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Gov. Walker loves Milwaukee, says no friction with Mayor Tom Barrett


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he loves Milwaukee, and he has no beef with Mayor Tom Barrett.

The mayor fired back Tuesday at recent criticisms from the Republican Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

They told city officials to stop blaming others for the city’s fiscal plight, get to work on improving the economy, and make city government more efficient.

Walker attended the annual meeting of “Visit Milwaukee” Tuesday, and said the city’s taxpayers are better off with him as governor. And Walker said Barrett’s comments might pertain to other politicians but not him.

Walker cited a number of state and city partnerships under his watch. They include new ramps on and off the Hoan Bridge, plans to rebuild the Zoo freeway interchange, efforts to grow the Milwaukee Water Council, and a new state office building just west of the city’s downtown.

Barrett said Tuesday he wasn’t sure if state Republicans would give Milwaukee a fair shake in the new state budget.

Walker said he talked with Barrett about city concerns before he released his budget proposal. The governor said he heard the mayor out, and he agreed with some of Barrett’s concerns but not others.