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.
WHILE THIS BLOG DEALS WITH FRANKLIN SPECIFICALLY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE IN FRANKLIN, BUT IN ANY OTHER TAX HELL IN WISCONSIN TO APPRECIATE.
People receiving unemployment checks for well over a year?
Record number of people on food stamps?
Doesn’t matter to the Jesse
Let’s examine how they without blushing have screwed the taxpaying public.
1) They passed a school budget with property tax levy increase beyond the rate of inflation.
2) They hornswoggled the public into approving two of three needless school referenda with a mantra we’ve heard before. It’s for the children who would suffer tremendously if we voted NO.
OK. Taxpayers have bent over and taken it, AGAIN. Sensing yet another kill, does anyone honestly think the greedy school administration would stop now? Of course they’re out for more blood because they understand how naive the
Will they roll over?
Given that scenario, why wouldn't the Jesse James Gang go for the kill while taxpayers foolishly think they couldn’t possibly be taken to the cleaners one more time. Periodically (and more often than they should) the
Did I neglect to mention recession and unemployment and foreclosures and a school tax levy increase?
According to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, here are the salaries and benefits of the current
$161,558 / $61,747
$137,065.00 / $53,860
$115,634 / $49,420
Christine Cody, Southwood Glen Elementary
$95,000 / $36,221
Jamie Foeckler, Pleasant View Elementary
$96,835 / $42,796
$87,248 / $40,686
Karen Noel, Country Dale Elementary
$95,000 / $15,355
Mary Siewert, Ben Franklin Elementary
$98,750 / $30,379
John Budish, Franklin High
$84,000 / $18,955
Nicholas Kohn, Franklin High
$80,250 / $33,839
$76,308 / $33,254
Judith Mueller, Central Office
$124,777 / $30,957
Michael Zellmer, Central Office
$96,260 / $9,196
Gerald Tischer, Central Office
$93,217 / $43,198
Do I begrudge any of these individuals their salaries and benfits? Of course not.
Do I think they’re grossly overpaid? HELL YES!
Do I think they deserve a salary/benefit package increase?
Yet, I predict they will have the gumption to march to the Franklin School Board and demand a salary/ benefits increase. It could range from 1-5%
They know only two votes are sure NO votes. Three are bend over backwards yes votes. And two are left from the unpredictable wussy Tim Nielson and Linda Witkowski. They pretend to be taxpayer-friendly but can’t be depended upon when it counts.
You thought the screwing was over?
NOTE: The Pewaukee School District named Mike Cady, the principal at Franklin High School, to be its new chief academic officer on July 1, 2012. Again, the figures I’ve posted are the latest according to the state DPI.