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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.

Franklin might be a Tax Hell, but in one regard, at least we're not...

Menomenee Falls.

Taxpayers subsidizing a hotel?

From my friend in the Falls, Jefferson Davis:

The taxpayers of Menomonee Falls are now meeting the payroll for the Radisson Hotel.


Tom Daykin, Journal Sentinel, has done a really good job of reporting on the latest development involving the mess that has become known as The Fiasco in the Falls with the Radisson Hotel.


According to the article written by Tom Daykin, the taxpayers have paid out an additional nearly $177,000 since April through the first two weeks in June.


A brief breakdown of the additional $177,000 includes the following:


  *$60,344 for payroll to the some 75 full and part-time employees at the hotel or else the employees may have potentially walked off the job


  *$78,390 for franchise fee to keep the Radisson brand on the building


  *$37,956 for the computerized reservation system with Radisson



Supposedly a group of citizens are organizing to appear at the Village Board Meeting on July 2nd in support of the contractors who have been stiffed by the Village and to ask questions about the end game for the taxpayers to see how much their tax bills are going to go up to cover the some $18,000,000 taxpayer funded loan that the hotel owners have not made any payments on for 2 years.


The Village has kept the contractors waiting for over a year since the hotel opened in June of 2011 for their final payments on completed construction work.


According to Village documents, the Village has a retainage account of some $1,200,000 specifically held for the contractors final payment upon completion and inspection of their work.

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