Before being elected to the Milwaukee Common Council, I worked in workforce development. One of the best parts of my duties was to assist youth with their first summer job.
At the most recent meeting of the Common Council’s Judiciary and Legislation Committee, it was disheartening to learn that members of the State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee decided to effectively reduce funding for Milwaukee’s popular summer youth jobs programming – which I also participated in when I was younger.
Today with a stroke of his veto pen, Governor Tony Evers made sure that those critical funding dollars will still be available to employ young people during the summer months in Milwaukee at the full amount as in years past.
While there may not be much to agree on in Madison I would hope that going forward, Republicans and Democrats can agree that making sure that youth in Milwaukee are occupied with opportunities to earn, learn, and be safe is a worthwhile investment – one that even had the support of both Mayor Tom Barrett and former governor Scott Walker.