Milwaukee County First is already making a difference: our neglectful county executive has said that he would be restoring funding to the Emergency Medical System, which supports the paramedic programs in the county. Secondly, Governor Doyle has unveiled his new plan for regional transit funding in southeast Wisconsin. Both of these are major items of concern for groups such as Milwaukee County First and the Quality of Life Alliance, which led the effort to pass a sales tax referendum back in 2008. So, EMS should get funding within the county, and there is a glimmer of hope for the county’s otherwise-moribund bus system. (Actual funding from the state? Don’t be so hopeful…)
So, what about the Milwaukee County Parks?
I have it on good authority that a parks funding bill has gone through several revisions in the state legislature, and should be seeing the light of day in the near future. If the final bill looks good for the parks, I will join Milwaukee County First, the Park People, and myriad other grassroots groups in calling for its passage. Let’s make it happen!