County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr.

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Board of Supervisors Calls for Fair Deal to Avert County Funding Crisis
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Board of Supervisors Calls for Fair Deal to Avert County Funding Crisis

"Milwaukee County is facing a serious funding crisis."

Milwaukee County to Move Inmate Healthcare In-house by 2021
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Milwaukee County to Move Inmate Healthcare In-house by 2021

Short-term Contract Provides a Bridge to In-house Provision of Healthcare at the Jail and House of Corrections

Workgroup Recommends Set of Legislative Solutions to Avert County Funding Crisis
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Workgroup Recommends Set of Legislative Solutions to Avert County Funding Crisis

"We need a new partnership with state leaders on solutions that are good for the county and the state." "

County Board Proposes Moving Jail Medical In-house
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County Board Proposes Moving Jail Medical In-house

Supervisors Call for Accountability in the Delivery of Mandated Healthcare

County Board Rejects Contracts with Unison
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County Board Rejects Contracts with Unison

"The problems with the management and oversight at UNISON are too serious to ignore."

County Moves to Take Control of Jail Medical Services
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County Moves to Take Control of Jail Medical Services

Committee Approves Measure to Ensure Delivery of Quality Healthcare

Board of Supervisors Adopts 2019 Milwaukee County Budget
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Board of Supervisors Adopts 2019 Milwaukee County Budget

17-1 Vote Demonstrates Unprecedented Unity Among Supervisors

Supervisors Save JobLines with Amendment
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Supervisors Save JobLines with Amendment

Lipscomb, Dimitrijevic Avert Cut to Jobs Access for Thousands

Lipscomb, Abele Launch ‘Fair Deal’ Initiative
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Lipscomb, Abele Launch ‘Fair Deal’ Initiative

County Leaders Co-Signed Legislation Monday Night at Annual Public Hearing on County Budget

Lipscomb Calls for Fair Deal with Madison to Solve Fiscal Challenges
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Lipscomb Calls for Fair Deal with Madison to Solve Fiscal Challenges

State aid to Milwaukee County has remained essentially flat in recent years despite the fact that the county sends $400 million more in tax revenue to Madison.

Audit Reveals Shortfalls in Required Medical Staffing
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Audit Reveals Shortfalls in Required Medical Staffing

As a result of a class action lawsuit over jail conditions, a 2001 court-approved Consent Decree set specific staffing levels in order to provide reasonably necessary health care to inmates.

County Board Urges More Transit Options to Foxconn
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County Board Urges More Transit Options to Foxconn

"We need transit options that can connect Milwaukee workers to jobs at Foxconn before the jobs become available, or workers without adequate transportation likely won't even apply."

Milwaukee County Offers New Tool for Financing Energy Saving Upgrades
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Milwaukee County Offers New Tool for Financing Energy Saving Upgrades

PACE financing allows borrowers to recoup those costs over time via savings on utility bills.

Milwaukee County Offers New Tool for Financing Energy Saving Upgrades
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Milwaukee County Offers New Tool for Financing Energy Saving Upgrades

MILWAUKEE – Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., is asking the Board of Supervisors to take the next steps in setting up a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan program and help Milwaukee County property owners finance the costs associated with energy saving upgrades. “By making PACE financing available and the renovation of older buildings more affordable, […]

Chairman Lipscomb and Supervisor Dimitrijevic Push for a Paid Parental Leave Policy for Milwaukee County
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Chairman Lipscomb and Supervisor Dimitrijevic Push for a Paid Parental Leave Policy for Milwaukee County

Progressive Plan Aimed at Achieving Equity and Improving Employee Recruitment

Committee Advances Resolution to Modernize Transit
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Committee Advances Resolution to Modernize Transit

"This is an excellent opportunity to pilot the use of zero-emission battery electric buses, add new vehicles to our fleet, and reduce our costs."

County Board Calls for Returning Winter Farmers Market to Mitchell Park Domes
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County Board Calls for Returning Winter Farmers Market to Mitchell Park Domes

The winter farmers market provides a venue for about 50 vendors and draws an average of 1800 visitors to the Mitchell Park Domes every Saturday from November through April.

Lipscomb Calls for Returning Farmers Market to Domes
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Lipscomb Calls for Returning Farmers Market to Domes

At 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 15, the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Culture will hear a report from the Interim Parks Director, as requested by the County Board of Supervisors, regarding the status of the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market.

