Posts Tagged ‘Weishan’

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.

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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.

Privatizing Mitchell Int.

August 18, 2008

Scott Walker wants to investigate privatizing Mitchell and I think its a good idea. North Shore Exponent has a good post on the topic that I wanted to share with you.

The county has the potential to reap huge financial benefit from such an arrangement as the lease of the airport could bring in a huge amount of revenue and at the same time reduce the overall size of the operations that the county is running. More money coming in, less going out, that’s the direction we need to take Milwaukee County.

Walker’s proposal estimates that the county could see $25 million per year from the deal which could be used to help fund the county transit system. I’d rather see the money go directly to tax relief but would take this option to fund transit over the County Board’s proposed sales tax increase.

From the JS Online piece:

Supervisor John Weishan Jr. said he’ll oppose a privatization consultant study…………..
“I wish (Walker) would put as much effort into lowering health care costs in Milwaukee County . . . rather than some fantasy about privatizing the airport,” Weishan said.

Weishan’s statement is hypocritical and ludicrous. If he was consistent he’d want to put the decision directly to the voters via a referendum (as he does with the sales tax increase). He talks about lowering health care costs in Milwaukee County while at the same time attempting to triple the county sales tax. Does Weishan believe that increasing the cost of everything in the county by another 1% will lead to lower health care costs?

Once again Scott Walker is leading the way in innovation in Milwaukee government. As always the County Board is trying to stand in his way as they toe the line of the status quo.