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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Let’s rewind the clock to May of 2010. Once again, a business came knocking on Franklin’s door. Once again, Franklin said…NAH!
Please, don't get me going on the brain-dead philosophy of former alderman Tim Solomon that was quite evident in that article. Do we miss him on the Common Council? NOT A CHANCE! Is there any wonder Solomon's pet phrase was, "NOT GONNA HAPPEN." He'd say that at meetings more often than he combed his hair.
Fast forward to today. When businesses come, hoping to make Franklin their home, Franklin has a habit of turning them away. And they and the jobs that come with them turn up elsewhere (Scroll down in this article for the latest details on Hitters).
This is an important reminder as Franklin voters go to the polls Tuesday that the right candidate for mayor, a long-time businessman, is what we need to bring a successful business climate to our city.
UPDATE: Thanks to Mr. Pipke for his comment below. In response, my understanding is there were concerns about, not only the site, but cost per acre, sewer, road capacity, water, parking and a request for city funding. Crystal Ridge was offered as an alternative location. Obviously, that didn’t happen. But we have the Rock. So it worked out from that perspective. Hitters would have been a great complement to the Rock.
Legitimate concerns about Hitters? I’d say. But there’s a larger issue at play here that has always frustrated me as a Franklin resident. These issues don’t seem to surface, or they get resolved when prospective businesses decide to set up shop elsewhere.
Steve Olson and I don’t always agree. He knows that and I’ve blogged about it. That’s the nature of politics. On the off chance we disagree, at the end of the day, he will respect me and my viewpoint.
He’s by far the best candidate in today’s primary.