Gov. Scott Walker said Friday Milwaukee County government should function more efficiently, under a County Board reform bill Walker signed into law.
“This allows us to empower the taxpayer,” Walker said at a bill-signing ceremony at Serb Hall on Milwaukee’s south side. “It saves money for the taxpayers…and will result in government that is more responsive and efficient.”
The measure cuts the power and resources of the County Board, while beefing up the authority of County Executive Chris Abele.
Supervisors would lose power on contracts, labor negotiations and land sales, under the measure. The County Board’s budget also drops by two-thirds, though some staff and other costs previously counted as part of the board’s current $6.6 million budget are excluded from a new funding cap for the board.
Supervisor terms will change from four years to two, starting with the 2016 elections, under the law.
And supervisor pay would drop by 50% to about $24,000 a year, if voters agree in a 2014 referendum. Only that provision is subject to voter approval.
Walker stressed the importance of the referendum as giving voters the power to decide whether to in effect reduce the job of Milwaukee County supervisor to part time.
“”This allows us to empower the taxpayer,” Walker said…” What, you just took away authority and power from my elected representative which in effect removes my personal direct access to that authority and you call that empowering? Really? I am not feeling it!
And here’s a good one:
The County Board has voted to hire an outside attorney to review the legislation for a possible court challenge.
Walker scoffed at the notion of a court challenge.
Scoffed you say? It’s not like any of his previous legislation hasn’t ended up in court…aina?
And I see a very prominent County Executive Chris Abele looking like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas…Democrat my foot!
Photograph by Michael Sears and appears on JSONLINE with the article linked here and above.