Milwaukee – County Executive candidate Chris Abele today released the first part of his one-year agenda to bring real change to Milwaukee County. Abele is running in a special election on April 5 to complete the final year of the current County Executive term.
“Whether you live in Cudahy, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee or Brown Deer, you know the status quo isn’t working for Milwaukee County government, and the time for real reform is now,” said Abele. “Together we can focus on creating jobs, preserving services and taking Milwaukee County in a new direction.”
Below are details of Chris Abele’s One Year Agenda to Change Milwaukee County – goals he will accomplish over the next year if elected County Executive by working together with the County Board, neighborhood groups, nonprofits, organized labor, the business community and anyone interested in strengthening the future of Milwaukee County:
- Introduce a no-tax increase County budget. Chris Abele is committed to not raising taxes, and he’ll consider all options — including freezing the executive office budget, eliminating perks for politicians and bureaucrats, consolidating services, implementing a hiring freeze, and ensuring county consulting contracts are competitively bid, among others – to save taxpayer money.
- Implement a real jobs strategy for Milwaukee County, including establishment of a final Park East Plan that will turn the vacant land into job-generating development. Milwaukee County has for far too long played only a minor, if any, role in economic development. Chris Abele is the only candidate for County Executive to introduce a comprehensive jobs plan, which includes holding the line on taxes, streamlining and coordinating the regulatory process and leveraging unused and underused County assets to help create jobs and boost business growth. Chris has also proposed merging the City and County economic development offices to better plan and coordinate job-generating initiatives, and he will work with the City to make redeveloping the Park East corridor — that for far years has been vacant — a top priority.
Chris Abele is a business owner, civic leader and community advocate who is running for Milwaukee County Executive to work with anyone to create private sector jobs, get County debt under control, and protect vital services. He has worked to strengthen Milwaukee County by helping to build and grow programs in education, the environment, community development, health services and the arts. Chris is a champion of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, creating hope and opportunity for young people in our community. And he helped lead an outside audit of the county’s pension problems, and identified an idea that will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Chris proudly lives in Milwaukee County with his wife, Miriam and their daughter, Lauren.