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.
Kudos to the Franklin Common Council for taking the necessary step to protect businesses and jobs by approving a much-needed, common sense ban on sick leave mandates. The vote was four in favor, one opposed, and one abstention.
It sounds from John Neville’s report on FranklinNOW that most residents let their aldermen know they support the ordinance. Of course, some bloggers have their noses out of joint, I suspect, though they won’t admit it, primarily because of the author of the ordinance, Alderman Steve Olson.
Common Council President Steve Taylor was absent last night when the vote was taken but I will remind everyone that Taylor had a chance to vote up or down on the measure last month. Instead, he moved to send the ordinance to three committees for further review. Why would an alderman do that if he was truly in support? And I'm not buying the junk that he felt it needed more study. Everyone knew exactly what was in the ordinance.
My alderman, Kristin Wilhelm acted in a very puzzling manner way by voting to abstain. Abstain? What the hell is that? That’s worse than taking a yes or no position. There goes Alderman Wilhelm, firmly planted square on the fence a la Obama who made voting “present” an art form in the Illinois Legislature. If Wilhelm was so opposed to this idea, why not just vote NO?
Wilhelm didn’t think a vote was appropriate on the sick leave mandate ban Tuesday night because Alderman Taylor was absent. That didn’t stop Wilhelm last year from making one of her first votes as a new alderman in favor of Alderman Taylor as Common Council President even though Alderman Olson was absent.
But the main thing is a very good ordinance, despite the false and fake outrage of a few voices on the Internet is now in place.
HEY FRED, GREG, JANET, JOHN …. HOW’S THAT NEW DAY WORKING OUT FOR YA??!!