In an article posted to JSOnline this evening, writer Steve Schultze of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel outlines the staff cuts and budget cuts for the County Board that County Executive Chris Abele has proposed in his County Budget. Of course the majority of these cuts are required under the law passed by the Republicans earlier [...]
So under legislation passed by his new cronies in Madison, County Executive Chris Abele got a hot shot County Controller who gets to check out the budget…and of course County Executive Abele has his own budget director whose total absolutely most important responsibility is to get the budget right…but instead we get a budget proposal [...]
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has released his proposed 2014 County Budget, and it’s certainly a mixed bag.
Abele’s budget proposes 2% wage increases for non-union workers next year, but those employees will also be required to pay more for health insurance coverage. Considering county employees already pay nearly 25% of the costs of their [...]
Yesterday The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s JSOnline website published two more articles that outline the dysfunction that continues to plague Milwaukee County government. Now I am not holding the county board blameless in this, but post Act 14, the county executive has consolidated powers…something he fully supported to the detriment of county residents…yet he continues to [...]
From my email inbox comes news of a couple of upcoming hearings held by County Executive Chris Abele to discuss his 2014 proposed budget. County Executive Abele Holds Budget Hearings MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele invites the community to two hearings on his 2014 Proposed Budget. Abele is crafting the budget and welcomes [...]
Mr Sheldon Lubar, Milwaukee business icon and one of the Machiavellian triumvirate behind the gutting of Milwaukee County elective government apparently is in a snit about the County Board’s firing of County Corporation Counsel Kimberly Walker. Whether you support the boards action or not, they are within their legal right to remove Ms. Walker from [...]
Governor Scott Walker found his way to Milwaukee today and signed Assembly Bill 85 to gut the power and authority of Milwaukee County’s Board of Directors:
Gov. Scott Walker said Friday Milwaukee County government should function more efficiently, under a County Board reform bill Walker signed into law.
“This allows us to empower the taxpayer,” [...]
I would have thought that Governor Walker signing Representative Joe Sanfelippo’s Assembly Bill 85 to neuter the Milwaukee County Board was a slam dunk. Or is the governor really too busy jet setting from GOP enclave to GOP enclave?
But really, I would have expected an nearly instantaneous signing with tons of fanfare and rousing [...]
Last week Zach wrote about Governor Walker’s prominent policy initiative, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and their inability to retain qualified staff…particularly a Chief Financial Officer.
He linked to an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that explained the situation and included this throw away quotation from Rep. Jeff Stone:
Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), another [...]