Statement of Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Regarding the Signing of AB 85
The bill signing is taking place in Milwaukee County when the state legislative committees that heard this bill – which targets Milwaukee County – never held a single public hearing here.
The bill signing is taking place in Milwaukee County when the state legislative committees that heard this bill – which targets Milwaukee County – never held a single public hearing here. The County Board, on the other hand, held local listening sessions all over the county where a clear message was heard that residents preferred local reforms over state-mandated change. The County Executive chose to ignore the residents of our county who preferred local reforms. Instead, he worked closely with outside interests to give himself more power. There will be many challenges in the implementation of this poorly written bill as a result of the state micro-managing a local government with no local input. Many counties across the state opposed the bill.
We all know what happened here. This is an attack on the legislative branch of the most diverse county in the State of Wisconsin. The bill aims to destroy the legislative branch and attempts to reduce the power of the people. AB 85 consolidates power into one person’s hands, the County Executive. This consolidation of power is dangerous and undemocratic because it reduces the checks and balances in government.
This is not about the County Executive or me. It is about the people of Milwaukee County. Generations to come will be affected by this bill. The County Board will do its best with what has been forced onto us by the state to represent the people on important services like transit, parks and mental health. We will stand up and protect the interests of Milwaukee County.
Press Releases Referencing Marina Dimitrijevic
Feb 25th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Neighborhood listening session will combine with “dollar days” event
Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Announces New Commitment of $200,000 in Workforce Development Funding on Couture and Streetcar ProjectsDec 16th, 2014 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Additional Funding Will Train and Connect Residents with Jobs
Milwaukee County Board Moves Forward on Free Transit Rides for Seniors and Persons With DisabilitiesOct 29th, 2014 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Adds New Transit Service to Job Centers in Brown Deer and Oak Creek
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Says Actions by the U.S. Supreme Court Have Cleard the Way for Milwaukee County to Begin Issuing Same-Sex Marriage LicensesOct 6th, 2014 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Says SCOTUS Ruling Clears Way for Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
Oct 2nd, 2014 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Chairwoman Dimitrijevic and Sup. Haas to Hold Town Hall Meeting October 20
Aug 27th, 2014 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Says $500,000 Contribution Will Help Revitalize Park and Beach