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For Episode Ten of “Bird on a Wire”, Lu Ann and I were joined by Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.
We talked about the county executive’s path to a career in public service after facing certain challenges growing up in Milwaukee. We also spent a lot of time talking about shared revenue and local taxes as the bill reshaping the system and allowing Milwaukee to raise its sales tax makes its way through the state legislature. Crowley has been instrumental in negotiating key aspects of that deal, and he shared a lot of insight and information about the legislation that’s coming together.
For a short clip of that conversation, on a thorny debate on referendum and sales taxes, go here:
AUDIO: County Executive David Crowley breaks down the Milwaukee sales tax and referendum debate, favors 'enabling legislation'
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Dan Shafer is a journalist from Milwaukee who writes and publishes The Recombobulation Area. He previously worked at Seattle Magazine, Seattle Business Magazine, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, and BizTimes Milwaukee. He’s also written for The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Heartland Signal, Belt Magazine, WisPolitics, and Milwaukee Record. He’s won 17 Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards. He’s on Twitter at @DanRShafer.
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