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Alderman Donovan calls Barrett's budget proposal a 'disaster' for neighborhoods

NOW: Alderman Donovan calls Barrett’s budget proposal a ’disaster’ for neighborhoods


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan attacked Mayor Tom Barrett's 2020 budget proposal Thursday. 

The spending plan presented by the mayor earlier this week calls for a reduction of 80 police positions through unfilled vacancies. The mayor cited money problems, but on Thursday, Donovan said the plan would be a "disaster" for neighborhoods, and he accused the mayor of breaking a campaign promise.

"One promise was to conduct a thorough audit of every city department," said Ald. Donovan. "That was a campaign promise he made and was never done. Was certainly one of the reasons I supported him."

At Thursday's news conference, Donovan also said he supports current Police Chief Alfonso Morales and called for his reappointment.

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