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January 27th, 2010

Report says Milwaukee County’s finances are ‘crumbling’ .

As much as it sickens me to say this, cialis sale levitra taxes are going to have to go up to fix this.

(Unless, help there’s something in the law that allows the County government to renege on it’s promises to the unions.)

Suddenly moving to Mequon or Waukesha is looking better and better.

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  • 1. David Casper  |  January 27th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Yet you have some folks out there calling to raise taxes so we the county can take on more and more things outside of fixing the problem it’s already in.

    As soon as the little lady finishes nursing school, we’re out of this county. It’s beyond repair.

  • 2. capper  |  January 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    A couple of things:

    One, if the Journal and Walker get their way, no where in the state will be safe. Giving the programs to the state to run will be more expensive and not as well run. Look at child welfare and income maintenance for examples.

    Two, didn’t Walker promise to fix this? What has he done to do so? Laying off workers, privatizing and cutting services hasn’t worked. Maybe he should try to show some leadership instead.

  • 3. Elliot  |  January 28th, 2010 at 10:35 am

    “Maybe he should try to show some leadership instead.”

    Not trying to be offensive, but what do you mean by that exactly?

    (I assume you mean raise taxes, but I don’t want to put words into your mouth. ;)

  • 4. capper  |  January 29th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    The paper just reported today that Brown Deer was able to sit down and bargain with their union and come to terms on a contract that will start capping pension benefits, have a pay freeze this year, and workers pay more for health insurance. In turn, the unions got a retroactive pay raise for 2009 and who knows what else.

    Walker has only grandstanded and showboated for the entire time our contract has been expired, over a year now. Taxpayers have already lost tens of millions of dollars in lost savings by Walker refusing to allow negotiations, not to mention the cost of all the lawsuits the County is now fighting due to bad faith bargaining, prohibited practices, etc.

    Furthermore, Walker has refused to find other revenue streams, including ones that he had slipped away, making our economic situation even tighter.

    He’s failed in economic development by eliminating all of the positions tied to it. How good would your company due if everyone suddenly stopped trying to sell your services?

    He’s failed in the income maintenance, refusing to fill positions even though they were authorized and paid for. Now the county and the state are facing a class action lawsuit, forcing the state take over. Additional costs to the county is already over $5 M per year.

    In summary, Walker does what he thinks will make him look good, and hopes the fecal matter doesn’t hit the circulation device until he is long gone.

  • 5. Elliot  |  January 29th, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for taking the time to point all that out, Capper.

  • 6. capper  |  January 31st, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Well, you asked. :P

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