Johnson: City needs more state funds

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- As the city sees violent crime surging in recent years, acting Mayor Cavalier Johnson wants more help from state leaders.

In a statement today, Johnson says as the state racks up billions of dollars in surpluses, state shared revenue funding remains at levels set decades ago.

The trend has required budget cuts in Milwaukee, leaving the city with fewer police and firefighters, service cuts and an often fruitless hunt for additional resources.

It goes on to say -- had shared revenue just kept pace with inflation, the city of Milwaukee would have between $100 million and $200 million more each year to invest in law enforcement, violence prevention and other basic city services.

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