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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
FranklinNOW reports “Meijer pulls plans for Franklin store.”
Apparently Franklin cares more about wetlands, traffic congestion and driveways than it does about jobs and the economic well-being of individuals. The city will try to deflect blame elsewhere, but Franklin is complicit in this latest economic development failure.
Here are excerpts from some blogs I wrote on this subject last year:
Franklin has a bizarre, unexplainable approach to economic development. Most communities welcome the concept. Franklin desperately tries to find roadblocks, reasons to block progress.
The pattern I’ve seen in Franklin since I moved here in 1992 is that the powers that be, when it comes to true economic development and job creation and bold moves, lack the stomach to pull the trigger, leading one to question their real commitment to critical economic growth.
When it comes to luring businesses and economic development, Franklin has a dreary obstructionist history of being the tortoise rather than the hare. Without exception, city of Franklin officials have been in complete and utter denial about this dismal track record, making all kinds of excuses for our sorry inability to attract job creators on a consistent and reasonably timed basis.
I have bemoaned on my blog Franklin’s past that I fear will prevent Meijer’s from setting up shop here, eventually sending them to play ball elsewhere.
This is a full-blown fiasco with finger-pointing and no one, I mean no one at the city of Franklin level accepting blame or responsibility. That's not to be expected. It's everyone else's fault. Meanwhile bye bye economic development. Bye bye jobs.
Meijer will take their ball out of Franklin and play somewhere else, more easily and quickly. That's a real possibility. If that happens, you can forget all the finger pointing. Enough blame to go around, and everyone loses. And again, given the way we do things in Franklin, no surprise.
We hurt ourselves whenever a high profile business decision has to be made. Sadly, the people in charge don’t see it, understand it, or care.