On Thursday, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker ordered five-hour weekly unpaid furloughs for most county employees through the rest of 2009 as a way of offsetting a projected $15 million deficit this year. That’s bad news for county workers, but it’s not entirely unexpected, considering similar action was taken by Governor Jim Doyle in the face of an increased state budget deficit, but what I’m wondering is why there hasn’t been an announcement that Scott Walker is canceling his his motorcycle trip across the state.
After all, if Milwaukee County has a 15 million dollar deficit through the end of this year, should Scott Walker really be motorcycling across the state on Milwaukee County’s dime? My answer is no, because if Scott Walker’s willing to cut pay for thousands of hardworking county employees, then he should be willing to forgo his motorcycle tour across the state as well. Leadership starts at the top, and if Scott Walker wants to prove he’s a leader, he’ll lead by example.