Republicans attend neighborhood walk on Milwaukee's south side
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan conducts neighborhood walks about twice a week, and was joined by Republican State Representative Robin Vos, and other state lawmakers.
Alderman Donovan led the group around his district near 22nd and Greenfield. It's a neighborhood plagued by crime, and Donovan hopes a partnership between the city and the state can help high-crime areas. "I do think it's critical. I'm hoping to keep the lines of communication open," says Donovan.
Alderman Donovan believes the city needs to fill the many vacancies in the police department. Back in February Donovan met with state lawmakers asking for money to help fill those vacancies, but he was denied. Rep. Vos says, "As we look at budgets there are cities all across our state from La Crosse to Eau Claire, Green Bay, Beloit, my hometown Burlington, we all have needs and those all balanced out."
It was all Republicans on hand for the walk, and they say democratic lawmakers were also invited. Just before the walk Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett showed up to speak with lawmakers. He believes the city does have some serious issues related to crime. In the past the mayor asked the state to match the $500,000 he allocated to police overtime. "I think this is not an issue where there has to be a lot of partisanship," says Barrett. "I think this is an issue where people can work together, and that's what I'm interested in."
Rep. Vos tells us everything is still on the table, but the most important thing to a solution is to have conversations with lawmakers and police to understand the problems.