So Much Change

It has been a good year at Period Garden Park, and it was near perfect “gardening weather” for most of the season. I hope many of you got a chance to see the highlights of our efforts, such as the tulips and daffodils in early Spring, followed by the peonies and roses of Summer. Alliums […]

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Budget Season

It’s budget time and after weeks of meetings with staff and residents, my 2016 Executive Capital Budget and 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan [CIP] reflect the continuing need to replace our aging infrastructure while investing limited financial resources in affordable housing, economic growth, and services to the City’s diverse population. Agency requests and reauthorizations of prior […]

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Aging and Disability Services

In his Biennial State Budget Governor Walker proposed privatizing our local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). At Dane County we found this unacceptable. Our local ADRC is a one–stop-shop that connects seniors and the disabled with critical services available to them through various federal, state and community resources. In 2014 alone, the Dane County […]

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Serving the People of the 26th Senate District

While most legislation deals with human behavior and welfare, efforts to provide for the care and welfare of pets and other animals is also important. This session I am working on two initiatives that will help strengthen our laws to protect animals from injury and abuse. Two sessions ago I cast the lone vote in […]

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Wisconsin Women Lose Once Again

As the Legislature gets underway for the fall session, it is clear that Republican policy makers have set their sights on both shutting off vital biomedical research under the guise of limiting abortions, but also making it more difficult for Wisconsin women to access birth control, and cervical and breast cancer screenings. Assembly Bill 310 […]

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Modernization

This is an exciting time for Capitol Neighborhoods! After several months of behind the scenes work, we are in the process of rolling out our new website and electronic membership system. This is the culmination of an effort we started over a year ago to explore how to better communicate with our members and the […]

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Now & Then: Heads and Beds

The downtown landscape can change quickly in Madison. It was a little more than two years ago (April 21, 2013) that the Wisconsin State Journal reported on “the most ambitious mixed-use project ever on State Street.” Today, The Hub is ready for occupancy at State and Frances Streets. The University Inn, demolished in November of […]

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Revised Landmarks Ordinance Update

The Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee (LORC), composed of Alders Bidar, Clear, King, Rummel, and Schmidt, has completed the “phase 1” rewrite of the Landmarks ordinance. It will be approved at the Common Council on July 21. The Landmarks ordinance review process started four years ago to clarify and improve the ordinance. The Landmarks […]

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Tenney Park Restoration Work

We are all very aware of the construction work that has been underway on Johnson Street, but I wanted to give you an update of the work that is being done at Tenney Park as well. From the bike path to the shoreline restoration of the Tenney Lagoon, the improvements will make it an even […]

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