Archive for the ‘Milwaukee County’ Category

County Board rejects pay cut, move to part time – JSOnline

September 29, 2011

County Board rejects pay cut, move to part time – JSOnline.

No surprises here. The self-absorbed members of the Milwaukee County Board categorically rejected the common sense proposal to right-size their legislative body. This proposal has been around for quite some time, in fact it was one of the things I ran my campaign on back in ’08. The liberals of this board will never vote to cut their own pay because they have become addicted to the public trough. Do-nothings like “Little Boy” Weishan realize that they have no marketable skills and they have grown too dependent on their lavish taxpayer funded lifestyles to do the right thing.

Advertisements

Milwaukee County exec candidates vow to tackle fiscal woes – JSOnline

January 22, 2011

Milwaukee County exec candidates vow to tackle fiscal woes – JSOnline.

As the race for Milwaukee County Exec heats up it’s important to note who’s side each candidate is on.

Lee Holloway’s positions are clearly known as he’s been leading the pro-tax County Board ever since he survived the pension scandal. I do applaud him for trying to think outside the box with his suggestions of selling county services to the smaller suburban municipalities. If he didn’t have so much baggage ideas like that may have given him an edge but alas, he is Lee Holloway.

Jim Sullivan seems to be channeling the seething Walker hatred of John Weishan. Does he honestly think that bashing the beloved ex-Exec and current Governor will win him this race? There’s no doubt that he’s got more loyalty to the public unions than to the taxpayers. Oh, and then there’s the fact that he’s a proven loser. He was trounced in his reelection bid for the state senate by Republican Leah Vukmir.

Chris Abele is trying to come into this race as the “great unknown”, but he’s got ties to liberal interests all over the place. To make matters worse he’s trying to distance himself from the one interesting thing he had going for himself, that little “blow up county government” thing. While it may have been poor wording the idea of handing off county services to eliminate duplication is a wonderful idea, too bad he’s ditching it as he tries to win favor with liberal special interest groups. Even with all this though he’d probably make a better exec than either of the previous two.

Ieshuh Griffin is a joke. Enough said.

Jeff Stone is the only candidate in the race trying to carry on the mantle of Scott Walker. He’s promising to hold the line on taxes, just as Walker did for the past 8 years. If he holds up that promise that alone would be enough to make him the best candidate for the job. He does have to prove himself however and I’ll be looking hard for some concrete ideas to cut spending and trim the fat that still exists in the county. We all know that if he wins he won’t have it easy, just as Scott Walker had to fight tooth and nail with the county board, so would Stone if he wins.

Tommy’s Little Choo-Choo

March 14, 2009

Congratulations to the urbanists, the downtowners and the anti-car crowd. Mayor Tom Barrett’s end-around the County has given him the win he was looking for and he’s now got half of the money he needs to build his little streetcar project. What Barrett and the urbanists don’t realize is that the removal of street parking along the route will be even more reason to keep those of us who’ve been fighting against this cute but expensive little choo-choo out of downtown. I’m starting to think that was the goal all along, to drive “car people” out of the city and into the outskirts. What do those guys call the freedom to drive again? Oh yeah, “sprawl” pronounced with a condescending snarl.

So there’s now no doubt that we’re getting Tommy’s silly little train but there is a very serious question about where the REST of the money will come from. The city has been given ~$55M right? Barrett’s numbers had construction of the streetcars at $100M, which is actually a slightly conservative number when you take a look at the average cost per mile for similar systems of $35M/mi. So where is the rest of the money going to come from? Then once it is built where will the operating funding come from? Milwaukee County is estimating that the state will be taking ~$3M of annual funding away from the bus system to help run the streetcars. Does anyone believe that this system can be run on $3M per year? What about the bus system? Everyone acknowledges that it needs more funding and yet this streetcar system will be draining a hefty chunk away from it. That’ll be $3M spent on a 2.8 mile circuit downtown instead of on the bus system that serves the entire county.