Chairman Lipscomb Announces Committee Assignments
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Chairman Lipscomb Announces Committee Assignments

Standing committees typically meet every month, prior to the County Board meeting.

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Elects Lipscomb as Chairperson
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Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Elects Lipscomb as Chairperson

No other supervisors were nominated to serve as Chairperson for the 2018-2020 term.

Lipscomb Proposes Bus Route to Link 1,300 Workers to Foxconn
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Lipscomb Proposes Bus Route to Link 1,300 Workers to Foxconn

Invites Racine and State of Wisconsin to Collaborate with Milwaukee County

Lipscomb Reaffirms Wisconsin’s Good Government Values
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Lipscomb Reaffirms Wisconsin’s Good Government Values

Asks Legislators to Reject Bill that Would Undo Checks and Balances

Lipscomb Offers Solutions to Avoid Bus Route Cuts
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Lipscomb Offers Solutions to Avoid Bus Route Cuts

Questions Abele's Transit Cuts in Light of $2.75 Million Transit Surplus

Lipscomb Resolution Keeps Schulz Aquatic Center Open
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Lipscomb Resolution Keeps Schulz Aquatic Center Open

Measure also establishes moratorium on non-essential travel

Lipscomb Slams Abele Administration for Hidden Bonuses
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Lipscomb Slams Abele Administration for Hidden Bonuses

Under Abele, Human Resources awarded $268,450 in bonuses between May and November of last year alone.

Lipscomb Applauds County Executive’s Turnaround on Emergency Homeless Shelter Funding
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Lipscomb Applauds County Executive’s Turnaround on Emergency Homeless Shelter Funding

"I’m thrilled that the County Executive has agreed to abandon his proposed cuts to homeless shelters..."

Milwaukee County Transfers Buildings to Milwaukee Art Museum
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Milwaukee County Transfers Buildings to Milwaukee Art Museum

Agreement Saves County Tens of Millions in Maintenance Costs

Abele Continues to Push Wheel Tax Increase In Spite of Voter Opposition, Lipscomb Remains Opposed
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Abele Continues to Push Wheel Tax Increase In Spite of Voter Opposition, Lipscomb Remains Opposed

Pending Legislative Action Puts All Wheel Tax Revenues at Risk

Finance Committee Repeats Commitment to Homeless Shelter
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Finance Committee Repeats Commitment to Homeless Shelter

The Finance and Audit committee adopted an amendment today to establish that the 2018 budget includes level funding for emergency shelters of $718,000.

Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Adopts 2018 Budget
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Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Adopts 2018 Budget

Listens to Voters and Eliminates Abele's Proposal to Double the Wheel Tax to $60

County Board Authorizes Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers
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County Board Authorizes Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner is predicting more than 325 opioid related deaths in 2017.

Milwaukee County Finance Committee Adopts Balanced Budget
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Milwaukee County Finance Committee Adopts Balanced Budget

Budget Would Spend Less than Abele, Eliminate Wheel Tax Increase

Lipscomb Invites Public to Annual County Budget Hearing
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Lipscomb Invites Public to Annual County Budget Hearing

"Tonight is our opportunity to listen to the public, and hear directly from our constituents about their priorities for Milwaukee County."

County Board Considers Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers
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County Board Considers Lawsuit Against Opioid Drug Makers

The resolution specifies that outside counsel would only be compensated if Milwaukee County receives a financial benefit as a result of any claims made against a company.

County Board Begins Testing Innovative Public Engagement Platform
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County Board Begins Testing Innovative Public Engagement Platform

Supervisors Seek Public Input on Budget and County Policy

County Board Set to Begin Public Deliberations on 2018 Budget
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County Board Set to Begin Public Deliberations on 2018 Budget

"County Executive Abele continues to ignore the will of the voters, who opposed his $60 wheel tax by a landslide 72% margin in April."

County Board Confirms Director of New Office on African American Affairs
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County Board Confirms Director of New Office on African American Affairs

"I look forward to the office's recommendations for changes in County programs and laws that disparately impact African Americans."

County Board Chairman Lipscomb Opposes $60 Wheel Tax
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County Board Chairman Lipscomb Opposes $60 Wheel Tax

"After 72% of voters rejected Abele's $60 wheel tax this spring, he must be tone deaf to reintroduce what remains a bad idea."

