Milwaukee is talking about large police department cuts if the city doesn’t get more money from the state.
The city’s Steering and Rules Committee this week debuted a plan that would close Milwaukee’s entire sixth police district to save money. Milwaukee is looking at a 156-million-dollar budget gap this year. The city’s pension payment is set to spike, and Milwaukee simply doesn’t have the money to make the payment. Aldermen are not happy about the proposed cuts, but they may not happen. Republican leaders at the Wisconsin Capitol say they will unveil their shared revenue proposal tomorrow. That plan would send more money to cities like Milwaukee for police and fire departments, but it’s not clear just how much more may be coming.