Posts Tagged ‘Milwaukee County’

Get the jails ready!

November 27, 2009

So Milwaukee County may be facing deep funding cuts in its federally-funded drug outpatient treatment program. People are being put on waiting lists. Are you kidding? You really think the county government will let a nationally recognized (and relatively cheap) program die?

The county will seek to have the Access to Recovery grant renewed, but the county must prepare for the possibility of a reduction or even complete cutoff of federal money, Walker said.

Oh right.

Walker’s dream budget busted

November 10, 2009

For those of you looking for updates of the Madison city budget – you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. However, Cognitive Dissidence, who apparently is a more dedicated reporter than me, spent 17 hours at the Milwaukee County budget deliberations. This is the summary of his toil:

  • 3.8% increase in tax levy
  • No vehicle registration fee
  • No parking meters on the lakefront
  • Estabrook Dam will get fixed
  • The pools and community centers are saved

It looks like Scott Walker lost.

Scott Walker is a good politician

November 4, 2009

Because he seems able to convince just about anybody that he’s got the skills to pay the bills. Writes Joey Labuz:

It is clear Walker has the financial record to tackle many of the issues currently facing the state government. After all, he took over a Milwaukee County government rocked by scandal and near bankruptcy and transformed it into a semi-functional one.

Nonexistent government is not functional government, even by Grover Norquist’s standards. Also, a man who’s dedicated to alleviating Milwaukee County’s fiscal pain probably would not have railed so hard against accepting enormous sums of money from the federal government. The notion that Walker’s head is made for money mathematics was not pulled from the record. Like, all the other numbers Walker regularly cites, it comes right from the collective ass of the Republican Party.

Walker’s budgeting problems

October 13, 2009

Cory Liebman, the tireless Scott Walker watchdog, has highlighted a series of fundamental problems with Walker’s attempts to privatize Milwaukee County services. Liebman’s most recent observation centers on Walker’s proposal to privatize Targeted Case Management, a county program that helps the chronically mentally ill.

There are at least 7 potential private vendors that provide services similar to TCM at an average cost of $2,656.55 per client. The cost per client that is allotted for this program in Walker’s 2010 budget proposal is $1,781.41. The actual cost to privatize this service would be 49% more per client than Walker’s numbers imply. A more dramatic difference is revealed when you examine the cost per client for CSP services. The average cost per client for the private companies is$4,252.12. Walker has allotted only $2,342.67 per client in his proposed budget for that program. The actual average cost per client by the private companies is nearly 82% more than what Walker allots in his 2010 proposed budget!

Although Liebman’s concerns are probably well-founded, the conclusion is a little more dubious. Private services tend to lower their prices to try and win government contracts. Therefore, if Walker has provided a certain amount of money for a program, it may be under the assumption that whoever wins the contract will have that kind of money to work with.

Nevertheless, if Liebman is correct, this certainly wouldn’t be the first time Walker’s team has had trouble putting numbers together.