Pattern of Poor Judgment Revealed by String of Departures
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Pattern of Poor Judgment Revealed by String of Departures

County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., spoke out Tuesday regarding a rapidly growing list of departures by high-level managers in the Abele administration

Chairman Lipscomb Statement on Resignation of Sheriff Clarke
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Chairman Lipscomb Statement on Resignation of Sheriff Clarke

"Milwaukee County's next sheriff should be someone who is focused on public safety..."

Supervisors Override Abele Veto of Salary Limits for Appointees
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Supervisors Override Abele Veto of Salary Limits for Appointees

The County Executive failed to act on more than $21 million in allocations authorized by the Board of Supervisors during their July meeting.

Supervisors Approve Continuation of Free Birth Certificate Program
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Supervisors Approve Continuation of Free Birth Certificate Program

More than half of the free birth certificates provided by Milwaukee County in 2017 were provided to help young people apply for jobs.

Supervisors Limit Excessive Pay for Top Political Appointees
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Supervisors Limit Excessive Pay for Top Political Appointees

Move Requires Implementation of Executive Pay Caps Adopted in 2013

Court Rules Against Abele Again, Denies Stay
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Court Rules Against Abele Again, Denies Stay

The court found that County Executive Abele failed to demonstrate a "strong showing for success" on appeal.

Supervisors Take Action to Block Illegal Raises
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Supervisors Take Action to Block Illegal Raises

The Abele administration has kept hidden the total amount of the raises it unlawfully awarded.

County Executive Abele Granted Unlawful Raises
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County Executive Abele Granted Unlawful Raises

Ruling affirms Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors authority over compensation of county employees

County to Participate in Property Assessed Clean Energy Program
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County to Participate in Property Assessed Clean Energy Program

Financing Program Reduces Cost of Energy and Water Saving Upgrades

Supervisors to Consider Measure to Prevent Hidden Pension Reports
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Supervisors to Consider Measure to Prevent Hidden Pension Reports

Ordinance Change Would Require Public Disclosure of Pension Errors

County Executive Admits His Inability to Manage County Pension System
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County Executive Admits His Inability to Manage County Pension System

"Abele's statement that the administration of the pension plan needs new management is a stunning admission that he is not capable of doing his job as the ultimate manager of all county departments..."

Abele Administration Blocks Efforts to Understand Impact of Pension Errors
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Abele Administration Blocks Efforts to Understand Impact of Pension Errors

Abele administration has kept hidden a 2014 Voluntary Correction Plan report on pension errors for nearly three years

Supervisors Consider Measure to Improve Pension Transparency
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Supervisors Consider Measure to Improve Pension Transparency

A live video stream would offer greater transparency because it would capture verbatim the discussion of Pension Board members in real time.

Supervisors to Consider External Investigations of In-Custody Deaths
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Supervisors to Consider External Investigations of In-Custody Deaths

Milwaukee County Board expected to vote Thursday on establishing policy.

New $17 Million Pension Administration Error Disclosed
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New $17 Million Pension Administration Error Disclosed

Milwaukee County paid $11 million in lump sum pension payments in November to retirees and their beneficiaries to correct for underpayments.

Abele Should Stand with Milwaukee County Residents and Help Shoulder the Burden of our Fiscal Challenges
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Abele Should Stand with Milwaukee County Residents and Help Shoulder the Burden of our Fiscal Challenges

"It's time for Abele to share the burden of Milwaukee County's fiscal challenges, like he promised."

Lipscomb Hails Supervisors’ Adoption of Balanced Budget
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Lipscomb Hails Supervisors’ Adoption of Balanced Budget

Budget cuts spending, reduces tax levy, halves wheel tax

Chairman Lipscomb Calls for Referendum on $60 Wheel Tax
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Chairman Lipscomb Calls for Referendum on $60 Wheel Tax

Finance Committee unanimously recommends proposal to full board.

Abele’s Budget Math Off by $2.5 Million
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Abele’s Budget Math Off by $2.5 Million

County Executive Chris Abele provided the County Board with an unbalanced budget on Monday, because he failed to apply his proposed fringe benefits increase to all the appropriate job classifications.

