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Milwaukee Mayor wonders if city could get fair shake from Republicans

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Milwaukee’s mayor wondered out loud Tuesday whether his city could get a fair shake from Republicans, as they get to set to adopt a new state budget.

Tom Barrett said it’s “very easy” to take political shots at Milwaukee. He said it’s a good way to use quote, “a divide-and-conquer mentality to isolate the largest city in the state.”

Republican Governor Scott Walker recently said Milwaukee should focus more on growing its economy.

On Monday, GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Barrett let a lot of things go while he spent most of the last three years running for governor as a Democrat against Walker.

Vos said the city should become more efficient and reach out to suburban conservatives who are concerned about Milwaukee taxing itself “into oblivion.”

Barrett retorted Tuesday that it’s not leadership to tear down the state’s largest city – and he questions whether Walker and Barrett really want to know what Milwaukee’s unique issues are.

Milwaukee’s Public Policy Forum has refused to blame local officials for the city’s fiscal problems.

Forum president Rob Henken wrote on his blog today that Milwaukee quote, “remains in a revenue strait-jacket caused by strict property tax levy caps, and stagnant state aid.”

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