Friday, April 16, 2010

Your Tax Dollars Not At Work - Day 5

Well, Milwaukee County citizens just saw another $600 of revenue go up in smoke.

That's an extra $3000 worth of brown bag lunches for the rest of us who have to pick up the slack for Walker's incompetence in budgeting.

Actually, it appears that Scott Walker is going to cost us a lot more money.

From today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's privatization of courthouse security drew fire Thursday, with disclosures of much smaller savings than had been announced and a criminal history of the former head of the newly hired private security force.

The savings, pegged by Walker's staff last fall at more than $750,000 a year, now are estimated at $411,000.

I wonder how much longer people will put up with what can only be described as utterly incompetent budgeting or flat out lying from Walker and his administration.

And later in the same article:

The board's finance committee on Thursday also voted 4-2 to rescind Walker's layoffs of nine airport employees, a move that a county lawyer said the County Board lacked the authority to do. Walker was within the scope of his emergency budget authority in making the airport layoffs, said Deputy Corporation Counsel Mary Ann Grimes.

Supervisor John Weishan Jr. rejected that interpretation and said the board should go to court to press the point. The airport layoffs don't save the county any money and were aimed at punishing county unions, Weishan charged.

Word coming from the courthouse is that the people are pointing their fingers directly at Walker's administration, telling them that they had to do this even though it did not save any money.

Also, remember how Walker said he fixed the pension fiasco. Wait for the news to break about the long (and I do mean long) time employee who is considering pulling the retirement trigger. Word is that his pension backdrop will hit seven digits.

There's more, but I'll let them come as a surprise for you. Trust me on this though, Walker will have a hard time explaining to the tea party buddies on how the county has to pay county workers for those furlough days.

I want to get on with my weekend.

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