Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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The action came as the Common Council voted 3-2 to approve the city budget. Aldermen Steve Olson and Kristen Wilhelm voted no (Alderman Ken Skowronski, a stickler for attendance, wasn’t at the most important meeting of the year because he was elsewhere presenting an award).
As usual, it was up to Alderman Olson to put the budget issue in the proper perspective.
“We’re in tough times. As the management of this city, we need to make decisions taxpayers hired us to make.
“I don’t know how any of the seven of us can justify taking $100,000 from the police department and $100,000 from the fire department and still maintain a full planning staff, a relatively full inspection department, a full health department, a full library, and we’re cutting police and fire. It makes no sense to me.”
Alderman Wilhelm also expressed dismay that the city was not giving the support the police and fire departments need.
Slashing public safety by $200,000 is absolutely senseless. It’s the kind of move that could spell political suicide for an elected official.
There will also be an increase in the property tax levy of over 2%. How embarrassing. Consider that even the fiscally irresponsible Franklin School Board found a way to cut their levy. The tax rate is meaningless, a fact that’s oblivious to the mayor and most of the council.
But the shocker is, as Olson put it, “whacking” police and fire. Think about that the next time a