Have you ever noticed how politicians like Mayor Tom Barrett will recklessly spend money on stupid stuff, but when the money runs out they only threaten to cut vital public safety? For example, Barrett is making it clear that if he has to choose between funding a non-vital trolley for a few downtown dwellers or cutting police for the rest of the city, he will protect his trolley. Budgets are about choices and Barrett is making his.
The City of Milwaukee could be forced to cut 84 police officer positions in next year’s budget, Mayor Tom Barrett said.
“I do not want to have fewer police officers in this city,” Barrett said Friday in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “I’m trying to do everything I can to find a way to avoid this.”
Barrett also warned that Milwaukee may be forced to eliminate 75 firefighter positions, six public health nurses and 10 code inspector jobs — and close two libraries — in the 2018 budget.
“I view all of this in the context of public safety and, actually, crime prevention in many respects,” Barrett said.