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Supervisors Respond To Walker’s Budget

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on October 6, 2010

Some of the County Board Supervisors sent out a joint press release with their takes on Scott Walker’s proposed budget.

The usual suspects, like Paul Cesarz and Joe Sanfelippo, do their usual sycophantic worshiping of Walker, even though the budget is unbalanced and probably illegal.

Usual critics of Walker, like John Weishan and Chris Larson point out the obvious:

“This budget is masquerading as a balanced budget, but it’s nowhere close. The numbers just don’t add up.” – Supervisor John F. Weishan, Jr., 16th District.

“Scott Walker has again presented a budget that is out of balance. He expects us to do the heavy lifting, restore essential services and keep a long-term vision for Milwaukee County’s residents. Writing a sustainable budget cannot be reduced to a post-it note slogan of ‘no taxes.’ I hope the media pays closer attention to the other side of the balance sheet and sees the crumbling infrastructure, loss of service, and neglect evident throughout the County that was not addressed in Walker’s proposal today.” – Supervisor Chris Larson, 14th District.

Supervisor Theo Lipscomb also gets a nice one in:

“If you believe you can have your cake and eat it, too, you will like this budget; but the truth is that this budget, like all of Walker’s budgets, relies on unrealistic revenues and expenses.” – Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, 1st District.

But the most quotable of them comes from Supervisor Gerry Broderick:

“Walker’s budget isn’t a budget at all. It’s a polemic screed aimed at loyal County employees. Even Dan Vrakas – in one of the most Republican counties in the nation – proposed a 2% increase. Walker’s ‘budget’ cuts 10%. That’s like hiring a pilot who wants to crash your plane.” – Supervisor Gerry Broderick, 3rd District, Chairman, Parks Energy & Environment Committee.


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