Milwaukee County Referendum Questions Move Forward
They were all passed
by the majority of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors this afternoon.
These are nonbinding
county referendums, of course, and they need to survive Milwaukee County
Executive Chris Abele’s likely vetoes.
Some supervisors took
issue with them because they would increase the cost of printing the November
ballot. That’s Abele’s position, too, claiming that it would add $120,000 to
the cost of printing the ballot.
But Supervisor Tony
Staskunas explained these “phantom costs.” To determine the “cost” of a
referendum question—or any ballot question—the cost of printing the ballot is
divided by the number of questions. So, yeah, each question “costs” something,
but that isn’t really the cost of the question.
A number of
supervisors noted that Abele seemed to have no problem with the “cost” of
putting the Act 14 referendum on the spring ballot, the one that let voters
slash supervisors’ pay.
Back to the
- Supervisor Khalif Rainey’s referendum to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. This one passed 13-4.
- A Citizen Action of Wisconsin-backed referendum to allow the county to accept enhanced Affordable Care Act funds to boost BadgerCare in the county. Eau Claire and Dunn counties have already adopted this referndum and the Dane County board will vote on it in July. This passed 13-4.
- A referendum
authored by Supervisor Willie Johnson Jr. to ask if Milwaukee County wanted to
get rid of the county executive model (adopted in 1960) and move to a county administrator model.
This passed 11-6.
It takes 12 votes to override a veto, so the only iffy one seems to be the county administrator question. If any of these survive likely Abele vetoes, they will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot, along with the anti-Citizens United referendum to strike back at corporate money in politics.