Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett fights to keep residency requirement
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is taking the fight to keep the city's residency rule to Madison. He joined other mayors and city leaders across the state asking why the state feels it needs to step in and remove residency requirements.
The City of Milwaukee requires all its employees to live in the city. Mayor Barrett says the Milwaukee Police Association and Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Local 215 are behind the effort to repeal this residency requirement. He believes these two organizations are pulling lawmaker's strings.
Governor Walker says it's important to public safety employees, but it really affects MPS.
Mayor Barrett admits he's facing an uphill battle since the repeal of the residency requirement is in the state budget. It's a budget that the Republican majority state legislature will most likely pass.
"During the nine years that the Governor was the County Executive of Milwaukee, at no time did he move to remove the residency requirement then. Now all of a sudden it has become an issue of statewide concern for him," says Barrett. "If it was a big issue, it would have been a big issue then."