Ald. Michael Murphy
Press Release

Let your voice be heard (and help shape history) by taking the survey!

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Cavalier Johnson

By - Jun 4th, 2021 12:04 pm

Nearly one month after the approval of our Common Council legislation seeking greater transparency and inclusiveness in the city’s receipt and distribution of historic federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) coronavirus relief funds, the city has launched a survey to get public input on how the city should prioritize spending the $394 million it is receiving.

We strongly urge everyone to take a few minutes to fill out the online survey. Take the survey now at

Together, we sponsored Common Council file #201571 to increase transparency by creating a public-facing dashboard that will track how and where ARPA funds are distributed – as well as the public survey to receive detailed input on ranked preferences from citizens on how the funds should be used.

It is critical that we make sure these funds are equitably distributed to help us address some of the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Milwaukee. Immediate feedback from residents who complete the survey can help us do just that.

The dashboard that will track the allocations of ARPA funds will tell citizens exactly how, where and when those funds are being spent. Again, we are striving for maximum transparency.

We also thank our colleague, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, for her amendment on the public survey, requiring the Department of Administration to work closely with the City Clerk’s Office in formulating survey questions. We believe the process was strengthened by this cooperation, which also involved input from Common Council members who are in closest contact with the constituents residing in every neighborhood across the city.

We look forward to seeing the results of the survey and to helping our citizens and our great city recover and move forward in unity and prosperity.

Recent Press Releases by Ald. Michael Murphy

Let your voice be heard (and help shape history) by taking the survey!

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Cavalier Johnson

Committee sets public hearing for next week on ARPA funding preferences

Statement from Alderman Michael J. Murphy and Alderman Cavalier Johnson

It’s time to re-open City Hall

Statement of Alderman Michael J. Murphy May 10, 2021

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us