Say What? GOP Lawmaker Says Milwaukee Shouldn't Get State Money Because It Might Bring Crime to the Suburbs

Republican State Rep. Janel Brandtjen has called for state funding to be cut from Milwaukee until the city is able to curb its crime rate.


Citing a situation last week, in which five youths were arrested after a car-jacking and police chase, Brandtjen released a statement on her Facebook calling for the cuts. Brandtjen's statement claims that, "The violence and the crime that has plagued Milwaukee for decades has now begun to spill over into Milwaukee’s suburbs."

Her proposal specifically targeted Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett:

Mayor Barrett, the people of southeast Wisconsin will not sit by and watch your administration destroy the entire region with failed liberal policies and a 10 second “Tommy Tough Talk” sound bite. If you do not fill the hundreds of vacant police officer positions, apprehend and arrest car thieves, demand prison for repeat criminals and start standing up to the judges who let repeat offenders off easy you will be in my opinion “assisting and enabling” the very criminals who are responsible for the record number of shootings, car jacking’s and murders.

I will be openly advocating for funding cuts to Milwaukee unless steps are taken to dramatically cut crime in Milwaukee. I will no longer sit by while you destroy Milwaukee and its flourishing suburbs. I cannot justify financing your failed policies in Milwaukee until you take public safety seriously.

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