I don’t think it’s a good idea or that there is any appetite for it in Madison, but at least someone is trying to SOMETHING for the people of Milwaukee.
A suburban Republican lawmaker ripped into Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday and said she would push for funding cuts to the city unless steps are taken to slash Milwaukee’s crime rate.
The provocative statement was issued by state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) and came in the wake of a high-profile Milwaukee carjacking that ended with a chase into Washington County and the arrest of five juveniles.
“Last week homeowners in Washington County were held hostage in their homes by the actions of five young criminals from Milwaukee,” Brandtjen wrote. “All night long the Milwaukee police, SWAT teams and law enforcement from Washington County combed the darkness for five youths with guns. Families were forced to unlock their gun cabinets and instruct their loved ones to shoot to kill.”