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.
Are there any Scott Walker's in Franklin?
This week, the Milwaukee County Executive submitted his budget to the Milwaukee County Board, calling for no increases in taxes.
The Milwaukee County budget is one of the most difficult to craft, given that Walker's predecessor, the unscrupulous Tom Ament awarded himself and the rest of county government lavish pensions that Milwaukee County taxpayers will be paying for decades.
The politician that is Walker made a political promise. I will not raise taxes.
He delivered on that promise.
Let's look around the 53132 zip code, shall we.
Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor.
Taylor quietly submitted his budget to the Franklin Common Council.
There was no formal press conference.
There was no press release.
No John Neville article on this website.
I'd lay low, too.
Taylor's budget calls for a whopping 5.7% increase in the city tax levy.
Last year, the Franklin Common Council, using that wonderful old standyby talking point that it could have been a lot worse, approved a 5.3% increase in the city tax levy, along with a 9% increase in spending.
The Franklin School Board must have been in a cave since April 3, 2007. Despite an overwhelming rejection of the $78-million referenda,the School Board not only wants to increase the school tax levy by 5.6%, but it is no doubt working as we speak behind the scenes to force another costly referendum down our throats.
These proposed increases are like a Prince Fielder home run. They're out of the ballpark, well beyond the rate of inflation.
So, are there any Scott Walker's in Franklin?
Sadly, at the moment, the answer appears to be no.