. Lena Taylor

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Sheriff Clarke Should Withdraw from Public Service
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Sheriff Clarke Should Withdraw from Public Service

"It was absurd for the Trump Administration to have offered Clarke any position in the first place."

“Safety First, Correcting Corrections by Limiting Overtime”
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“Safety First, Correcting Corrections by Limiting Overtime”

This motion would prohibit a corrections employee from working more than two consecutive shifts.

Sen. Taylor Reject’s Gov. Walker’s Attack on Parole
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Sen. Taylor Reject’s Gov. Walker’s Attack on Parole

"Governor Walker’s attack on parole is just another example that he is refusing to do his job."

Sen. Taylor Continues to Support Forestry and Agriculture
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Sen. Taylor Continues to Support Forestry and Agriculture

This motion, along with other proposals seeking worker training and protections, was rejected by the Republican majority on the Joint Finance Committee.

Sen. Taylor stands with 91% of Wisconsinites and against GOP repeal of training and permits for conceal carry gun owners
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Sen. Taylor stands with 91% of Wisconsinites and against GOP repeal of training and permits for conceal carry gun owners

GOP legislators seemed determined to move forward regardless of the will of the people.

Sen. Taylor Celebrates Sheriff David Clarke’s Decision to Giddy Up and Leave
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Sen. Taylor Celebrates Sheriff David Clarke’s Decision to Giddy Up and Leave

"I pray for the sake of human life that Sheriff Clarke has learned from the horror show that he has left behind in Milwaukee County."

Mandatory reporting bill small step in a long journey
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Mandatory reporting bill small step in a long journey

"We must stop the abuse before it begins."

Sen. Taylor to host criminal justice events for Black History Month
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Sen. Taylor to host criminal justice events for Black History Month

The events seek to highlight the continued disparities in the criminal justice system as well as obstacles to successful re-entry.

Governor Walker sends irresponsible budget to legislature
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Governor Walker sends irresponsible budget to legislature

"This budget is based on fake math."

Senator Taylor repeats call for special session on Lincoln Hills
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Senator Taylor repeats call for special session on Lincoln Hills

Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake have been under federal investigation for child abuse and neglect for two years.

Sen. Taylor’s statement on Governor Walker’s welfare reform
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Sen. Taylor’s statement on Governor Walker’s welfare reform

"While I appreciate what he says about his reforms, the plan lacks details, but I’ll reserve judgement until I see the full proposal."

Sen. Taylor blasts MOU targeting Sherman Park funding
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Sen. Taylor blasts MOU targeting Sherman Park funding

“It is fiscally irresponsible to squander state taxpayer dollars.”

Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address
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Sen. Taylor statement on State of the State Address

"Wisconsin doesn’t need a cheerleader, we need a trailblazer to solve our state’s problems."

Sen. Taylor to offer three free movie screenings of <em>The Best Democracy Money Can Buy</em>
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Sen. Taylor to offer three free movie screenings of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Sen. Taylor invites her guests to stay after the movie to talk about the impact money has on politics in America.

Sen. Taylor statement on federal court ruling against Republican gerrymandering
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Sen. Taylor statement on federal court ruling against Republican gerrymandering

“Republicans got away with rigging three elections under illegal redistricting.”

Sen. Taylor statement on passing of Sen. Rick Gudex
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Sen. Taylor statement on passing of Sen. Rick Gudex

Today, Senator Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement about the passing her colleague, Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac)

Milwaukee radio host Eric Von dies Thursday
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Milwaukee radio host Eric Von dies Thursday

Statement from Senator Lena Taylor.

Direct Supply to create 800 jobs in Milwaukee
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Direct Supply to create 800 jobs in Milwaukee

“Thank you Direct Supply for bringing jobs as a solution.”

Mistruths dominate Mandela Barnes’ campaign
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Mistruths dominate Mandela Barnes’ campaign

“To the undecided voters out there at this late hour, I ask you to vote for me, because I’m the candidate who won’t lie to you,” said Lena Taylor.

Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award
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Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award

Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include improving public safety, education, and health.

County Executive Chris Abele endorses Senator Lena Taylor
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County Executive Chris Abele endorses Senator Lena Taylor

“I'm proud to endorse Senator Lena Taylor’s reelection on August 9,” said County Executive Chris Abele.

Sen. Lena Taylor applauds election law ruling
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Sen. Lena Taylor applauds election law ruling

Three separate federal courts issued significant election law rulings.

