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MMSD’s Kevin Shafer recognized by Water Council for support of STEAM education

The Water Council presented the 3rd annual ‘Water Warrior of the Year’ award to Kevin Shafer from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), during a special ceremony at the 12th annual Water Leaders Summit at the Harley-Davidson Museum on June 27. The ‘Water Warrior of the Year’ award was created by The Water Council to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of individuals in Wisconsin’s water industry who are making significant achievements while supporting the advancement of students in STEAM education (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math). Each year the honor is awarded to a member of...

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Milwaukee County proposal takes new approach for Youth Justice Reform

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced the submission of a proposal to create a youth justice system that provides a continuum of care and responds to the input and needs of the community on July 1. The proposal includes both the development of community-based sites, and the front-end diversion and aftercare transition supports necessary to prevent recidivism. By putting the needed investment in the programming and staffing of this model, this proposal ensures youth can be transferred from Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake into Milwaukee County facilities by July 1, 2021. “In Milwaukee County, our focus on restorative justice...

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Governor Tony Evers signs state budget into law after veto of several key provisions

Governor Tony Evers signed the 2019-21 state biennial budget, now 2019 Wisconsin Act 9, into law with partial vetoes on July 3. Governor Evers made 78 partial vetoes to Wisconsin’s budget, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Evers decided against taking the unprecedented step of vetoing the entire budget, believing that it would have been more of the same divisiveness and petty political theatrics that the people of Wisconsin had endured for too long. “While this budget makes critical investments in areas that were included in The People’s Budget, this is a down payment on the progress we must make...

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The Vault: Programs from City’s TV Channel look back at quarter century of municipal history

The City of Milwaukee’s TV Channel plans to present a new broadcast series that looks back over the past 25 years on where the city was, how far it has come, and could provide the public with a glimpse on where it is going. The Vault is a collection of previously produced City Channel features highlighting City of Milwaukee programs, services, neighborhoods and profiles dating back to the 1990s. The Vault showcases how city government works and how much it has accomplished since the features were originally created. City Channel Manager Bobby Smetana said it also offers an illuminating...

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Bipartisan effort seeks to improve mental health services for vulnerable youth

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve home-based health and mental health services for thousands of America’s most vulnerable youth on June 18. The Treatment Family Care Services Act increases access to quality care by clarifying Medicaid policy that directly affects children, including foster children, with special behavioral health needs and/or medical disabilities, as well as vulnerable children living with kinship and biological caregivers. Treatment Family Care, often referred to as “Treatment /Therapeutic Foster Care” or TFC, is the evidence-informed, trauma-informed, and highly effective intervention for children and youth with serious medical,...

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Computer science senior at Bradley Tech High School awarded STEM Scholarship

Bradley Tech High School senior Malyun Ali was recently awarded a $2,500 2019 STEM Forward Elizabeth Brauer Scholarship by STEM Forward and the Brauer Family. Each year, STEM Forward awards a scholarship to a high school student who is planning to pursue a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) degree at a college or university in Wisconsin. STEM Forward believes that in order to add to Southeastern Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, they must provide as many opportunities to students as possible, big or small. For 2019, STEM Forward received additional funding from the Brauer Family and the Elizabeth Brauer Scholarship was...

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