Since Tom Barrett took over as Mayor of Milwaukee, city spending has increased by more than $320 million – more than 27 percent.
Instead of making government live within its means, Mayor Barrett paid for all his spending by raising taxes, even in these challenging economic times. In his very first budget, Mayor Barrett broke his pledge to keep a lid on property taxes and has continued increasing taxes and fees ever since. In fact, property taxes are up more than 20% and fees have doubled.
Given Mayor Barrett’s reckless fiscal policies, it’s no surprise that Milwaukee has among the worst job creation records of any big city in the United States. Unemployment is up 28% on Barrett’s watch, and Milwaukee’s jobless rate is significantly worse than the state average.
*Sources: City of Milwaukee; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Bureau of Labor Statistics; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
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