GOP budget plan is a sham

    Ironically, the Assembly has entitled their budget proposal the "Property Taxpayer Protection plan."

    In reality, it’s nothing more than a property taxpayer sham.

    With critical city services like police, fire and libraries on the line, the Assembly Republicans have decided to toss aside the bipartisan recommendation for a $15 million increase in state shared revenue.

    Pouring salt on the wound, the Assembly Republicans have decided to saddle Milwaukee homeowners with an additional $13 million burden to pay for the Parental School Choice Program.

    And this proposal continues to force Milwaukee to pay the salaries of cops convicted of a crime. The police officers convicted in the Jude case alone have cost Milwaukee taxpayers $474,970.24 in pay and benefits since they were fired.

    That’s not a protection plan – that’s a sham for Milwaukee taxpayers.

    Tom Barrett is the mayor of the City of Milwaukee.


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