County Executive Chris Abele is extremely rich and used to getting his own way - no questions asked.

Now he wants full control over Milwaukee County decisions. We have to stop him!

Chris Abele has a lot of bad ideas.

  • Abele wants people  to pay a $60 wheel tax for their cars - although almost 3/4 of Milwaukee County residents voted against this tax in 2017.
  • Abele wants to close senior centers even though thousands of older people eat lunch and share activities there every year.
  • Abele wants to cut back on Homeless Shelters even though there are long waiting lists for beds every freezing night.
  • Abele wants to close down Lincoln Park pool and waterslide even though it is one of the only recreation spots on Milwaukee's north side.
  • Abele wants to install parking meters along the lakefront and in parks across the County - charging up to $2.50 an hour.
  • Abele has not been able to act on these ideas because the County Board invites citizens to speak their mind and then votes against Abele plans.
  • Chris Abele is very angry about this opposition. He has spent piles of money sending out letters that blame the County Board and its Chairman Theo Lipscomb for every problem in the budget. That hasn't worked. So, Abele went to Wisconsin state legislators for a state bill that would take away the County's Board's power to stop Abele's decisions.

Abele has not been able to act on these ideas because the County Board invites citizens to speak their mind and then votes against Abele plans.

Chris Abele is very angry about this opposition. He has spent piles of money sending out letters that blame the County Board and its Chairman Theo Lipscomb for every problem in the budget. That hasn't worked. So, Abele went to Wisconsin state legislators for a state bill that would take away the County's Board's power to stop Abele's decisions.

In fact the bill says that if there is any conflict  between the County Executive and the County Board -- the County Executive prevails. 
Under this legislative bill (Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 293,) the County Executive will control 
  • County employment - hiring, firing, pay levels, benefits, and all negotiation
  • County lands - purchasing, sales and leasing of County property (except parks created after 2015.) 
  • All purchasing, procurement and contracts for materials and services in the County 
  • Hiring and firing most Department Heads. 

And to make sure Abele wins the lakefront debate, he will take control of all County parking rules. 

LET'S STOP THIS POWER GRAB RIGHT NOW:

   1.    Sign the petition against the power grab bill - https://www.change.org/p/milwaukee-county-executive-chris-abele-protect-the-people-s-voice-stop-chris-abele-s-power-grab-say-no-to-sb777 .

    2.    Send this information to your friends and family - use "forward" or "edit as new message."

    3.    Call your state representatives - Senator and Assembly Rep. -- to vote NO on SB777 and AB 293. To get their number, CALL THE LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE    1-800-362-9472.

    4.   Call Senator Lena Taylor (608) 266-5810 and ask her why she is helping Chris Abele when his plans hurt the community?

    5.    Call Rep. Jason Fields (608) 266-3756  and ask him why he is helping Chris Abele make people pay to go to the lakefront?

Click here to read an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the County Budget problems by Rob Henken, president of the Wisconsin Policy Forum

About 300 county residents showed up to voice disapproval of the plan to collect parking fees at parks, parkways and the lakefront this year. The county pay-to-park work group held the meeting at the Mitchell Park Domes on February 6th. 

Opportunities Coming up to Make Your Voice Heard!

Public Input Session
Wednesday, February 28
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Washington Park Senior Center
4420 West Vliet Street


Milwaukee County Department on Aging is creating their 2019-2021 Area Plan. This plan will define the Department on Aging’s goals for the next three years. Your input is important. Help direct the work we do serving older adults.

We need people to attend this meeting and talk about senior centers, home delivered meals and senior advocacy.



They want to hear from us!