Ald. Michael Murphy

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Rebuilt DeBack Playground wins Mayor’s Design Award
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Rebuilt DeBack Playground wins Mayor’s Design Award

It features a 90-foot zipline, walking track, fitness equipment, permeable pavement basketball courts, challenging toddler elements, and a 10-foot tall rope dome.

Praying for the Zyszkiewicz family and hoping for justice
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Praying for the Zyszkiewicz family and hoping for justice

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy March 24, 2017

President Trump’s proposed budget is an attack on working class people
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President Trump’s proposed budget is an attack on working class people

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy March 16, 2017

Common Council approves annual Housing Trust Fund grants
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Common Council approves annual Housing Trust Fund grants

Housing Trust Fund grants totaling $526,000 will help the homeless, promote accessible housing, create jobs and help with homeowner repairs

Common Council greenlights creation of Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force
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Common Council greenlights creation of Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force

The task force will build on the city’s partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin and data analysis by Alderman Murphy’s office.

On the passing of Marlene Johnson-Odom
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On the passing of Marlene Johnson-Odom

"Marlene was a trailblazer and a conscientious, deeply committed public servant who served with genuine honesty and integrity."

It’s time for Mulchfest 2017
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It’s time for Mulchfest 2017

Mulchfest is an annual event to help keep Christmas trees out of the landfill.

MKE Plays receiving $100K gift at City Hall Dec. 22 The
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MKE Plays receiving $100K gift at City Hall Dec. 22 The

MKE Plays is a city-led initiative aimed at renovating 12 of Milwaukee’s most dilapidated playgrounds.

Milwaukee County on pace for a record-setting year of opioid overdose deaths
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Milwaukee County on pace for a record-setting year of opioid overdose deaths

Analysis from city’s new partnership with Medical College of Wisconsin also shows growing prevalence of fentanyl in overdose cases

Smokeless tobacco banned at Miller Park, other MKE sports venues
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Smokeless tobacco banned at Miller Park, other MKE sports venues

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy November 22, 2016

Common Council approves budget measure to boost Housing Trust Fund
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Common Council approves budget measure to boost Housing Trust Fund

Housing Trust Fund increase of $200,000 will boost supportive housing efforts

Alderman Murphy proposes smokeless tobacco ban
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Alderman Murphy proposes smokeless tobacco ban

Smokeless tobacco contains at least 28 known carcinogens and causes oral, pancreatic and esophageal cancer.

Time for DA to release the video footage of MPD fatal shooting
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Time for DA to release the video footage of MPD fatal shooting

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy October 28, 2016

Leaked documents show waste of millions just to stir GOP voters
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Leaked documents show waste of millions just to stir GOP voters

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy---September 16, 2016

On the sudden passing of Eric Von
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On the sudden passing of Eric Von

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Shooting in Dallas compounds an already tragic situation
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Shooting in Dallas compounds an already tragic situation

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy July 8, 2016

MKE Plays, Sarah Zarate receive recognition from Public Policy Forum
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MKE Plays, Sarah Zarate receive recognition from Public Policy Forum

News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

MKE Plays offering summer jobs to youths and providing meals at new playgrounds
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MKE Plays offering summer jobs to youths and providing meals at new playgrounds

News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

MKE Plays the recipient of one of Bucks Foundation’s first grants
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MKE Plays the recipient of one of Bucks Foundation’s first grants

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy June 6, 2016

Heroin study funding to go before Public Safety Committee
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Heroin study funding to go before Public Safety Committee

Since 2005, Milwaukee County has seen a 495% increase in heroin-related deaths.

MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant
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MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant

Funding to be used to incorporate art into program’s playground reconstruction projects

MKE Plays ready to transform Marcus DeBack Playground
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MKE Plays ready to transform Marcus DeBack Playground

Friday news event will include unveiling of major improvements at playground – one of six playground upgrades planned for Milwaukee during 2016

Statement of 10th District Alderman Michael J. Murphy
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Statement of 10th District Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Congratulations to Alderman Ashanti Hamilton on his election as Common Council President.

Community partners in Sherman Park to unveil new gateway sculpture
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Community partners in Sherman Park to unveil new gateway sculpture

News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Town hall meeting focused on heroin and opiates problem
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Town hall meeting focused on heroin and opiates problem

Monday, November 16, 2015, 5:30PM-8:30PM (program at 6:15PM)

Homeless will get boost from Housing Trust Fund awards
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Homeless will get boost from Housing Trust Fund awards

Housing Trust Fund grants totaling $600,000 will help the homeless, provide rehabilitation for substance abuse, create jobs and help with homeowner repairs

Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs
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Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs

News release from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Nik Kovac

Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports MKE Plays with special centennial gift
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Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports MKE Plays with special centennial gift

Three city playgrounds to be rebuilt through $200,000 investment; kickoff event set for Tuesday

Volunteers to build new playground Saturday at Merrill Park
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Volunteers to build new playground Saturday at Merrill Park

More than 200 volunteers will help construct the new playground on Saturday.

