Sunday, November 27, 2022

Play

An investigative probe into how rules written for distressed rust belt property may benefit a select few; Small Business Saturday highlights local Economies; FL nonprofit helps offset the high cost of insulin.

Play

A Supreme Court case could have broad implications for the future of U.S. elections, results show voters rejected election deniers in many statewide races, and the concession phone call may be a thing of the past.

Play

A water war in Southwest Utah has ranchers and Native tribes concerned, federal solar subsidies could help communities transition to renewable energy, and Starbucks workers attempt to unionize.

WI's Biggest City Has Representation Problem During Budget Planning

Play

Thursday, September 15, 2022   

The budget process for Wisconsin's largest city is ramping up, and there are concerns residents in underserved areas will not receive as much priority due to a lack of representation.

Milwaukee's Common Council currently has four vacant seats, and is poised to adopt a city budget later this fall. While Milwaukee has seen more diversity in some neighborhoods, it still ranks highly for racial disparities.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, worries the issue will play out as budget negotiations take shape, and areas in need of an economic jolt might not get the help they need.

"You can go to neighborhoods where you can see the vacant houses, the city lots that have not been manicured or for that matter even garbage picked up," Taylor observed.

In August, the city held its Budget Education Week for the public to learn more about the process. Taylor credits the mayor's office for holding an extra meeting this week for districts lacking council representation, but hopes other elected members are mindful of the void when casting votes. The city's budget director said the mayor has crafted a thoughtful and equitable budget for all residents.

Taylor encouraged residents in affected districts to speak up before the amendment period, which usually happens in October. She also said city leaders need to do all they can to hear from constituents, noting there is difficulty in advocating for help.

"People are working and dealing with life and dealing with the trauma of what they're experiencing in the city, and they're not thinking about the budget," Taylor asserted.

The next step in the budget process involves the mayor delivering his proposed spending plan to the council on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Taylor added as other cities and towns across Wisconsin see more diverse populations, leaders should be mindful of fostering an environment allowing more people from different racial backgrounds to serve on local governing boards. She said it should be stressed during local redistricting, which happens once a decade.


get more stories like this via email
During open enrollment for 2022 coverage, Georgia saw a record number of individuals, more than 700,000, sign up for health insurance. (Rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is already underway, and ends on Jan. 15. More than 1.3 million Georgians do …


Social Issues

Holiday shoppers this week have no shortage of options with Small Business Saturday being observed on Nov. 26. Sandwiched between Black Friday and …

Health and Wellness

The American Heart Association has developed a series of videos to educate women about heart disease. The Red Chair Series is a four-episode series …


Chris Powers stands in front of the Land Bank lot that he tried to bid on in Southern Ohio. (Eye on Ohio)

Social Issues

By Lucia Walinchus for Eye on Ohio.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Ohio News Connection Collaboration reporting for the Ohio Center for Invest…

Social Issues

While many Iowa families gather through this weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving in traditional ways with food and family, thousands of people take to …

The EPA claims that the EES Coke Battery plant has emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide annually beyond its permitted limit of 2,100 tons. (Wikipedia)

Environment

Members of a Detroit-area community are intervening in an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit against a DTE Energy subsidiary charged with dumping…

Health and Wellness

A bill headed to President Joe Biden's desk addresses a long-standing problem for domestic violence survivors, ending their ties to their abusers' …

Environment

Oregon is home to a plethora of rivers, but those waterways are not always accessible to every community. A new video series highlights how …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021