Lena Taylor actually went out with her Republican friends to celebrate selling out her constituents. I guess some people have no sense of shame.
And speaking of which, now that the bill is all but enacted, we are seeing that the local paper is finally reporting what is in the bill, much of which the LefTeas who support Abele's power grab had told was not in there:
Provisions that kick in immediately include shrinking the board's role in land sales, labor negotiations and contracts. The county executive can hire as many people as he wants for his office without interference.Funny thing is, all those LefTeas that were telling us that these things weren't in
The executive also gets sole authority over the county fish hatchery, child support department, operation of the Milwaukee Public Museum, harbor facilities and any work relief program. Abele will have the sole power to create any new county department. He'll have primary oversight of minority contracting, which has been under the County Board.
A provision in the bill assigning one county lobbyist to the county executive and one to the board is already spawning differences. Abele said he gets to hire and supervise both lobbyists, though one would work with the board. Dimitrijevic said she understood that the two-person lobbying unit would be independent, with one lobbyist working with the board and the other with Abele.
The board's budget will drop from this year's $6.6 million to a maximum of $1.1 million starting next year, likely forcing a significant reduction in the 38-person board staff. However, several staff jobs now assigned to the board would be transferred to the county clerk and county comptroller. Four policy analyst jobs would go to the comptroller to create an independent service department that could be tapped by both the board and the county executive. The board currently has seven research analyst positions, though three are vacant.
But don't worry, gentle reader. There's still a lot more out there that Abele and his minions don't want to be made known. But, golly gee, something tells me they will still be made know somehow.
Again, how can anyone not see the glaring resemblance between Abele and his good friend and mentor, Scott Walker?
And as for Taylor, there is no question that this will be her last term in office, with at least two top tier candidates being mentioned in going up against her. The only question is whether she will even be allowed to complete her current term.