Friday, December 18, 2009

Send a Bill to Milwaukee County

Yesterday the Milwaukee County Board failed to override Scott Walker's veto of a study. Specifically, the study was to provide an accurate number for the cost of providing the same benefits to all Milwaukee County workers. Walker and at least 7 Supervisors pretended that they were against this measure because treating workers equally would be too expensive. An absurd point to be sure, but even more absurd since we don't even have an accurate assessment of how much it would cost. And that is why equality-minded supervisors called for a study in the first place. Clearly Walker and at least 7 supervisors would rather remain in ignorance on the issue.

One vote would have provided a successful override of Walker's veto. If everyone that originally voted for the study, would have voted the same way, it would have moved forward. When a veto proof majority originally voted for the study, Walker bragged that he was going to flip the one person that he needed to prevent an override. He was successful and it is no surprise that Lynne De Bruin was the one to flip. Apparently her reputation for caving at the slightest hint of pressure is justified. Apparently she now thinks that studying the cost of equality is just a little too expensive.

LGBT families and others that should be/but aren't treated equally should send a bill to Milwaukee County. Did everyone else get their property tax bill recently? Did you see the portion that is paid to Milwaukee County? Might I suggest that people send a bill to Milwaukee County asking for reimbursement of that amount? Why should any group of people be required to be a first class taxpayer but second class citizens?

You may also want to contact Scott Walker and the supervisors that believe equality is too expensive, and ask them the following: 1. Are you and your family carried on the Milwaukee County benefits system? 2. How much is that costing Milwaukee County Taxpayers? 3. Will you repay Milwaukee County for those costs and remove yourself from the benefits system?

Here is the contact info if you want to send your bill to Milwaukee County and/or ask these officials to give back their expensive taxpayer funded benefits:

County Executive Scott Walker


Milwaukee County Courthouse 901 North 9th Street, RM 306
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: 414-278-4211 Fax: 414-223-1375

Milwaukee County Supervisors

Lynne De Bruin, Joe Sanfelippo, Joseph Rice, Paul Cesarz, Mark Borkowski, James Schmitt, Michael Mayo

Milwaukee County Courthouse
901 North 9th Street, RM 201
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: 414-278-4222 Fax: 414-223-1380


Anonymous said...

Two consitant themes of your posts, bash Walker, and wanting tax payers to provide more money.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

Actually, if you bothered to read the article, he says certain taxpayers shouldn't provide more money. At least until they're given the same rights as the rest of us.

More proof that Mr. Anonymous and his type don't mean what they say. If they wanted government to run better, you would offer the recruiting advantage of giving domestic partner benefits, because for the pennies you would spend on offering the benefit, the improved performance would pay you back many times over. But the Walker boys don't care about that, because they don't want government to run better, they want to get paid, and they get paid by having government FAIL.

Them's the facts.

Anonymous said...

Actually....try again.

The benefit, if provided would cost more than the current plan...require more money from the tax payers to fund...a consistent theme of these blogs.

capper said...

Any increase would be so minimal that you wouldn't notice it. But the odds are that it would be more than offset by the growing economy from being again a socially advanced community.

Anonymous said... small. If it is so small take up a collection to pay for it.

Cory Liebmann said...

Only if you personally pay for walker's and 7 supervisor's benefits first.

a. we don't know what it will cost because walker vetoed the study to find out.

b. there are many other things that walker has done that cost the county far more than equality would.

c. this is not really about money in the first place. this is just walker pandering to his fringe base.

Anonymous said...

If not about the money, why send them a bill? Yeah, it is about getting something paid for..meaning it is about money.

Cory Liebmann said...

i'm calling their bluff...if it is really about the money, then they should give back their expensive benefits too.

either way they are trying to treat lgbt families and others like first class taxpayers and second class citizens. i think that is wrong, which is why i suggested that people send them a bill.