A consistent theme throughout Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has been power grabs, particularly from local government. Walker has signed several bills preempting legislation at the local level, including a medical leave ordinance in Milwaukee and local living wage ordinances throughout the state.
His approach to budgeting and taxes have also restricted local governments, capping local government’s ability to raise revenue through property taxes, slashing the amount of state revenue shared with local governments to pay for things like police, fire, and snow plowing.
Some of these attacks have been politically motivated attacks directed solely the Milwaukee County board, which Walker tangled with during his tenure as Milwaukee County exec. A law signed by Walker forced the board from four year terms to two year terms, cut the board’s budget by two-thirds, and resulted in county board supervisors’ positions changing from full-time to part-time.
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to shift property assessment duties from municipalities to counties is meeting resistance among assessors and county leaders. The Wisconsin Association of Assessing Officers voted this week to oppose... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/18/2015]
Mayor Tom Barrett says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to end residency rules statewide for all units of local government means he is abandoning an ideal Republicans have long subscribed to: local control.... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/21/2013]
MADISON, Wis. — A report that Gov. Walker’s gubernatorial campaign manager directed his Milwaukee County staff to “drag out” fulfilling requests under the state open records law for information related to a... [One Wisconsin Now, 11/20/2012]
MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements related to the announcement that Kelly Rindfleisch will plead guilty to one count of felony misconduct in public... [One Wisconsin Now, 10/09/2012]
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The 2011-13 budget cut shared revenue aid to local governments by $76 million, a 9% reduction, the largest in at least a decade. Shared revenue helps to pay for local services like... [Politifact, 05/24/2012]
Here’s the challenge: The state cut funding to operate economic support services by 16.8 percent, while at the same time requiring counties to contribute the same amount to services that they did... [Janesville Gazette, 12/31/2011]
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Walker signed into law $27.5 million in cuts to transportation aid to local governments for maintenance of local roads. (2011-13 Executive Budget Comparative Summary, Department of Transportation, page 666; 2011 Assembly Bill... [2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011]
Madison city officials and housing advocates are reeling from a punch delivered by new GOP legislation that threatens to erase several decades worth of renter protections enacted here. Senate Bill 107, introduced... [Capital Times, 06/15/2011]
Walker signed into law a bill that prevented local government’s from passing paid sick leave or family medical leave laws that are more inclusive and powerful than the statewide law. The governor... [2011 WI Act 16, 05/05/2011]
“(Chad Wegener) works for Wackenhut Security Services, a big international firm, which took over security at the Courthouse last month. However, back in 2004, Wegener resigned as chief of police in Manawa,... [WMTJ-TV, 04/15/2010]
“Walker, the county executive who is running for governor, renewed his call Monday to parcel out county functions to the state, municipalities and to governmental districts yet to be created. Walker has... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/22/2009]
“The referendum also faced organized opposition from a local conservative political action group, Wisconsin Club for Growth, which ran radio ads critical of the sales tax increase over the past week. Walker... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/05/2008]
“But Walker exacerbates the county’s woes by sticking to his pledge to freeze the county property tax. The sentiment is commendable, but his intransigence is anything but. …Walker’s pledge fits his belief... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2008]
Gov. Jim Doyle said Tuesday he will veto a Republican plan for distributing the state aid local governments use to pay for services such as police and fire protection, saying it unfairly... [Associated Press, 07/09/2003]
“Assembly Republicans on Thursday proposed a two-year statewide property tax freeze as a way to shield taxpayers…State aid to cities, counties, villages and towns would be set at $931 million in 2004... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/23/2003]
The lawmakers’ proposal would eliminate the $ 819.5 million a year in operating subsidies that state government gives to cities, villages and towns.But it would continue state operating aid of $189 million... [Associated Press, 02/26/1999]
Walker claimed the new Republican Legislators pioneered the idea. “We felt it was important as new members to stress that we were looking for something dynamic and different.” [Capital Times, 12/09/1993]
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