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.
After a great deal of serious thought, I have come to a conclusion about how our community works and ticks. Franklin is incredibly fortunate, and it’s about time someone as well-read and influential as yours truly points this out.
Franklin has the incredible distinction as being quite affluent.
Our city oozes wealth. We have wealth dripping from every street and court.
Check out those newspaper boxes. You won’t see The Shepherd Express or the New York Times. That’s the Wall Street Journal stuffed in there.
We have services manicuring our lawns once or twice a month.
We drive behemoth gas-guzzling SUVs.
We would never think of wearing jeans to a fish fry. Out comes our bling.
We don’t play Powerball, we play the stock market.
Hired folks clean our homes once a week.
When kids come to our door selling cookies, pizzas, or whatever, we send them away. Deal with it. We can’t be bothered helping others. Let them work themselves up the way we did.
Ours is a country club crowd, upper crust, symphony/ballet opera glasses loving bunch.
News about foreclosures and layoffs and unemployment rates really doesn't seem to upset us. It’s all rather foreign to our parts.
That’s why it’s so important that as we head into yet another election that we, the better off and proud of it speak up for ourselves and demand what we deserve. That would be the best that taxpayers can buy.
We desperately need one of those community centers I hear being bandied about. Wouldn’t that be great! Hundreds of great seats for wonderful performances. Oh, and none of this high school play or band concert nonsense. No, no, no. Nice symphonies. Ballets. Opera. Avant garde and jazz concerts. Teenagers attempting Broadway? Please. How goush.
A nice aquatics center would be nice. But only if certain groups could reserve quality time to swim with, you know, people of their own kind. Families with kids splashing around all out of control? How goush, indeed.
I suppose if we must have ball diamonds and soccer fields, by all means bring it on. Those other people need something to do as well.
I say build everything we can possibly dream of. We can pay for it all, and we must and we should. Why? Because we are filthy rich in Franklin.
We can pay any and all property taxes, no matter how high they go because we’re Franklin and we’re ultra-wealthy.
And we don’t have unemployment.
And we don’t have foreclosures.
And we haven’t been laid off.
And we haven’t had our 401k plans ruined.
And we’re just rolling in the dough.
We are Fort Knox. And we deserve Fort Knox facilities.
From last week Sunday - Saturday:
1) To my neighbors in Cudahy, I urge you to vote for Randy Hollenbeck
2) Quiz time: Which Franklin candidate for alderman are we talking about
3) Thank you, Steve Olson
4) $tate goe$ all out to find hou$ing for $ex offender$
5) Way to go, cousin Doug!
6) This could be the most popular bill ever introduced in the WI Legislature
7) Culinary no-no #321
8) The latest pro-life news (03/25/13)
9) The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/30/13)
10) Photos of the Week (03/24/13)
Photos of the Week (03/31/13)
Recommended Reading (03/30/13)
Elvis fans, help restore the USS Arizona Memorial
The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (03/30/13)
The best cartoons of the week (03/30/13)
The better selection in one of Franklin’s aldermanic races Tuesday in my view is crystal clear. Just examine comments made by the candidates to FranklinNOW.
In Franklin’s District 1, the candidates to replace retiring Steve Olson are Mark Dandrea and Greg Kowalski. Both shared their views with FranklinNOW. Let’s begin with Dandrea, the vice president of Tri City National Bank, the candidate I believe to be the far superior choice.
"I will use my experience as a business executive to develop a marketing plan that I think the city needs to attract new business to expand the tax base.”
Olson has endorsed Dandrea.
"Mark Dandrea has the professional experience as a bank officer to control spending, understand the budget, attract business to the community and assist in the financial management of your tax dollars," Olson said.
FranklinNOW also reports:
The candidates differ when it comes to their stances on consolidating fire services with Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek. A report conducted last year by the Public Policy Forum stated that the communities could save millions of dollars over the next five years if they shared services.
Kowalski believes consolidation isn't necessary now. "Public safety will not be cut under my watch," he said. "I think that just starts a whole new trend of consolidation and we start seeing Franklin tax dollars helping neighboring communities and not our own."
But Dandrea said the city has an obligation to look at any and all opportunities to cut costs. "I would look at combined services," he said. "I think everything should be looked at very seriously because we are responsible for how we spend the tax revenue."
As I stated, it’s crystal clear.
Dandrea has fiscal and business experience and will bring the same common sense approach to the Council as Steve Olson. His opponent is a big-time tax and spend liberal, out of touch with the vast majority of Franklin citizens.
As for District 2, I’m not all that familiar with the candidates, but I’d like to focus on some of their quotes from FranklinNOW.
Curt Bolton said, "You can cut cost to the point where you don't have something of value. I'm not going to say taxes should never be raised. We're going to have to do what's best for the community. But there are other ways the community can raise revenue."
That, to me, raises red flags.
Daniel Mayer is the other candidate. Mayer says, “I am running to provide a ‘voice with a vision for our future based on values of our past.’ I want to ensure that decisions impacting the future of Franklin are made intelligently, with a balance between cost, benefit, service requirements and sustainable tax revenue/relief, while still maintaining the quality of life we share in Franklin.”
Mayer adds, “I will promote efforts that make Franklin a desirable place, without sacrificing the quality of life that brought us or keeps us here. That quality comes from a delicate balance between open spaces and parks, residential areas, the development of commercial and business sectors, the quality of our public services and meeting the needs of our citizens.”
Too many safe, glittering generalities and not enough specifics. Maybe he’s been more specific at the doors or in campaign literature. I don’t know. Because neither candidate jumps out at me, that’s problematic. If anyone has solid info about which id the more fiscally conservative, please let us know.
Read more about the candidates here:
Here's what Steve said in February:
Since announcing that I would not be seeking re-election as your alderman, I’ve been asked who I am supporting to replace me on the Franklin Common Council.
I know three of the four candidates who are running for the seat. Each has their strengths and weaknesses. I must use my experience and knowledge to select the candidate who brings a strong personality, broad life experience and extensive professional skills to represent the district. My preferred candidate has the ability to work through complex issues and come to an informed decision with commitment.
Looking at the needs of the office and the capabilities and qualifications of the candidates I am supporting MARK DANDREA for alderman.
MARK DANDREA has the professional experience as a bank officer to control spending, understand the budget, attract business to the community and assist in the financial management of your tax dollars.
MARK DANDREA is rooted in our community and has been involved since building his own home here in 1998. He’s a Franklin High School parent with two successful grown children.
You will come to know more about Mark in the coming weeks but I ask you to VOTE FOR MARK DANDREA ON FEBRUARY 19th AT CITY HALL.
Just make your MARK for Dandrea.
Thanks for your consideration and friendship.
Alderman, 1st District
Authorized and paid for by Friends of Mark Dandrea, Steve Hribar, Treasurer
April 1, 2013
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Franklin Alderperson Dist. 1
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That would be the series of public hearings the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding on the proposed 2013-15 state budget. The first hearing was held at Greendale High School today and Greendale Village President John Hermes, a good guy, got the ball rolling by welcoming the committee.