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
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.
Mar 24th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
Discussions Between Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee County Aim to Create Public-to-Public Partnership That Serves All
Mar 4th, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Supervisor Patricia Jursik, and Supervisor Theo Lipscomb to take inaugural ride on March 23 in Oak Creek and Brown Deer.
Mar 2nd, 2015 by Marina Dimitrijevic
March 4-6 Summit to Focus on Climate, Energy, Water, Food and Health at Wisconsin Center