Thursday, November 14, 2019

The burbs enjoyed free city services, amenities. Now residency sweetens a 1-sided deal.

Longtime Milwaukee journalist Mike Gousha notes the negative impacts for Milwaukee in the wake of Republicans' 
Alberta Darling at Ann Romney rally.JPG
River Hills GOP State Sen. Alberta Darling helped unlock suburb residency for City of Milwaukee workers

self-serving salting of conservative suburbs with City of Milwaukee workers.

He says city workers are leaving in "droves."

Throw that in with all the city services (water, sewer, streets, building inspection, plowing, police, fire, parks, health...) provided to suburban commuters to one-sided residency win for the burbs at Milwaukee taxpayers' expense.

As well as another example of governments acting to the detriment of Milwaukee, land-locked by state law and hemmed in by numerous public actions policies that work to the detriment of the state's largest city, and one with a majority-minority population.

I'd noted the predictable imbalances and partisan beneficiaries of the residency 'reform' boondoggle often on this blog.

Such as this 2015 post:
Residency moves to WMC/WI Supreme Court
The attack on Milwaukee residency's rule was the brainchild of anti-city, Republican suburbanite right-wing talk show favorites, like State Senators Alberta Darling of River Hills and Wauwatosa's Leah Vukmir - - reliable water carriers for the Milwaukee Police Association and their members who, for years, wanted to be able to move out of the city which paid them to protect its residents and property..
The suburbanites' legislative districts and home values directly benefited by the mandated-from-Madison end of the residency rule - - robbing the city of the option to negotiate it - - as Milwaukee public employees moved to the suburbs with solid middle-class salaries and job stability provided by Milwaukee taxpayers.
And, of course, there is Walker, who loves to stick it to the city that made his life miserable as he used the office of Milwaukee County Executive to launch his bid for higher offices.

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