The Journal Sentinel is reporting that Milwaukee County received federal funds for ineligible projects on a list developed by then-County Executive Scott Walker and his now-criminally-charged former aide, Tim Russell:
Milwaukee County could be forced to repay as much as $542,000 in federal community development aid that was earmarked for programs that don't meet residency guidelines, according to county and federal officials.Then there's this multi-million bill left to County taxpayers by Walker's illegal mandatory furlough scheme:
The amount represents about three-fourths of the county's 2011 Community Development Block Grant allocation...
The 2011 block grant funding list was developed in 2010 during Gov. Scott Walker's last year as county executive. The list was submitted to the County Board by Timothy Russell, who was then the county housing director. Russell is facing felony embezzlement charges for stealing money from Operation Freedom, an annual picnic and program at the zoo for veterans that Walker hosted.
Russell, through his attorney Dennis Krueger, declined to comment.
Estimates range from $4 million to $9 million if the 2010 furlough days and the 13 furlough days imposed in 2011 are calculated in the back pay owed to employees. The county is accruing $33,000 in interest each month, about $1 million so far.Remembering that the Journal Sentinel endorsed Walker, in part, because they thought he had the right stuff and was running a tight ship:
The persisting dysfunction in Milwaukee County is not of Walker's making and arguably - with tight-fisted stewardship - is better than it was before he took office...Events have proven otherwise.
But in this election, we're looking for a kind of fiscal tenacity that this state has, perhaps, never seen. Talk that Barrett isn't "tough enough" is a bum rap. But, on fiscal matters, there is tough and then there is the right kind of experience.
Walker has both, and that makes him the better choice.