WISCONSIN – This week, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin visited Milwaukee to highlight federal investments she secured for community organizations through legislation signed into law by President Biden earlier this year.
At Green Bay Avenue Elementary, Senator Baldwin joined Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley, Marquette University President Dr. Michael Lovell, and educators from the MPS Success Center and Marquette Center for Peacemaking. Baldwin worked to include a $600,000 investment in the federal funding legislation for the MPS Building Resiliency in Classroom Education (BRICE) program. The partnership between MPS and Marquette supports students struggling with mental health, academic, and/or behavioral challenges in underserved communities in Milwaukee and funds driver's education to improve access to licenses and remove another needless barrier to employment while supporting a well-rounded education.
Senator Baldwin joined Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson; Chytania Brown, President & CEO Employ Milwaukee; Patrick Pauly, Interim Superintendent of the Water Works; and Syreeta Woodly, Water Field Supervisor, Water Works, to announce a $2 million federal investment she helped secure to provide employment and job training services through Employ Milwaukee, in partnership with the Milwaukee Department of Water Works. The federal funding will help build a more equitable workforce and address the critical need to increase the awareness of quality water utility jobs, especially in the plumbing and construction trades and including those that directly support lead pipe replacement.
At Marquette University (MU), Senator Baldwin met with students and faculty at the MU School of Dentistry. Baldwin worked to include over $1 million in the federal funding legislation to establish a dedicated special needs dental clinic for children and adults. This clinic will allow for more cost-effective care, serve a higher number of patients across the state, and help address the significant disparities and poor outcomes in the special needs population.
Senator Baldwin also successfully secured $750,000 for the MU Education Preparedness Program, an initiative that provides pathways to higher learning for justice-impacted individuals in Milwaukee. In addition, Baldwin brought home $217,000 for the MU College of Nursing to support continuing education opportunities related to geriatrics, aging, and age-friendly care to clinicians, faculty, and students and support developing age-friendly health systems in Wisconsin.
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