Supervisor Taylor Reacts to Milwaukee County Governance Reform Bill
Following the introduction of LRB 1340/2 in the State Legislature, a bill that aims at reforming Milwaukee County government, Supervisor Taylor issued the following statement.
Milwaukee – Following the introduction of LRB 1340/2 in the State Legislature, a bill that aims at reforming Milwaukee County government, Supervisor Taylor issued the following statement:
“After nearly a month and a half of hearing about the bill that would reform Milwaukee County, I finally saw it for the first time on Friday.
“I would like to remind those who questioned the timing of my reaction to county board reform that creating good public policy requires thorough analysis and in-depth examination of any legislative proposal. With the bill finally introduced in the State Legislature last Friday, we may now begin the review and analysis.
“Having reviewed the bill, I have to agree with the main sponsor, Rep. Sanfelippo, that the bill is not perfect and, while there are many items I like in the bill, there are a few I do not.
“I support having the voters decide whether they want a full-time or part-time board because this is true democracy in action.
“Clearly defining the lines of authority between the County Board and the Executive is long overdue, dating back to the creation of the Executive position in 1960. I believe that the majority of these changes will make the County run more efficiently. I have some concerns that this bill places too much power in the Executive branch, and I am hopeful that can be worked out before it is adopted because having checks and balances is crucial to good government.
“I also approve of the steps the bill takes to streamline the role of county government and make it more relevant by deleting some of the obsolete statutory references and outdated functions of the County Board.
“The creation of a new intergovernmental cooperation agreement requires an additional approval of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council of Milwaukee County before any agreement becomes binding. This is important to protect suburban communities, like the ones I represent, from an agreement that is not in their best interest.
“It is clear that the proposed reform bill does not address the size of the Milwaukee County Board. Despite this being the case, I still intend to pursue my plan to downsize the Board from 18 to 13 members, as I believe that this is in the best interest of 9th District constituents I represent and of all Milwaukee County residents.”
Press Releases Referencing Steve Taylor
Apr 18th, 2016 by Steve Taylor
“I also encourage County Executive Chris Abele, who attended today’s meeting, to work with the County Board to help solve this County’s problems locally instead of running to Madison to consolidate his power.”
Mar 17th, 2016 by Steve Taylor
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Mar 8th, 2016 by Steve Taylor
“This decision flies in the face of the principles of the good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”
Mar 3rd, 2016 by Steve Taylor
“This is a common-sense measure that will help to restore faith and transparency in Milwaukee County’s redistricting procedure.”
Mar 2nd, 2016 by Steve Taylor
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