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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

$tate$ putting locals in a crunch

The following caught my eye this week on It’s an excerpt from a series of articles examining the challenging fiscal relationships between states and local units of government.

“(The city of Kokomo, Indiana)
has shed 16 percent of its workforce through attrition, handed off its public daycare center and ambulance service to nonprofits, and explored such cost-saving innovations as having residents on one side of the street carry their trash cans to the other side so that trucks equipped with mechanical arms need only go down a street once, thus cutting their routes in half.”

Stateline offers a very interesting look at how states are attempting to shrink the size and cost of local government. Why? In a nutshell, personnel and benefit costs are wreaking havoc on budgets and taxpayers. And states simply don't have the money. Municipalities must learn to live with a smaller piece of the state pie.

You can read the entire series

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