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Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009

Governor’s RTA fix focuses on buses and commuter rail

Does the governor’s fix for Milwaukee’s bus system truly reflect what Milwaukee voters want? In June, when Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed a half-cent sales tax increase that would rescue the cash-strapped Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), many Milwaukee decision-makers were baffled.
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

But could a sales tax rescue local transit?

Can you imagine a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) without its Freeway Flyer routes? That may materialize in Milwaukee County’s 2010 budget if the bus system doesn’t get an infusion of cash. “We’re at a point where there aren’t any easy cuts,” said MCTS Managing Director...
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Even before Gov. Jim Doyle announced he would not seek re-election, it was starting to become obvious he was ready for a career change. As I reported a month and a half ago, Doyle’s gratuitously anti-Milwaukee budget vetoes intentionally alienating African-American...
05.19.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Is our long countywide nightmare finally over? Milwaukee County and human resource consultants Mercer Inc. agreed to a $45 million settlement and the county is dropping its claims that Mercer didn’t warn the county about the full cost of a pension plan approved in late 2000. The county expects to keep about $32 million of the settlement, which would go toward...
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009

Milwaukee Culinary History

The Silver Spring House (6655 N. Green Bay Ave.) is a vintage piece of Milwaukee County history with origins dating back to 1856. Although the current building was built later, it has abundant charm and beautiful oak woodwork. While the bar is a popular hangout, the Spring House is very much a...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Compared to Milwaukee County parks like Whitnall, Lincoln and Grant, which together encompass more than 1,300 of the park system’s approximately 15,000 acres, Caesar’s Park is downright tiny. The history of the 3.7 acres of land it occupies, however, is tremendous. Caesar’s Park is...
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
One of the great unreported stories in the Milwaukee media about the state budget is how often Gov. Jim Doyle used his veto power to “Stick it to Milwaukee,” as former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson once advocated. As Doyle was working over the budget sent to him from the...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

What will make it into the final deal?

There’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention. In the next week, negotiations will be under way to hammer out the final details on a state budget crafted during difficult economic times. While Democratic leaders in the state Assembly and Senate agree on the broad...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009

His old ideas won’t suit his new campaign

So Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker made a “very special announcement” this week to no one’s surprise. He’s running for governor, again, and hitting the road in a taxpayer-funded statewide trip on the back of a Harley-Davidson, again. But a few things have happened in the past four years that will make...
Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leaders public and private gambled on giving the county’s failing museum a second chance. How their efforts breathed new life into the old institution.

In 2005 a county committee convened to control the crisis at the Milwaukee Public Museum. A rogue chief financial officer had been covering up the museum’s snowballing debt by raiding the museum’s endowment, while a negligent board remained unaware that the institution was being run into the ground. With...

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