Milwaukee County Board Kicks Off Public Meetings on 2017 Recommended Budget
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Milwaukee County Board Kicks Off Public Meetings on 2017 Recommended Budget

MILWAUKEE – Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., has made special arrangements to provide County Executive Chris Abele with an opportunity to present the details of his 2017 Recommended Budget to the County Board of Supervisors on October 3, 2016, at 3:00pm. County Executive Abele will present his Recommended Budget to the Committee of the Whole […]

Board Chairman Lipscomb and Parks Committee Chair Haas Announce 9/13/2016 Public Hearing on Pokemon Go and 2017 Parks Budget Request
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Board Chairman Lipscomb and Parks Committee Chair Haas Announce 9/13/2016 Public Hearing on Pokemon Go and 2017 Parks Budget Request

Invite Public to Testify about Pokemon GO in the Park and Proposed Parking Meters on the Lakefront

Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Administration Proposal to Charge for Lakefront Parking
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Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Administration Proposal to Charge for Lakefront Parking

Asks, “Who would want to impose a tax on Independence Day celebrations and family picnics at the lakefront?”

Board Chairman Lipscomb Announces Standing Committee Assignments for the 2016-2018 term
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Board Chairman Lipscomb Announces Standing Committee Assignments for the 2016-2018 term

I am excited to announce the historic appointment of Supervisor Peggy A. West as Chairwoman of Milwaukee County’s Finance Committee.

Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. Re-Elected Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board
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Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. Re-Elected Chairman of the Milwaukee County Board

Promises to Be an Accessible and Accountable Board Leader

County Executive Refuses Once Again to Sign Domes Repair Resolution
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County Executive Refuses Once Again to Sign Domes Repair Resolution

Also Ethics Code and Sex Offender Resolutions

County Executive Not Exempt From Judicial Review
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County Executive Not Exempt From Judicial Review

A resolution granting authorization to refile the lawsuit is now before the Board.

Chairman Lipscomb Advances Public-to-Public Partnership Between Milwaukee County and Milwaukee Art Museum on O’Donnell Park
Chairman Lipscomb on Executive Abele’s Motion to Dismiss
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Chairman Lipscomb on Executive Abele’s Motion to Dismiss

On a technical issue of process, Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Sosnay granted County Executive Abele’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice.

Case Against County Executive Chris Abele Begins Monday
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Case Against County Executive Chris Abele Begins Monday

Chairman Lipscomb Filed Suit Against Abele’s Unilateral Actions, Refusal to Appear Before County Board

County Executive AWOL From Public Hearing on Future of the Domes
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County Executive AWOL From Public Hearing on Future of the Domes

Abele Refuses to Listen to Community

Chairman Lipscomb Critical of Administration Response to Domes Closure
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Chairman Lipscomb Critical of Administration Response to Domes Closure

We are just receiving initial details of their short-term plan to re-open one dome, and the administration’s long-term plan for all three still is unclear.

What Happened to Local Decision-Making?
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What Happened to Local Decision-Making?

Why Should Votes in Madison Replace Votes in Milwaukee County?

Milwaukee County Board to Hold February 24 Public Hearing on Domes
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Milwaukee County Board to Hold February 24 Public Hearing on Domes

Board Invites County Executive to Discuss the Future of the Domes with the Public

County Board Unanimously Approves Resolution to Protect Parks
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County Board Unanimously Approves Resolution to Protect Parks

At Least 43 Lack Designated Zoning as Parkland; Measure Moves to Avoid Sale by Executive

County Board Unanimously Adopts Alternatives to Allow Placement of Juveniles in Milwaukee County
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County Board Unanimously Adopts Alternatives to Allow Placement of Juveniles in Milwaukee County

Measure Seeks Milwaukee County Location, Increases Number of Local Beds, Adds Staff

Resolution Declares “State of Emergency” on Youths at Lincoln Hills
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Resolution Declares “State of Emergency” on Youths at Lincoln Hills

Measure Urgently Calls for Creation of a Local Option for Juvenile Placements

43 County Park Properties At Risk Because They Lack Local Zoning Protection
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43 County Park Properties At Risk Because They Lack Local Zoning Protection

Chairman Lipscomb Introduces Resolution To Protect Parks and Parkland That Could Be Sold by County Executive Without Public Hearing or Legislative Oversight

Abele Cannot Dodge Judicial Review
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Abele Cannot Dodge Judicial Review

Lipscomb Says Let the Court Decide

What’s on County Executive Chris Abele’s Holiday Wish List?
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What’s on County Executive Chris Abele’s Holiday Wish List?

