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State Assembly to consider bill slashing pay, power of Milwaukee Co. Board

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday afternoon that would hand Milwaukee County Board members a 50 percent pay cut, plus a reduction in their powers.

The annual salaries of Milwaukee supervisors would be slashed from $51,000 a year to $24,000 – and if the state approves it, county voters would have the final say in a binding referendum.

Assembly Republican Joe Sanfelippo, a former Milwaukee County supervisor, authored the bill. It would also increase the county executive’s power, reduce the board’s resources and authority, and cut their terms from four years to two.

Opponents say it could lead to similar attempts in other counties, but the bill’s supporters say they only wish to put Milwaukee County’s governing body on a diet.

Governor Scott Walker, who used to be the Milwaukee County executive, supports the changes.

One Assembly Republican says the Senate probably would not act on the measure until this fall – and it would give the County Board a chance to make its own reforms.

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