Special interests groups are aggressively backing a plan to reduce funding for the Milwaukee County Board by over 80% as well as make the elected positions part-time.
This is an overreach of state government into local politics. It’s a blatant attack on democracy and on citizen rights to meaningful representation. County Supervisors’ are closest to residents and provide the first resource for citizen questions, concerns and ideas. The voices of Milwaukee residents will be dramatically silenced if the Board is cut or reduced and all the power will be in the hands of the County Executive.
Milwaukee County is the branch of government responsible for courts, prisons, mental health services, transit, parks and other cultural and social services. The proposed changes to the Board would all but eliminate County Supervisors’ ability to provide adequate oversight of these crucial services.
This is nothing more than political payback and a consolidation of power. The Board provides an essential check on the Office of the County Executive. After years of spirited debate with Scott Walker’s Administration, right-wing special interests groups are now looking to erode the check the Board provides on the County Executive. This is a shameless and naked power grab and a blatant overreach of state government in local politics. It flies in the face of our system of checks and balances by disempowering one branch of government.
Wisconsin is currently 42nd in the nation in job creation. The number one focus of our state legislators should be the creation of good, family-sustaining jobs for Wisconsin, not taking away local control and dismantling our democracy.