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Monday, March 23, 2015

Forward Janesville Board Member: Every Budget Will Be Tough, Unless ...

The special meeting held by the Janesville city council last week is turning out to be a treasure trove of eye-rolling statements by Forward Janesville operatives answering questions during interviews before appointment to the city council.

Tha candidate eventually winning the appointment, Richard Gruber, holds a chair on Forward Janesville's board of directors and is VP of Mercy Health System. To a statement that 2015 will be a tough budget year for Janesville and asked for his thoughts on what the city can do to raise revenue beyond the state-imposed levy cap, Gruber said "I think 2016 will be a tough budget year, 2017 will be a tough budget year. 2018 will be a tough budget year ...unless things dramatically change in Madison."

Digest that one keeping in mind again was made by a board member of the local Scott Walker booster club, Forward Janesville.

Why does it seem like local chambers want Wisconsin municipalities to be kept "budget desperate?" Is it to force officials to do desperate things like sell off city property to raise revenue, privatize public works, create more TIF Districts and drain off TIF surplus cash? It sure seems that way to me.

Watch the segment here. The passage begins at the 1:26:30 mark.

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