The lead editorial bit of today’s Milwaukee Journal continues their support for a part time board for Milwaukee County. And they continue to support State Representative Joe Sanfelippo’s binding referendum despite the fact it only offers the choice between just two extremes on the spectrum: the status quo and a $15,000 per year no benefits position (which they are assuming as a part time board…but that’s another topic). And why do they like that (emphasis mine)?
We’re sticking with Sanfelippo – as long as he leaves the basic decisions in the hands of voters.
And then a few paragraph’s later they belittle the OUR Milwaukee initiative that was announced by County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and eight other county supervisors:
And as for Dimitrijevic’s proposal, well, that sounds like a good way to talk a good idea to death.
A proposal that wants to bring a public discussion about county government reform directly to the voters in a town hall meeting within every supervisory district.
So a take it or leave it extreme is the best solution? Or a frank conversation with constituents? I am hoping to attend as many of the town halls as I can. Here’s a chance at participatory democracy.