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David Bowen

Born and raised on Milwaukee’s North Side, David attended Milwaukee Public Schools and was an honors graduate of Bradley Tech High School.

As a teen and young adult, David completed Urban Underground’s youth leadership program and later become its Program Director while pursuing an undergraduate degree in Educational Policy and Community Studies at the University of Wisconsin-­‐ Milwaukee. He is a National Americorps Service Alum, a two-­‐time graduate of the Americorps program Public Allies, and a Legacy Foundation Youth Activism Fellow.

A nationally recognized trainer for intergenerational community improvement strategies, David served on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Violence Prevention Initiative Steering Committee and the City of Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission.

In 2012, he was elected to the Milwaukee County Board as Supervisor for the 10th District, becoming the youngest member of the Board and one of the youngest Black elected officials in Milwaukee’s history. David serves on several County Board committees including Finance & Personnel, Health & Human Needs and Economic & Community Development as Vice-­‐Chair.

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Rep. Bowen wishes students, educators well at start of school year
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Rep. Bowen wishes students, educators well at start of school year

Will greet students at Bradley Tech High School, Universal Academy Elementary

Rep. Bowen: Statement on a new Milwaukee Bucks arena
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Rep. Bowen: Statement on a new Milwaukee Bucks arena

I couldn’t support the arena deal without reducing the $400 million financial burden on taxpayers, much of which will be paid for by Milwaukee residents.

County Board Invoices Taxpayers for Living Wage Ordinance
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County Board Invoices Taxpayers for Living Wage Ordinance

Taxpayers deserve an explanation from Rep. Bowen

Rep. Bowen Demands Action in Response to Escalating Milwaukee Gun Violence
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Rep. Bowen Demands Action in Response to Escalating Milwaukee Gun Violence

Rep Bowen Statement on Milwaukee Gun Violence

Statement from Rep. Bowen on Assembly’s Passage of Backwards Republican Budget
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Statement from Rep. Bowen on Assembly’s Passage of Backwards Republican Budget

“We’ve known from the start that this budget is wrong for Wisconsin.”

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

A huge number of partners and foundations have combined to transform an inner-city park that once fostered crime.

Why one county supervisor changed his mind – and doomed the sale of O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual
Reps. Bowen & Brostoff Introduce Heat & Eat Bill
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Reps. Bowen & Brostoff Introduce Heat & Eat Bill

New Legislation Would Reverse Food Stamp Cuts from 2014 Farm Bill

Meet and Greet with 10th district candidate at Hybrid Lounge
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Meet and Greet with 10th district candidate at Hybrid Lounge

"My mission is to serve as an open-minded, positive, problem-solving leader as well as a lifelong learner."

Invitation from Rep. Brostoff to a Protest against the UW Budget Cut Proposal
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Invitation from Rep. Brostoff to a Protest against the UW Budget Cut Proposal

“This evening I will be rallying with the community in support of the UW system.”

Plenty of Horne: Anti-Chisholm Candidate Fails to Get On Ballot
Plenty of Horne

Anti-Chisholm Candidate Fails to Get On Ballot

Monique Taylor sought open county supervisor seat to run against Gwen Moore’s son, but didn’t get enough signatures.

Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature
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Rep. Barca Welcomes New Members to Legislature

Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) welcomed seven new Democratic representatives to the Wisconsin State Legislatur

Back in the News: Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy
Back in the News

Chisholm Decision Triggers Controversy

DA decides not to charge officer who killed mentally ill man, leaving community divided over issue.

Supervisor David Bowen Questions Hamilton Decision
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Supervisor David Bowen Questions Hamilton Decision

Says 14 Shots “Excessive,” Urges Community to Stand Firm Against Injustice

Supervisors Announce Support for Couture Project
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Supervisors Announce Support for Couture Project

They Applaud Economic and Community Development Committee for Approval of Project

Eyes on Milwaukee: Another Bad Transit Plan By County Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Another Bad Transit Plan By County Board

Amendment slipped into budget has had no public review and could leave system $1 million short (or worse) by end of 2015.

