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Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement

Mayor addresses 300 business execs, says ending residency requirement could depress city property values.

By , Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service - Mar 22nd, 2013 10:00 am
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Mayor Tom Barrett (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Mayor Tom Barrett (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Taking advantage of a captive audience of 300 business executives, Mayor Tom Barrett urged them to call on their legislators to oppose a provision in the state budget proposal that would end residency requirements for public employees in Milwaukee and other municipalities.

The crowd was gathered at the Pfister Hotel to honor 10 companies and individuals recognized by The Business Journal for their contributions to economic development in the city.

Barrett pointed to the $5 billion drop in the city’s tax base since 2008 and the exodus of public employees in other cities following abolition of residency requirements as the reasons for his stance. The result was “downward pressure” on property values, he said.

Daphne Jones of Malone’s Fine Sausages, Inc. accepts an award from the editor-in-chief of The Business Journal, Mark Kass. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

Daphne Jones of Malone’s Fine Sausages, Inc. accepts an award from the editor-in-chief of The Business Journal, Mark Kass. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

“The reason that I’m asking you to do this is because quite honestly many of you probably have supported the governor and the Republican legislators. My request is for you to contact them this week and say, first of all, this does not belong in the budget and, second, this should be an issue of local control.”

Barrett added that Milwaukee has a lot of challenges that the city looks to the state for help on. “But the one thing that I do not look to the state to do is to hurt this city,” he said.

The crowd was gathered at the Pfister Hotel to honor 10 companies and individuals recognized by The Business Journal for their contributions to economic development in the city.

The winners of the annual Central City Business Awards for 2013 in the small business category were GSI General Inc., 2426 N. 1st St., a building restoration and remodeling company and Malone’s Fine Sausage Inc., 300 W. Walnut St.

Medium-sized company awards were presented to Brewery Credit Union, 1351 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.; Capitol Stampings Corp., 2700 W. North Ave.; La Lune Collection, a rustic furniture designer and manufacturer located at 930 E. Burleigh St.; and Pereles Bros. Inc., a plastic injection molding company, 5840 N. 60th St.

Time Warner Cable, 1320 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., won in the large company category.

Individual awards were presented to Lynda Jackson-Conyers, publisher of the Milwaukee Times weekly newspaper serving the African-American community since 1981; Dan Bader president and chief executive officer of the Helen Bader Foundation for its support of the African American Chamber of Commerce; and Maria Monreal-Cameron, founder and executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin for lifetime achievement advocating for the Hispanic community. Monreal-Cameron plans to retire in September after 24 years of service.

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on fifteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

2 thoughts on “Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement”

  1. skip tracer says:

    The solution is so simple. Phase out residency. Give city employees with, say, more than 15 or 20 years of service the option to leave…. that buffers the shock to the housing market. It’s at least partially fair. Or more fair than whatever either the Gov or Mayor want.

    Or the common council should put it on a referendum. Along with the trolley

  2. Milwaukee Man says:

    The opponents of the residency relief will scream that people should have choices!!! Women’s right to choose what she wants to do with her body etc etc. But when given the opportunity to choose which school they can send their children to with a voucher vs. the money being dumped into a public school system, the opponents of the relief go mad. Given a choice to live in the city or elsewhere they go mad. It’s all about choices unless you don’t choose what they tell you to choose. That sounds a little like a dictatorship vs. a democracy if you ask me.

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