Milwaukee – County Executive candidate Chris Abele today released the second part of his one-year agenda to bring real change to Milwaukee County. Abele is running in a special election on April 5to 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:
- Focus on accelerated debt repayment. For years, debt problems were allowed to accumulate while politicians bickered and kicked the can down the road. Chris will convene leaders from public and private companies to identify a long-term plan to tackle the County’s long-term debt program. Chris Abele will also use the proceeds from the sale of underused county facilities to help accelerate debt repayment as part of his Milwaukee County facilities and energy reform plan.
- Protect the Milwaukee County Transit System, starting with developing a long-term plan for the $36.6 million in federal transit money for Milwaukee County. Once a national model, the Milwaukee County Transit System has suffered from route cuts and fare hikes for years. A vibrant transit system is critical to growing our economy and connecting workers to jobs, with 35,000 workers relying on the system each day to get to work. Abele will focus on ensuring the transit system connects the highest density of workers to the highest density of employers. And over the next year he will work with key stakeholders to finally develop a plan to invest $36.6 million in federal transit funds designated for Milwaukee County that have for too long sat idle as a result of partisan bickering.
- Establish an official framework to guide consolidation of services and functions between County, State and local governments. Milwaukee County has multiple government agencies that handle routine tasks such as vehicle maintenance, landscaping, parks maintenance and building maintenance, to name a few. As a business leader who has experience bringing organizations together to collaborate, Chris will bring stakeholders from the public and private sector together to identify the best ways to implement consolidation ideas focused on the most efficient delivery of service to taxpayers.
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.