Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Tonight, the Franklin Common Council’s Committee of the Whole will discuss a proposed advisory referendum for the November 2010 ballot that will ask city residents if
The idea is being floated by
There is a growing discontent spreading throughout
Let’s review some of the arguments I have made in the past against this proposal beginning with:
Excuse me, but did I miss something?
Is there a hue and cry from the
Let me get this straight. As the private sector reduces its workforce by handing out pink slips, and cuts salaries and benefits, the
If the contention is that we can’t attract decent candidates when Tom Taylor decides not to be mayor anymore unless we sweeten the pot, then I suggest we don’t want those kinds of candidates to begin with if their motivation is purely salary-driven.
We elect our aldermen and mayor to make decisions and while some issues deserve being put to a referendum, this isn’t one of them.
Alderman Taylor wants the change because he wants to be mayor. The only argument he offers is that
How about this simple, honest, common sense question. Just what would a full-time
Would the full-time mayor have to be at City Hall, every day, all day?
What would the working hours be? 8:00 start? 8:30?
When would the official working day end? 4:30? 5:00?
How much do we then pay the full-time mayor?
Steve Patz runs a school district of 4,080
Just what is the proper salary to entice someone to give up their real job to run for
What would the job qualifications be for a full-time mayor? Sorry to ask such a tough question but just what would he/she be required to do to earn that full-time salary, whatever it is?
OK, so now we make the mayor full-time. What do we do with our full-time Director of Administration? Dump him? Demote him? Keep him full-time? If so, why?
Has Steve Taylor answered any of these questions?
I suspect the Common Council will, a la Pontius Pilate, wash their hands and say let the voters decide rather than shoot down this idea. Then in November, the referendum will go down. If that occurs, it will be another example of how City hall is slowly becoming, like the School Board, out of touch with