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.
This is a story that was on my agenda to discuss on WISN Wednesday, but I ran out of time.
One of the most dangerous jobs today has to be that of pizza delivery person. You’re literally a sitting duck, venturing into high risk, dangerous neighborhoods.
A couple plotted to rob a Pizza Hut delivery man in Des Moines.
He surprised a gunman with a weapon of his own.
The would-be robber suffered gunshot wounds and survived.
For his efforts to defend himself, the delivery person was fired by Pizza Hut.
It makes no sense, and supporters of the delivery man are rightfully outraged by this injustice.
Pizza joints should certainly be allowed to refuse to deliver in seedy, high risk areas and should not put their employees in jeopardy.
Shame on Pizza Hut.
He acknowledged the need to keep control on property taxes.
"I heard it loud and clear from the people of Franklin that they are concerned about taxes. I have made a pledge not to recommend a budget that exceeds a 3 percent tax levy (increase)," Taylor said.
The pledge is thanks to the diligent work of fine citizen, Fred Keller.
Good work, Tom and Fred!
Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, April 4, 2007
Elmbrook School District voters Tuesday handily rejected requests to spend a potentially record-setting $108.8 million to revamp the district's two high schools.
MJS, April 2, 2008
Voters on Tuesday passed a $62.2 million plan to renovate Brookfield Central and Brookfield East high schools, a year after a more expensive plan failed.
Article by John Neville, FranklinNOW, April 6, 2007
The controversial $78.17 million two-question Franklin School District referendum sank at the polls April 3.
The referendum was set up so that to pass both questions required a majority of school district voters to say "yes." By a wide margin, voters said "no" to both questions.
Former Franklin School Board President Scott Bauer in an open letter to Franklin citizens on Janet Evans’ blog on FranklinNOW.com, December 16, 2007
I was a member of the Citizen’s Long Range Planning (CLRP) committee. This group started meeting late in 2005, put in a lot of time and effort researching the different options for our school district and, as a group, made a decision on what we felt would be the best option for the district. In the Spring of 2006, we made our recommendation to the board – renovate the high school, remodel Forest Park and build a second middle school. The cost would be $51 million, but would not require an increase in taxes for the construction and remodeling. At the end of the meeting, two separate board members said they appreciated the input; however, in order for the referendum to pass, we all agreed that we had to listen to the community and put out the referendum they say they will support, even if it didn’t match the CLRP recommendation or our own belief’s. Everyone agreed with this sentiment.
We then shared the CLRP findings with the community, and hired a professional to perform a survey of the community. This person, Dr. Peltier, is an internationally recognized research professional who has a long list of awards and accolades. For his survey, he contacted over 1,000 households in Franklin, was able to collect over 600 legitimate samples, and offered his findings with a 4% margin of error. These findings showed that a high school renovation was the option the community was most likely to support. Some board members challenged the number of samples taken as being too small. This made absolutely no sense based on the fact that a statewide survey regarding the gubernatorial race only collected 400 samples and was assigned a 5% margin of error (and made the right prediction). I can’t see how 400 samples for an entire state can be adequate while over 600 samples for a small city can be disregarded. It was also suggested that one question was too complicated. However, the heart of the question asked if citizens would support a $76 million or a $51 million referendum. No matter how the question is worded, anyone of voting age should be able to do the math. Ultimately, 5 board members wiped their feet on $11,000 worth of research and completely disregarded that community input; the community was not heard.
Article by John Neville, FranklinNOW, March 26, 2008
(Then-School Board candidate Linda) Witkowski agreed the School Board, criticized for failing to provide enough details about plans for a new high school in the referendum, should improve its auditory skills.
"We've got to listen more rather than just talking out," said Witkowski
Blogger Bryan Maersch, commenting on my blog April 2, 2008
She (Linda Witkowski) has already indicated that she is for building the new High School and not paying attention to the study the School Board paid $11,000 and ignored……her blanket statement at the last Candidates Forum where she said there had to be a NEW HIGH SCHOOL (not the expanded High School under the $50 mil referendum that never got before the voting public) and turn the High School into a middle school is unacceptable to me and many other tax payers. You remember, this is where she turned 3 shades of red because Ed Holpfer disagreed and said we should listen to the study we had done.