For $50,679 A Year We Should Have Gotten A Lot More
They really have no one but themselves to blame.
For the most part of the last 15 years, the Milwaukee County Board has played havoc with the efficient operation of the County. From the pension scandal to one anti-business initiative after another, if it's bad public polic y- chances are it came from the Milwaukee County Board.
For $50,679 a year plus benefits (with $71,412 to the Chairperson) we really should have gotten more.
In less than two weeks, voters in Milwaukee County will have a chance to cut the pay of County Board Supervisors in half. The effect of this will be to turn the County Board into the part-time job it always should have been. Hopefully, as a part-time job, the County Board will be more attactive to candidates who have a real life outside of politics.
At the very least, a part-time Board might not have the time to debate issues of burning import to Milwaukee County like whether Arizona should arrest illegal aliens (and whether Arizona does or does not share a border with Mexico)?
At least a few of the more politically ambitious Supervisors apparently see the handwriting on the wall and are already in the process of running for different offices (with full time salaries). Why can't I get the image of rats jumping off a sinking sink out of my mind?
In any event, two weeks from today, voters in MIlwaukee County will have a chance to either preserve the status quo or make a sea change in the County's political structure?
We'll discuss the issue during the 1 p.m. hour of Tuesday's radio show. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.