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Assembly Speaker Vos takes aim at Milwaukee's fiscal problems


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the Milwaukee city government needs to find ways to be more efficient and save money.

The Racine County Republican said it would show conservatives that Milwaukee can be a world-class city without, “taxing ourselves into oblivion.”

Vos told the Milwaukee Press Club Monday that he met recently with Mayor Tom Barrett on the city’s biggest issues, as Governor Scott Walker has urged the city to focus on attracting jobs and improving its economy.

Vos said he could consider throwing state money at the city’s problems. But he said he prefers giving the private sector a chance to help, instead of government just giving money to some and taking away from others.

Vos also took a political dig at the Democrat Barrett, saying he spent much of the last three years running for governor while he chose to, “abdicate a lot of things the city of Milwaukee has needed.”

Barrett chief of staff Pat Curley invited Vos to meet with Milwaukee officials and point out his ideas for being more efficient instead of, “tossing flip, political remarks back and forth.”

Curley also pointed to a recent study by the Public Policy Forum which outlined Milwaukee’s fiscal challenges but said the city is well run financially.