3 MONTHS OUT FROM MILWAUKEE'SMAYORAL PRIMARY RACE --INCUMBENT TOM BARRETT AND ONEOF HIS CHALLENGERS SENATORLENA TAYLOR CAME WITHIN AARM'S REACH WHILE PAYING NOMIND TO EACH OTHER AS THEYBOTH PROMOTED AFRICAN AMERICANLEADERSHIP IN THE BUSINESSCOMMUNITY.
BARRETT DECLINED TOCOMMENT ABOUT THEIR BATTLE FORHIS JOB.... TAYLOR TOOK THEOPPORTUNITY TO ATTACK.
"Thebuck will stop with me makingsure that inclusion is notjust something I show up forfor a photo-op, but that it iswhat I do in the acts of myadministration." ABOUT AN HOURLATER "It is time for a changeand Tom Barrett, time is up."TAYLOR HELD A CAMPAIGN NEWSCONFERENCE IN FRONT OF CITYHALL -- CONTINUING TO CALL OUTBARRETT BUT ON A SEPARATEISSUE --A LAW ENACTED IN 2013WHICH ALLOWS CITY EMPLOYEES TOLIVE OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS."When individuals do not livein the city and take thedollars outside of the cityand do not contribute toproperty taxes, that is acrisis."UNDEBARRETT'SLEADERSHIP, THE CITYCHALLENGED THE LAW AND LOST INTHE STATE SURPREME COURT A FEWYEARS AGO.
BARRETT HAS OFFEREDCITY EMPLOYEES A 3-PERCENT PAYRAISE IF THEY LIVE INMILWAUKEE -- AND HE HOPES TOEXPAND THIS TFIREFIGHTERSAND POLICE OFFICERS.
EVENSPEAKING ON IT TO FIREFIGHTERSSWORN IN LAST NIGHT.
"I thinkwe're a stronger communitywhen our employees live inthis city.
IF ELECTED MAYOR --TAYLOR SAYS SHE WOULD FIGHT TOIMPLEMENT ADDITIONALINCENTIVES THOUGH SHE DIDN'TEXPLAIN WHAT THEY WOULD BE.Barrett's campaign team justsent us a statement that readsin part.
Lena Taylor'sallegations are baseless andabsurd.
She knows that TomBarrett fought tooth andf nailagainst a hostile, Republican-controlled legislature andGovernor to keep them fromending residency.
Reporting indowntown Milwaukee, BenJordan, TODAY'S TMJ4.