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