Under a proposal co-written by Republican State Rep. Robin Vos and Republican State Senator Alberta Darling (pictured, right), the co-chairs of the Joint Finance Committee, City of Milwaukee taxpayers would be forced to pay fired Milwaukee Police officers while they appeal their terminations.
In a statement about the proposal written by Rep. Vos and Sen. Darling, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn made it clear he’s not a fan of the proposal, saying, “All this bill does is allow the unscrupulous officers we fire for untruthfulness to game the system at taxpayer expense.” Flynn added, “It is well known that officers in that position delay justice as long as possible, collecting money for no work.”
Coincidentally, the Milwaukee Police Association, the union representing Milwaukee Police officers, supported primarily Republican candidates in the 2010 election, and it appears that support has paid handsome dividends. In addition to the current proposal to stick Milwaukee’s taxpayers with the bills for fired police officers, police officers were exempted from Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee budget “repair” bill, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public employees, and Republicans also put forth a proposal that would eliminate the residency requirement for City of Milwaukee employees.
Considering how Republicans were supposed to be in favor of “local control,” given their rhetoric during the debate over their push to eliminate virtually all collective bargaining rights for public employees, it seems curious to me (not to mention hypocritical) that Robin Vos and Alberta Darling would push a proposal that is essentially a state mandate to a local government, removing that local government’s control over how it handles employees who’ve been terminated.