During Milwaukee County’s 2010 budget process, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker used his veto pen to shape the county’s budget as he saw fit, and in doing so, Walker imposed eight unpaid furlough days on sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers. When asked about the furloughs for deputies and corrections officers, Walker said he didn’t mean to subject sheriff’s deputies and jailers to eight unpaid furlough days next year, however county Corporation Counsel William Domina has issued an opinion indicating deputies and corrections officers would be subject to the extra furloughs:
Domina’s opinion flatly states deputies fall under the budget’s furlough mandate.
“The floating furlough days imposed under the adopted 2010 Milwaukee County budget apply to employees in all departments . . . including, in particular, deputy sheriffs,” Domina wrote in his opinion.
The issue arose shortly after the budget was approved last month and Walker said he hadn’t intended his budget veto on furloughs to subject deputies to the eight floater furlough days. The budget also included four fixed-date furloughs that excluded deputies and jailers.
The fact that Scott Walker furloughed sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers for 8 days in 2010 should surely negate attacks Walker’s gubernatorial campaign had leveled against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett after Barrett’s decision to furlough Milwaukee police officers:
the eight budgets that Scott Walker presented have not raised the property tax levy and have reduced debt through creative solutions without cutting essential services, like firefighters and police officers.
Scott Walker won’t be able to say his budgets never cut essential services like law enforcement, because that’s exactly what his 2010 budget did.
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