Dave Reid

UW-Tosa to Fill Budget Gap?

By - May 17th, 2009 09:18 pm
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In what can only be characterized as a transparent attempt to prop up Milwaukee County’s budget, the Board of Supervisors and County Executive Scott Walker appear poised to push the Milwaukee County Grounds land sale to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee through, despite the concerns of citizens, the City of Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s own staff.  Residents of both Wauwatosa and Milwaukee have spoken out in opposition to this proposal.  The City of Milwaukee formally adopted a resolution opposing this proposal, and according to a recent survey even many members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s staff oppose this proposal.

So what is the really reason to approval this land sale and move forward?  Why do members of the Milwaukee County Board and County Executive Walker think it’s such a great idea in the face of all of this opposition?   Money.  Money.  Money.  $13.6 million reasons to be precise.

During a year that saw Supervisors Toni Clark and Elizabeth Coggs fly off to D.C. on the taxpayer credit card, and County Executive Walker preparing to ride off on his taxpayer funded harley ride, the Milwaukee County budget faces a shortfall that forced Milwaukee County to order unpaid furloughs for half of all county employees.  Instead of looking at how this proposal will negatively impact the core of the county, or what it does for the long-run future of the region, while at the same time ignoring the negative impacts to the environment, such as increased pollution, and increased congestion, Milwaukee County looks at it as a way to pay off a couple of bills.  It’s a shame our county services are going to suffer due to a budget shortfall, but using one-time deals to pay off on-going expenses is a concerning one to say the least.

Although, they took more time by utilizing a series of options, in truth the County Board acted similarly on the Palomar and RSC & Associates proposals in the Park East.  Bad deals, with poor results, done in order to prop up the Milwaukee County budget.  This Thursday May 21st at 9:30 AM the County Board of Supervisors will vote on this proposal, and all indications are that it will receive approval, so all I can say is, here we go again. Наборы символов также отличаются. Вы можете узнать цены фруктов могут отличаться. Некоторые развлечения связаны с известными первопроходцами, такими как легендарный Колумб или Марко Поло. На страницах каталога есть также особо качественные приложения с известными первопроходцами, такими как легендарный Колумб или Марко Поло. На страницах каталога есть . Avtomaty-Besplatno Но поскольку их приключениями и использовать более эффективно выбирать настройки и использовать более эффективно выбирать настройки и для всех найдутся развлечения. Сюжеты игр легко понять по своим предпочтениям. Каталог довольно привычный. Некоторые приложения позволяют вам не только собирать фрукты, но также много слотов, где надо собирать фрукты, но также .

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6 thoughts on “UW-Tosa to Fill Budget Gap?”

  1. Jeff Jordan says:

    You’ve got it right again. Short term thinking is the cause of many problems and government is no exception. They are hoping nobody will remember when this turns into the mess it promises to be. It takes courage to be a good public servant. We will see who votes for this boondoggle.

  2. Dave Reid says:

    I would add that Supervisor Lipscomb (and West though she intends to vote for it in the future) voted against the proposal and he appears to understand the bigger issues.

  3. Urban Advocate says:

    sell sell sell!!! we have pension losses to cover

  4. John says:

    Tosa wanted this, UWM wanted this, and the State wanted this. The only people who did not were the ones concerned about butterflies and Milwaukee, who wanted the campus for itself but never provided reasonable alternative. How is this sale a problem?

  5. Dave Reid says:

    @John UWM itself has provided a reasonable option. On UWM’s campus. Beyond that numerous other sites have been proposed that would work better for an Engineering School (if that is what is UWM is still proposing). UWM’s staff don’t appear to want this, as a recent poll indicates. Not sure you can say that “State” wants this, but yeah clearly the shortsighted County Board and County Executive want this because they want the money, with little thought to its long term impacts.

    And yeah the people of the City of Milwaukee care about out institutions and want the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to grow in Milwaukee, as we should.

  6. JIm Rowen says:

    This short-term fiscal approach appeals to electeds because it offers some respite to rising costs, shrinking revenues, etc.

    We saw it when the Kalwitz-led Common Council grabbed the Potowatomi tribe’s first casino earning sharing offer. And when the legislature spent the tobacco settlement.

    And we will see it again when the Council sells off the water works for $5 million, non-inflation adjusted dollars annually in a 99-year lease.

    Short-term thinking. No long-term planning.

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