Snow and Emergency Response and Residency Requirement
Republican Assembly Leader still backs lifting Residency Requirement
MILWAUKEE-Republican assembly leader Robin Vos still backs the Governor's proposal to lift the residency requirement for municipalities in Wisconsin.
During a luncheon with the Milwaukee Press Club on Monday, however, he qualified his support saying exceptions must be made for those in time sensitive positions.
"Where you have to be in by 30 minutes, a time requirement, I think that's perfectly reasonable," the republican who represents Racine said, "If you had a riot or a snow emergency. Or if there was a catastrophe or natural disaster, that you would have people on call who could come in quicker."
Still, Vos reiterated Governor Walker's view that to recruit the best and the brightest cities need to be able to go outside their border for a potential employee pool.
Just two weeks ago, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett railed against the governor for putting the measure in his budget.
"First of all it has nothing to do with the budget," Barrett told CBS 58 News back on February 22nd, "and second of all it is in there to deal with special interests."
Barrett want to keep the rul that says police and firefighters for Milwaukee must live in Milwaukee.
He says if the governor gets his way it could eat away at Milwaukee's tax base.
Common Council President Willie Hines has also issued a statement criticizing the governor on the residency issue.