Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 29, 2019
By John Muir
GREEN BAY — On Oct. 21, the city of Green Bay’s proposed 2020 budget was posted online. If city residents thought tax relief was on the way, they will be seriously disappointed. Then again, fiscal irresponsibility has been a staple of the Green Bay city budget for years.
I think we can all agree that we need to adequately fund public safety and infrastructure, but do taxpayers really need to foot the bill for a diversity and inclusion coordinator?
Mayor Eric Genrich thinks so. He’s proposed joining the growing list of woke cities and local school districts with a designated scold to call out racists and/or behavior deemed offensive to select groups of people. The rules of diversity and inclusion are super-secret and ever-changing so it takes someone with no common sense to get it right.
Advocates for this position claim it will help combat racism. In reality, these positions help keep racism alive, by ensuring that everything becomes black vs. white.
This is just one example of many unnecessary expenditures rolled into the disastrous 2020 budget, a budget that calls for a 3.2 percent increase in year to year spending, and will cost the owner of a $150,000 home $1,417.50 in property taxes.
The city’s Joint Finance Committee is set to discuss the proposed budget at 3 p.m. today in Room 207, City Hall. A full council vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.
This budget is bad news for taxpayers but the good news is there’s still time for residents to voice their opposition to the outrageous budget plan.
Be there and make your voices heard.
John Muir hosts “The John Muir Show,” which airs Monday through Friday from 8:40 to 11 a.m. on WTAQ in Green Bay and 9-11 am on WSAU in Wausau and WHBL in Sheboygan. Find more of John’s content at https://wtaq.com/shows/show/the-john-muir-show/