Here’s what I predict. Tom Barrett will push for the RTA to take over the streetcars. The RTA will push for a new tax on the entire region which it will use to pay for this system that benefits only the select few urbanists in downtown who will use it. Milwaukee County will push for a new county sales tax (which the county board is already working on) to fill in the holes left in the bus system’s budget. The City of Milwaukee will push for new parking surcharges in the downtown area (something Barrett has already announced as his plan to help pay for the streetcars). The net effect is that the “car people” who will no longer come downtown unless they are required to will pay for the entire system that they will not use. They’ll pay for it in sales tax on every single thing that they buy and they’ll pay for it in extra parking fees when they do have to go downtown. Way to stick it to us.

Walker Slammed By Weishan For Trying To Fix Pension

March 11, 2009

County Supervisor John F. Weishan, Jr. wrote an op-ed that appeared on a blog at biztimes.com this morning. In it he slams County Executive Scott Walker for attempting to find a solution to the county’s pension troubles.

Walker’s pension bonding plan is too risky – John F. Weishan, Jr. @ BizTimes.

Weishan promises to vote against Walker’s attempt to help fix the pension problems while offering no real solution of his own. He even states his opinion that ordinarily plans like Walker’s are sound solutions to problems like this but he just doesn’t like the long-term outlook right now. Sounds like a petty political grudge is keeping him from supporting a plan he would normally be in favor of.

Weishan’s hypocrisy is that he voted for the pension!!! Does he think we’ve forgotten? He bears the blame for getting us into this mess in the first place and instead of coming up with solutions to help fix his mistake he attacks every attempt by the County Executive to do so. If Weishan truly wants to fix the pension that he broke why hasn’t he put any effort into it over the past 8 years? Scott Walker has tried repeatedly to come up with solutions and he has been faced with opposition from the County Board and Supervisor Weishan every step of the way.

Supervisor Weishan, it’s time to either put up or shut up. If you can’t come up with a plan to fix the pension without raising our taxes then stop trying to sabotage the ideas of those who are working to fix this problem.

Weishan’s power grab threatens to upset months of negotiations between UWM & Milw. County

March 8, 2009

After months of negotiations between Milwaukee County and UWM a deal has finally been reached for the sale of a large parcel of the county grounds. UWM intends to build a $150 million engineering school which will work closely with the nearby county medical complex and serve as a center of biomedical engineering for the region.

The Business Journal has the whole story: UWM, county agree on land price – Site would house engineering school

This development will not only bring a state of the art engineering research facility to Milwaukee County but it’s construction will be a boost to the local economy at a time when such boosts are sorely needed. The agreement that has been reached allows for a flexible sale price depending on what the actual developed square footage eventually turns out to be, the more success that UWM has the more money Milwaukee County gets.

Sounds great, huh? Not if Supervisor Weishan has his way. Weishan is putting up a stink and apparently attempting to stop the County Board from voting on the plan. He’s upset that the county will lose control of the land and that the existing research park may face competition from the new engineering school. See Milwaukee Rising for the details.

While disappointing this behavior is certainly not surprising coming from Weishan. His obstruction of progress and reform in Milwaukee County government is surpassed only by his rigid adherence to the status quo. He’s determined to be a thorn in County Executive Scott Walker’s side and is no doubt feeling threatened by what will be seen as a victory for the county and for UWM in this deal brokered by Walker’s office.

Please contact Supervisor Weishan and express your support for this land sale to UWM. His phone number is 414-278-4222 and his email address is john.weishan@milwcnty.com.
You should also contact your own Supervisor, if you’re not sure who that is you can look them up here.

Scott Walker on UPFRONT with Mike Gousha

February 23, 2009

Click here to see the video.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker once again lays out the reasons behind his economic stimulus proposals. Tax cuts stimulate the economy by putting money into the hands of consumers and businesses while increasing taxes does the exact opposite.

I applaud Walker for sticking to his guns on this issue. He said before the “stimulus” bill was passed that we don’t need federal stimulus money, we need tax cuts. Now that it has passed he’s proposing that the money coming our way be used not to prop up failed government programs but that it instead be used in a way that really will stimulate the economy, tax cuts.

Walker Wants County, State Sales Taxes Suspended -via Today’s TMJ4

February 16, 2009

Walker Wants County, State Sales Taxes Suspended | Today’s TMJ4.

