Remember when Republican Gov. Scott Walker would tell anyone listening about how he favored giving local governments more “local control?” Yeah, so much for all that talk about “local control…”
Water bill discounts are being made available to hundreds of additional Milwaukee businesses in a move orchestrated by two appointees of Gov. Scott Walker, rankling city leaders who say they were not consulted about the change.
The Public Service Commission first approved the special business discounts last year, at the same time it increased rates for businesses and homeowners by an average of 24%.
In a 2-1 vote last month, the two PSC commissioners appointed by Walker extended the pilot project and removed some requirements that they considered too restrictive. The change effectively makes the discounts available to about 500 existing Milwaukee Water Works customers, up from about 160 previously.
So apparently Gov. Walker favors local control when it suits him, and when it doesn’t, bring on the Walker-appointed Madison bureaucrats!