Sen. Lena Taylor named 2016 Sierra Club Environmental Champion
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Sen. Lena Taylor named 2016 Sierra Club Environmental Champion

This title is awarded to legislators who voted 100% pro-environment in the latest legislative session

Workers back Senator Lena Taylor
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Workers back Senator Lena Taylor

Taylor was one of 14 Senators to go to Illinois to deny quorum in the vote on Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10, which busted public employee unions.

Statement on Wisconsin’s Compliance with the   Prison Rape Elimination Act
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Statement on Wisconsin’s Compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act

“Our goal should be full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.”

Sen. Taylor appointed to recidivism reduction committee
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Sen. Taylor appointed to recidivism reduction committee

There are currently over 22,000 inmates incarcerated in Wisconsin prisons and over 66,000 individuals on probation or parole.

Sen. Lena Taylor named Conservation Champion
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Sen. Lena Taylor named Conservation Champion

“I am proud to be named a Conservation Champion.”

Sen. Taylor proposes slavery ban
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Sen. Taylor proposes slavery ban

Bill would remove slavery from state constitution

Sen. Taylor proposes funds to help with Lincoln Hills crisis
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Sen. Taylor proposes funds to help with Lincoln Hills crisis

“What’s going on in juvenile corrections is more than just a scandal, it’s a crisis.”

Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.
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Sen. Taylor’s Statement on the Withdrawal of Planned Changes to Family Care and IRIS.

All four Democrats on the Joint Committee on Finance opposed the changes since day one.

Sen. Taylor questions Milwaukee’s lead testing practice
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Sen. Taylor questions Milwaukee’s lead testing practice

“Lead poisoning is a community health crisis and it will take the alignment of all levels of government to solve this issue.”

Sen. Taylor responds to violent rhetoric from colleague
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Sen. Taylor responds to violent rhetoric from colleague

“If Rep. Brandtjen wants to stop the violence, she should spend her time authoring legislation to end violence, not writing press releases to incite it.”

Op-Ed: Walker Gets Sued Yet Again
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Walker Gets Sued Yet Again

For most partisan gerrymandering in history. Senate Bill 163 would reform the process.

Sen. Taylor applauds Milwaukee Bucks labor agreement
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Sen. Taylor applauds Milwaukee Bucks labor agreement

The deal includes a $15 per hour wage indexed to inflation, prioritizes hiring from Milwaukee’s poorest zip codes and ensures workers the right to collective bargaining.

Sen. Taylor attends Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial
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Sen. Taylor attends Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial

After attending the Greater Milwaukee Law Enforcement Memorial today, Taylor released the following statement

Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding
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Sen. Taylor calls for special session on juvenile corrections and more funding

In a letter dated today, Senator Taylor urged Governor Walker to call a special session of the Legislature to take up Senate Bills 803 and 804.

Sen. Taylor releases statement about abuse of Milwaukee student
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Sen. Taylor releases statement about abuse of Milwaukee student

"Based on the video I saw, I am deeply concerned about what happened at Bay View High School."

Sen. Taylor statement on Sen. Harris Dodd announcement
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Sen. Taylor statement on Sen. Harris Dodd announcement

“I wish her all the best as she moves on to enjoy love and family.”

Mobile black history museum to make 3-day tour of Wisconsin this weekend
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Mobile black history museum to make 3-day tour of Wisconsin this weekend

American Legacy's "Know Your History" Mobile Truck Exhibit will have a three day three stop tour throughout Wisconsin.

Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”
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Sen. Taylor calls Litscher “secretary of cruel and unusual punishment”

Will the leopard will change its spots?

In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”
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In signing civil service destruction bill, Walker “bans the box”

“As the author of the state’s ban the box legislation for multiple sessions, I am glad that the issue is beginning to gain bipartisan support.”

Walker neglected Wisconsin
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Walker neglected Wisconsin

“Tonight, the state of our state can be summed up in one word; neglected.”

Sen. Taylor to hold listening session at Lincoln Hills
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Sen. Taylor to hold listening session at Lincoln Hills

Earlier this month, allegations of abuse, sexual assault, neglect, physical abuse, strangulation and suffocation among others led to a Department of Justice raid of the facilities.

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats call for hearing about correctional facility safety
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Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats call for hearing about correctional facility safety

"We were alarmed to learn of very serious allegations of abuse at Lincoln Hills through the media," the letter reads.

Abele made right choice in Demond Means
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Abele made right choice in Demond Means

“I believe Mr. Means has what it takes to get the job done.”

Wisconsinites laid off while politicians line their pockets
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Wisconsinites laid off while politicians line their pockets

“Over 10,000 workers have been impacted by mass layoffs and plant closings in 2015.”

