Monday, May 28, 2012
The Problem with Wisconsin Cities
A lot has been made about the sorry state of Milwaukee by the Pro-Walker forces. The seem to delight in this telling of how Milwaukee is going to fail. I say then what? You have the state's largest city in ruins, how exactly is that good for the state or the economy? The reasons for Milwaukee's and by extension Madison's problems are relate to the party in charge and the fact that a lot of the workers live outside of the city. You have Governors and legislators who dislike these cities and cut how much tax money is kicked back to them. This leaves the city with no choice but to raise property taxes, but the people with the money have left for other communities. But, these are the same people who need better roads, so we tax the residents of the city to pay for this, which drives more people out of town. This spirals out of control causing the city to decline to the delight of Republicans who seem to only represent the burbs which are full of people who work in the city and won't pay for anything. Just what are we going to do with the empty shells of cities in the state?