I applaud Governor Doyle’s veto of the Milwaukee Transit Authority and echo his call for a truly regional transit authority. I am also concerned with the remaining provision which funds the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail line with a significant car rental fee increase. Increasing this fee puts an undue burden on business in Milwaukee, and makes it difficult for our region to attract visitors and conventions. In addition, a rental car fee increase is unlikely to secure necessary federal funds for this project.
Moreover, the rental car increase further demonstrates that our would-be regional partners want Milwaukee County to bear the burden. The proposed sales tax just included Milwaukee, and the rental car increase disproportionately affects Milwaukee, as most of the rental cars are located at our airport. You can't say you're for regional transportation or a regional KRM line if your only funding plan is to get Milwaukee consumers, businesses and visitors to pay for it.
I joined several Milwaukee area legislators last week in urging Governor Doyle to veto a cap on open enrollment. Hundreds of parents from throughout Milwaukee County have chosen to enroll their children in school districts within the 5th Senate District, including Wauwatosa and West Allis-West Milwaukee, and this provision would have a negative impact on them. Below is text from that letter:
Dear Governor Doyle,
On the eve of the celebration of our independence, I would like to issue a special salute to uniformed service members, veterans and their family members. Your continued sacrifices have made celebrating the Fourth of July possible for 233 years and counting.
Wisconsinites fight for our freedom every day. The Wisconsin Guard has roughly 3,600 soldiers and airmen on active duty.
I applaud the Joint Finance Committee for approving three road projects in West Allis last week. The projects, which will be constructed with federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, include the following roadways:
*76th Street from Beloit Road to about Oklahoma Avenue
Bet you thought this was another “Love Letter” to Michael Jackson. Oh how wrong one can be.
Michael Jackson was a man who will be known as; the-man-who-left-his-children-nothing-but-memories-of-a-man-who-slept-with-pre-teen-boys-who-also-made-them-wear-masks-in-public-while-refusing-to-allow-them-to-play-with-children-their-own-age.
The Senate Committee on Education is holding a hearing this morning on Senate Bill 41, a bill I authored that will help districts address indoor air quality in schools. Below is text from the testimony I submitted to the committee just moments ago.
Testimony of Senator Jim Sullivan Regarding Senate Bill 41
I've made my season ticket pledge to keep a valuable community asset, have you?
July 12th and 19th 2:00 PM
We are located at West Allis Central Auditorium, 8516 W Lincoln Ave. Tickets are sold at the door. Our box office opens one hour before show time. We are air-conditioned!!!
- Fall 2009 "Three Murders and it's Only Monday." A murder mystery spoof directed by Mary Beth Topf.
- Spring 2010 "Driving Miss Daisy." The beautiful story of an unlikely friendship directed by Katherine Beeson -- hey, that's me!
- Summer 2010 "Jesus Christ Superstar" directed by Mary Beth Topf.
As we slowly move toward the dog days of summer, I am ready to throw all my support to the Milwaukee Brewers making another run at the playoffs. Last season, the Brewers raced to their first post-season appearance in 26 years. Southeastern Wisconsin, desperate for a baseball winner, rallied around the young Brewers, pushing them to the top of the Wild Card standings.
This season, the Brewers once again find themselves in the thick of the playoff race. July 14 marked the unofficial midway point of the summer as the world's best baseball players participated in the 80th Major League Baseball All-Star game. Two young Brewers were showcased, as Prince Fielder thrilled the crowd by winning the home run derby, and Ryan Braun earned a spot as the National League's starting right fielder.
This is a recent quote from an article in the Journal Sentinel titled, “Senate calls for apology over slavery” dated 06/19/09:
Maybe I'm lazy. Maybe I'm just too darn busy to take a trip to the grocery store. Probably, it's some combination of them both.
I placed my first grocery order through Peapod. It arrived today in little refrigerated containers that the driver brought to my door and unloaded for me on my kitchen table. I have to admit, I was a little embarrassed at first...what did the neighbors think? Probably that I'm too dang lazy to go to the grocery store.
This past Wednesday, I went with one of my sons and his wife to the satellite police station on 70th and National for the Six Points area meeting. I only recognized one other person from my neighborhood. All in all I'd guess there were about 20 to 25 people attending. I was surprised that there weren't more folks interested enough in their neighborhood to come to the meeting. So many of the comentators on these blogs are concerned about crime in 'Stallis. Y'all should have been there to find out what the police in West Allis are doing about it instead of just complaining. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting.
Several of the new police officers have recruited 220 new block captains in the area. Having block captains makes our neighborhoods safer especially when neighbors are watching out for each other. Do you know who lives across the street or a few houses down from you? Do you ever walk around in your area to get to know people and be on the alert for troubling signs? Do you keep an eye out for odd things happening and for strangers hanging around? When people are interested in their neighborhoods they are ever so much safer.
You'd think I would have posted more, what with some of the big news headlines the past month...
- Michael Jackson's death
- Karl Malden's death
- Fred Travalina's death
- Morning Dew's death (the name I gave to Swoppy's goldfish, purchased two days eariler)
- The possible death of the Milwaukee Wave
- The possible death of professional golf in Milwaukee
- The possible death of auto racing in West Allis
- The possible death of private health care
- The likely death of Bill Hall's career
- Walter Chronkite's death
Damn you, Tim Cuprisin.
I would like to introduce you to the Historic Downtown West Allis Hospitality Group and the rewards cards that they are offering. Six of the areas 'Hot Spot' restaurants have joined together with an invitation to sample and experience the variety of foods each establishment has to offer.
So, June and July have been tough in the Shea household. We've been on the go almost every weekend, traveling to Kentucky, going to Summerfest, the Dells, cat shows...you name it. The tough part is the way we've been eating during this free for all.
Many of you will remember I'm on Weight Watchers. Well, let me tell you, I haven't been watching much weight the last month and a half. In fact, if I don't lose 6 pounds by August 5, I'm going to have to pay the weekly rates until I do lose the weight. (I'm a lifetime member, and I don't pay fees anymore for meetings unless I get 2 pounds or more over my goal weight.) The idea of having to pay again is not putting the same smile on my face as Sonic's Limeade Chiller. Which, I have to say, is AWESOME!