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.