Statements about County government
"At present spending levels, only citizens of New York have a greater local debt burden than Texans."
"Residents could have received nearly $48M for Local Schools, Fire District, Sheriff’s Dept. and Social Services."
"During my eight years as county executive, we cut the number of county workers by 20 percent."
"The Legislature passed Gov. Walker’s so-called property tax relief bill," but the Republicans "are still raising your property taxes."
Milwaukee County has "a parks capital budget that’s bigger than it’s been in the last 10 years."
"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."
On residency requirements for public workers
Says that in Curry County, "if you make a 911 call you’re likely to wait for an hour for a response."
A referendum "gives the people the chance to decide" on cutting the Milwaukee County Board budget by two-thirds
"The State of Wisconsin thinks you should have to" wash your hands "at least 28 times to make one peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich."
Says a state bill checks the spending habits of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors by "bringing it in line with other county boards around the state."
The Milwaukee County Board approved a reform package by a 15-3 vote, "meaning Board Supervisors’ salaries will be cut by 20 percent" and "the Board’s budget will be cut by 50 percent."
Says "A baby in Coos County is two times as likely to be born to a mother who is someone who used tobacco during her pregnancy as is the average baby born in Oregon or the U.S."
Says "Studies show the average age of entry into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old."
"I had to lay off 48 people last year," which has exacerbated the lack of law enforcement officers in the county that respond quickly to crime calls.
Says Oak Grove is "one of the largest cities in Oregon" and is "the biggest city in Clackamas County and it's not a city."
The Milwaukee County Board’s staff grew from four workers to 38 over four decades and now costs taxpayers "a lot more," while the total county workforce was more than cut in half in the same period.
Thanks to actions by the Milwaukee County Board on the 2013 budget, the amount of county taxes on the average home in the city of Milwaukee "would be a $19 decrease."
Milwaukee County government employees pay "much more" for their health care than City of Milwaukee or State of Wisconsin employees.
Says that "Tennessee law requires that schools receive half of proceeds -- $31 million per year" -- from a half-cent increase in the Shelby County sales tax.
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