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This Just In ...

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.

UPDATE: Franklin Mayor Taylor may be on to something, but can he pull it off?


Previously on This Just In…


The update:

Shortly after I wrote that blog in 2011 I happened to bump into Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke at an event who told me this issue is one of the most critical facing our area. I agree.

That’s why I was encouraged to see the recent comments of Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor. FranklinNOW.com wrote about a new report:

Five southern Milwaukee County communities could save millions of dollars over the next five years if they consolidated their fire departments, a report by the Public Policy Forum says. Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners and Oak Creek could save $1 million annually in operating costs and about $4 million over the next five years in vehicle replacement costs if they formed one fire department.”

Mayor Taylor’s response:

"I'm starting to put my budget together. I'm sure the other municipalities are doing the same. Every year it seems like we're working with less money. I think we're going to take a hard look at it.”

Bravo!

By all means, let’s take a tough, long, hard, serious look.

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