I am a few days late on this…but I need to give credit where credit is due.

Governor Scott Walker announced that $4.5 million in state and federal funds will be made available to Milwaukee for help with job training, business development and repairing/removing foreclosed homes. This all is coming in the wake of the riots in the Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee on August 13 and 14, 2016 after Sylville Smith was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer.

Now, $4.5 million isn’t a great deal of money when compared to the poverty and joblessness in Milwaukee’s minority neighborhoods…and at this point it is essentially just seed money. But it is the right thing to do and I thank Governor Walker for his efforts here. Although he will be hard pressed to do so, hopefully he can find additional funds in the next state budget.

Here is a break down on the funds:

The initial response, which does not need the approval of lawmakers, includes:

•$1.5 million in federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money to work with city officials to run employment programs for those in need of jobs.
• $2 million to help the City of Milwaukee to demolish 50 foreclosed properties owned by the city and renovate 60 more. With matching dollars from the city, the money will help employ 200 young and unemployed area residents who will work on the homes as well as clean up all vacant lots, alleys and other blighted properties in the city.
• $1 million to Milwaukee businesses to help them train workers in the city.
• An effort by the Department of Workforce Development to send out mobile teams into distressed neighborhoods, where they’ll set up job centers in churches and community centers to give the unemployed better access to work.
• Work by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to see whether the state can use existing jobs programs to help businesses that were damaged or destroyed during the burning and looting.

Hopefully there will be full transparency in how these funds are used…and we will see this as just the start of a concerted effort to solve the problems facing Milwaukee.

6 Responses to Governor Walker Steps Up To The Plate

  1. Randy Bryce says:

    I disagree with giving him credit.
    He helped create the environment.
    This is like calling someone who chopped off an arm but offered a bandaid a “doctor”.

    • Ed Heinzelman says:

      I understand your feelings Randy, but the issues in Milwaukee’s inner city didn’t occur in just the last 8 years…they have been going on for decades. So yes he contributed certainly but I really expected stone cold silence out of Madison. He spent some of his own political goodwill amongst his party to help Milwaukee.

    • Charles Kuehn says:

      Spot on with your analogy, Randy.

      By the way, Hi to a brother Ironworker from a retired Local 512 member. Your political work in Wisconsin shines a great light on our trade. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Duane12 says:

    When you compare the “giveaways” of $7.6 million last year to Walker’s “friends” by WEDC, the amount to Milwaukee is a mere pittance.

    http://archive.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/state-jobs-agency-has-written-off-76-million-in-loans-b99506132z1-306381241.html

  3. Duane12 says:

    To put it another way, you are correct, Ed, that “…$4.5 million isn’t a great deal of money…” for the minority and affected businesses of Milwaukee and may be viewed as “seed money.”

    But when you compare $4.5 million of “seed money” on a per capita basis to the $7.6 million WEDC write down to a few friends of Walker, I find no equality, morality, or justice in Walkers “seed money.”

  4. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    They do not need money as much as leadership. They spend their money on trolleys, Bucks and then wonder why people riot??

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