When Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker first said that he would refuse any federal stimulus money for the county that he is supposed to be managing, I joined throngs of others criticizing him. In that initial blog I mentioned that if this statement was not politically motivated, then why has he sought federal funding for other pet projects? Why does the county still employ the services of a lobbyist in D.C.? The questions were clearly rhetorical because we all know that his declaration was about appealing to the far right base that he is courting for the GOP primary for governor. Even though we know that, it was right to point out the fact then and it is right to continue to do so now.
The crack team at Heartland Hollar pounced on Walker last week asking whether he would now refuse new federal money to fight both the seasonal and H1N1 flu. We already know that Walker was not very excited to address the public health emergency when it first surfaced, so does his inaction and his position on federal money mean that he will give our share to Waukesha County? Given Scott Walker's various positions, it is a question that should be both asked and answered.
Now we hear that Milwaukee County, along with other area municipalities, are in line for federal funding to combat homelessness. The obvious question writes itself: Will Scott Walker reject this federal money also? If he does refuse the $700,000-plus, how does he plan on replacing it or won't he do anything at all?