Morning Update: Friday, Nov. 12
Marathon traffic + a new budget
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Good morning, Madison.
I just checked the weather and was surprised to see we are expected to get a small amount of snow today. It won't be enough to build a snowman, but it will be enough to remind us that winter is coming.
And so it begins!
💉 The Madison Catholic Diocese is telling churches and schools to not host vaccine drives.
- A spokesperson said the diocese wants to maintain “neutrality” on Covid-19 vaccines.
- At least one local parish had planned to host a vaccine event for children but reversed course due to the diocese's decision, the State Journal reports.
✏️ Madison365 reporting reveals the “haphazardly” way that a new Department of Public Instruction team was created.
- The creation of the new Office of Partnerships and Equitable Practices at the state's Department of Public Instruction was hurried and done without input from people of color, Madison365 reports.
- “The fact that some of those groups that are focused on equity specifically were not consulted, were not talked to, were not able to help create what that department should look like, just seems very dismissive that our voices were not heard or included. And we thought that this administration wanted to do things differently” one employee told Madison365.
- Less than a day after Madison365 reported on the creation of the department, Superintendent Jill Underly emailed staff and admitted to making mistakes. “I prioritized speed over input. That decision runs counter to the idea of inclusion,” she wrote.
🤑 The city's budget passed following several days of deliberation.
- The "budget" is actually two budgets. Here's how they're described by the city:
- "The capital budget provides funding for the City’s major construction projects including building new facilities, improving our transit system, maintaining our roads and parks, and purchasing major equipment."
- "The operating budget provides money for running City departments and services. It pays for the day-to-day spending on employees and materials and supplies."
- The latest capital budget is $354,244,062 and the operating budget is $360,321,028.
- Some notable things that are included in this year's budget, per the State Journal: BRT funding, 1% raises for city employees, and $200,000 for gun violence prevention efforts.
🗺️ It's time for a redistricting update! Republicans passed their maps. Now what?
- What's going on again? The data from the latest census triggered a redistricting process. Lawmakers and Governor Tony Evers created dueling proposals for the new legislative districts.
- Republicans in the legislature passed their map proposals, which favor Republicans. Governor Evers, who is a Democrat, is almost certainly going to veto the legislation.
- So now what? The situation will likely trigger a court battle, but which court it ends up is uncertain, WPR reports. The state supreme court, which has a conservative majority, seems most likely, but federal judges could also intervene.
🏡 There’s money available for struggling renters, but it’s been difficult for some local residents to access the aid.
- When local officials switched application programs in September, it wiped out existing applications, Madison Commons reports. Struggling renters had to complete their applications again.
- Related: "Worried about being evicted in Dane County? Start here." and "5 ways to help renters facing eviction in Dane County."
🏃 Traffic alert! The Madison marathon is on Sunday.
- Runners will "go through the UW Arboretum, UW Campus, Warner Park, and back to the Capitol, with the last runners finishing around 1:30 p.m." the city says.
- Click here to see the race route maps.
🧈 Your lunchtime read/listen: "I can't believe it's not yellow: A peek into Wisconsin’s quirky margarine laws" (WPR)
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.1%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.7%
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📅 This weekend...
Friday, Nov. 12
- Curator's Tour: Picturing a Nation at the Chazen. Two times: 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Free.
- Gallery Night at venues all around town. Organized by MMoCA. 5-9 p.m. Gallery shows and artist talks.
- Free admission at Madison Children’s Museum for Gallery Night. 5-9 p.m.
- Old Crow Medicine Show at the Sylvee. Doors 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
- “American Graffiti” film screening at Vilas Hall. From IMDb: “A group of teenagers in California's central valley spend one final night after their 1962 high school graduation cruising the strip with their buddies before they pursue their varying goals. 7 p.m.
- Thumpasaurus at High Noon Saloon. Doors 8:30 p.m., show at 9:30 p.m. $10 advance, $15 at door.
Saturday, Nov. 13
- UW Football versus Northwestern at Camp Randall. Kickoff at 11 a.m.
- Puppy Hour at Central Bark Madison Southeast. 12 p.m. Drop your puppy off for pandemic-era socialization. Free.
- History of the Arboretum’s Lost City. Learn about the fascinating history of the failed Lake Forest development project and the land that became part of the Arboretum. 1 p.m. $20.
- Hayrides at Holiday Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park. See the Holiday Fantasy in Lights aboard a haywagon. No reservation is needed. 7-10 p.m. $3 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
- Mad Laughs at Bos Meadery. Night of stand-up featuring the best of the Midwest. 7:30 PM doors, 8 PM show. $10.
- Cap Times Live presents Raine Stern + LINE. $22 advance, $25 at door. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
- Hey, ily with Lobsterfight and Your Arms Are My Cocoon at Wisconsin Union Theater. 8 p.m. Free.
Sunday, Nov. 14
- Madison Marathon.
- “Summer of 85” film screening at the Chazen. From IMdb: “French teenager Alexis's boat capsizes, and he is rescued by David, who ends up as his boyfriend.” 2 p.m.
- Pajama night at Garth’s Brew Bar. 2-7 p.m. Show up in your PJs and drink any draft beer for $6.
- Free Kids' Art Adventures ArtKits at MMoCA. Pick up a free DIY Kids’ Art Adventures ArtKit complete with supplies and instructions for at-home artmaking inspired by art in the MMoCA galleries. Pick up 2-3 p.m.
- Sweater People and Luke and the Levitations at Memorial Union. 8 p.m. Free.