Thursday, October 29, 2009

Milwaukee County Supervisors Consider Domestic Partner Benefits

Despite the facing of a potential $80 million dollar shortfall, the Personnel Committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to recommend the adoption of domestic partner benefits for County employees at a cost of multiple millions of dollars.  At the same time, to help raise revenue for other county needs the Budget Committee by a 4-3 vote passed a $20 wheel tax for every vehicle registered in the county.  This comes on top of the wheel tax City of Milwaukee residents are already paying.  Further, this comes at a time when the county may lay off up to 200 employees.  The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors next meet on Thursday, November 5th at 9:30am and the final budget is scheduled to be voted on Monday, November 9th at 8:30am.  County Executive Scott Walker has pledged to veto domestic partner benefits should they pass.  To contact your Milwaukee County Supervisor with your views on forcing taxpayers to fund new domestic partner benefits for county employees you may call (414) 278-4222.