Milwaukee County Budget Category Archive


  • Scott Walker’s Record on Budgets

    As governor, Scott Walker’s approach has been to reward the wealthy and corporations with tax cuts, both in the budget and through special legislation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Milwaukee County Debunks Walker’s False Debt Reduction Claim

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has claimed repeatedly for the past year that he has reduced Milwaukee County’s debt by between 10 and 30 percent, but one of his own top administration officials admitted Sunday the “county debt has risen 85 percent under Walker.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/03/2010
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight’s Debate

    MADISON, Wis. — In advance of tonight’s statewide television debate, One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to answer about his tax cuts plan for the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/24/2010
  • Walker 2008 Budget: 1.4 Percent to Overtime; State 2008 Budget: 0.2 Percent to Overtime

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is calling for a commission to study state overtime spending, citing the overtime costs for the state of Wisconsin in 2008. Records show Walker...

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/08/2010
  • Walker Vetoed Public Works County Building Inspection Engineer Position in 2008

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, as part of his 2008 budget, vetoed an engineering position for the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works to handle county building oversight and...

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/26/2010
  • Walker Spending Increase Eclipsed Doyle, Barrett

    MADISON, Wis. — As Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker proposed budgets to increase spending 35 percent, far ahead of the more modest spending plans of Gov. Jim Doyle and Milwaukee Mayor Tom...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/10/2010
  • Union Leader Says Walker Has Scapegoated County Employees For Years

    “Richard Abelson, head of the county’s largest union, wasn’t buying ‘this new soft, gentle and fluffy Scott Walker.’ Walker’s layoff remarks mean little and are likely aimed at voters in next year’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/29/2009
  • Lack of Infrastructure Investment Is a Consistent Complaint Against Walker

    “Milwaukee Supervisor John Weishan also charges that Walker has drained funds that should have gone to maintaining the county’s infrastructure to instead maintain his pledge never to raise property taxes. ‘He’s looted...

    Isthmus, 11/20/2009
  • Walker Enacted Wage Freezes, Pay Cuts, Furloughs, Pension & Health Benefit Cutbacks for County Employees

    “Recently, after the county workers’ union accepted a two-year wage freeze in exchange for no layoffs, Walker outlined a budget calling for 3% pay cuts, furloughs, pension and health-benefit cutbacks, and replacing...

    Isthmus, 11/20/2009
  • Advocates Warn Walker County Plan Ending Mental Health Day Treatment Likely Leads to Relapses and Greater Hospitalizations

    “After nearly 15 years helping patients discharged from Milwaukee County’s Mental Health Complex cope with life in the community, occupational therapist Kari Held faces an uncertain future and coping issues of her...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/08/2009
  • Walker Said Layoffs Were the Only Option, But Later Rescinded Them

    “Memo to Milwaukee County employees: Never mind. That was the upshot of a Friday session that ended with a new deal to avert the Thanksgiving layoffs of 180 county workers intended to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/31/2009
  • Supervisors Accused Walker of Concealing Deficit-Causing Change in State Medical Care

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s plan to temporarily lay off up to 180 employees as a last-ditch move to balance this year’s budget prompted finger-pointing and shouting Thursday from county supervisors. …Supervisors...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/30/2009
  • Funds That Could Have Gone to Fraud Prevention Went Unused in Milwaukee County Under Walker

    “Milwaukee County under spent its budget for running the Wisconsin Shares child-care program by more than $4.3 million since 2004 — money that could have gone toward greater fraud prevention, state officials...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/01/2009
  • County Employees Expected to ‘Bear a Heavy Burden of Budget Balancing Pain’ Under Walker Plan

    “Milwaukee County employees would bear a heavy burden of budget-balancing pain in County Executive Scott Walker’s proposed 2010 budget, with nearly $41 million in pay and benefits cuts and the elimination of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/24/2009
  • Walker Planned to Privatize Milwaukee County Zoo

    “Operation of the Milwaukee County Zoo, one of the area’s most popular attractions, would be spun off to a nonprofit company under a plan by County Executive Scott Walker. A proposal he’ll...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/20/2009
  • Walker ‘Pleased to Announce’ Receiving Federal Funds, Despite Opposition to Federal Stimulus

    “County Executive Scott Walker is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division-Wraparound Milwaukee program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, was notified that it...

