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County Executive Abele Praises Passage of Bills to Improve Mental Health Care and Create Jobs

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks the State Senate for the passage of two bipartisan bills that will strengthen Milwaukee County.

By - Mar 11th, 2014 11:31 am

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele thanks the State Senate for the passage of two bipartisan bills that will strengthen Milwaukee County.

The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board bill passed unanimously, 33-0. The bill will create an independent board of experts to oversee the Behavioral Health Hospital and help facilitate progress toward the community-based model of care used across the country.

“The fact that every Republican and Democratic State Senator voted for this bill is an inspiring reminder that on issues as important as this, everyone can come together. This legislation ensures that providing the best system of care will no longer come second to any other priority.”

The Lake Michigan shoreline bill approved today affirms the 1913 shoreline created by an agreement between the City of Milwaukee and the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. The boundaries established in 1913 have long been recognized by the DNR, the state legislature and others as the lake bed boundaries, and as a result, have been used for a century of real estate development in Milwaukee. This bill is also a critical step in the development of the Downtown Transit Center site, an underutilized concrete building. The project is expected to add over $10 million to the local tax base as well as create 2,600 direct and indirect construction jobs.

“Not only does this bill provide important legal clarity for the Downtown Transit Center project, it also creates certainty for future downtown developments and prevents the need for future unnecessary delays. When developers are considering significant investments in our community, anything we can do to clarify the process makes us a more attractive place to do business and create jobs.”

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