Some tentatively good news surfaced today: the Milwaukee Public Museum is back in the black more than a decade after a failed attempt at privatization nearly killed it. The downside of the museum’s new-found surplus is that it came at the expense of many jobs and only after worker furloughs and crowd-drawing exhibits were in place. I focus on all of this in a new post on Milwaukee County First. The MPM was a big part of my childhood here Milwaukee for the brief time we lived here in the 1980s, and it’s been a part of my daughter’s life in the 2000s. I’m glad it’s still here to enjoy and learn through.
Also, Chris “capper” Liebenthal has a detailed examination of the State’s rejection of a County bid to house the County’s Income Maintenance Program offices in a County building. This relic of our socialist past is a government program that you will likely never see, unless you fall into poverty, or are born into poverty. Or you may get older and retire and live on fixed income. (Damn socialists, providing income for retirees. How dare they!) As I think that’s what happens to most of us eventually, this bears paying attention to.