Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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State lawmakers hear arguments on residency requirements
by Chris Patterson


GREENDALE -- A proposal to end the City of Milwaukee's residency requirement is being argued in a public hearing in Greendale. State lawmakers are hearing from Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, and any other public official who wants to weigh in on the residency requirement.

One of the biggest arguments centers around whether the residency requirement is a budgetary issue. Those opposed to lifting the requirement says it's a non-fiscal policy, and should be argued in a regular committee process so municipalities can testify about the impact of removing this rule.

Governor Walker's 2013-2015 budget would end the residency requirement for police and firefighters in the City of Milwaukee. City leaders argue eliminating this requirement would weaken Milwaukee's middle class by jeopardizing the revenue the city would get from property taxes.