Common Council President Michael J. Murphy announces committee changes
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Common Council President Michael J. Murphy announces committee changes

Alderman Borkowski, who won the August 18 special election, was appointed by President Murphy to the Community and Economic Development Committee.

Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik

A memorial neighborhood walk and stepping stone dedication will be held on Saturday, August 29.

Common Council will review arena plan in series of meetings beginning August 31
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Common Council will review arena plan in series of meetings beginning August 31

News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

Common Council ready for substantive, public review of arena proposal
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Common Council ready for substantive, public review of arena proposal

The downtown arena proposal is nearing a full review and deliberation by the Common Council.

Senator Baldwin steps up on train bridge issue
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Senator Baldwin steps up on train bridge issue

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy July 13, 2015

Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget
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Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Praying for police officer wounded in northwest side shooting
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Praying for police officer wounded in northwest side shooting

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy June 19, 2015

President Murphy schedules committee briefing on arena funding plan
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President Murphy schedules committee briefing on arena funding plan

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

President Murphy to take Council committee seats
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President Murphy to take Council committee seats

“In the wake of the sudden and tragic passing of Alderman Dudzik, until further notice I will assume the seats on the Public Safety and Finance and Personnel committees that he very ably held.”

President Murphy calls for special election for 11th District Council seat
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President Murphy calls for special election for 11th District Council seat

News release from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

City loses a dedicated public servant in Alderman Joe Dudzik
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City loses a dedicated public servant in Alderman Joe Dudzik

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy May 22, 2015

Curbing violence and promoting peace: In their own words
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Curbing violence and promoting peace: In their own words

MKE Peace Project asks Milwaukee’s youth for input on why violence occurs, potential solutions; City Hall news conference set for Tuesday, May 5

Continuing the search for solutions to tragic, senseless violence
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Continuing the search for solutions to tragic, senseless violence

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy April 16, 2015

Alderman Murphy to welcome Irish delegation today
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Alderman Murphy to welcome Irish delegation today

Milwaukee Common Council President Michael J. Murphy will welcome a visiting delegation from Ireland on Monday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, as they tour the City of Milwaukee on a mission to connect Irish Americans with their homeland and promote business, trade and tourism.

City of Milwaukee Career Fair is Thursday
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City of Milwaukee Career Fair is Thursday

“City service encompasses a vast array of jobs and careers, and this event provides a prime chance to discuss opportunities with representatives from several city departments.”

Streetcar vote a first step down the path to Milwaukee’s future
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Streetcar vote a first step down the path to Milwaukee’s future

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy February 10, 2015

Truth lies in the middle of Milwaukee Streetcar debate
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Truth lies in the middle of Milwaukee Streetcar debate

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy January 21, 2015

Ribbon cutting, reception to mark opening of Center Street Park ice rink
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Ribbon cutting, reception to mark opening of Center Street Park ice rink

Waterstone Bank Ice Rink at Center Street Park is open and free for the public to enjoy, nearly 25 years after the rink was closed because of budget cuts in the 1980s.

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy December 22, 2014
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Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy December 22, 2014

"It’s important, in the wake of the district attorney’s decision today, that we recognize first and foremost the pain that continues for the family of Dontre Hamilton."

Amendments double funding for STRONG Homes Loan program
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Amendments double funding for STRONG Homes Loan program

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Robert Bauman

Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting
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Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting

President Murphy hosting key meeting next week targeting parents, loved ones

Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget
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Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Financial Planning Day offers free financial counseling & workshops
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Financial Planning Day offers free financial counseling & workshops

Milwaukee Financial Planning Day on Saturday, October 25.

Job fair offers employment, experience working on new NWM tower
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Job fair offers employment, experience working on new NWM tower

Job fair offers employment, experience working on new NWM tower

University Club renovation the first to make use of PACE energy efficiency funding
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University Club renovation the first to make use of PACE energy efficiency funding

An iconic building in downtown Milwaukee with more than 85 years of history will soon be brought up-to-date with cost-saving, energy-efficient utilities

Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue
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Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue

Qualifying nonprofit organizations will be allowed to purchase certain cityowned, tax-foreclosed properties for one dollar.

Hamilton family and community deserve answers soon
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Hamilton family and community deserve answers soon

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy September 15, 2014

President Murphy: Tom Nardelli ‘tireless advocate’ for constituents, city
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President Murphy: Tom Nardelli ‘tireless advocate’ for constituents, city

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

New business continues “green” trend at 51st and Blue Mound
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New business continues “green” trend at 51st and Blue Mound

Story Hill BKC, a wine bar and spirits shop serving an array of food and drink options, is opening fully today.

Work coming next week for stretch of heavily-traveled west side roadway
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Work coming next week for stretch of heavily-traveled west side roadway

The stretch of N. Hawley Rd./N. 55th St. from W. Vliet St. to W. Lisbon Ave. will be closed to all traffic during high-impact paving work that will begin on Monday, July 28.

Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday
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Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday

Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 4.

