Milwaukee County First and union thug extraordinaire Chris “Capper” Liebenthal perhaps had their worst day of the whole Milwaukee County budget battle yesterday as not just one but two major victories happened for Scott Walker and for a budget that does not raise our property taxes.
First, the Milwaukee County Board voted down all major labor union contracts on a wide, resounding margin in which sent a message to Liebenthal and his cronies to start tightening their belts further like the rest of us do. The County Board’s 11-6 vote on all tentative contracts is slapping union thugs with the reality that they cannot live on the unsustainable salary and benefits that cannot be afforded in the private sector.
Also to make matters worse for Libenthal and his thug troop, Scott Walker’s leadership allowed Milwaukee County Parks to win the gold medal for National Excellence in parks and recreation management. These are two signs that Walker’s budget is gaining serious clout. When that bus rapid transit line gets approved by the Milwaukee County Board, it will prove that Scott Walker is leading Milwaukee County on critical issues long before Tom Barrett could fall on the ball to make something happen.
In political terms, lightning does strike twice, and Liebenthal and his cronies lost serious momentum on the budget yesterday.