Standing in stark contrast to Gov. Doyle’s desire to raise taxes to fill the gaping hole he’s helped create in the state budget is Scott Walker’s desire to promote real economic growth here in Milwaukee and throughout the state. The proposal to suspend the sales tax, both at the county and state level, would pump tens of millions of dollars through the economy that would otherwise be lost into the fiscal black hole of the government. Tax increases failed to prevent the budgetary problems we’re faced with now so we have no reason to believe that they’ll do anything at all to fix them. It’s time to change our strategy and try something new, something that actually stands a chance of success.

Dispute Continues Over Milwaukee Stimulus Money – WISN Milwaukee

January 28, 2009

Dispute Continues Over Milwaukee Stimulus Money – Milwaukee News Story – WISN Milwaukee.

Supervisor Weishan finally chimes in and what does he have to say? Nothing really. He’s predictably in favor of higher taxes. He obviously doesn’t understand what is in the federal stimulus bill and he somehow thinks that its going to lead to, “job creation that’s so desperately needed in the Milwaukee area.”

Please Mr. Weishan explain to us exactly how the federal government giving money to the county government is going to create jobs for Milwaukee. That money will undoubtedly come with strings attached, strings that will require local taxes to go up or cuts to be made in other areas. We all know you aren’t going to be in favor of cutting anything in the bloated county budget so that leaves you with your favorite option… Time to raise the taxes!

What we need are real jobs in Milwaukee. Real jobs from real employers with real budgets. What we certainly don’t need are more government jobs for government employees who will receive bloated government benefits, excessive government pensions and guaranteed job security all at the taxpayer’s expense. The way to get those real jobs is to give a tax cut to the people who pay taxes.

Letting taxpayers keep more of their money is what will stimulate the economy. Letting business owners keep more of their money will let them expand their business, spend more on advertising or on whatever they feel will best suit their needs. An immediate cut in payroll taxes will relieve stressed family budgets nationwide which will create a ripple effect through the entire economy.

Funneling money through Wasington D.C. won’t lead to any lasting economic stimulus. Increasing our national debt by the biggest lump sum in history certainly won’t create any economic stimulus and it will act as an anchor on our economic growth for decades to come.

War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4

January 28, 2009

War of Words Over Inauguration Trip | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee.

It looks like Lee Holloway’s got his undies in a bunch. He’s blaming Scott Walker for the “leak” of the Coggs/Clark inaugeration trip, accusing Walker of trying to take the media’s attention off of his position on the federal “stimulus” package.

Holloway just doesn’t understand.

Walker doesn’t want to take attention off of his position on what makes up real stimulus, this issue is going to be a big winner for him but tax-and-spend types like Holloway can’t comprehend that.

This story about Coggs and Clark was going to come out one way or another. I have no idea if Walker tipped off the media or not but if he did, so what? What Supervisors Coggs and Clark did was an abuse of power and an example of corruption in public office. Since when is exposing such behavior the wrong thing to do?

Oh, that’s right, when it also throws egg on Holloway’s face. He is the one who signed off on their little trip.

Meanwhile Supervisor Borkowski is trying to play referee, defending Coggs and Clark because they’ve apologized. Grow a spine Borkowski, playing peacemaker may win you some brownie points with Holloway and his cronies but you aren’t doing yourself any favors. Now that they’ve been caught they’re trying desperately to hold onto their jobs by asking forgiveness and paying the money back. The only problem is that restitution doesn’t undo the breach of trust. They betrayed the taxpayers of Milwaukee County and they should face the consequences. Repaying the costs of the trip is the least that they should be doing. If it were my Supervisor who’d pulled such a stunt there’d be recall efforts underway at this very moment.

Speaking of my Supervisor, where is Weishan? He’s been deathly silent for weeks, including on this latest flap from the County Board. Oh wait, he likes to fly under the radar doesn’t he? As most of the rest of the board does as well. That lets them get away with their plans to stick it to the taxpayer all the easier.

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News

January 23, 2009

Walker on Supervisor Trip for Inauguration: “Mind Boggling” | Today’s TMJ4 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News.

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s take on this is right on the money. Pardon the pun. The taxpayers of Milwaukee County are not in a position to be paying for these types of trips, especially during a major event such as the inauguration when prices are inflated due to high demand.

If Supervisors Clark and Coggs wanted to be in D.C. for the inauguration then they should have taken personal trips and paid their own way. They’ve used taxpayer money for their personal enjoyment. This type of misconduct in office should not be tolerated, I hope their constituents remember this in the next election.