A less than adequate response on oversaturation of sex offenders in Milwaukee
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A less than adequate response on oversaturation of sex offenders in Milwaukee

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy May 27, 2014

SB324 approval wrong for Milwaukee, wrong for voters
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SB324 approval wrong for Milwaukee, wrong for voters

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors
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Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors

Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side

Common Council President Murphy announces election for 15th District
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Common Council President Murphy announces election for 15th District

The start date for circulating nomination papers was February 11.

Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments
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Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments

President Murphy has appointed Alderman Nik Kovac to succeed him as the new chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy
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Statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy

I deeply appreciate and am greatly humbled by the trust and confidence entrusted in me by my colleagues.

Alderman Murphy on announcement by Council President Willie Hines
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Alderman Murphy on announcement by Council President Willie Hines

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy January 31, 2014

City’s pension fund outperforms state, Milwaukee County funds in 2013
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City’s pension fund outperforms state, Milwaukee County funds in 2013

The City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System (CMERS) pension fund’s preliminary year-end results show the fund earned a return of 19.6%, gross of fees.

Spotlight on pension crises in other cities provides perspective
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Spotlight on pension crises in other cities provides perspective

Significant pension crises in Chicago and Detroit provide an opportunity for the City of Milwaukee to reflect on how it has managed to achieve the top-rated public fund (Pew Charitable Trusts report, dated January 2013) in the U.S., according to Alderman Michael J. Murphy.

Common Council approves Housing Trust Fund grant award projects
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Common Council approves Housing Trust Fund grant award projects

Housing Trust Fund grants totaling $406,000 for affordable and supportive housing projects

Milwaukee budget for 2014 gets high marks in Public Policy Forum report
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Milwaukee budget for 2014 gets high marks in Public Policy Forum report

The non-partisan Public Policy Forum is giving the City of Milwaukee positive marks for the proposed 2014 city budget.

News conference will highlight options available at Foreclosure Prevention Event
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News conference will highlight options available at Foreclosure Prevention Event

The City of Milwaukee joins Take Root Milwaukee to invite people area residents who are facing foreclosure to a special event this week.

PACE energy efficiency initiative for buildings moves forward
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PACE energy efficiency initiative for buildings moves forward

Building on the success of the Me2 program, the City of Milwaukee is developing new financial resources to help building owners finance energy efficiency improvements on their properties and improvements that save energy dollars, create better buildings, create local jobs and improve the environment.

Legislators think they know what’s best for Milwaukee neighborhoods
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Legislators think they know what’s best for Milwaukee neighborhoods

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy June 20, 2013

Milwaukee Recognized as ‘Playful City USA’ Community
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Milwaukee Recognized as ‘Playful City USA’ Community

Sign unveiling event Monday will feature Alderman Murphy, Mayor Barrett and MPS representative

City pension changes projected to save more than $90 million
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City pension changes projected to save more than $90 million

Pension changes approved today by the full Common Council will save the city approximately $93 million over the next 20 years, Alderman Michael J. Murphy said.

New report casts doubts on sports venues’ economic impact claims
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New report casts doubts on sports venues’ economic impact claims

Alderman Murphy believes the report will be a valuable tool in the upcoming debate over the future of Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy
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Important information from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy
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Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy February 25, 2013

Public Service Commission loses sight of the public interest in power line decision
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Public Service Commission loses sight of the public interest in power line decision

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy March 1, 2013

Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy
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Attack on residency continues Governor’s “divide and conquer” strategy

Governor Walker’s state budget proposal to end residency requirements for municipalities statewide is one of the most serious and direct attacks on local control and local governance in the history of the State of Wisconsin.

None better than city’s pension system, national report shows
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None better than city’s pension system, national report shows

The City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System (CMERS) is rated at the top of city pension systems in the U.S., according to a report just released by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Double-decker freeway, annexations among concerning options at I-94 hearings
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Double-decker freeway, annexations among concerning options at I-94 hearings

Double-decker freeway, annexations among concerning options at I-94 hearings.

Common Council Approves Picks for Housing Trust Fund Awards
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Common Council Approves Picks for Housing Trust Fund Awards

A total of $830,391 in Housing Trust Fund grants will help the homeless, low-income renters and neighborhoods affected by oreclosures

State funds for BMO/Harris Bradley Center helpful; others could also be helped
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State funds for BMO/Harris Bradley Center helpful; others could also be helped

In my view, I do not see this move as a flip flop on the part of the Governor .

Candidates should make position known on Disclose Act
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Candidates should make position known on Disclose Act

American politics today is bursting at the seams with money, and most of it is donated anonymously. That lack of transparency is troubling to Alderman Michael J. Murphy and to members of the Common Council.

Event Wednesday will tout summer safety in the city
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Event Wednesday will tout summer safety in the city

Alderman Michael J. Murphy will join representatives from the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Fire Department to encourage safe summer activities for children. The event will take place tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at the entrance to Washington Park Pool, 1859 N. 40th St.