    Milwaukee County Executive, 09/16/2009
  • Walker’s Proposed Cuts for Social Service Programs Called ‘Very Insulting’

    “Cuts proposed for social programs in 2010 stunned and angered Milwaukee County supervisors Wednesday, who said the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents would bear the brunt. The county’s Health and Human...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/16/2009
  • Walker Took Credit for Summer Youth Employment Program He Had Vetoed

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker acknowledged Friday it was too late to apply for 350 county summer jobs he highlighted in an outdoor ceremony at Washington Park on the city’s west side....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/29/2009
  • Walker Ordered Weekly Unpaid Furloughs for County Employees

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Thursday ordered five-hour weekly unpaid furloughs for most county employees through the rest of 2009 as a way of offsetting a projected $15 million deficit this...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/14/2009
  • County Supervisor Said Walker Has Not Supported Efforts to Get Federal Stimulus Funds for Green Construction Projects.

    “While the board’s override of the veto establishes the county is in favor of using stimulus money, County Supervisor Patricia Jursik said she is concerned Walker will delay efforts to research and...

    Daily Reporter, 04/01/2009
  • Walker Cuts to County Staff Resulted in Skyrocketing Overtime

    “Milwaukee County’s 2008 overtime spending is on pace to match or beat last year’s record $15.8 million tab, despite extra recruitment and hiring of mental health and corrections workers, an analysis of...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/05/2008
  • County Board Overrode Walker Plan to Outsource Electrical & Plumbing Work

    “A Milwaukee County Board veto override Wednesday means contractors will miss out on $600,000 worth of contracts, and 30 tradespeople on the county payroll will keep their jobs. ‘We are not a...

    Daily Reporter, 11/21/2008
  • Walker Used Creative Veto Power of the Vanna Veto

    “Walker stitched together random letters and even spaces from paragraphs of 2009 budget text, as amended by the County Board, to create new meaning …‘Vanna White’ vetoes -grabbing letters like the game...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/19/2008
  • Walker Gave Up Control of House of Correction and Transferred to Sheriff

    “The board did not disrupt Walker’s plan to place oversight of the House of Correction under Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and merge it with Clarke’s operation of the county jail. Under...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/11/2008
  • Walker Opposed Sales Tax Increase to Fund Parks, Transit and Paramedics and Reduce Property Taxes, But Voters Supported Increase

    “A referendum on raising Milwaukee County’s sales tax by one percentage point to beef up funding for parks, transit and paramedics and to reduce property taxes appeared headed for approval in Tuesday’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/05/2008
  • Walker Delayed Hiring of Green Building Projects Position for Over A year

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker came under fire Tuesday for delays in hiring the county’s first engineer to oversee the county’s ‘green’ building projects. Although the position was created in July 2007...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2008
  • Supervisors Criticized Walker for Dragging His Feet on Hiring for County’s “Green” Building projects.

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker came under fire Tuesday for delays in hiring the county’s first engineer to oversee the county’s “green” building projects. Although the position was created in July 2007...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/29/2008
  • Walker 2009 Budget Proposal Called for Privatizing Services, Laying Off 339 County Workers

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s 2009 budget would potentially lay off 339 employees, mostly through privatizing food service, housekeeping, skilled trade and vehicle maintenance workers, supervisors were told Monday. …County Board Chairman...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/07/2008
  • Walker County Budget Called Fee Hikes

    “Some fees would rise under Walker’s budget. For example, playing golf at county courses would increase by $3 per nine holes, according to the board staff review. Current fees range from $6.50...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/07/2008
  • Walker Wanted to Eliminate County Economic and Community Development Division

    “Milwaukee County’s economic development efforts would get a lower profile under County Executive Scott Walker’s 2009 budget. The Economic and Community Development Division would disappear, its duties parceled out to other departments....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/03/2008
  • Walker’s County Budgets Are ‘Political Shell Game’

    “In recent budgets, Walker has been playing a political shell game. He makes taxpayers think the county can get by with what it spent the previous year when it can’t. To prevent...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/30/2008
  • In 2008 Walker Reneged on Promise to Give Back $60,000 of Salary

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said Tuesday he’ll scale back the amount of his paycheck he returns to the county, if he’s re-elected to another term April 1. Walker will cut the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/19/2008
  • Walker Proposed Budget Which Cut Needle Exchange Program, Said AIDS Prevention Not a ‘Core Function of the County’

    “Plans by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to cut $230,000 for AIDS prevention from the budget next yer were blasted Sunday at the 13th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin….In Milwaukee County, county money...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/30/2002