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Milwaukee’s 2022 budget proposal depends on Federal pandemic funds to cover the absence of state support

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett presented the Common Council with his 2022 budget on September 21, highlighting the fiscal challenges ahead due to the Republican-dominated state legislature’s refusal to give the city the tools it needs. The Milwaukee Common Council has until November 5 to make changes to Mayor Barrett’s budget proposal. It will also be the last budget drafted by the Mayor, as he is awaiting Senate confirmation to serve in the Biden administration as the new U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg. The proposed $1.7 billion budget for Milwaukee will be supported by $305.2 million in property taxes, up 2...

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Common Council honors Human Rights activists for amplifying the need for more pathways to citizenship

The City of Milwaukee’s annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) kicked off on September 16, to honor the local Latino community, its culture, and vast talent. As part of the series of special activities planned until October 15, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa released a joint statement on September 21, as a follow-up to the special recognition ceremony hosted in the Milwaukee Common Council chamber at City Hall. Organizers and participants of the nine-day March on Madison were honored for amplifying the need for more pathways to citizenship. This morning during a special ceremony in...

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United by loss: Milwaukee veterans and first responders commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11

“Milwaukee County Remembers 9/11” memorial ceremony was held at the War Memorial Center, featuring a “Never Forget 9/11” exhibit and a commemorative ride with Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel. Members of the Milwaukee community attended the somber event in-person, after COVID-19 forced the event to take place virtually in 2020.

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Milwaukee’s Black educators pledge to teach the truth in resistance to lies mandated by lawmakers

Members of the Milwaukee community gathered at Cathedral Square near the historical marker honoring Joshua Glover on September 5, as part of the national awareness program “Day of Action: Educators Pledge to Teach the Truth” developed by the Zinn Education Project. Black Educators Caucus Milwaukee (BEC), Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH), and Equitable Systems Consultants partnered for the event in solidarity with educators across the United States who have signed a pledge to teach truth in their classrooms. Lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students...

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A Pet Friendly City: Downtown Milwaukee’s first dog park gets support with public fundraising campaign

Fundraising efforts for what will be downtown Milwaukee’s first public dog park kicked off in late August with the launch of a new website and fundraising portal, mkedogpark.com. Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, Historic Third Ward BID #2, Downtown Neighbors Association (DNA) and other partners are working to build the new dog amenity on a centrally located site under I-794, between the Milwaukee River and Plankinton Avenue, along Clybourn Street. The Downtown Neighbors Association (DNA) jump-started the fundraising effort by committing the first pledge. “Bringing downtown its first dog park has been a priority for the Downtown Neighbors Association since...

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Governor Tony Evers invests $19.7M in transit services for Milwaukee after state lawmakers deprive funding

Governor Tony Evers announced on August 30 a $25 million investment in transit services for the city of Madison and Milwaukee County, supported by the state’s American Rescue Plan Act dollars. Madison will get more than $5.2 million of the funds, and more than $19.7 million will go to Milwaukee County. The news follows the governor’s recent announcement of $250 million in funds for two new competitive grant programs. His plan is to help communities across Wisconsin rebound and recover from the coronavirus pandemic with a $200 million Neighborhood Investment Fund, as well as a $50 million Healthcare Infrastructure...

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