Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee County Board’

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.

Vote NO on Nov. 4th! Don’t be fooled!

November 3, 2008

Milwaukee County voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4th, will vote on this non-binding referendum:

“Shall the State of Wisconsin grant Milwaukee County the authority to provide property tax relief of at least sixty-seven million dollars ($67 million) by levying a one percent county use and sales tax to be used to remove the following three items from the property tax levy: parks, recreation and culture; transit; and emergency medical services (EMS)?”

I’ve created a Facebook Group to try to rally people together here in Milwaukee County against the County Board’s sales tax increase plan.

Click here to go to the Facebook Group: Vote NO on Nov. 4th – Don’t be fooled!

The Milwaukee County Board has placed a very misleading referendum question on the ballot for this Nov. 4th. They want to TRIPLE the county’s sales tax from .5% to 1.5%. This increase will amount to an additional $130 million of sales tax on goods and services sold in Milwaukee County each year (by the county’s estimates).

The referendum question implies that we will see property tax relief from this sales tax increase. Notice however that they state right in the question that they’re only planning on a property tax levy reduction of half of the amount of the new sales tax. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that we will see ANY property tax reduction at all as the County Board can always change their mind at any time.

The current .5% county sales tax was passed in 1991 with a similar promise of property tax relief but from 1992 to 2007 the property tax levy was increased by almost 71%! That’s more than $100 million per year in additional property taxes. What happened to the relief we were promised in the 90’s? There’s no reason not to expect the same thing to happen again if the County Board gets their way this time.

Vote NO on the Milwaukee County Sales Tax Referendum!

The Right View WI – Milwaukee County Board Meets in “Secret” – Overrides Veto of Sales Tax Ref.

September 4, 2008

I just posted a piece on The Right View WI about the County Board’s vote to override County Executive Walker’s veto of the sales tax referendum. Supervisor Weishan was among those who voted to override.

You can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/5fgaqm

My first Right View WI Post – The Milwaukee County Board Needs to Publish Their Votes

August 16, 2008

I’ve submitted a blog post to The Right View Wisconsin about my idea for the Milwaukee County Board to become more transparent and open with their voting records.  Please go check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/6zy4xp