Obama right on ban the box
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Obama right on ban the box

Yesterday at a visit to a halfway house, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation currently pending in Congress to ban the box on job applications

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on call for creation of Office of African American Affairs

“I look forward to working with Rep. Young and my state legislative colleagues to create a vehicle that will help to reverse Wisconsin’s dismal records of being the worst place in nation to raise a black child.”

Sen. Lena Taylor to hold Thursday Town Hall Forum
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Sen. Lena Taylor to hold Thursday Town Hall Forum

State Senator Lena C. Taylor (D-Milwaukee) will hold a Town Hall Forum tomorrow night to engage constituents on community issues as well as legislation

Sen. Lena Taylor announces “Ban the Box” legislation
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Sen. Lena Taylor announces “Ban the Box” legislation

“As legislators we should work to remove barriers to employment for those seeking to re-enter the workforce.”

Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension
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Sen. Lena Taylor statement on Walker campaign suspension

“The citizens of Wisconsin said loud and clear that Governor Walker’s divide and conquer philosophy is not how we should do business in America.”

Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain
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Sen. Lena Taylor: Walker using police shootings for political gain

“Today’s column proves that Scott Walker will say anything to get elected.”

Julian Bond, influential civil rights leader, passes away
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Julian Bond, influential civil rights leader, passes away

“We’ve truly lost one of the great champions of my lifetime.”

Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law
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Governor Walker signs Bucks arena bill into law

“The Milwaukee Bucks mean big bucks not just for Milwaukee, but for our entire state.”

Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement
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Nearly one month after Walker vetoed funds for Milwaukee energy consortium, Obama makes grant announcement

“Despite frequently speaking the words, it’s almost like Governor Walker is allergic to economic growth and prosperity.”

Sen. Taylor announces Senate District 4 National Night Out
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Sen. Taylor announces Senate District 4 National Night Out

National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in police-community partnerships, improved neighborhood unity and crime prevention..

Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal
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Sen. Taylor applauds Assembly passage of Bucks Arena deal

“Today is a great day for Wisconsin’s economy.”

State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark
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State Sen. Taylor’s statement about US Sen. Johnson’s “idiot inner city kids” remark

“As a product of the Milwaukee Public School System, I find Senator Ron Johnson’s comments unfitting of the office of a United States Senator.”

Sen. Taylor to host State Budget and Bucks arena listening session
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Sen. Taylor to host State Budget and Bucks arena listening session

The $73 billion state budget and the $500,000 Bucks Arena proposal will have a tremendous impact on the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal
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Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal

"This is about more than basketball"

Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Walker budget
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Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Walker budget

(MADISON) – Today, the State Senate approved the controversial Walker budget with bipartisan opposition. Following her vote against the budget, ranking Senate Democrat on the state budget committee, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement: “I wish I could say this long budget nightmare is over. Except, it’s only just beginning. The negative ramifications […]

Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing
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Wisconsin Center District excluded from arena hearing

The district was the only financial partner of the deal excluded from speaking at today’s hearing.

Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget
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Sen. Taylor statement on committee passage of state budget

“From the day Governor Walker introduced his budget, it was clear he was more focused on Republican primary voters than the people of Wisconsin.”

Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare
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Sen. Taylor statement on SCOTUS upholding Obamacare

“Today’s ruling is a victory for the more than 6 million people currently covered under the Affordable Care Act and a blow to Scott Walker.”

Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee
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Sen. Taylor statement on Walker signing gun bills in Milwaukee

"Governor Scott Walker should add Sheriff David Clarke’s spurs and big hat to his campaign wardrobe, because they are both trying to turn Wisconsin into the Wild West."

Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag
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Sen. Taylor calls on Walker to clarify his position on racist confederate battle flag

Walker’s flexible position on racism includes signing a bill that makes it easier for public schools to depict offensive mascots.

Sen. Taylor statement on passage of 20-week abortion ban
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Sen. Taylor statement on passage of 20-week abortion ban

"Politicians should get out of the doctor’s office and stop distracting people from their failures to pass a responsible budget."

Sen. Taylor statement on passage of Juneteenth resolution
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Sen. Taylor statement on passage of Juneteenth resolution

Today, the State Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 41, which proclaims June 19, 2015 as “Juneteenth Day.”

Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds
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Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds

“Today, Republicans created a pipeline to prison rather than a pathway to the American Dream for our school children.”

Officer-involved shootings could be reduced with better police training on mental illness
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Officer-involved shootings could be reduced with better police training on mental illness

“Training for law enforcement on how to properly interact with people with mental health challenges is not just the fiscally responsible thing to do, it’s the humane thing to do.”

Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff
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Taylor Names Thomas Harris New Chief of Staff

For Immediate Release