Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday defended Republican initiatives to curb violence in Milwaukee, a day after gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke charged that GOP lawmakers "take voter suppression more seriously than the violence suppression."Walker wants credit for signing a bill to fund a crime-fighting program, ShotSpotter:
Walker...noted that he signed bipartisan legislation to fund the Milwaukee Police Department's ShotSpotter program that verifies and pinpoints the location of gunfire.But...Walker first withheld the funding:
The details, as reported by the Journal Sentinel:
ShotSpotter: The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee rejected an attempt to restore $445,400 from a community policing grant for the Police Department's ShotSpotter program. Walker had not included the money in his budget.Then Walker signed it, but at a lessened level.
So, advantage Burke on a day when Walker got called out in The Wall Street Journal for opportunism.