Statements about County government
"I’m running the second-largest county district attorney’s office … at 1985 staffing levels."
A statewide poll showing 76 percent support and other surveys are a "strong indicator" of broad public support in Milwaukee County for a $10.10 minimum wage
Says Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has "deputies collecting overtime while sitting passively in chairs watching courthouse security personnel work."
Under Wisconsin law, "anyone who knows anything about a John Doe" secret criminal investigation "can't talk about it."
A poll taken "a few months ago" found "70 percent approval or higher" for the Act 10 collective bargaining law.
Says Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is responsible for the roughly $7,800 "I pay in property taxes per year."
Action by the Milwaukee County Board will "provide the County Executive with the same level of security as the Governor and the Mayor of Milwaukee while saving taxpayers $300,000."
"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
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."
"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.
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.
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