Supervisors Bowen and Rainey to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting October 30
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Supervisors Bowen and Rainey to Hold Joint Town Hall Meeting October 30

Supervisors Welcome Input From 10th and 2nd District Residents on 2015 Budget

Supervisor David Bowen Praises ECD Committee Actions
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Supervisor David Bowen Praises ECD Committee Actions

Bowen Praises Approval of Sale of O’Donnell Parking Structure, Surplus of Community Correctional Center Building, Hammes Project

Supervisor David Bowen Critical of Proposed Utility Rate Increase
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Supervisor David Bowen Critical of Proposed Utility Rate Increase

Urges Public Service Commission to Table WE Energies Rate Hike Request

Bowen Applauds Board Passage of Board Resolution Calling for Accountability
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Bowen Applauds Board Passage of Board Resolution Calling for Accountability

Says SHO Audit Will Address Concerns Over Operations

County Board Endorses SEIU Driven “Payback” Audit
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County Board Endorses SEIU Driven “Payback” Audit

Sups. Alexander and Borkowski Critical of "SEIU-Driven Payback Audit"

Supervisor Bowen Thanks Committee Colleagues for MCO Audit Approval
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Supervisor Bowen Thanks Committee Colleagues for MCO Audit Approval

Health and Human Needs Committee Approves Audit for Managed Care Organizations

Plenty of Horne: Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night
Plenty of Horne

Abele Goes O-fer On Election Night

Sheriff Clarke wins democratic primary. Plus: The rest of election night's winners and losers.

Supervisor Alexander Opposes SEIU Harassing Private Business
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Supervisor Alexander Opposes SEIU Harassing Private Business

Sup. Alexander to Take "A Stand for Liberty" at SEIU Rally Thursday

Supervisor Bowen Applauds Raids of Violent Criminals
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Supervisor Bowen Applauds Raids of Violent Criminals

Announces Resident Leadership Conference on July 26 to Address Quality of Life Issues

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, a New Park East Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Supervisor David Bowen Urges Residents to Attend 7 P.M. Community Call to Action for Shooting Victim at Tiefenthaler Park
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Supervisor David Bowen Urges Residents to Attend 7 P.M. Community Call to Action for Shooting Victim at Tiefenthaler Park

Bowen Decries Violence in Parks and Urges More Patrols, Block Watches

Supervisor David Bowen Praises Organizations for Successful Transit Suit
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Supervisor David Bowen Praises Organizations for Successful Transit Suit

Lawsuit Will Bring $13.5 Million to Milwaukee County for New Transit Routes

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen Praises Low-wage Workers
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Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen Praises Low-wage Workers

Compares Fight for Economic Justice with Civil Rights Movement

David Bowen Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin’s 10th State Assembly District
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David Bowen Announces Candidacy for Wisconsin’s 10th State Assembly District

David Bowen to run for Wisconsin’s 10th Assembly District

Murphy’s Law: Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?

Defeat of Mayor Jeff Scrima could mean better relations between the two cities.

Statement of Supervisor David Bowen Regarding the April 1 Referendum
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Statement of Supervisor David Bowen Regarding the April 1 Referendum

"Yesterday, wealthy special interests won a bad poll of public perception at the expense of our democratic principles."

Supervisor David Bowen Criticizes Referendum, Supporters
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Supervisor David Bowen Criticizes Referendum, Supporters

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s referendum on County Supervisors’ pay and benefits.

Supervisor David Bowen Thanks Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Zilber Family Foundation for Contributions to Johnsons Park
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Supervisor David Bowen Thanks Rotary Club of Milwaukee, Zilber Family Foundation for Contributions to Johnsons Park

Following the announcement of a $250,000 gift for the revitalization of Johnsons Park from the Zilber Family Foundation and a $100,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Milwaukee for the park, Supervisor David Bowen released the following statement.

Supervisor David Bowen Calls Living Wage Ordinance Passage “A Major Win” for Low Wage Workers in Milwaukee County
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Supervisor David Bowen Calls Living Wage Ordinance Passage “A Major Win” for Low Wage Workers in Milwaukee County

Following the Milwaukee County Board's 12-6 veto override of a measure to increase the living wage to $11.32 for employees of contractors doing business with the County, Supervisor David Bowen issued the following statement.

Supervisor David F. Bowen Cites Brookings Study on Poverty
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Supervisor David F. Bowen Cites Brookings Study on Poverty

Says Study Justifies Living Wage Ordinance

MILWAUKEE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DAVID F. BOWEN AND KHALIF RAINEY CRITICIZE  COUNTY EXECUTIVE ON VETO OF LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE
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MILWAUKEE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DAVID F. BOWEN AND KHALIF RAINEY CRITICIZE COUNTY EXECUTIVE ON VETO OF LIVING WAGE ORDINANCE

Milwaukee County Supervisors David F. Bowen and Khalif Rainey said today that the County Executive’s veto of a living wage ordinance is “a slap in the face of the working poor in Milwaukee County.” The Milwaukee County Board passed a living wage ordinance that sets a wage of $11.32 an hour by a veto-proof majority of 12-6 […]

Bowen Calls Living Wage Bill in Legislature an Attack on the Working Poor and Local Control
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Bowen Calls Living Wage Bill in Legislature an Attack on the Working Poor and Local Control

Bill Would Prohibit Municipalities from Establishing a “Living Wage”

Bowen Thanks Colleagues for Passage of Living Wage
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Bowen Thanks Colleagues for Passage of Living Wage

Encourages County Executive to Sign Ordinance

Supervisor David F. Bowen Praises Finance Committee for Passage of Living Wage Ordinance
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Supervisor David F. Bowen Praises Finance Committee for Passage of Living Wage Ordinance

Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen today praised the County Board’s Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee for voting to approve a “living wage” of 100 percent of the poverty line.

Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance
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Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen on the County Executive’s Opposition to a “Living Wage” Ordinance

I’m disappointed that the County Executive has resorted to spreading misinformation regarding my proposal to replace poverty wages in Milwaukee County with a Living Wage ordinance.

Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen Hopeful of Veto-proof Majority on Living Wage Ordinance
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Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen Hopeful of Veto-proof Majority on Living Wage Ordinance

Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen said today he remained hopeful that his “living wage” ordinance would pass the full County Board with a veto-proof majority of 12 votes after the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee delayed a vote on the measure Monday.

Supervisor Taylor Reaffirms his Strong Opposition to the Living Wage Increase Proposal
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Supervisor Taylor Reaffirms his Strong Opposition to the Living Wage Increase Proposal

Supervisor Steve Taylor reiterated his strong opposition to the minimum wage increase proposal, to be considered today by the Milwaukee County Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee.

Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen To Hold News Conference on Living Wage Monday, December 16th at 9:30 A.M.
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Milwaukee County Supervisor David Bowen To Hold News Conference on Living Wage Monday, December 16th at 9:30 A.M.

Supervisor David Bowen, with other members of the County Board and community, will hold a news conference on living wage at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, December 16, in the rotunda of the Milwaukee County Courthouse

The Other Mandela

The Other Mandela

The fundraiser for Rep. Mandela Barnes, just two days before his namesake Nelson Mandela died, had a big turnout.

Supervisor Bowen Looking for Full-time Support for DBE Program
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Supervisor Bowen Looking for Full-time Support for DBE Program

Part-time solution not the answer to help minority-owned businesses thrive

Supervisor Bowen Announces Series of Town Hall Meetings
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Supervisor Bowen Announces Series of Town Hall Meetings

Residents Invited to Speak About Milwaukee County Budget, Other Issues

Supervisor David Bowen Says Affordable Health Care Access Can Help Stop Violence
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Supervisor David Bowen Says Affordable Health Care Access Can Help Stop Violence

Issues Statement in Support of ACA, Saying Health Care Access Will Help Mental, Physical Healthcare Issues and Help Put a Stop to Violence

Supervisor David Bowen to Propose Living Wage Ordinance
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Supervisor David Bowen to Propose Living Wage Ordinance

Resolution Aimed at Getting Full-time Workers Above the Poverty Line

Mapping Milwaukee for Teens

Mapping Milwaukee for Teens

New project hopes to map 325 activities and resources in the city for bored teens.

Op-Ed: Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired
Op-Ed

Why Kimberly Walker Was Fired

The county board had ample grounds for dismissing the Corporation Counsel.

Supervisor David Bowen Counters Supervisor Deanna Alexander’s Attention-Getting Claims
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Supervisor David Bowen Counters Supervisor Deanna Alexander’s Attention-Getting Claims

Says Alexander “Does Not Value the Truth,” Misleads Public About Board Activities

Supervisors Bowen, Rainey, Stamper Statement on Dismissal of Corporation Counsel
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Supervisors Bowen, Rainey, Stamper Statement on Dismissal of Corporation Counsel

Three Milwaukee County Supervisors said today that they voted for the dismissal of Corporation Counsel because the Board has lost confidence in her ability to perform neutrally and serve Milwaukee County with appropriate and independent legal counsel.

Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen in Support of an Ethics Resolution by Supervisor Patricia Jursik Directing All County Officials to Refrain from Using County Funds to Purchase Commercials
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Statement of Milwaukee County Supervisor David F. Bowen in Support of an Ethics Resolution by Supervisor Patricia Jursik Directing All County Officials to Refrain from Using County Funds to Purchase Commercials

Sheriff David Clarke has instructed his out-of-county and out-of-state pro-gun-lobby supporters to advocate to my office on his behalf.

