Urgent: Contact Your County Supervisor Regarding County Budget Vetoes

Make It Work Milwaukee/ Mental Health Task Force

Contact Your Supervisor Now Regarding County Budget Vetoes

This afternoon, the County Executive released his veto message for the 2015 Milwaukee County budget. It is available online at http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyExecutive/Press_Releases/2013/VetoMessagesFINAL.pdf

The Milwaukee County Board will meet tomorrow, November 19th at 1:30 and to consider the vetoes and attempt to override them. Two amendments that we supported were vetoed and one was partially vetoed. Please call or email your supervisors now and ask them to support the following amendments and override the vetoes.

Ask your supervisor to:

  • Support Amendment 1A058 which would reduce by $.50 the proposed $4 per ride paratransit fare increase for individuals who have rides funded by IRIS or Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The increase would make a round trip fare cost $40.10; the amendment would decrease this cost by $1.00.

  • Support Amendment 1A004 to continue the allocation of $300,000 for homeless shelters. Emergency shelters are an important part of the safety net in Milwaukee as winter approaches and many families and individuals are homeless.

  • Support Amendment 1A010 which would fund “GO”, or “Growing Opportunities” passes for seniors and persons with disabilities to ride the bus for free, and expand current transit routes. We recommend that the GO pass be piloted and that the expanded routes be implemented as they have the potential to help Milwaukee residents with disabilities and seniors to maintain their independence, get to jobs, and be active in our community. Note: it appears the County Exec may have approved funding for the route expansion.

Contact information for County supervisors is attached and also online at: http://county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard
If you don’t know who your supervisor is, click here: http://county.milwaukee.gov/FindSupervisor

Barbara Beckert, Milwaukee Office Director DISABILITY RIGHTS WISCONSIN
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 3230 Milwaukee, WI 53214
414–773–4646 Ext 15 Voice
888 758–6049 TTY
414–773–4647 Fax
barbara.beckert@drwi.org

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