State Sen. Leah Vukmir
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Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget jeopardizes police and fire funding for streetcar project

By - Sep 26th, 2017 12:53 pm

Brookfield, Wis. — State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, issued the following statement Tuesday about Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s budget that would drastically cut police and fire while sustaining funding for the downtown trolley project:

“Mayor Barrett wants us to believe the only way we can keep Milwaukee safe is to raise taxes. It’s a lie. We’ve proven at the state level that you can both fund your priorities and keep taxes low. Leaving the city in a risky position by reducing the number of firefighters in addition to police officers is baffling.

“Unfortunately, Mayor Barrett’s budget priorities lack all common sense. When criminal behavior is on the rise and the carjacking epidemic continues to spread, he intends to cut police positions. The absurdity of this proposal is dumbfounding. In simple terms, Mayor Barrett will gamble with your safety in order to play politics. Inexcusable.

“Oh, but don’t worry Milwaukee, funding for Barrett’s hobbyhorse trolley project stays intact. We don’t need it, no one will use it, and we can’t afford it, but it remains the mayor’s top priority. Improving community safety, reducing police response times, decreasing the number of victims… apparently those don’t make the to-do list. It certainly makes sense to sacrifice vital public safety programs for the silly desire of the mayor’s to have a pointless streetcar.”

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10 thoughts on “Gamble with your safety? Barrett says YES.”

  1. Rozanne Screven says:

    I didn’t know that Leah Vukmir was running for Mayor of Milwaukee. Her comments about Mayor Barrett’s budget are so disingenuous, since she approved of the cuts to Milwaukee from state sharing. And the state has not shown that they can cut taxes while maintaining services as they should be maintained. State debt is rising and infrastructure is deteriorating with not enough spent on highway and road repair. But the wealthy who benefitted the most from the Republican tax cuts are getting wealthier and the discrepancy between incomes for CEO’s and their workers is getting larger every day in Wisconsin. The tax breaks to big corporations are being spent on salary increases for CEO’s. That is the reality of Leah Vukmir’s Wisconsin.

  2. David Ciepluch says:

    You are a first class hypocrite. 43% of Milwaukee’s budget is for police protection. The Republican state has looted millions in tax dollars from urban areas like Milwaukee, and granted them to their wealthy benefactors, and other scams like WEDC and the Foxconn scam.

    Milwaukee would do fine economically if it were allowed to keep all of its income tax, fees, gas taxes, and sales tax that goes to the State to fund hypocrites like you and your scams that steal from all of us.

  3. Michael Schwister says:

    Leah hates her some street car. But I see she has a flair for loving her some bs with a little bit of divide and conquer. But don’t worry, Leah!. Everyone has guns now. We are safe! See you on Milwaukees first budget saving public transportation investment Leah.

  4. Max says:

    Her statement is a textbox example of what’s wrong with a good many politicians. First, she creates a huge fiscal problem for local government safety, transportation, educational services, taking money from them, to lavish on her pet projects, and then when local governments reduce services says “oh, look over, how awful”. Vukmir, thy middle name is Shameful Hypocrite.

  5. Old Man Yells at Cloud says:

    She forgot her contact info:
    Telephone: Office: (608) 266-2512.
    E-mail: Sen.Vukmir@legis.wisconsin.gov

  6. will says:

    Thanks to all so far who have written onVukmir. Oh this bought and paid for GOP sticking her brown nose into Milwaukee instead of rural areas where many more problems are popping up because of deep budget cuts.

  7. Vincent Hanna says:

    -“First, she creates a huge fiscal problem for local government safety, transportation, educational services, taking money from them, to lavish on her pet projects, and then when local governments reduce services says “oh, look over, how awful”.

    Amen. And partisan tools like WCD and WashCoRepub and Jason the Troll ignore this because it gets in the way of their Milwaukee bashing and facts don’t matter to them.

  8. WashCoRepub says:

    Well, this ‘partisan tool’ recommends using another tool…. “Google.” Look up the positions and salaries of Milwaukee City Employees (the data is out there in one database).

    Once you’ve dug into that list a bit, then see if you can admit honestly that public safety positions are the ones you’d cut first.

    Leah is spot on.

  9. Vincent Hanna says:

    How many cops make over $100,000 a year partisan tool? Is it 100 or 200? But yeah that’s not excessive at all.

  10. Vincent Hanna says:

    How many items in the state budget were specifically crafted to hurt Milwaukee? How much does Milwaukee give compared to what it gets? Yeah you’re a partisan tool all right.

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