Preparing Our Future Leaders

We see it all over the news: politicians courting the youth vote, social movements and nonprofits run by Millennials, and an overall increase in the level of social connectedness. Our country’s youngest generations are rightfully demanding to be heard. This increase of the Millennial generation and younger voices is not something to fear; it is […]

The Dane County Way

Recently, I signed my 2016 Budget for Dane County. My budget focuses on providing our critical core services while expanding partnerships to better our community. My budget includes the strongest efforts yet by Dane County to address mental illness. I am expanding our mental health teams to more schools across Dane County in partnership with […]

Bipartisan Legislation Advances

As your state representative, I work hard to promote and pass a proactive agenda that reflects our shared, progressive values. While there are many policies the political right and left do not agree on, I believe it is absolutely critical for us to find compromise and work together on important issues where we are in […]

Downtown Businesses

There has been much discussion recently about changes in the types of businesses downtown, including a perceived increase in restaurants and bars and a perceived decrease in retail stores. The 2015 State of the Downtown Report recently released by Downtown Madison, Inc. includes a wealth of data and information on downtown issues, including the mix […]

Megan Christiansen – A Life Well Lived

Our friend and neighbor, Megan Christiansen, passed away on October 15th after a two year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Megan was an asset to our neighborhood who readily contributed her time and talents. For many years Megan was the treasurer of CNI. Bert Stitt, past president of CNI, shared, “It was Megan’s astute and dedicated […]

Now & Then: Long Live the Queen

“The queen of Madison’s hostelries, the Park Hotel, is dead.” So wrote Frank Custer in The Capital Times on Aug. 5, 1961, when he detailed the demolition of the old Park Hotel to make way for the building that stands today at 22 S. Carroll St. Throughout its 144-year history, the hotel has been renovated […]

Saving Madison From Salt

From the Madison Water Utility It doesn’t look like much – a sparse basement conference room filled with folding tables and guys in sweatshirts and baseball caps quietly taking notes. But organizers say that this – one of the first road salt application training classes ever held in Madison – is about as important as […]

Green Madison

Green Madison, a citywide effort to reduce energy consumption and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, launched a new city-wide game-based approach to reducing energy use this fall.  Hundreds of City of Madison employees played earlier this summer really became engaged in the effort and the competition and had fun! Madison residents–including employees […]

New Residential Water Conservation Rate In Effect

From the Madison Water Utility For the first time ever, Madison Water Utility is implementing a conservation rate for our residential customers (people living in single-family homes and duplexes). The change makes Madison the largest city in Wisconsin to offer a residential water rate that rewards conservation. The new rate goes into effect today (9/29/2015), […]