1. Power 2. More Power 3. Less Public Oversight

Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary
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Chairman Lipscomb Says John Doe Probe Resolution Unnecessary

The County Board Has No Role in Decision on Appeal

County Board Restores $4 Million of County Executive’s Cuts to Public Safety
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County Board Restores $4 Million of County Executive’s Cuts to Public Safety

Board Overrides Veto of Funding for Public Safety

Chairman Lipscomb on County Executive’s Appointment of a Schools Commissioner
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Chairman Lipscomb on County Executive’s Appointment of a Schools Commissioner

Milwaukee County has established a policy opposing the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program.

Chairman Lipscomb: County Board Passes Responsible Budget
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Chairman Lipscomb: County Board Passes Responsible Budget

More Money for Public Safety, Less Borrowing, and a Balanced Budget

Finance Committee Votes to Improve County Budget
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Finance Committee Votes to Improve County Budget

Restores Funding for Public Safety and Rolls Back Use of Reserves

Lawsuit Filed Against County Executive Chris Abele
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Lawsuit Filed Against County Executive Chris Abele

The following is a statement from Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theodore Lipscomb, Sr., on the filing of a lawsuit against County Executive Chris Abele

County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public
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County Executive Chris Abele “Hiding” From Public

He Refuses Three Requests From County Board to Answer Questions in Public Forum

County Executive Cuts Millions from Sheriff’s Department
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County Executive Cuts Millions from Sheriff’s Department

Sheriff David Clarke told the Finance committee that the Executive’s budget “gives me no chance to succeed in terms of balancing the budget.”

Abele Raids Reserves in Attempted Budget Bail-Out
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Abele Raids Reserves in Attempted Budget Bail-Out

Uses About $20 Million to Cover Pension Error. And $4 Million for Bucks Arena

Chairman Lipscomb Commends Abele on Uplift MKE Proposal
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Chairman Lipscomb Commends Abele on Uplift MKE Proposal

UpLift MKE Similar to Ready to Work Initiative Created by Lipscomb, Former Supervisor Eyon Biddle, Sr.

Abele Thumbs Nose at Court
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Abele Thumbs Nose at Court

Attempts to Ignore County Policy on Estabrook Dam

Abele Exceeds His Authority
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Abele Exceeds His Authority

Outside Lawyers Seek to Clarify Limits of His Power

Taxpayers Must Pay the Tab Chris Abele Ran Up
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Taxpayers Must Pay the Tab Chris Abele Ran Up

State of Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb, Sr. on the sale of the Park East

Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap
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Executive Mismanagement and Poor Arena Negotiations Led to Larger Budget Gap

Chairman Lipscomb Responds to Five-Year Financial Forecast

Latest Pension Fix Explained
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Latest Pension Fix Explained

Supervisor Theo Lipscomb, Sr., issued the following statement regarding the latest pension fix:

Critical Projects Move Forward; Dam Included
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Critical Projects Move Forward; Dam Included

Supervisor Theo Lipscomb, Sr., issued the following statement regarding the veto of repair of Estabrook Dam:

Supervisor Lipscomb Praises Passage of 2014 Ready-to-Work Investment
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Supervisor Lipscomb Praises Passage of 2014 Ready-to-Work Investment

Legislation Provides $400,000 for Extension of “R2W” Program

Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb Responds to LRB-1340/2
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Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb Responds to LRB-1340/2

Supervisor Supports Constructive Reform But Disagrees With Current Draft of Reform Bill

Board Saves Taxpayers More Than $15 Million By Reforming Pension Backdrop
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Board Saves Taxpayers More Than $15 Million By Reforming Pension Backdrop

Board Approves Resolution to “Cap the Backdrop” Authored by Supervisor Lipscomb

Supervisor Lipscomb Invites Residents To a Town Hall Meeting on the Budget
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Supervisor Lipscomb Invites Residents To a Town Hall Meeting on the Budget

Milwaukee County Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb, Sr. invites 1st District residents to join him for a Town Hall Meeting focusing on the County’s 2013 Budget at the North Shore Library.