Council overrides budget vetoes, disagreements over racial disparity study

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Common Council overrode a series of Mayor Tom Barrett's vetoes to the budget today including how to pay for a study on racial disparity. 

In a statement, The Mayor said he was pleased the council adopted 95% of his budget but criticized the alderman for not supporting his plan to delay city worker raises for a month to cover the costs of the study.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett released the following full statement after today’s Common Council meeting where the Mayor’s budget vetoes were addressed:

“I am pleased the Council adopted over 95% of the budget I submitted. That’s good for City taxpayers and for the City’s fiscal stability. I vetoed items that were financed with increased borrowing and funds from the salary and wage accounts. These actions should serve as an alert to City taxpayers that there are members of the Common Council who would rather satisfy their own agendas by adding to the debt and disrupting the delivery of City services than addressing the long term fiscal issues the City is facing.”

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