Supervisor David Bowen Resolution on Badgercare Funding Concerns
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Supervisor David Bowen Resolution on Badgercare Funding Concerns

Request for the State to accept Federal Healthcare Funds

Supervisor David Bowen Says Sheriff Clarke “Destabilizing” House of Correction, Applauds County Board Action
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Supervisor David Bowen Says Sheriff Clarke “Destabilizing” House of Correction, Applauds County Board Action

Cites Reports of Understaffing, Forced Overtime for Officers and Needless Prisoner Shuffles Between Jail and House

Supervisor David Bowen Offers Support for Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic
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Supervisor David Bowen Offers Support for Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic

Says Calls for Resignation a “Distraction from the Real Issues Facing Milwaukee County”

Intergovernmental Relations Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Local Reform Measures
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Intergovernmental Relations Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Local Reform Measures

Public hearing will allow Milwaukee County residents an opportunity to speak out on County governance reforms

Statement of Supervisor David Bowen Regarding the Retirements and Firings of County Executive’s Administration
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Statement of Supervisor David Bowen Regarding the Retirements and Firings of County Executive’s Administration

Supervisor Questions Sudden Departures, Abele Administration’s High Turnover

Supervisor Bowen Expresses his Disappointment in the Recent Changes to 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio Format
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Supervisor Bowen Expresses his Disappointment in the Recent Changes to 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio Format

Milwaukee Black Community Loses 1290 WMCS-AM Talk Radio

Supervisor David Bowen Responds to LRB-1340/2
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Supervisor David Bowen Responds to LRB-1340/2

State Legislators are Attempting to Tip the Scales of Power in Milwaukee County Government

Bowen, Stamper Respond to Statement Issued by Supervisor Alexander
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Bowen, Stamper Respond to Statement Issued by Supervisor Alexander

Supervisors David Bowen, District 10, and Russell W. Stamper II, District 5, have issued statements in response to claims by Supervisor Deanna Alexander that elected officials meddled in the affairs of the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner and led to the resignation of Christopher Poulus.

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Unveils Countywide Governement Reform Initiative
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Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Unveils Countywide Governement Reform Initiative

“OUR Milwaukee County” Aimed at Comprehensive, Inclusive and Local Government Reform

Milwaukee County Board Honors Local Social Justice Advocate in Observance of Black History Month
Wisconsin Mental Health Agencies Will Lose Out on Millions if Walker Rejects Medicaid Dollars
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Wisconsin Mental Health Agencies Will Lose Out on Millions if Walker Rejects Medicaid Dollars

At a press conference Thursday morning health advocates highlighted a crisis fast approaching.

County Supervisors, Others to Call for End to Poverty Wages for Janitors
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County Supervisors, Others to Call for End to Poverty Wages for Janitors

Contract for cleaning county buildings spurs concerns that public dollars fund family-sustaining jobs

Supervisor Bowen, Coalition of Organizations, Citizens Applaud Reverse Decision By Fire and Police Comission
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Supervisor Bowen, Coalition of Organizations, Citizens Applaud Reverse Decision By Fire and Police Comission

Supervisor, Others Call Reversal a Vote for Public Safety

Supervisor Bowen Calls for Fire & Police Commission Reform
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Supervisor Bowen Calls for Fire & Police Commission Reform

Bowen to Join Community Leaders in News Conference 5 p.m. Today at City Hall

The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues

With the closing of Moody Pool, the city's North Side now has half the number of public pools as the South Side.

Supervisor Stamper Praises Board for Leadership in Cases Involving Death of a Person in Law Enforcement Custody
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Supervisor Stamper Praises Board for Leadership in Cases Involving Death of a Person in Law Enforcement Custody

Board overwhelmingly approves resolution outlining policy for Medical Examiner’s office

County Board 2013 Budget Blast: Nov. 5, 2012
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County Board 2013 Budget Blast: Nov. 5, 2012

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, under the leadership of Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, has adopted the 2013 Budget today.

Results from Today’s Milwaukee County Board Meeting
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Results from Today’s Milwaukee County Board Meeting

A summary of items passed at the county board meeting.

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

Proposal to kill transfers and cut fares suddenly lost its supporters.

The County’s Paradoxical Transit Proposal

The County’s Paradoxical Transit Proposal

A proposal to lower cash fares for county buses could actually increase the cost for many riders.

SUPERVISORS INVITE RESIDENTS TO “TRI-DISTRICT” BUDGET LISTENING SESSION
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SUPERVISORS INVITE RESIDENTS TO “TRI-DISTRICT” BUDGET LISTENING SESSION

Session includes 2nd, 5th and 10th Districts

Supervisor Bowen Commends Committee for Moving Forward with Reform to Medical Examiner Policy
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Supervisor Bowen Commends Committee for Moving Forward with Reform to Medical Examiner Policy

Legislation now moves to full County Board on November 1

Supervisor Bowen Expresses Concern, Sympathy in the Case of Brandon Johnson
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Supervisor Bowen Expresses Concern, Sympathy in the Case of Brandon Johnson

Johnson, who was 25-years-old, died as a patient in the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex

Murphy’s Law: Rich Park, Poor Park
Murphy’s Law

Rich Park, Poor Park

Milwaukee County Parks is increasingly a two-tier system, with the worst maintained parks in poor areas.