Clearly Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele cares about Milwaukee County employees.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s 2013 budget could result in layoffs of about 100 employees and boost workers’ share of health care costs to 29% – a much higher rate than most other public employees pay in Wisconsin.
His budget also would reduce the county workforce to fewer than 4,600 workers, a cut of 5%, continuing a decade-long trend of county job reductions, according to an analysis by County Board staff.
In perhaps the most stunning statement I’ve ever read/heard from an elected official’s spokesperson, Abele’s flack Brendan Conway had the unmitigated gall to say, “It’s important for Chris to have a budget that’s fair for employees, but more importantly serves the people of Milwaukee County.”
Yeah, because nothing says “fairness” like layoffs and large increases in health insurance costs for employees.