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.
The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel’s Alan Borsuk should stay out of the prediction business.
This week, he reported about the apathy surrounding MPS issues, especially that proposed 16% tax increase.
If you wanted to ponder the prospects for educational success in Milwaukee Public Schools, you only needed to walk into the auditorium of the district's central office Tuesday night. With a property tax increase of 16.4% up for consideration, with proposals for substantial changes in educational services as part of what the money would buy, there were close to no citizens present to give their opinions or to show their support or opposition. The room would have been just about empty if you took out the MPS officials and the news media who showed up, expecting a ruckus.
What does it take to stir people? Would that have happened in any suburban district?
It's a speculative question, but let's suggest the answer is no. Opponents of a tax increase that size would have been present in force. Supporters of the increase would probably also have been vocal.
Borsuk then wrote that another hearing would be held.
Officials hope there will be a higher turnout. Don't assume there will be. Apathetic responses from parents and the public are common when it comes to MPS issues.
Hundreds turned out at the meeting to protest the huge tax increase. Milwaukee School Board members, in contempt of taxpayers and with no regard to the large crowd that attended the meeting, approved a big increase anyway.
Why was that room filled? The print media hates to admit it, but it was the result of the power of talk radio.
Oh, one more thing, Alan. You wrote in your story about apathy, “Would that have happened in any suburban district?”
The answer is yes.
It happened in my community, Franklin, Wisconsin. Only a handful of concerned taxpayers showed up at a budget meeting, and the Franklin School Board robbed us blind again.
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