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
Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Thanks Board for Overwhelming Support of SEED Legislation to Eliminate Food DesertsMay 21st, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Program Aims to Provide Access to Fresh Healthy Food to All
May 20th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Latino Civil Rights Leader to be Honored Annually on His Birthday, Resolution Allows Employees to Attend “Chavez Day of Action”
May 19th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
“I look forward to the results of these discussions as we move toward a new vision for the Milwaukee Art Museum and O’Donnell Park”
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Joins Dane County in Call for Indiana Travel BanApr 1st, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Says Milwaukee County Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Be Spent in Indiana Due to State’s Discriminatory New “Religious Freedom” Law
County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic Invites Public to a Discussion on the Future of South Shore ParkMar 30th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Major improvements to water quality at beach planned
Mar 27th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
New resource increases independence and transit ridership.