State lawmakers walk Milwaukee neighborhoods


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State lawmakers walk Milwaukee neighborhoods

By Lacey Crisp. CREATED Aug 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 20, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Alderman Bob Donovan walks the streets in his district twice a week.

"The challenge I believe we face here in Milwaukee is a huge one," he says.

A man was killed in his district Tuesday night, but Wednesday he had a handful of big name political guests with him to brainstorm ways to combat the violence.
"Listen to folks who dealt with crime, try to find out what their answers are, what their ideas are," said Republican Speaker of the House, Robin Vos.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was not invited on the walk, but showed up anyway.
"I've been not invited to many things and I've crashed many parties, but seriously I think they are genuine in wanting to know more about the neighborhood," Barrett said.
Barrett adds he's glad to see state lawmakers taking the violence in Milwaukee seriously.  Vos won't promise any money to the city to help, but wants the city and the state to work together.
"Listen to what the solutions are and not just come hat in hand hoping for more money without the understanding of everybody together," Vos said.