Statements from Milwaukee County

"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.

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.

Milwaukee County government employees pay "much more" for their health care than City of Milwaukee or State of Wisconsin employees.

Says Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele "eliminated" sheriff’s office funding for providing security for presidential and presidential campaign visits.  

"For the first time since 1990, American manufacturers are creating new jobs."

Says Milwaukee blacks have 55 percent male unemployment, 60 percent truancy, a 50 percent graduation rate, the "worst" reading scores and "lead" in infant mortality. 

Says Milwaukee County buses are no less safe now than a year or two ago.

The Milwaukee County sheriff’s department  "plays only a limited role as a traditional law enforcement agency" and in 2009 reported far fewer crimes to the FBI than the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police did.

On Milwaukee County government’s debt burden

Says state Rep. Sandy Pasch "did nothing to stop" people from scamming the Wisconsin Shares child-care subsidy program and voted against funding for fraud investigators.

Says state Rep. Sandy Pasch, her recall opponent, "voted to allow public school employees to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for…Viagra."

State Sen. Alberta Darling "voted to add more than $1 billion in additional spending" while cutting programs such as education and health care

Says Milwaukee County spent over $170,000 in salaries in 2010 for employees to "participate in union activities such as collective bargaining."

Milwaukee is "the most segregated city in America."

Milwaukee lost the headquarters for MillerCoors because the area lacks good transit.

Says Chris Abele, opponent in Milwaukee County executive race, "failed to finish 3 separate colleges, dropping out all 3 times."

Says Milwaukee County Parks director Sue Black has not received a pay raise in five years.

On his support for sharply limiting collective bargaining by public employees.

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