After negotiating with four current county supervisors, State Representative Joe Sanfelippo has decided to hold his legislation for a referendum to destroy Milwaukee County government for a while…well sort of:
State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) said in an interview he’ll still introduce a bill in about a week that will call for a later referendum and likely include a major cut in the County Board’s budget.
He wants the Assembly to act on the measure soon, but would consider recommending amendments to the state Senate if the County Board enacts its own reforms that he considers adequate, said Sanfelippo, a former county supervisor. “I’m using the old trust-but-verify approach,” Sanfelippo said. “I’m proceeding with the bill but in a way that will allow time for (supervisors) doing some things on their own.
“If they don’t do it, the state’s gonna do it.”
Although on the face of it this sounds like Rep. Sanfelippo is playing nice with the county board, he’s still essentially holding a gun to their heads with threats of state imposed budget cuts and continued meddling by the state in county affairs if they don’t satisfy his personal agenda.
Interesting that County Executive Abele, Rep. Sanfelippo and the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel keep accusing the board of micromanaging county departments…when this smells just like micromanaging on their part!
Who from the county negotiated with Rep. Sanfelippo? According to this afternoon’s article on JSOnline, two of those involved were Supervisor Deanna Alexander and Supervisor Mark Borkowski.
Of course the delay wouldn’t have anything to do with the State Supreme Court race in April…wouldn’t want to invigorate Milwaukee County Democrats with another reason to get out the vote and possibly defeat incumbent conservative Supreme Court Patience Roggensack!
And of course it probably has nothing to do with the distinct possibility that the move to cut supervisor salaries in mid-term might actually be unconstitutional under the Wisconsin State Constitution?